Hampshire's Bowling Brilliance Thwarted In Unusual Circumstances

Cardiff Match Abandoned Due To 'Dangerous' Pitch

An exceptional Hampshire bowling performance was thwarted in unusual circumstances, as the Royal London One-Day Cup match against Glamorgan was abandoned due to an unsafe pitch at the SWALEC Stadium.

Hampshire’s bowlers had initially restricted the home-side excellently on a deteriorating pitch as Glamorgan were only able to score 182-9 from their 50 overs, before the variable bounce seen previously became emphasised further to the extent that the match was then abandoned in the seventh over.

Hampshire began the match in excellent fashion as Jackson Bird (2-10) picked up his first wicket inside his opening over to remove Will Bragg (2).

Glamorgan struggled early on thanks to some efficient bowling and Bird picked up his second wicket shortly after the powerplay, when the often dangerous Jacques Rudolph (8) chipped a simple catch straight to mid-off.

The hosts looked to recover, but with runs hard to come by, they had only reached 59 in 19 overs when Chris Wood (1-39) picked up Hampshire’s third wicket.

Colin Ingram (51) looked to have steadied things slightly with some patient stroke-play anchoring the innings. Despite his perseverance, wickets soon fell around him with Mason Crane (1-44) and Liam Dawson (3-21) picking up four wickets between them in as many overs, including that of danger-man Ingram to see them fall to 96-6.

Some late-order hitting from David Lloyd (33) and Graham Wagg (29) looked to guide the hosts towards 200, but when both fell at the hands of the excellent Will Smith (2-11), Glamorgan were limited to below 200 from their batting effort.

In reply, openers Jimmy Adams (13*) and Michael Carberry (13*) began positively in tough conditions. However with Carberry first taking a blow to the helmet in the opening overs, and Adams then also being struck in the grille from a relatively full delivery, the umpires deemed the pitch too dangerous for play.

Hampshire were later awarded the two points.