Rudolph century puts Glamorgan in charge at Gloucester: Day two report

First published in Sport

GLAMORGAN shrugged off the disappointment of losing to Surrey in the Natwest T20 Blast on Friday night by moving into a position of dominance on day two of their LV=County Championship, Division Two clash at neighbours Gloucester.

Already denied a clash against Gwent youngster Cameron Herring, with the Gloucestershire wicket-keeper breaking a finger in the warm-up, there was to be further disappointment yesterday for Cwmbran opener Will Bragg, though it was still a splendid day for the Dragons.

Gloucestershire looked to build on their overnight position of 308/5 and to press for further batting points on the sluggish surface, but they didn’t factor on a fine bowling display from the visitors.

First Tom Smith was run out by Michael Hogan at mid-off as Gidman tried to sneak a single in Jim Allenby's fourth over of the morning.

322/6 then became 325/7 as in the next over a thick outside edge from Gidman's bat was snaffled by Mark Wallace as debutant wicket-keeper; 17-year old Patrick Grieschaber joined Benny Howell.

Gloucester progressed to 361 before the wily Dean Cosker – who has being playing county cricket since before Grieschaber was born - snared the debutant as he edged to slip when Allenby held the regulation catch.

Howell responded by swatting Smith over square-leg for six followed by a crisp drive for four through mid-wicket

Hogan and Cosker then snaffled the final two wickets as the hosts finished on 391 in the 132nd over.

Openers Jacques Rudolph and Bragg they laid a decent platform for Glamorgan's reply.

The duo put on an unbeaten stand of 151, the biggest for the Welsh County so far this season before Bragg was dismissed for 67, caught by Chris Dent off the bowling of Tom Smith.

Skipper Mark Wallace was also dismissed by Smith, for 17 off 35, but by that stage, Glamorgan’s batsman had really stepped on the gas.

Rudolph secured his century with a boundary and he and Ben Wright finished unbeaten, Glamorgan powering to 209-2 with 180 overs left to try and secure back-to-back Championship triumphs.

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