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Cosgroves heroics fail to inspire Glam victory.

Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS

THE curse of the Sky television cameras struck Glamorgan again last night as they slipped to a six-wicket defeat in their Twenty20 clash against Somerset.

In recent years the Dragons have suffered numerous defeats in front of the television audience and last night in Taunton was no exception.

A below-par batting performance producing a below par total of 138 all out, with only Australian opener Mark Cosgrove delivering the goods with a superb 75 from 54 balls with only two other players reaching double figures.

Somerset spinner Murali Kartik took three for 18 before man-of-the-match Alfonso Thomas played a starring role with figures of three for 11.

The country''s leading T20 wicket taker took a hat-trick of victims for the sixth successive match to become the first bowler to achieve this feat.

This target was not going to be enough with Glamorgan fielding a young, inexperienced seam attack of Huw Waters, Chris Ashling and Will Owen, despite spinner Robert Croft again impressing with one for 17 from his four overs.

With Australian Shaun Tait away on international duty and James Harris and David Harrison taken out of the firing line, Somerset reached their total in 18.4 overs as they overcame the missing duo Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego.

James Hildreth (45) and Nick Compton (40) laid the foundations before West Indian Kieran Pollard struck 19 from eight balls while Zander De Bruyn survived a crucial dropped catch from wicket-keeper Mark Wallace on nought.

Glamorgan had put their campaign back on track with a victory against Middlesex which halted a run of four successive losses.

But this Dragons defeat, their fifth in nine matches, has dented their hopes of finishing in the top four and achieving quarter-final qualification with three away trips following against Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Surrey in the next five days.

The visitors made one change with Ashling replacing spinner Dean Cosker but the bowlers were given an initial break when captain Jamie Dalrymple won the toss and batted.

Glamorgan made a shocking start when Jim Allenby pulled the fourth Thomas ball straight to Mark Turner at mid-on.

At nought for one, Tom Maynard lined up at three again after his match-winning Middlesex innings and struck 14 from eight balls before edging a Ben Phillips delivery to wicket-keeper Josh Buttler.

Dalrymple fell in the 10th over after managing 12 from 17 balls when he was caught at third man by Thomas from Zander de Bruyn''s bowling, with David Brown sent in to maintain the left-right combination.

Brown struggled against Kartik and was put out of his misery when stumped attempting a reverse sweep while Buttler was in action the next delivery when Gareth Rees edged his first ball behind.

Wallace survived the hat-trick but Glamorgan were in the mire at 77 for five although Cosgrove continued to anchor the innings as he brought up his 50 in 41 balls. After Wallace was bowled by a turning Kartik delivery and Cosgrove was dropped in the same over on 55, Robert Croft and Owen were dismissed by Thomas.

Cosgrove stood firm with the disciplined innings associated with an overseas player until he holed out in the final over at long-on.

Croft weaved his magic again in the opening over when Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick drove the ball straight to Allenby at mid-on.

But Hildreth and Compton shared an 81-run partnership before Ashling dismissed both batsmen with Allenby taking a catch and Wallace completing a stumping.

Wallace crucially dropped a de Bruyn skier off Ashling on 88 for three which halted the Glamorgan momentum and changed the game''s compelxion.

Pollard punished the keeper and Ashling with three successive sixes before Allenby ended the cameo by yorking the big West Indian.

But the reprieved du Bruyn and Buttler saw Somerset home comfortably enough with eight balls to spare.

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Mark Cosgrove put up stout resistance with 75 as Glamorgan wickets tumbled at Taunton last night PICTURE: Huw John
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 29, 2010
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