Glamorgan ease to win over Middlesex at Lord's
|LV County Championship Division Two, Lord's|
|Glamorgan 522 & 28-1 beat Middlesex 150 & 398 by nine wickets|
|Glamorgan 24pts, Middlesex 1pt|
Glamorgan eased to a nine-wicket victory over Middlesex at Lord's.
Needing only 27 to win, the visitors wrapped it up after lunch on the final day with Alviro Peterson 23 not out.
Earlier, John Simpson (64 no) and Toby Roland-Jones (26) took their seventh-wicket stand to 59 to go some way to ensuring the visitors had to bat again.
But Dean Cosker and Robert Croft mopped up the tail to see Middlesex all out for 398, leaving Glamorgan their notional target.
Roland-Jones was trapped lbw by a Cosker arm ball, before Gareth Berg fell in similar fashion to Croft.
Tim Murtagh was pinned leg before by Croft just after the interval, and Cosker had Corey Collymore caught at mid on.
Glamorgan lost Gareth Rees, caught behind off Collymore, but suffered no further alarms in climbing above Middlesex to second in the County Championship Division Two table.
Middlesex captain Neil Dexter:
"The wicket did a bit in the first hour and a half (of the first day), but then from there it became a good cricket wicket and we didn't apply ourselves.
"Most of us got out from loose shots and you can't really look at the wicket then. It was a disappointing start to the game and put us on the back foot from the start.
"When we bowled there were too many boundary balls and pressure releasing deliveries really. Defending a low score and letting them get off to a flier doesn't make things any easier."
BBC Wales' Edward Bevan:
"Glamorgan's convincing win at Lord's takes them to second in Division Two, just four points behind Northants, who have a game in hand.
"Again this was a collective effort - James Harris took eight wickets in the game, Ben Wright scored a century and three other batsmen passed 50 runs, while spinners Robert Croft and Dean Cosker took vital wickets in the second innings.
"Glamorgan have now gained 48 points in their last two Championship games and they stay in London for their next game, which starts on Monday against Surrey at The Oval."