Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott finally had some positives to talk about after watching his side seal a 189-run victory over Gloucestershire in the LV County Championship Division Two clash at Cardiff.
The win came on the back of Glamorgan’s opening defeat to Leicestershire, just days after the Australian had arrived in the country.
Mott had probably wondered the extent of his brief after the lame reversal at Grace Road was followed by watching his side decent to 56 for six in the first innings against Gloucestershire.
But then came a dramatic turnaround in fortunes, made all the more remarkable that Glamorgan bowled Gloucestershire out for 195 in their second innings without injured duo Graham Wagg and Jim Allenby in their attack.
It was left to seamers James Harris and Adam Shantry to overcome the double blow and the pair shared six wickets between them.
Glamorgan took the last six wickets for just 31 runs in 10.1 overs to give captain Alviro Petersen his first victory in charge.
“It was a very satisfying performance,” said Mott. “After the loss last week against Leicestershire, it was a great response by the boys.
“It was a very flat wicket so I think the bowling group was outstanding and we were pleased with the way we stuck at it. It was a courageous victory as well with a couple of men down.
“We were a bit like a war zone there for a bit and people were going down injured which was disappointing. But James Harris was excellent with the second new ball, Adam Shantry backed him up and the rest of the guys chipped in.”
Mott hailed Harris, who finished with match figures of eight for 101 after claiming a five-wicket haul in the first innings.
It was his first game back since the winter tour of the West Indies but he seemed to acclimatise well after missing the Leicestershire game with food poisoning.
“We turned what could have been a draw at one point of the day to a victory with quite a lot of time to spare,” said 20-year-old Harris.
“I was very disappointed to miss the game against Leicestershire but to come back and get a few wickets, and a Glamorgan win, means I’m obviously very pleased.