18th Feb, 2020

Saeed's seven-for spins Worcestershire back to the top of the table

Worcester Editorial 2nd Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTERSHIRE moved back to the top of Division Two in the LV = County Championship after spin-king Saeed Ajmal ripped through the Glamorgan batting lineup with 7-34 to secure a 249 run win at New Road.

Charlie Morris made the initial breakthroughs with a trio of wickets to take his tally in the Championship to 30 for the campaign but it was Ajmal who once again took centre stage as he picked up his fifth haul of five or more wickets for the county this season as the visitors were skittled out for just 105.

He was backed up by some superb catching and has now claimed 56 victims this season in just eight matches.

Worcestershire are now 12 points clear of second placed Hampshire and, more importantly in the context of gaining promotion, 28 clear of third placed Surrey who have played a match more.

Morris struck in his first over of the day when Tom Lancefield was stuck on the crease and edged to Tom Kohler-Cadmore who pouched a fine catch low to his left at third slip.

Nightwatchman Andrew Salter and new batsman Jacques Rudolph got their heads down against the accurate bowling of Jack Shantry and Morris.

They stayed together for 12 overs before Morris broke through again when Salter, having lasted 51 balls for two runs, fended off a short delivery and was caught by Shantry in the gully with the total on 12.

Morris then collected the prized wicket of Rudolph who had batted well for 80 in the first innings before being run out.

This time Richard Oliver took a sharp low catch at short mid wicket to dismiss Rudolph for 11.

Ajmal then came into the attack in place of Shantry who conceded only three runs in his eight over spell.

His 50th wicket of the campaign came when Ben Wright (10) swept at the Pakistan star and was caught by Moeen Ali at deep square leg.

It became 32-5 when Chris Cooke failed to trouble the scorers before driving Ajmal to Shantry at mid off.

Will Bragg and Jim Allenby saw Glamorgan through to lunch without any further mishap at 46-5 from 30 overs.

The pair extended their stand to 52 in 16 overs but then the innings went into swift decline.

Fell pulled off a stunning catch running back to backward square leg after Allenby (35) had swept at Ajmal.

Then the 36-year-old polished off the innings in quickfire fashion with four wickets in seven balls.

Bragg (29) swung across the line and was caught behind, Rory Smith (0) was bowled, skipper Mark Wallace (8) was trapped lbw and last man Michael Hogan (0) was also bowled.

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