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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Glamorgan Group 3 2021

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Hosts reel in target as Lancashire manage only one wicket on third day for first defeat of season

Glamorgan 150 (Labuschagne 44) and 188 for 4 (Labuschagne 63*, Lloyd 41) beat Lancashire 173 (Bailey 31, Neser 3-46) and 164 (Davies 47, Neser 4-53) by six wickets

Lancashire suffered their first defeat of the 2021 LV=Insurance County Championship season as Glamorgan wrapped up a six-wicket victory on the third morning in Cardiff.

While wickets had tumbled on the first two days of this match just one fell on the third as an undefeated fifty from Marnus Labuschagne guided Glamorgan to what ended up being a straightforward win.

Despite this loss, Lancashire remain top of Group 3 but Yorkshire have the chance to close that gap in their ongoing game against Sussex. Meanwhile, the win takes Glamorgan to 99 points to move above Northamptonshire into third place, albeit temporarily.

Kiran Carlson was the only wicket to fall when he attempted a pull shot off Luke Wood that he top edged high in the air. Any number of fielders could have claimed the catch but it was Dane Vilas who took the chance.

Having struggled in his first four matches of this season, Labuschagne finished on 63 not out. Having made 44 in the first innings he was the highest-scoring batsman in the match and Glamorgan will be pleased to see their high-profile overseas player finding form.

At the close on the second day, Alex Davies, the Lancashire opener, had branded the pitch as “substandard” after 15 wickets fell for the day and 19 on the first.

It wasn’t easy going for Glamorgan in the opening overs of the third day. The Lancashire bowlers regularly found the edge of the bat but with such a small total to defend there was rarely a catching fielder to take advantage and when there was the ball didn’t carry.

Lancashire continued to search for wickets, even trying Tom Bailey’s off-spin in the hope finding a breakthrough which would not come.

Labuschagne hit the winning runs as Glamorgan needed just 68 minutes to knock off the required target on the third day.

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