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Cardiff encounter remains tight

Honours were left virtually even at stumps on day two of Glamorgan's LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Gloucestershire at the SWALEC Stadium.

Will Gidman starred for the visitors with 4-64, while Jim Allenby scored 85 as Glamorgan reached 271 for nine in response to Gloucestershire’s 275 all out.

Gloucestershire had resumed their first innings on 228 for eight after only 82.1 overs had been possible on the first day because of bad light during the final hour.

Glamorgan had probably hoped to wrap up the visiting innings quickly but it took the bowlers almost 23 overs to claim the final two wickets, Gloucestershire adding 47 runs.

Tom Smith and Graeme McCarter rode their luck early on but stayed around to register Gloucestershire’s second batting point.

Slow left-armer Dean Cosker was twice lofted back over his head for fours before Allenby trapped McCarter leg before.

From 263 for nine, Gloucestershire added 12 more before Allenby struck again when Matt Taylor was caught by Ben Wright at backward point.

Glamorgan were soon reduced to 47 for three in reply. Gareth Rees edged McCarter to Chris Dent at second slip; Wright was lbw to Gidman and Murray Goodwin, who opened, was also held by Dent in the cordon off Taylor.

Chris Cooke and Allenby rescued the Welsh county from their shaky predicament, putting on 56 for the fourth wicket.

Allenby played positively, driving his first two deliveries from Taylor for four, but had a life when Ian Cockbain spilled a chance at third slip off Gidman.

Cooke also played well in completing a 64-ball half century, yet failed to kick on as Taylor broke through his defences.

There was another catch for Dent when Gidman found David Lloyd’s edge and the same bowler then had Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace caught behind to leave the score reading 147 for six.

Yet Allenby continued, completing an 68-ball fifty before losing Graham Wagg lbw to McCarter.

Ruaidhri Smith brought up the 200 prior to Allenby edging Taylor into the hands of the busy Dent at second slip.

Smith was the ninth man out but Cosker and Michael Hogan put on an unbeaten 27 for the final wicket.