GLAM'S AGONY AS THE DREAM ENDED.
GLAMORGAN boss Matthew Maynard revealed the devastation after his side agonisingly missed out on county championship promotion to Worcestershire on the final day of the season.
In two contrived games, the Welsh county drewin Cardiff after nssot managing to bowl out Derbyshire in 42 overs, while Worcestershire clinched the second promotion place by winning and chasing down 301 against Sussex at New Road.
"I don't feel cheated, but I don't think we have got what we deserved this season," said Maynard.
"I don't feel the best two sides have gone up because we have beaten Worcestershire twice comfortably.
"That is why I feel sorry for the lads because they have had seven wins in a season and 200 points which would suggest you would get promoted.
"Unfortunately it is not to be and we are absolutely gutted. I feel sorry for all the lads because of the work they have put in this season. They deserve more than have got."
Maynard raised questions marks about the decision of Division Two winners Sussex to give Worcestershire a generous run chase of only just over four an over which helped cost Glamorgan promotion.
Centuries from James Cameron and Moeen Ali allowed the Pears to reach their target with 14.5 overs and four wickets to spare.
"It is not a bad time to play the champions when they have won the title," added Maynard. "Players are going to be asking questions of their Sussex friends and it will be interesting to see their answers. "Sussex are going to have to justify that as well. Sussex might have wanted to test their young lads under pressure which they did not cope with very well.
"But they had three international bowlers so there was a balance there.
"Worcestershire knocked them off quite comfortably which suggests it was a generous declaration.
"But I haven't seen the wicket and it is very hard to judge.
"It is done and dusted and we can't do anything about that.
"We have to concern ourselves with what we do."
Once it was obvious Worcestershire were going to win, Glamorgan set up a game with Derbyshire with some generous bowling by the visitors allowing the hosts to declare on 269 for three with Gareth Rees helping himself to a century.
This left Derbyshire a target of 160 in eventually 42 overs with Glamorgan taking five early wickets before visiting pair Dan Redfern and Robin Peterson hung on.
"We tried to give ourselves an outside chance of victory in this match and I thought it was a great effort on the final day," added Maynard.
"It is testament to how far I believe this side has come with the change in character from three seasons ago.
"It is great to see that fighting attitude and it takes time to change that."
But Glamorgan will also have to look at themselves after being in control of their own destiny with a 22-point advantage over Worcestershire going into the final two round of matches Since defeating and completing the double-header against Worcestershire at Colwyn Bay in August, which was the last of their seven victories, Glamorgan failed to win one of their final four matches.
Maynard's men lost against Middlesex at home and drew three rain-affected contests against Surrey, Sussex and Derbyshire.
In comparison, Worcestershire won three and drew one of their last four games as they finished the season with the momentum required for a promotion outfit.
"Perhaps in hindsight we could have done more in the final four games," admitted Maynard.
"We lost against Middlesex and we had weather in the draws against Surrey, Sussex and Derbyshire."
Jamie Dalrymple trudges off
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Sep 17, 2010|
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