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Glamorgan close in on target after more wickets fall at Cardiff

Glamorgan close in on target after more wickets fall at Cardiff

Another fast moving day where fourteen more wickets fell at Sophia Gardens saw the hosts close on 137-3 in their quest to chase down a target of 188 after their bowlers, led by Michael Neser, had earlier bowled the Red Rose out for 164.

A batting collapse after lunch saw Lancashire lose their way, tumbling from 88-2 to 124-8 following a superb post-lunch spell by Glamorgan paceman Neser.

Neser was the catalyst for a frantic thirty minutes after lunch that swung the game the way of the Welsh county and may have gone a long way in deciding outcome of this match.

An excellent opening partnership of 72 by Joe Cooke and David Lloyd set Glamorgan on their way although Tom Bailey and Saqib Mahmood both produced good opening spells and were unfortunate not to have made a breakthrough.

It was Matt Parkinson who finally broke the partnership when he had Cooke taken at slip by Luke Wells with Glamorgan 116 away from their target.

Bailey took the second wicket when David Lloyd clipped his on-drive straight to Keaton Jennings at mid-wicket after making 41.

And Mahmood returned to trap Billy Root for 3 as Lancashire fought every inch of the way through the evening session.

Marnus Labuschagne (32 not out) and Kiran Carlson (14 not out) batted through to the close on 137-3 to need another 51 when play resumes tomorrow.

Having succeeded with their first task of claiming the remaining Glamorgan wicket from just the second ball of the day, courtesy of a smart piece of fielding by Tom Bailey who ran out Michael Hogan without addition to the hosts’ overnight total of 150, Lancashire were then bowled out themselves for 164 in 51.1 overs.

It was fairly serene progress through the morning for the Red Rose side despite the loss of Jennings for 12 and Wells for 28 but they were still well in command at 88-2 with Alex Davies five balls away from reaching lunch having made an excellent 47.

That position shifted slightly when Neser trapped Davies lbw and the Glamorgan paceman returned after the break to produce an inspired spell of 4-18 from the River End that helped wreck the Lancashire innings during an explosive passage of play that saw five wickets fall for 36 runs in 39 balls.

Liam Livingstone hit Dan Douthwaite for three fours in the second over of the afternoon that also produced four leg byes. Josh Bohannon followed that by hitting Neser for four but was bowled next ball.

Livingstone then got a big outside edge attempting to flick Dan Douthwaite through mid-wicket and was brilliantly caught by Neser diving forward at third man while Dane Vilas did really well to dig out a searing yorker from Neser in the same over.

Two balls later Luke Wood was run out for 0 by a superb throw by Marnus Labuschagne after he and Vilas tried to take a quick single.

Then Neser dealt a double blow trapping Vilas lbw for 12 and Bailey caught behind first ball to leave Lancashire reeling on 124-8.

Danny Lamb (19) and Mahmood (12) stemmed the clatter of wickets with a 29-run partnership across 17 overs for the eighth wicket before David Lloyd nipped both out in quick succession to end the innings on 164 and leave Glamorgan requiring 188 to win.

Their batsmen then combined to make a great start towards that target as the hosts look to clinch a victory that could keep their qualification hopes alive.

Ken Grime
Photos: Luke Adams

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