Dean Cosker: Nightwatchman hails Glamorgan 'moral victory'

Dean Cosker
Cosker made his first class debut in 1996

Dean Cosker says Glamorgan's draw against Kent was "almost a win" after the county survived with nine wickets down in Canterbury.

Glamorgan's batsmen battled to a draw to deny Kent their first Championship win of the season.

Cosker batted half the final day to make a career-best 69 as Glamorgan finished on 309 for 9 after being set a target of 404.

"We take this as a bit of a moral victory," Cosker said.

"It's positive all the way."

Last pair David Lloyd and Michael Hogan eventually played out the final 44 balls of the game with Kent fielders clustered round the bat.

But nightwatchman Cosker, whose only previous championship half century was 10 years ago, had thoughts of victory earlier in the day as he and Colin Ingram added 89 for the fourth wicket.

"It's not about my knock, it was (a question of) how we were trying to win the game," Cosker told BBC Wales Sport.

"I felt Colin and myself were in a good position. I was pretty disappointed not to get a hundred.

"My mindset was to bat all day but from a moral point of view it wasn't a loss and it's almost a win."

Ingram and Graham Wagg also made fifties but it was the inexperienced Lloyd, playing only his 11th first-class game, who survived to the end making 43 not out off 71 balls.

"I'm very happy we ended up getting the draw, it was very nerve-wracking for me personally," Lloyd said.

"But Hoges (Michael Hogan) did his job as well so it was good to get over the line. It was a good experience, I enjoyed the test and I look forward to more like that."

Glamorgan remain sixth in division two of the championship with four consecutive draws.

"I'm as happy as you can be with played four drawn four" said coach Toby Radford.

"You want to win matches but you've got to take 20 wickets and on flat pitches that's never an easy task.

"Most of the guys have had big scores, we've posted scores of 500 and 400 but what we need to do is put it all together on the same day.

"We know if we keep working hard, we are going to win championship matches."

Glamorgan now turn their attention to the T20 Blast competition starting with a trip to face Surrey at the Oval on Friday.

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