GLAMORGAN narrowly missed out on making history on the final day of a thrilling Vitality County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire which ended in a remarkable tie at Cheltenham.

In the unlikely hunt of a world record run chase of 593, the Welsh county dramatically levelled the scores which left last man Jamie McIlroy requiring just a single off the final ball of the match to achieve the win.

However, he edged Ajeet Singh Dale’s delivery and was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper James Bracey to spark scenes of mayhem among delighted home supporters.

Skipper Sam Northeast top-scored with a brilliant 187 and Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne made 119 to put Glamorgan in with a chance of eclipsing the highest run chase of all time, the 536 successfully pursued by West Zone in a Duleep Trophy match against South Zone in India in February 2010.

Gloucestershire’s bowlers held their nerve under extreme pressure as Matt Taylor took three for 120, including the crucial wicket of Northeast, leaving the visitors to score 32 off 10 overs.

Mason Crane raised 43 not out, but Singh Dale delivered the crushing blow to the visitors at the death.

The first tied game in county cricket in six years earned the two sides 11 points apiece, with Glamorgan registering the highest fourth-innings score in any first-class match played in England and the third best of all time.