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Worcs close in on big win

Worcestershire edged closer to their third LV= County Championship win of the season as Glamorgan continued to take a pounding in the Division Two fixture at New Road.

At the start of the third day, the home side needed 15 wickets for victory and by the close they had taken all but three of them with Glamorgan still 28 short of avoiding an innings defeat.

Jim Allenby propped up the Welshmen with 82 in their first-innings dismissal for 277 and weighed in with an unbeaten 53 when they batted again, trailing by 228

Worcestershire's seamers maintained relentless pressure on a largely unresponsive surface and, weather permitting, they can now expect a quick wrap-up when the visitors begin the final day on 200 for seven.

Fast-improving Jack Shantry led the Worcestershire charge with 8-132 in the match and Alan Richardson became the leading wicket-taker in the country when claiming his 40th victim of the summer.

For Shantry, it was a continuation of an impressive sequence on his home ground. Having posted a championship-best 7-69 in the last home match against Essex, he has now taken 15 wickets in three innings at county headquarters.

Glamorgan were simply overwhelmed by the pressure of replying to a massive total of 505 for seven. There was just a glimmer of hope on the third morning when Allenby and Mark Wallace took their sixth-wicket stand to 114 but there was little to come when Worcestershire won three leg before wicket decisions in 10 balls.

Allenby was the first for young all-rounder Joe Leach and there was a final flourish by Wallace and Michael Hogan, with 37 from 42 balls, before Shantry mopped up the last two wickets.

Although Glamorgan's second innings was twice interrupted by rain, their batting was again fragile.

The door was ajar straightaway when Will Bragg skimmed a drive of Chris Russell to Alexei Kervezee at point and Ben Wright was soon fighting a lone battle as a succession of partners failed to reach double figures.

Stewart Walters was lbw to Richardson and Marcus North got a leading edge to short extra-cover when Worcestershire brought on off-spinner Moeen Ali, partly with an eye on their over-rate.

Moeen then sparked off another burst by Shantry when he held a stunning left-handed catch at short midwicket to dismiss Murray Goodwin but he dropped a slip chance from Allenby when the all-rounder had made only one.

In Shantry's next over, Daryl Mitchell held a sharp slip catch to dislodge Wright for 63 and the left-arm seamer had spell figures of 4-25 in 6.4 overs when he removed Wallace and Dean Cosker.

However, a tiring attack was unable to make the final push as Will Owen joined Allenby in putting on an unbroken 71 in the last 15 overs.

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