Glamorgan v Warwickshire Bears, Friends Life t20
In the absence of Jim Troughton, suffering with a bad back, Varun Chopra skippered the Bears who were without other first team regulars, Tim Ambrose and Keith Barker.
Marcus North won the toss and after putting the Bears into bat quickly had them under pressure after Porterfield 9 was well taken at mid-on by Wagg off Australian, Michael Hogan and Laurie Evans was caught, top edging an attempted sweep off former Bear, Nick James without scoring.
Still in the opening six over power-play, Chopra clipped Alex Jones to backward square-leg and Chris Woakes was stumped second ball for a duck off McCullum as the Bears struggled on 32-4 in the sixth over.
A fifth wicket partnership of sixty between Darren Maddy 30 and Rikki Clarke 42 was finally ended in the fifteenth over when Maddy was well caught by Hogan on the square-leg boundary and after his demise, the remainder of the Bears’ batsmen found progress on the slow wicket difficult, losing the last four wickets for just nine runs in the last two overs of the innings to close on 118 all out in exactly twenty overs.
Graham Wagg, another ex-Warwickshire player took 3-24 from his four overs.
Without Jim Allenby, Glamorgan too, found batting difficult, as Wallace pushed his first ball, a short delivery from Javid, straight to Clarke at short extra-cover to give the Bears’ bowler his first t20 wicket and then Murray Goodwin pulled Woakes to Maddy at backward square-leg for six.
Marcus North and Chris Cooke looked to be in little trouble, adding forty two for the third wicket in just six overs before Cooke 29 was stumped by Peter McKay charging Jeetan Patel.
In a low scoring match, Ateeq Javid collected a second wicket when Ben Wright’s uncomfortable innings ended to a top edged sweep but Nick James and North then added a useful thirty one in five overs until both perished in the space of five deliveries, James to a smart direct hit run out from William Porterfield and North bowled off stump by Patel.
The Bears looked to be favourites as Glamorgan still required seventeen for victory from eleven deliveries, but their hopes were shattered by Nathan McCullum’s onslaught, hitting two sixes, the last to win the match, and a four from his five deliveries faced as the home side ran out victors by four wickets with five deliveries to spare.
The Bears are in action again on Friday at Northampton against the Steelbacks.