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REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS: Sharks defeated in T20 visit to Glamorgan


Nuwan Kulasekara claimed figures of 4 for 28 on his final Sussex appearance

Glamorgan continued their good form in the NatWest T20 Blast at The SSE SWALEC against Sussex Sharks with a win that extended their undefeated run in the competition to seven matches.

The Sharks restricted Glamorgan to 159 for 8, with Sri Lankan Nuwan Kulasekara starring with 4 for 28, but were bowled out for 113 in response.

A 55-ball 81 from David Lloyd set up a total that was about par on a slow Cardiff pitch but it was made to look a lot more valuable than that when Glamorgan’s Dutch bowler Timm van der Gugten ensured the Sussex chase stuttered.

Lloyd shared decent partnerships with Colin Ingram and Jacques Rudolph, but he was the most impressive Glamorgan batsman by a distance. The next highest score was Rudolph with 24 who had dropped himself down to four in the order as he searches for a return to form. Just when hit appeared that he might make his first truly significant T20 contribution of 2016 he drilled a ball from Nuwan Kulasekara (4 for 28) to Luke Wright in the covers.

A four over spell from Chris Jordan (1 for 26) and Tymal Mills (2 for 23) in the final overs prevented Glamorgan from getting a bigger total. Mills was particularly impressive as he took two wickets for three runs in his two overs at the death. He bowled with pace and with accuracy showing why he made his England bow this week.

Glamorgan stumbled to a total of 159 for 8, but it ended up being more than enough as Timm van der Gugten took three wickets in three overs at the start of the Sussex innings to leave them 22 for 3 in the seventh over.

With the Sussex top order gone the run rate just kept going up, but a partnership between Ross Taylor and Matt Machan that was worth 37 gave Sussex some hope. When both of those men fell within seven balls of each other any feint hopes of an away win were gone.

With that partnership broken it became a procession of Sussex wickets as they finished on 113 all out. Michael Hogan, Craig Meschede and Graham Wagg picked up two wickets. Shaun Tait bowled very fast on his return to Glamorgan after his brief spell with the club in 2010 but he was the only seamer to go wicketless. But the star was Van der Gugten who finished with figures of 4 for 17, his second four wicket haul in T20 cricket this season.

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