Glamorgan Cricket: Students’ Douthwaite makes bowlers toil
Glamorgan 253-8 dec Root 108*, Wagg fifty-nine; Evans four-sixty five & one hundred ten-2 dec
Cardiff MCCU 230 Douthwaite ninety five; Meschede 3-34, van der Gugten 3-51
Glamorgan’s bowlers had to paintings hard on their very last day earlier than the Championship as Cardiff MCCU’s Dan Douthwaite hammered a competitive 95 in their drawn match.
Douthwaite shared a ninth-wicket stand of ninety five with Brad Evans (forty-five *) as the students reached 230.
Timm van der Gugten (3-51) and Craig Meschede (three-34) have been Glamorgan’s most successful bowlers.
Glamorgan reached 110-2 with the aid of the close of the rain-shortened game, a lead of 133.
Nick Selman (forty six*), Charlie Humphrey (39) and Marnus Labuschagne (24*) spent useful time in the center as Glamorgan put together to stand Northants on Thursday 11 April.
Glamorgan all-rounder Graham Wagg (fifty-nine & 2-33) instructed BBC Sport Wales:
“It’s been high-quality for me since I didn’t play a variety of red-ball cricket last 12 months, I turned into quite happy with my performance.
“Billy Root is a very bubbly man or woman, it’s something we want, and he amazed me how proper he is, hitting in distinct areas, and he is tough to guard in opposition to.
“It’s exciting for me looking to begin in 4-day cricket; my position’s changed. We’ve were given some first-rate strike bowlers within the crew with Marchant de Lange, Timm and Hodges (Michael Hogan) so my role is as that protecting bowler and as an all-rounder.”
Olympic gold-winning rower James Cracknell is predicted to make history on Sunday when, at 46, he becomes the oldest person to compete inside the Boat Race, representing Cambridge in opposition to Oxford.
And but, despite his years of revel in, Cracknell admits to feeling some distance from calm in advance of the race.
“It’s so unique from any event I’ve executed,” he said. “I grew up in west London. I lived inside half of a mile of the finish for ten years and but the vicinity is going to be unrecognizable, so I consider I’ll feel apprehensive.”
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Cracknell, who’s more significant than 1 / 4 of a century older than some of his fellow group – and eight years older than the previous report holder, Andy Probert, Cambridge’s cox in 1992 – said he understood the focal point on his age. But he pointed out that he isn’t by myself: increasingly more sports activities stars are stretching their careers.
“I’m old in a single sense; however 40 is the new 30 in the way we live our lives. Professional footballers, cyclists, marathon runners, and tennis players are all getting old and in that admire 45 is more like 35. That’s how I study it. Sport is difficult and tough on your body, but you have to after look after yourself to live lifestyles to the total.”
Cracknell has gained two Olympic gold medals – at Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 – and six golds at global rowing championships among 1997 and 2002, but he counts this race up there with his previous demanding situations.
“Getting selected for the race was intended as a good deal to me as being decided on for the Olympics. And in phrases of the Olympics I raced in the first one we have been anticipated to win, and that becomes a real alleviation, but the 2nd one changed into extra special due to the fact we hadn’t raced together due to damage, and we needed to dig surely deep to beat the sector champions. I certainly don’t realize where we rank towards Oxford until we get there. If it’s a humdinger race, we’ll have to dig, absolutely deep and ask ourselves tough questions.”
Cracknell’s preparation for the race comes at a time of private agony. It emerged remaining week that he had broken up from his spouse of 17 years, the tv presenter Beverley Turner, with whom he has three kids.
After the cut-up was showed, Cracknell tweeted: “It has been a tough few days. However, I’m centered on winning this Sunday.”