Close of Play Report
Facing a deficit of 118, Tom Haines and Tom Alsop faced the new ball pairing of Andy Gorvin and Michael Neser. Alsop flicked Gorvin to fine-leg and mid-wicket before Haines played successive balls from the all-rounder behind and in front of square on the off-side for further boundaries. Salter duly replaced him at the River End with the spinner making a breakthrough in his first over as Alsp miscued a drive to Kiran Carlson at short extra-cover.
29-1 saw Tom Clark make his way to the middle despite having been off the field after lunch to visit hospital for an X-ray on his wrist after being struck whilst fielding. Next over, Tom Cullen, the substitute keeper took a fine catch diving down the leg-side to pouch a glance by Tom Haines., as for the second time in the match Oli Carter arrived in the middle with the scoreboard reading 29-2. The first innings centurion nearly departed for a duck as he flicked Weighell just wide of the fielder stationed at leg-gully, before Clark cut Salter for four, followed by an on-driven four.
Clark then on-drove and pulled Weighell for a pair of fours before both Neser and Gorvin had a second salvo. The third wicket pair remained resolute as Ingram also had a brief foray shortly before the close, with the Springbok striking with the final ball of the day as he bowled Clark with the ball spinning back onto his stumps after playing a defensive stroke.
The morning session had ended with James Weighell hitting Archie Lenham for four and a six as Glamorgan took lunch on 361-5, still 15 runs in arrears, and with Eddie Byrom unbeaten on a career-best 153. Sean Hunt and Henry Crocombe continued the bowling duties with Byrom clipping the former to the ropes at fine-leg before Weighell cover-drove the latter. However, Hunt removed the latter as he rearranged his stumps as Michael Neser joined Byrom with the Welsh county still four runs in arrears.
An exquisite off-drive for four by Byrom against Crocombe took Glamorgan into the lead before Neser swatted Crocombe to mid-wicket for four and cover-drove the next delivery. Byrom also drilled Hunt through mid-on for four before Glamorgan secured another batting point in the 108th over as Byrom reverse-swept Lenham. But the teenage spinner gained revenge later in the over as the opener attempted to repeat the stroke but ended up spooning the ball to Tom Haines at backward point and departing for a career-best 176.
403-7 saw the arrival of Andrew Salter who opened his account by cover-driving Brooks for four before Neser opened his shoulders and plonked Lenham into the River Stand for six prior to a delicate sweep for four against the seventeen year-old. Neser also pulled Brooks for four but with the total on 443, he was stumped by Tim Seifert after jaywalking down the wicket to Tom Haines.
His departure saw the belated arrival of Chris Cooke, with Kiran Carlson as his runner and he showed no sign of discomfort as he harpooned a full toss from Delray Rawlins for six high over the boards at mid-wicket before elegantly straight-driving Haines for four, followed by a pull for four against Rawlins. Cooke also drove Lenham through extra-cover for another boundary before pulling Crocombe for four as the lead went into three figures.
Salter pulled Dan Ibrahim for six as the ninth wicket pair further extended the lead but with the total on 493, Cooke edged Crocombe into Seifert’s gloves. Dan Ibrahim then trapped Andy Gorvin l.b.w. as the Glamorgan innings ended on 494 shortly before tea.
No wickets fell after lunch yesterday as Colin Ingram and Eddie Byrom shared an unbroken second wicket stand of 253 and each scored centuries to take the Welsh county within 118 runs of the visitor’s total. Both batters unfurled some high-class strokes as they feasted on the inexperience of the visiting attack with their stand, at the start this morning, being 38 runs shy of the all-time second wicket record of 291 set by Marnus Labuschagne and Nick Selman, also against Sussex at Hove in 2019.
With the new ball ten overs away, the pair of left-handers resumed this morning against the medium pace of Dan Ibrahim and the leg-spin of Archie Lenham, with the latter being drilled through mid-on for the day’s first boundary. A single to extra cover saw Ingram complete his 150 from 228 balls before beating his previous best for Glamorgan - 155* against Nottinghamshire at Sophia Gardens, 2017 – by late cutting Ibrahim for four.
He celebrated by sweeping Lenham for four before Ibrahim found the edge of Byrom’s bat with the ball bisecting first slip and wicket-keeper, with Byrom cheekily nurdling the next delivery to the same location at third man, much to the annoyance of the bowler. The new ball was then taken after 80 overs as Jack Brooks returned to the attack, with the pair of southpaws immediately breaking the record second wicket stand as Ingram drilled the bowler through backward point.
The 300-stand came up, with another batting point, courtesy of a no ball by Brooks before Byrom on 126, had a life as Tim Seifert spilled an edge when Hunt returned to the fray. The pair continued to accumulate when the change bowlers, Ibrahim and Henry Crocombe, had a spell in tandem with Byrom pulling the former for four but it was the latter, with the total on 333, who ended the stand of 328 from 90 overs as Ingram drilled the young seamer into Tom Alsop’s hands at short mid-wicket.
Crocombe then bowled Sam Northeast with a yorker before Kiran Carlson survived the hat-trick ball, but next over he feathered a catch into Seifert’s gloves as Crocombe claimed his third victim in the space of seven balls for a cost of one run. 339-4 saw the arrival of Billy Root with Byrom shortly afterwards reaching his 150 from 279 balls, before surpassing his previous best score in first-class cricket – 152 in a domestic match in Zimbabwe – by leg-glancing Lenham for a single. But in the meantime, Root had departed l.b.w. to Hunt as James Weighell became Byrom’s new partner.