Close of Play Report
Having added 153 in 33 overs between lunch and tea, Marnus Labuschagne and Kiran Carlson were eager to further extend their stand and the Welsh county’s lead which stood at 18 at the interval. Labuschagne began by cover-driving Carson and straight-driving Haines with Sussex still handicapped by the absence of Ollie Robinson.
Labuschagne also brought up the 400 with an imperious straight drive for four against Carson followed next ball by a massive on-drive for six. But with the total on 411 James Coles returned to the attack and had an l.b.w. appeal upheld against the Australian who departed for 138 having added 288 in 64.4 overs with Carlson. With his side leading by 53, Billy Root joined Carlson who reached his 150 by on-driving Coles for four - his 208th delivery - before celebrating by lofting Carson for another straight six.
Root opened his account by cover-driving Coles for four before Carlson biffed Carson through the covers for another well-timed four. Root then greeted the return of Ari Karvelas by square-cutting him for a pair of fours before reverse-sweeping Carson to take Glamorgan’s lead past the 100-mark. But with the total on 474, Root was caught at bat-pad against Coles as Chris Cooke joined Carlson. He flat-batted Coles through the covers for four and helped Carlson to see Glmaorgan through to the close without the loss of further wickets.
Glamorgan began the afternoon session 135 runs in arrears with Kiran Carlson one run short of an impish fifty with the visiting captain playing the role of the aggressor in a century stand before lunch with Marnus Labuschagne. A reverse sweep against James Coles saw Carlson complete his half-century from 77 balls prior to clipping Jack Carson to long-leg. He followed this by guiding Fynn Hudson-Prentice to third man for four followed by a firm on-drive for four.
Labuschagne then cover-drove Carson for four before square-driving Hudson-Prentice. Carlson also cover-drove the spinner for a pair of fours to bring up the 150-stand before flicking the spinner off his hips to the boards at fine-leg. On 285 their stand became Glamorgan’s best-ever for the fourth wicket, beating the unbeaten partnership of 161 between Viv Richards and Tony Cottey at the same ground in 1990.
After a series of singles, the stand-in captain clipped Haines for three to register his tenth first-class hundred, and his first outside Wales since his maiden century against Essex at Chelmsford in 2016.
With Glamorgan on 309-3 the new ball was taken after 80 overs but, with Robinson off the field it was Ari Karvelas and Hudson-Prentice who returned to the attack. The latter was clipped to square-leg by Labuschagne to reach 86 and complete 10,000 runs in first-class cricket.
The Australian then reached his century with successive fours against Hudson-Prentice with the second being a pull to square-leg - his sixteenth boundary and 185th delivery. He followed this with a fierce straight-drive for four against Haines - a stroke which Carlson copied with assurance against Karvelas in the next over before cover-driving Haines.
Carlson then deftly nurdled Karvelas for four to third man before Labuschagne wiped off the deficit by late-cutting Carson for three. Carlson continued his fluent innings by driving Karvelas to mid-wicket before next ball, deflecting him to the ropes at fine-leg
Glamorgan began the third day of this contest, still 240 runs in arrears and with two batters at the opposite end of the career spectrum together at the crease. At one end was Marnus Labuschagne, the World’s number one Test batter and a man needing a further 72 runs today to complete a career tally of 10,000 runs in all first-class cricket. At the other end was the rookie Zain ul Hassan, a former member of Worcestershire’s Academy and a batter with a double-hundred to his name in 2nd XI cricket prior to agreeing terms with the Welsh county and, very effectively, doing service opening the innings for his new employers on his debut in first-class cricket.
After an over from Tom Haines, Ari Karvelas switched to the Cromwell Road End and bowled in tandem with Jack Carson. The latter made the initial incision into the Glamorgan batting as, in his fourth over of the morning, he had ul Hassan smartly stumped by Oli Carter as the opener overbalanced trying to sweep the off-spinner. 123-2 immediately became 123-3 as Sam Northeast was adjudged l.b.w. to the next delivery.
Kiran Carlson survived the hat-trick ball before Ollie Robinson returned to the attack to continue his fascinating duel with Labuschagne ahead of the Ashes. At first, it was advantage Australia as the England seamer was clipped to square-leg by Labuschagne, who also cover-drove Carson for four. Carlson had a life when James Coles at third slip spilled a catch as the visiting captain edged Robinson.
Despite Robinson having five slips, Carlson celebrated his reprieve by playing a pair of cover-drives against the seamer as well as dancing down the pitch to Carson and straight driving the spinner. Labuschagne also caressed a delivery from Carson off the back foot through the covers before Carlson drilled the Irishman to the boards at long-on.
Labuschagne then lofted Carson in the same direction for a huge six which prompted a change in bowling at the Sea End with Coles’ left-arm spin being employed instead. Carlson duly lofted Coles to long-off for six prior to Labuschagne striking Coles for a four through the covers and a six over square-leg to complete a patient fifty from 121 balls.