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GLAMORGAN will find out today whether captain Jamie Dalrymple will pass a late fitness test ahead of the county championship promotion showdown against Sussex this weekend.

Dalrymple will test out the thumb he broke in the six-wicket defeat to Middlesex but is a major doubt to feature in the four-day clash which starts on Friday.

"There is always a chance, but it is probably quite slim," said director of cricket Matthew Maynard. "He will have a fitness test today, but going into a top-of-the-table game it is going to be very tough."

Maynard revealed Dalrymple's replacement will be chosen between the experienced Mike Powell and left-hander Will Bragg.

Powell was dropped from the first team for Tom Maynard earlier in the season, while Bragg made way for Ben Wright after only one championship match. And it is understood Bragg is set to assume the No 3 spot if Dalrymple is ruled out.

"Braggy has been the leading runs scorer in the seconds and has played well this year," said Maynard "Mike gives us that experience but has struggled in Second XI cricket and has not scored that many runs. He had done well in the one-dayers but not so well in the Second XI championship.

"It is a tough call and whichever one misses out will be bitterly disappointed."

Hove has not been a happy hunting ground in recent years for Glamorgan with Sussex having been victorious on the last four occasions and it was 1975 that Glamorgan last won a championship match on the south coast.

Glamorgan suffered a promotion blow last week with their six-wicket defeat against Middlesex in Cardiff which saw them relinquish top spot in Division Two to Sussex.

Michael Yardy's side have a 20-point advantage ahead of Matthew Maynard's men with third-placed Gloucestershire 13 points behind. With only the top two sides promoted, Glamorgan can't afford another defeat this weekend in what could prove to be a defining match.

There will be a warm-up to the four-day showdown tonight when Glamorgan and Sussex meet in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Hove this evening (3.40pm).

While the Sharks have replicated their four-day cricket in the one-day format, the woeful Dragons have shown no improvement in the limited overs game despite highlighting this as their main priority this season.

Glamorgan have performed poorly in the two limited over tournaments with 17 defeats in 26 matches and seven successive losses, culminating in the humiliating 178-run thrashing by Worcestershire last Sunday.

The Dragons will be hoping to halt their miserable losing streak in front of the Sky television cameras who last saw Glamorgan leak a world record total against Surrey earlier this month.

Dragons v Sharks (from): J Allenby, M Cosgrove, W Bragg, N James, T Maynard, B Wright, D Brown, M Wallace (capt), J Harris, W Owen, D Cosker, C Ashling, H Waters.


Jamie Dalrymple will face a fitness test on his broken thumb, but he is doubtful for Hove
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 25, 2010
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