Wright claims five-for in day two

DAY 2 | Glamorgan CCC 435 v Leicestershire CCC 191 for nine            

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REPORT | Chris Wright led the way for Leicestershire CCC but Glamorgan CCC again took the honours on the second day at Sophia Gardens.

Chris Cooke posted his second Specsavers County Championship half-century of the year as he top-scored with 96 in a first innings score of 435.

Wright claimed his second Leicestershire CCC five-for as he took four wickets on the second day at Sophia Gardens, finishing with 25.4-8-64-5.

County replied with 191 for nine, with Wright unbeaten on 26 after good knocks by Paul Horton (49), Harry Swindells (29) and Hassan Azad (28).

Glamorgan CCC commenced day two on 300 for 4 but the conditions had changed somewhat since 10:30am on Monday.

The gloomy musk that carried over from the River Taff during the proceedings early on Monday had dissipated as the sun blanketed Sophia Gardens come the start of day two.

However, Leicestershire CCC did have the new ball in hand after taking it during the 91st over. The ball was only two deliveries old as day one came to a premature end due to bad light.

It took two overs before County broke the 67-run partnership of Billy Root and Cooke as the former was caught at slip off the bowling of Gavin Griffiths for 36. The two had put on a quickfire 22 runs since the beginning of day two, including a maximum for Cooke.

Griffiths was having fun with the new ball as he took his second wicket in as many overs overs as he saw off Glamorgan’s new man at the crease, Graham Wagg, for just three after pinning the all-rounder in front.

The hosts then went on to post their third half-century of the innings, as captain Cooke took 49 balls to join Lloyd and Patel. The fifty included five fours and a six.

Cooke then spearheaded the hosts’ charge to earn maximum batting bonus points after hitting the penultimate delivery of the 110 overs for his second maximum over the leg-side.

He then followed the six up with another four to bring himself within touching distance of three figures.

County then found their third wicket of the day as Swindells caught Salter’s slight edge from the bowling of Wright.

Glamorgan were now at 406 for seven, which soon became eight as Glamorgan’s captain fell four short of his ton. Wright clattered his middle and off sticks with a vicious yorker.

Wright then earned his fourth of the innings as he swung a lovely delivery back into Rory Smith (12) to hit the batsman’s off stump.

Three balls later, Wright claimed his five-for and subsequently brought Glamorgan CCC’s innings to an end. Carey lifted his delivery into the off-side where Harry Dearden was on hand to catch.

County began their reply with impetus, with captain Horton leading the way by hitting three boundaries in the first five overs.  

Soon, the fifty partnership was brought up for County from the 67th ball and Azad’s first boundary of the day.

Horton’s impressive innings came to end one run shy of his half-century as he chopped a wide Hogan delivery onto his own stumps.

County had made an impressive start to their reply at 85 for one as Colin Ackermann walked out to the crease.

The home side then capitalised on their first wicket as they then took four more for just two runs.

Ackermann and Cosgrove went in the same over to Patel's slow left arm, Ackermann (1) pinned lbw, whereas Cosgrove (0) was bowled.

George Rhodes (0) replaced Cosgrove at the crease and was bowled by Rory Smith, then the following over saw Azad - who had had five different partners at the crease by the 25th over - was caught by Billy Root off the bowling of Patel for 28.

County found themselves at 87 for five with the two Harrys - Dearden and Swindells - at the crease.

Leicestershire’s ton was then brought up with four byes from Rory Smith’s bouncer, and was quickly followed by Swindells’ first boundary of the day.

Prior to this, Dearden also earned his first boundary of the day as the duo looked about rebuilding the Foxes’ innings.

The wicket of Dearden saw the Foxes go into an early tea six wickets down, as the batsman was trapped lbw by Salter for 9.

Ben Mike came in at the beginning of the final session of day two following the wicket of Dearden and began building a partnership with Swindells.

Swindells was seeing the ball well and began finding the rope with added ease, whereas Mike, was fresh at the crease but also began finding the rope.

The duo had put on 35 before the next wicket fell. Swindells (29) found the gloves of wicket-keeper Cooke off Hogan.

Mike (16) was the next wicket to fall after he was pinned lbw by Smith. Before that wicket, Wright smashed Samit Patel over leg-side for the Foxes’ first maximum of the game, immediately preceded by his opening four of the game.

Griffiths joined his new ball partner at the crease as Leicestershire CCC sat 119 runs shy of the 286-run target to avoid Glamorgan CCC enforcing the follow-on.

Griffiths (3) though, lasted ten balls before meeting the same fate as Mike previously, trapped lbw by Smith as the bowler claimed his third wicket of the day.

Will Davis (6no) came in to form the last partnership of the day alongside Wright (26no), who was going well, and the duo succeeded in seeing County through to the third day.

FIGURES (1st inns) | Wright 25.4-8-64-5, Griffiths 27-7-71-3, Davis 25-6-87-0, Mike 22-5-99-2, Ackermann 11-1-56-0, Rhodes 1-0-3-0, Cosgrove 5-1-16-0

TEAM | Horton (capt), Ackermann, Azad, Cosgrove, Davis, Dearden, Griffiths, Mike, Rhodes, Swindells (wk), Wright.

Glamorgan CCC | Cooke (capt & wk), Selman, Brathwaite, Cullen, Lloyd, Root, Patel, Salter, Smith, Carery, Hogan.

IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallet of Outside Off for providing the images throughout the game.

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