Close of Play Report
Glamorgan had reached 117-3 at tea, with Colin Ingram completing his fifty in the opening over of the session as he thick-edged a delivery from Ed Barnard to the vacant ropes at third man. He celebrated by drilling Dillon Pennington over the head of extra-cover for four but next over the bowler removed Kiran Carlson who edged a brute of a rising delivery into Gareth Roderick’s gloves.
With Billy Root as his new partner, Ingram again cover-drove Pennington before flicking Barnard to the ropes at fine-leg when he switched to the Diglis End. Root also found the boundary boards but in an involuntary way as he edged a drive when Josh Baker returned at the New Road End. He also miscued a lofted drive against Baker just out of the reach of Brett D’Oliveira as he scampered back at mid-off.
Despite the gloomy and overcast conditions, Ingram unfurled another coruscating cover drive against Leach before Root reverse-swept Brett D’Oliveira for a pair of fours when the home captain had an over. Ingram then cover-drove Baker for four when the left-arm spinner returned at the New Road with the seamers rotating in a series of short spells at the Diglis End in a bid to dislodge the fifth wicket pair.
However, the two southpaws remained resolute with Root off-driving Barnard for four as they continued to chisel away at the target. Ingram duly reached his patient century by sweeping Baker for four – his 13th boundary and 197th delivery. With the light having improved, Pennington returned at the New Road End and was flicked to backward square-leg by Root. With three and a half overs remaining, it was Barnard who ended the stand as he trapped Ingram leg before with a delivery which kept a fraction low.
Glamorgan ended the day on 232-5 and with the new ball immediately available tomorrow morning, and 100 runs still needed, there is the prospect of an enthralling, and potentially nerve-jangling conclusion to this contest
Glamorgan were 36-1 when play resumed after lunch with Ed Barnard and Dillon Pennington continuing the bowling duties. Colin Ingram began by straight-driving Barnard for four before Eddie Byrom pulled a short ball from Dillon Pennington for six. Ingram then greeted the return of Joe Leach into the attack by square-driving him for four before straight-driving Josh Baker when the left-arm spinner also had a trundle at the New Road End.
With the total on 78 it was Baker who broke through as Byrom top-edged a reverse-sweep with Barnard completing the catch as Sam Northeast became Ingram’s new partner. The latter had a moment of good fortune as he inside-edged Leach for four before Northeast opened his account by cover-driving and on-driving Leach to the ropes. Ingram also swept Baker for four to bring up the hundred but nine runs later Northeast was caught by Pennington at third man as he attempted to upper cut Morris
A spell of 3-2 in 19 balls by Michael Neser during the final session yesterday helped Glamorgan stifle Worcestershire’s ambitions of a sizeable lead, but despite Neser’s efforts the Pears were still 279 runs ahead with four wickets remaining when play resumed this morning at 1110 after a short delay because of bad light. Neser struck in his second over of the day as Gareth Roderick edged to third slip where, at the second attempt, Colin Ingram pouched the ball.
With Joe Leach as his new partner, Charlie Morris inside-edged Michael Hogan for four before unfurling a booming cover-drive for four against Neser. But next over, Hogan found the edge of Leach’s bat as Tom Cullen completed his eighth catch of the game – one short of the Club record held jointly by Mark Wallace and Colin Metson. Josh Baker took the lead past the 300-mark as he cover drove Hogan for four before finding the ropes again as he on-drove Neser followed by a pair of booming off-drives when David Lloyd entered the attack at the New Road End.
However, their little spree ended when Andrew Salter replaced Lloyd as the off-spinner re-arranged Morris’ stumps with his third delivery. He then ended the innings with his next ball as Dillon Pennington drove it back into his hands as Worcestershire’s second innings ended on 199, leaving Glamorgan with a target of 332 in the remaining 176 overs.
Lloyd had an early life as Baker at fourth slip dropped a head high chance as Leach found the edge of the visiting captain’s bat, with Eddie Byrom also opening his account with an outside edge through the gully against Morris. However, the next boundaries came in front of the wicket as Lloyd clipped Leach through mid-wicket, before on-driving the all-rounder through mid-on. But with the total on 21 Lloyd drove Morris into the hands of Brett D’Oliveira at mid-off.
Colin Ingram joined Byrom and saw Glamorgan through to lunch without any further alarms besides square-cutting Dillon Pennington when he appeared at the Diglis End.