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1,578-run county match ends in tie

Gloucestershire and Glamorgan engaged in an epic County Championship Division Two match on Wednesday, culminating in an astonishing tie after a marathon of runs. Gloucestershire posted 179 and an imposing 610-5 declared, highlighted by James Bracey’s unbeaten 204 and Cameron Bancroft’s 184. In response, Glamorgan managed 197 in their first innings but nearly set a world record with a spirited chase in their second innings, reaching 592. Key contributions came from Sam Northeast (187) and Marnus Labuschagne (119).

The thrilling contest reached its climax in the final over with Glamorgan needing just two runs to win. However, Gloucestershire’s Ajeet Singh Dale held his nerve, allowing only a single run and clinching Glamorgan’s final wicket with the last ball, resulting in a rare tie.

Reflecting on the match, Glamorgan captain Sam Northeast expressed mixed emotions, acknowledging the team’s disappointment at falling short after coming so close to a historic victory. He described the game as extraordinary and a testament to the competitive spirit of county championship cricket.

Glamorgan’s near miss means that the highest successful run chase in first-class cricket history remains West Zone’s 541-7 in India’s domestic league in 2010.

Brief scores:
Glamorgan 197 and 592 (Northeast 187, Labuschagne 119) tied with Gloucestershire 179 and 610-5 dec (Bracey 204*, Bancroft 184)

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