18th September 2019
Wright posts half-century for battling Foxes
DAY 3 | Glamorgan CCC 435 & 251 for 5d. v Leicestershire CCC 263 & 32 for 2
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE.
REACTION | Assistant Coach John Sadler spoke to BBC Radio Leicester at stumps on day three of Specsavers County Championship action at Sophia Gardens. Click HERE to listen to the interview.
REPORT | Chris Wright and Will Davis proved a thorn in Glamorgan CCC's side as they posted a partnership of 92 for the final wicket in the first innings.
Wright posted a maiden first-class half-century for Leicestershire CCC, while Davis posted career-best first-class batting figures.
Glamorgan CCC responded with 251 for five, including a Kraigg Brathwaite ton, giving them a lead of 423 after declaration.
County closed their second innings at 32 for two with Hassan Azad 15no and Mark Cosgrove 3no.
The third day got underway in glorious sunshine in Cardiff as Leicestershire CCC returned to the crease on 191 for nine with Wright 26no and Davis 6no. County were 95 runs shy of the follow-on target, that, if Leicestershire CCC didn’t reach, Glamorgan CCC would likely enforce.
Wright and Davis came out in terrific form, hitting 16 from the first over which saw the Foxes bring up the 200.
Davis struck early boundaries, first off Hogan and then off Smith, both back down the wicket and over the rope at long-on.
The first five overs of the day passed, and County had already posted 33 runs and both batsmen were looking in great touch as Glamorgan CCC opened with a seam attack. Samit Patel soon joined the attack, though, following his exploits yesterday during Leicestershire’s middle order.
The batsmen were accelerating towards the target of 286 to avoid the follow-on helped on its way by Wright’s maiden first-class half-century for the Foxes coming from 75 balls - including eight fours and one six.
Davis was also setting personal records as he posted new career-best first-class batting figures, surpassing the previous best of 25 set against Sussex CCC for Derbyshire CCC.
The partnership ended on 92, though, after Wright (60) was stumped by wicket-keeper Cooke off Patel, and Leicestershire CCC ended their innings on 263, just 23 runs short of the follow-on target and Davis finished 39no.
Glamorgan CCC decided to not enforce the follow-on as openers Nick Selman and Brathwaite came to the crease to begin their second innings.
It took 39 balls before the opening partnership was broken as Griffiths claimed the first of the second innings – his fourth of the game – with Selman (8) trapped in front.
Leicestershire CCC were battling away with the ball in hand, with the attack of Griffiths, Wright and Davis posing questions for the Glamorgan batsmen, and their hard work paid off just before lunch.
Davis claimed his first wicket of the game after Lloyd (25) nicked a delivery that slightly swung back out through to Harry Swindells who caught his second of the game - lunch then came with the hosts at 63 for two.
The first wicket of the second session came after an hour as Ackermann bowled his second over of the day after County added a bit of spin to the attack - Patel (33) was the wicket to fall as the off-spinner pinned him in front.
Patel’s replacement, Billy Root, came in and saw remaining opener Brathwaite through to his half-century which came off 119 balls.
County managed to claim another wicket just before the tea interval as Wright trapped Root lbw for 19 to claim his sixth wicket of the game with a wonderful delivery that swung back in and deceived the batsman. Tea then came as the hosts were at 171 for four.
Forty minutes into the final session and Wright claimed his seventh wicket of the game after bowling Glamorgan CCC captain Chris Cooke for 43.
A declaration from the hosts was growing nearer and nearer and eventually came as Brathwaite posted his century coming off 171 balls including 12 fours and one six.
Glamorgan CCC ended their second innings on 251, giving them a lead of 423 as County come back out to bat for the remaining 17 overs.
Captain Paul Horton got Leicestershire CCC’s response underway, sending Hogan down to third man for the first four of the innings in the third over. The following over, though, Horton (7) edged a delivery from Lukas Carey through to 'keeper Cooke, who caught well.
Ten balls later and Leicestershire CCC lost their second wicket. Colin Ackermann (1) edged a delivery from Carey to the hands of David Lloyd at first slip as the Foxes slipped to 18 for 2 within the first six overs.
Cosgrove then came out to the crease and, alongside Azad, saw out the remaining overs in the day as County ended the day without further loss.
FIGURES (2nd inns) | Griffiths 14.5-5-36-1, Wright 14.3-2-67-2, Davis 10-2-38-1, Mike 6-0-20-0, Ackermann 16-0-75-1, Cosgrove 0.1-0-0-0
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.