Glamorgan 437 (Carlson 91, Northeast 84, Cooke 52) and 153 for 4 (Northeast 40*) beat Leicestershire 320 (Patel 82, Azad 64) and 266 (Mike 64, Azad 58, Hogan 3-33) by six wickets
Glamorgan wrapped up a six-wicket victory on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire in Cardiff.
Leicestershire will be hugely disappointed to have given away such a strong position on day one and will need to work on their ill-disciplined bowling that saw them bowl 25 no-balls and concede 82 extras in the match.
With the wicket of Harry Swindells falling to the last ball of day three Leicestershire were in urgent need of a partnership to give them any chance of setting Glamorgan a challenging target. That is exactly what they got from Mike and Parkinson.
Mike narrowly missed out on a maiden first-class hundred in Leicestershire’s last match against Middlesex, with the final wicket falling with him stranded on 99 not out. In this match he carried on that good form as he made a counterattacking 64 to give his team a target that was potentially defendable.
Leicestershire had looked frazzled during the last session of day three, and Glamorgan were in complete control. That was not the case on the morning of the fourth day as Mike and Parkinson put on an eighth-wicket stand worth 88.
Mike’s enterprising innings was ended in the first over with the second new ball when an attempted pull shot and got a top edge off Michael Hogan that had serious hang time. Chris Cooke took the catch after waiting patiently underneath the skier.
It was debutant Andy Gorvin who was given the new ball at the other end and he claimed the first wicket of his career when he had Chris Wright trapped lbw for 3. The innings was wrapped up when Hogan bowled Beuran Hendricks with Leicestershire 266 all out to set a victory target of 150.
Lloyd was in no mood to hang around when the chase got underway as he raced to 36 from just 32 balls. He was bowled attempting to sweep, the first of three Glamorgan batters to fall playing that shot off Parkinson.
Northeast and Kiran Carlson shared a match-defining partnership in Glamorgan’s first innings and they combined again in a stand worth 35 that got their team within touching distance of the target. Carlson was dismissed by Scott Steel but Northeast saw his side home.
Glamorgan finished with 23 points from this match with Leicestershire claiming five bonus points.