Promotion now beyond Glamorgan, concedes Petersen

Alviro Petersen has admitted Glamorgan’s hopes of promotion out of Division Two of the LV County Championship are over for yet another season.

The Welsh county’s captain knows that last week’s draw against Essex has left Glamorgan with probably too much to do. They are now in seventh place, 37 points adrift of the promotion places with four games remaining.

Glamorgan’s last matches are against Leicestershire (home), Gloucestershire (away), Middlesex (home) and Kent (away).

“Promotion looks like it could be out of the window at this stage,” said the South African. Moreover, Glamorgan’s season has so far mis-fired – they have won only 10 games in 36.

Glamorgan needed to beat Essex but there were accusations that Petersen delayed the declaration on the final day which allowed the visitors to bat out for a draw despite slumping to 104 for six, chasing a target of 333 to win from 53 overs.

“Hindsight is always a perfect science,” said Petersen, who waited until his side reached 296 for 7 on the final day before calling an end to the innings.

“We did the right thing. We made the call that it was the right time to declare. We didn’t want to give them a chance of victory. We had played good cricket and the least we deserved was a draw. We didn’t deserve a loss.

“In hindsight we could have declared a little bit earlier, but I’m proud of the boys and the way we fought. It was a difficult pitch on which to get 10 wickets in under a day. We really needed a full day to try to bowl them out.”

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