A quarter of the County Championship season is over and yet Glamorgan’s batsmen are still looking for their first century of the campaign.
And Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott has told his side to learn from the Essex batsmen after watching his side slip to a six-wicket defeat – their second of the season.
Not for the first time Glamorgan’s bid for a victory was undone by Ravi Bopara, who inspired his side to a first victory of the summer with an unbeaten 136 helping to chase down 360 to win. Four years ago Bopara scored 147 at Swansea to take his side to victory.
And apart from Mark Wallace’s 82 in the second innings Essex showed the Welsh county the way in the batting department.
Alastair Cook laid the foundations to Essex’s run chase with a fluent 79 before Bopara and Matt Walker (97) shared a record fourth-wicket partnership against Glamorgan with a stand of 217.
“Cook’s innings set the game up for them, but Bopara and Walker won them the match after we thought we could win the game,” said Mott.
“It was a fantastic effort and that is where we need to go. We had a lot of contributions from different batters throughout the game, but we never took the match away from them.
“That is what we need to do if we are going to contend for promotion. We have not scored a hundred this year in four matches and that is what the batting group are focused on.
“Everyone seems to be in reasonable nick, but we need match-winning partnerships like that to win games.”
Not helping matters is the form of Glamorgan captain Alviro Petersen who insists he is the worst batting nick of his cricket career.
A renowned Tweeter, he admitted on his Twitter account that he was in the midst of his worst batting travails.
Petersen scored 17 in the second innings against Essex and has now scored just 140 runs in his last seven innings.
In all he has 231 runs – including 91 in the opening game against Leicestershire - at an average of just under 29 in the first four Championship matches.
“I am playing the worst cricket of my career,” he told his 9,000 Twitter followers. “It is a lonely place when things are not going well.”