Recent Match Report – Glamorgan vs Lancashire Group 3 2021


David Lloyd half-century helps Glamorgan on rain-affected day at Lancashire

Glamorgan 117 for 3 (Lloyd 78) vs Lancashire

In the age of non-stop touring, a county season which very nearly fills a six-month window, and a T20 treadmill which just keeps on spinning, the best players in the world face one another with increasing regularity.

Jofra Archer’s dominance of David Warner has moved from an Ashes series into a limited-overs series and an IPL season; Jos Buttler tempered his attacking instincts facing Rashid Khan last week after seeing his head-to-head record against him on the TV broadcast before walking out to bat; and Cheteshwar Pujara faced 255 balls from Pat Cummins in a single Test series in the Australian summer. Even team-mates at T20 franchises get used to facing one another: Kyle Jamieson recently revealed that Virat Kohli had volunteered to bat against him in the Royal Challengers Bangalore nets, just in case he wanted a dress rehearsal for the World Test Championship final.

But as a rainy day in Manchester loomed, the battle between Glamorgan’s best batter and Lancashire’s top bowler – two of the world’s best in their respective disciplines – was a blank slate across all formats. James Anderson to Marnus Labuschagne: 0 runs, 0 dismissals, 0 balls.

The reasons were multi-faceted. By the time Labuschagne had come out to bat as a concussion replacement in the second Test of the 2019 Ashes, Anderson was done for the summer after pinging his calf on the series’ first morning. Neither man has played in an overseas T20 league; Labuschagne has never played against a touring England side in an Ashes warm-up; and Anderson hasn’t been involved in England’s white-ball set-up since the 2015 World Cup.

The elements conspired to keep them apart for a couple of hours longer at Emirates Old Trafford. A hailstorm delayed the start by 25 minutes, and by the time Lancashire made their first breakthrough of the day, Saqib Mahmood rearranging Joe Cooke’s stumps to bring Labuschagne out at No. 3, Anderson had already bowled a six-over spell in what was his first outing of the season.

But the main event arrived three balls after the lunch interval. Anderson steamed in from the Brian Statham End with three slips waiting, and was immediately probing away in the channel outside Labuschagne’s off stump. The first ball was squirted away towards backward point, the second left alone, the third blocked firmly, and the fourth struck the batter on the back thigh as he misjudged the length.

The fifth ball Labuschagne faced from Anderson, at the start of the third over of the afternoon, was also his last. He shuffled across to cover his stumps and was forced to play a shot by Anderson’s faultless fourth-stump line, with a hint of shape away off the seam. Labuschagne played innocent despite the slip cordon’s celebrations, but Michael Gough’s finger went up without hesitation.