GLAMORGAN kept alive their hopes of Twenty20 qualification with a thrilling vital victory against Worcestershire at the Swalec Stadium.
The Welsh county halted a run of three defeats on their return to Cardiff and should need to win only one of their two home matches over the next six days against Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire to achieve quarter-final qualification.
Half-centuries from Murray Goodwin (59) and Jim Allenby (50) guided Glamorgan to victory as they reached a victory their target of 158 with five balls to spare.
Worcestershire had complied a total of 157 for six with Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera top-scoring with 65, while Graham Wagg continued his successful tournament with three wickets.
The county had won their first two home matches by preparing slow wickets with big boundaries suited to their three-strong spin attack.
But this was a greener wicket more conducive to the faster bowlers with Wagg and Michael Hogan both only conceding 15 runs from their respective four overs.
But the Glamorgan spinners cost 98 runs from their nine combined overs to emphasise the seamer dominance.
New Zealand international Nathan McCullum was the main guilty party as his four overs cost 52 runs.
But this proved irrelevant as the Glamorgan batsman chased down their target for a third successive home victory.
Glamorgan’s opening quartet of wins had seemed a distant memory after being pegged back by a hat-trick of defeats including a couple of heavy hammerings against Somerset and Gloucestershire.
The last time they were at the Swalec Stadium Glamorgan played in front of almost 9,000 people on a scorching Friday night and were rewarded the home crowd with an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Somerset.
But the combination of the drop in temperature, the Tuesday match and maybe even the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Millennium Stadium saw the numbers dwindle to 3,244.
Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat with Allenby bowling for the first time in three games after recovering from a side strain.
Wagg tormented Moeen Ali before getting his man with the Worcestershire opener only managing two from 10 balls.
Samaraweera and Alexei Kervezee consolidated the duo shared a stand of 91 in 10.1 overs but Samaraweera was run out by a direct hit from Goodwin following a foolish quick single attempt.
West Indian Andre Russell was bowled from an inside edge from Wagg before the out-of-sorts McCullum bowled two more poor overs.
The New Zealander delivered three wides in his third over and although he managed to pick up the wicket of Kervezee with Cooke taking the boundary catch, it was uninspiring stuff.
In contrast, Wagg claimed his third wicket when Nick James snaffled Joe Leach on the deep mid-wicket boundary.
But James inexplicably dropped Gareth Andrew next ball before continuing his eventful night as he claimed a catch to dismiss Cox in the final over.
In reply, the out-of-form Mark Wallace was dismissed in the second over when he skied an Russell delivery to Andrew before Cooke holed out at third man.
Russell received treatment off the field after bowling his second over and was permanently forced from the field which worked in Glamorgan’s favour.
Worcestershire missed his remaining two overs while veteran seamer Alan Richardson had been left out of the side.
Glamorgan moved to 34 for two after six powerplay overs before North was trapped lbw for nine by Moeen Ali.
The hosts needed 100 runs from 10 overs with Allenby and Goodwin sharing a superb fourth-wicket stand of 59 in 7.1 overs.
Allenby holed out to long-on in after reaching his half-century but Goodwin continued the assault as he brought up his excellent 50 in 30 balls.
Goodwin was dismissed by Andrew with the final ball of the 18th over but Ben Wright (22 not out) assumed the finishing role as Glamorgan reached their victory target in the final over.