Bragg leads Glamorgan to safety
Glamorgan batsman Will Bragg produced a Herculean effort to thwart LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Worcestershire's victory bid on the final day at the SWALEC Stadium.
Bragg's unbeaten 91 underpinned a Glamorgan second-innings total of 229 for seven as the Welsh county batted all day for a draw after being 14 for two when he arrived at the crease.
Bragg found excellent support from skipper Mark Wallace and Stewart Walters during a knock that lasted 343 minutes and 285 balls, putting on 97 for the seventh wicket with Wallace and compiling a fifth-wicket stand of 52 with Walters.
Glamorgan were in all kinds of trouble at 38 for four, having lost nightwatchman Dean Cosker caught behind off Gareth Andrew for eight, Gareth Rees lbw to Jack Shantry for three and then seeing Murray Goodwin bowled by Shantry following an attempted leg-glance.
With Goodwin back in the pavilion for just seven, Glamorgan looked as though their unbeaten first-class record this season would evaporate.
Now that's what I call optimism - stewardship prevent a pitch invasion during a 4 dayer at The SWALEC pic.twitter.com/XiOgL1B3er
— Phil Steele (@philsteele1) May 7, 2014
That seemed even more likely when Walters fell to Saeed Ajmal for 30 with no score added to a lunch total of 90 for four, and around an hour later as Charles Morris bowled Jim Allenby for 13.
But when Bragg and Wallace steered the hosts to 149 for six at tea, the recovery act was well under way, with Glamorgan's victory target of 382 at the start of play never a realistically attainable.
Wallace took a blow to his finger fending off a sharp Andrew delivery, but he was able to continue after treatment, before a heavy shower forced the players off with just 11.1 overs in the day remaining.
A loss of three overs before the resumption helped Glamorgan, yet Wallace departed when Ajmal trapped him leg-before for 47, leaving Graham Wagg to join Bragg as tension mounted.
The pair batted out 41 further deliveries and, although Bragg finished nine runs short of what would have been his second championship hundred, it was a case of job done as Glamorgan took eight points and Worcestershire nine.