Quick wickets leave Surrey in control



Glamorgan lost a number of quick wickets

Glamorgan lost a number of quick wickets

Resuming on 216-4 after a rain interruption that also included tea, it did not take long for the action to resume for Glamorgan. In the second ball of the session Huw Waters completed his maiden first class half century as he comfortably ran two off his graceful shot.

However, having toiled for over three-and-a-half hours to reach his milestone, he found himself walking back to Sophia Garden’s pavilion just two balls later. Mark Wallace looked to run one however the ball ran straight to Tom Maynard at square leg who continued his fine run of form on his return to his former county as he crisply threw the ball into the gloves of his wicketkeeper, who had all the time in the world to dislodge the bails and send Waters on his way.

A further 55 were added as Wallace looked to steady the Glamorgan ship once more;  as they still lay 204 short of not being required to follow on, 426 being the required target; before Wallace was retracing the steps of Waters, this time with 55 to his name.

What was imperative for Glamorgan following Wallace’s dismissal was that they got back on track once more, at 277-7 it would be disastrous to lose another quick wicket and to find themselves very much relying on the tale to hold on for as long as possible. However this did not happen, as just 4 runs later, on 281, Robert Croft saw himself caught by a substitute fielder as he returned to the pavilion with 18 runs from 50 balls.

That left the score on 281-8 with James Harris and Graham Wagg at the crease and only Dean Cosker to follow to try and defend until what had now turned into a 7:00pm finish time on day three of this LV County Championship match due to the rain earlier in the day.

Those three wickets look to have turned the tide back in favour of the away side as it looks nigh on impossible for Glamorgan to make it to 426 and avoid the follow on. Their only hope will be that they can amass enough runs and eat up as much time as possible in their second innings and not allow Surrey the time to see out the win on the final day.

Having said that, if Surrey have a full day to find ten wickets in the final day at Sophia Gardens, they would back themselves to do so and see out the match.




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