Glamorgan fall short in record chase of 593 in tie

Vitality County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham (day four)

Gloucestershire 179 & 610-5 dec: Bracey 204*, Bancroft 184

Glamorgan 197 & 592: Northeast 184, Labuschagne 119; Singh Dale 3-124

Gloucestershire (11 pts) tied with Glamorgan (11 pts)

Match scorecard

Gloucestershire and Glamorgan played out an epic last-ball tie as Glamorgan came within one run of setting a new world-record chase of 593.

Wicketkeeper James Bracey took a stunning catch to dismiss Glamorgan’s last man Jamie McIlroy as Glamorgan were left 592 all out.

Sam Northeast made a marathon 187 and Marnus Labuschagne hit 119 to take Glamorgan close to victory in the County Championship Division Two match.

But with two needed off the final over, Gloucestershire seamer Ajeet Singh Dale only conceded a single and then removed McIlroy with the last ball.

Mason Crane was left stranded for a fine unbeaten 43.

It means West Zone's 541-7 in India's domestic league in 2010 is still the highest winning total in first-class cricket.

Middlesex hold the record for the biggest chase in the County Championship - scoring 502-6 to beat Nottinghamshire in 1925, while Surrey scored 501-5 to overcome Kent last season.

In this game at Cheltenham, both sides looked favourites to win at times in a dramatic last session.

The huge second-innings scores came after both sides were bowled out for under 200 first time around.

Starting the day on 222-3, Labuschagne and Northeast took their stand to 153 as Labuschagne notched up his second century in his fourth and probably final Championship match of the season.

Beau Webster’s spell of seam caused the batters problems and the giant Tasmanian struck in unusual fashion as Labuschagne was caught at backward square leg for 119 to provide the only morning wicket.

Chris Cooke, another man capable of a long innings, lasted 50 minutes for a watchful 14 before edging a fine ball from Matt Taylor as Bracey claimed the catch.

But Dan Douthwaite (39) played a sensible support role in a century stand with Northeast before blasting Ollie Price to cover just before tea as the home side seized back the initiative.

Glamorgan needed 140 with just four wickets standing going into the last session in the gloom.

Timm van der Gugten chipped in a valuable 31 before being caught behind off Singh Dale, before Gloucestershire finally removed Northeast driving at Taylor to give Bracey his ninth victim of the game.

He had faced 277 balls and struck 22 fours in a magnificent display of skill and concentration, but his dismissal left the Shire on top.

Marchant de Lange removed Andy Gorvin for seven with 43 balls left, leaving Crane to farm the strike and protect number 11 McIlroy.

Webster thought he had McIlroy caught behind with three overs to spare, but umpire Naeem Ashraf turned down the impassioned appeals.

As Glamorgan looked set to settle for a draw, Crane hit three successive fours in the 150th over.

McIlroy glanced a four in the penultimate over leaving two needed off Singh Dale’s last over, but Crane turned down an early single before taking one off the fifth ball.

McIlroy edged the last delivery for a soaring Bracey to take a county record-equalling 10th catch of the game, prompting delirious celebrations from his team-mates.