Ruaidhri Smith and Andrew Salter share four wickets as Essex post below-par total
Glamorgan 156 for 3 (Selman 65, Labuschagne 59) beat Essex 153 for 6 (Buttleman 36) by seven wickets
igures of 2 for 13 from Ruaidhri Smith and Andrew Salter’s 2 for 31 limited Essex to 153 for 6. It was a total Glamorgan surpassed with ease thanks Nick Selman’s 65 and 59 from Marnus Labuschagne who continued his fine start to the Blast with a second straight half-century.
Invited to bat first, Essex openers William Buttleman and Tom Westley had early reprieves. Buttleman survived a run-out scare in the first over while Westley was dropped by Dan Douthwaite at backward point from the bowling of Salter.
Westley fell soon after to Smith, but Buttleman was quickly into his stride and reached 30 from the first Powerplay with his team 49 for 1.
Michael Pepper struck the first six of the day before Buttleman departed for 36 from 26 balls. Buttleman top edged an attempted sweep off Salter to Selman at deep backward square leg.
Spin was Glamorgan’s main weapon and part-time bowler Labuschagne was next into the attack. He immediately strangled Pepper who was caught down the leg side.
Salter cleaned up Paul Walter leaving Essex and New Zealand’s James Neesham – who struck Labuschagne for six – needing to rebuild. Feroze Khushi also cleared the ropes, but Essex’s boundaries were rare.
Neesham struggled to get going too and as he tried to expand, he was caught on the long-off boundary by Glamorgan substitute Callum Taylor for 21.
Essex’s total looked below par and Selman struck the first ball of Glamorgan’s reply through the covers for four. David Lloyd followed with an effortless six over midwicket and then a four before hitting the ball straight up in the air for a simple catch.
Labuschagne started slowly, but Selman pulled for six and flicked for four in consecutive balls as Glamorgan went to 48 for 1 from their first six overs. At the halfway stage they had progressed to 72 for 1. Labuschagne would have been run out, but Sam Cook couldn’t hit the stumps off his own bowling.
Labuschagne took 23 balls to find the boundary, but did so in two consecutive deliveries and Selman went to his 50 from 33 balls as Glamorgan reached three figures.
Selman was dropped by wicketkeeper Buttleman off the bowling of Jack Plom when Essex desperately needed a wicket and Labuschagne rubbed salt in the wound with a four and six from the same over.
Selman was caught and bowled by Simon Harmer and Australian star Labuschagne went too, but Glamorgan couldn’t be stopped.