Author: Dafydd Jones
Glamorgan and Lancashire were left frustrated by the weather as they played out a draw at Old Trafford.
The Daffs posted a first innings total of 344 all out, but five sessions in the first three days of play were lost due to rain.
On the final day, Lancashire batted to 301-9 as the contest was played out to a draw.
With both sides recording 14 points apiece from the County Championship fixture, Lancashire are top of the group with 93 points, while Glamorgan rise to fourth with 58 points.
In the first innings, Glamorgan’s top order gave the visitors a solid platform, before Joe Cooke (15) and Marnus Labuschagne (12) were both dismissed, as Matthew Maynard’s side were reduced to 82-2.
Despite David Lloyd’s fantastic knock of 78, the visitors were put under further pressure as Lloyd, Billy Root (11) and in-form Kiran Carlson (18) were all dismissed by Luke Wood and James Anderson respectively.
With the Daffs reduced to 153-5, superb contributions from the middle order led the fightback, with captain Chris Cooke recording 33, Callum Taylor hitting 58 and Dan Douthwaite contributing with a timely 68 to take Maynard’s side to a healthy total.
Glamorgan’s tail-end also added runs, with debutant overseas player Michael Neser hitting 17, the returning Andrew Salter adding 7* and Timm van der Gugten contributing with 23.
After five sessions frustratingly behind restricted by rain, the game looked set for a draw.
In reply to Glamorgan’s 344 all out, Lancashire batted to 301-9 on the final day.
Opener Keaton Jennings’ 64 put a platform in place, before being dismissed by Salter.
Debutant Neser took the opening wicket of Alex Davies (15) for his first in Glamorgan colours, while Luke Wells (30) and Josh Bohannon (53) fell to Salter and Taylor respectively.
Lancashire’s middle order added steady runs, as van der Gugten dismissed Liam Livingstone for 25 and Dan Douthwaite claimed the wickets of captain Dane Vilas (25) and Wood (28).
As Lloyd and Neser added to their tally with the wickets of Danny Lamb and Saqib Mahmood respectively, the contest was played out to a draw.
Glamorgan’s next fixture is a tough test as they host Yorkshire at Sophia Gardens.
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