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cricket: Experienced James can star in Cardiff clash.

Byline: Steve Palmer

Glamorgan, who thrashed C&G Trophy winners Yorkshire by nine wickets yesterday to storm to the top of National League Division One, are preferred to Worcestershire in today's live-on-Sky offering from Cardiff.

The Welshmen skittled Phoenix out for just 167 at Headingley thanks largely to a five-wicket haul from young David Harrison. Glamorgan opener Robert Croft then spanked a quickfire 59 to help his team to victory and the Dragons head into today's day-nighter in great heart.

Graeme Hick's Royals will provide stiff opposition for the home side and a ding-dong top-of-the-table clash is expected. But the evens about Glamorgan looks the bet as they are on a run of five straight wins, prevailed by 22 runs when the two sides met at New Road last month and appear the better balanced one-day unit.

Sunderlands' stand-out quote seems perfectly fair, but it is unwise to invest before the toss because of the advantage the side batting first gets.

The recommendation has to be a play on the top-bat

markets instead.

David Harrison was cut to

8-1 from 66-1 with Sunderlands yesterday to star for Glamorgan on the back of his blistering 37 runs from 35 balls batting at three yesterday.

The 21-year-old seamer is still 20-1 with Stanley, but the boat may have been missed.

A better bet may be Steve James, the Dragons' run-

machine who did not get to bat at Headingley.

James always seems to raise his game in the big matches and he top-scored against the Royals with an unbeaten 41 in their August meeting.

Top Worcestershire bat

may fall to aggressive young buck Ben Smith, who averages almost 80 in his 13 National League matches this season.

Recommendations

S James Glamorgan top bat

2pts 5-1 (general)

B Smith Worcester top bat

2pts 5-1 (Ladbrokes)

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Glamorgan run-machine Steve James could prosper today
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2002
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