James Harris makes crucial breakthroughs as Glamorgan keep promotion hopes alive

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glamorgan 550 for Dec 5 (Lloyd 313*, Root 79) beat Derbyshire 253 (Dal 92, Came 64, Reece 56, Patel 5-68) and 273 (Madsen 77, du Plooy 66, van der Gugten 3-41, Harris 3-59) with one inning and 24 runs

Glamorgan survived a nervous morning to claim the innings-and-24-run victory over Derbyshire they needed to keep their chances of promotion alive.

Seamer James Harris made the crucial breakthroughs to claim the wickets of Wayne Madsen and Anuj Dal, en route to figures of 3 for 59. Australian Michael Hogan closed proceedings on his last appearance in Cardiff after a decade with Glamorgan, with 2 for 54 .
Derbyshire showed some stubborn resistance, but it would always be a struggle to break through three sessions on a fourth day wicket. In the end, they were all out with 273, thanks to Madsen, 77, and Leus du Plooy, 66.

Glamorgan’s 24-point lead means they go into the final game in Sussex with a chance at promotion, while Derbyshire will entertain Leicestershire with only local pride to play for.

Dark and cloudy conditions gave way to bright sunshine just before the start of the game, Glamorgan would have been happier with the heavy atmosphere as they struggled to make the early breakthrough.

Du Plooy and Madsen played out the early overs easily enough and it came as a bit of a surprise when the South African slid his arms over to a ball from Hogan which bounced back and went off the punch.

It was a wicket that new batsmen occasionally struggled with and it proved it for Harry Came who was quick lbw to Ajaz Patel.

But while Dal was at the wicket with Madsen, there was no complacency among Glamorgan players or supporters until Harris made the big break after lunch.

He was close to having Dal lbw, an inside edge saving the batter, but the next ball the edge was not his friend as a snick was carried to wicketkeeper Chris Cooke to expose the Derbyshire tail.

That started with a burst of three wickets in 11 balls, making Glamorgan’s victory only a matter of time. Andrew Salter had Alex Thomson lbw for a second duck in the game, then Harris struck again to take the key wicket from Madsen, who played as he tried to send the ball into third place.

There was a brief flourish at the end of Sam Connors, who took his season-high of 23 before chopping Hogan to Timm van der Gugten by the long leg.

In the end, Glamorgan took their sixth win of the season to keep their interest alive for the final round of play.

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