Lancashire move further clear with thumping Glamorgan win
Dane Vilas's men wrap up a huge innings and 150 run victory over the Welsh county at Colwyn Bay, putting them on the brink of promotion back to Division One
Lancashire increased their lead at the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two with a comprehensive win in under three days against a Glamorgan team who were outclassed in every department
The margin of victory, an innings and 150 runs, was emphatic as Lancashire opened up a sizeable gap by defeating the team who started this round of fixtures closest to them.
It puts the Red Rose well clear at the top of the table, with a return to the top division of first-class cricket looking inevitable.
Apart from Dane Vilas’ brilliant innings that enabled Lancashire gain a lead of 288 on first innings, their seam attack probed incessantly in both innings, with the impressive Danny Lamb, in only his fifth first-class game, claiming six wickets.
Lancashire resumed on 544 for 9, but their innings lasted only four balls before Saqib Mahmood edged Samit Patel to slip after a single had been added.
When Glamorgan began their second innings 288 runs adrift, Nick Selman was almost dismissed from the first ball of the innings when Tom Bailey failed to hold on to a return catch.
Five runs later Charlie Hemphrey departed, leg before to Lamb, who was quickly followed by Shaun Marsh, and when David Lloyd and Billy Root were dismissed by Richard Gleeson in successive deliveries, the home team had subsided to 40/4.
Patel and Chris Cooke then shared an useful partnership of 42, before both were out leg before, Cooke the fifth LBW victim of the innings and the team’s top scorer with 41.
The last four wickets fell for fifteen runs and at 3:30pm Lancashire were on their way home, with Glamorgan left to reflect on their two recent heavy Championship defeats.
Lancashire return to Vitality Blast action on Sunday at Worcestershire Rapids, with the four-day fixtures returning through September to round off the season.
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