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Spitfires downed in Glamorgan
Spitfires downed in Glamorgan

Career best one day scores for Colin Ingram and Tom Cullen, in a record sixth wicket stand for Glamorgan of 186, sparked a remarkable recovery which took the defending champions to their second win in the Royal London Cup beating the Kent Spitfires.

South African Ingram scored 155 off 148 balls, one of the best one day innings for Glamorgan, while Australian Cullen ended unbeaten on 80 off 77 balls after the pair came together with the Welsh County wobbling on 107 for five against Kent Spitfires’ imposing total of 304 for eight.

Ingram was the dominant partner, but Cullen’s contribution was also vital, as Glamorgan remain top of Group B of the 50 over competition.

Kent opener Joey Evison did not deserve to be on the losing side after his century in the first innings, the fourth time he has played Glamorgan this season, for three different counties – Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire as well as Kent, with a previous high score of 12 in those encounters.

Glamorgan asked Kent to bat first and got the perfect start when Ben Compton was caught behind third ball of the innings off the bowling of James Weighill.

However Ollie Robinson joined Evison and the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over at around a run a ball until Robinson was out just after reaching his 50.

Alex Blake continued to provide Evison with good support and the pair put on a century partnership before falling in quick succession.

At that stage Kent would have been eyeing a total of up to 350, but with Dan Douthwaite the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers the home side were able to peg the visitors back to the point they were grateful to creep over the 300 mark.

Douthwaite finished with figures of  2-43 off his 10 overs, James Weighell also picking up a pair of wickets, as did Ingram with his leg spin. George Linde’s 27 not out at the end of the innings ensured they reached 304 for 8.

It was still an imposing total and Glamorgan needed a good start. Unfortunately for them they did not get it with opener Sam Northeast falling for a Golden Duck just 11 days after he scored a quadruple century in the County Championship.

That brought Ingram to the crease and he seemed to be facing a different bowling attack to his teammates, regularly finding the boundary without taking any major risks.

It was not the same at the other end as batsmen came and went, although skipper Kiran Carlson offered some resistance with his 28.

Ingram was caught off a free hit following a Hamidullah Qadri no ball on 55, before finally departing for 155 with 12 needed for victory. Cullen remained until the end to see his team over the line.

Glamorgan centurion Colin Ingram: “Delighted to get another win early in the competition. We have started unbelievably well and that feels really good.

“At one stage it looked as though it was going to be a really tough chase and credit to Tom Cullen who came in and played beautifully, we seemed to find some sort of flow together and really enjoyed it.

“We just looked to keep it simple and the boundaries kept coming, as the ball got older the pitch got a bit more placid, so then we really enjoyed the partnership.

“Great for Tom to get his personal best as well as part of a team win. I am enjoying my time in the middle, enjoying my cricket, I’m fit and well and I daresay my game is improving.”

Kent centurion Joey Evison: “Obviously I’m bitterly disappointed not to come away with a win, but it has been a really pleasing day for me getting my first hundred in List A cricket and hopefully I can carry on and score as many runs as I can in this competition.

“I feel in the last power play we were 25-30 runs short, Darren Stevens pulling up did not help, we lost a couple of wickets, and they got momentum.

“Ingram played a terrific innings, one of the best I have seen in a long time, he really took the game away from us and Cullen batted really well too so it was one of those where you have to give credit to the batsmen.

“It was a good game of cricket, I thought. This is the fourth time I have played Glamorgan this year, it feels like I’m playing them every other week, but it is always nice to play in Cardiff at a Test match ground.”