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Robert Croft reaches 1,000-wicket mark for Glamorgan

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Robert Croft has become the fourth Glamorgan bowler to reach 1,000 first-class wickets for the Welsh county.

The 40-year-old off-spinner reached the milestone on the second day of Glamorgan's County Championship match with Leicestershire in Swansea.

He went into the match needing three wickets and took those of Matthew Boyce, Jacques du Toit and Wayne White.

Don Shepherd, Jack Mercer and Johnnie Clay are the other three to have claimed 1,000 first-class wickets.

Shepherd, who had 2,218 first-class victims, was first onto the pitch along with another Glamorgan great - all-rounder Peter Walker - to congratulate Croft, bringing him a deserved glass of champagne.

"As much as anything to do it down where the 'old lady' is, down here at St Helen's [is special]," Croft said.

"It's looked after me very well over the years, it was always a game that I've looked forward to, it's held dear.

"Look at the history it holds in Glamorgan cricket and it always has a part to play and it's played its part again today."

Croft started the County Championship encounter on Wednesday with 997 victims and moved to within touching distance of his cherished milestone by close of play.

Twenty-eight overs passed before Croft was called into the attack shortly before lunch, the former England man bowling three successive maidens before the break.

All-rounder Jim Allenby had claimed the first Leicestershire wicket during the morning session, removing Will Jefferson, before Croft struck early in the afternoon as he enticed left-handed opener Boyce into edging to wicket-keeper Mark Wallace.

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Du Toit and James Taylor dug in and guided Leicestershire through to tea, but in the evening session Croft struck for the second time as South African Du Toit became Croft's 999th victim, Wallace again taking the catch behind the stumps.

Leicestershire resumed on 225-5 the following morning, but heavy rain on Thursday washed out the morning session.

Glamorgan's young seamer James Harris made the breakthrough, as Tom New nicked one through to Wallace, but it did not take long for Croft to get in on the fun.

Another measured delivery fooled the man at the crease - White departing for eight - as Wallace pounced down the leg side, taking his fourth catch of the innings.

But most importantly it was the keeper's third off the bowling of Croft, bringing the spinner to that magic millennium of first-class victims and into a select band of Glamorgan greats.

Having already scored 10,000 runs for Glamorgan, Croft became the county's first cricketer - and only the ninth for all counties since 1945 - to achieve the double of 1,000 first-class wickets and 10,000 first-class runs for a single county.

The wicket also left the Welsh county, chasing promotion from Division Two, handily placed as it reduced the visitors to 242-7 before rain intervened again.



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