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Goodwin fifty puts Glamorgan on top

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Murray Goodwin struck his first Glamorgan half-century to put his new side in a strong position versus Lancashire

Murray Goodwin scored his first half-century for Glamorgan to help the Welsh county into a dominant position on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Lancashire at Colwyn Bay.

The former Sussex batsman made 69 as Glamorgan reached 242 all out for a first-innings lead of 119.

Lancashire were then reduced to 49 for three before international duo Ashwell Prince and Simon Katich put on 52 for the fourth wicket. But in the penultimate over Prince went lbw, shouldering arms, to give Australian Michael Hogan his third wicket. He finished with 3-29.

It left Lancashire, who sent in nightwatchman James Anderson, struggling at 104 for four - a 15-run lead for Glamorgan.

It had been a good morning for Lancashire and slow left-armer Simon Kerrigan, who took three of the four wickets to fall.

Glamorgan had looked relatively comfortable as overnight batsmen Goodwin and Jim Allenby took their side into a first-innings lead. That was after Glamorgan had resumed on 113 for four, 10 behind.

Kerrigan came into the attack and changed the complexion of the morning, taking two wickets in the space of three balls and ending a 67-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Kerrigan had Allenby caught at short-midwicket four short of a fifty, and followed that up by dismissing Mark Wallace for a second-ball duck, caught at short-leg by Karl Brown.

John Glover was adjudged leg before to Kerrigan, who finished with 4-48. In the last over before lunch Dean Cosker went lbw to Kyle Hogg with Glamorgan 203 for eight - a lead of 80.

Goodwin began the afternoon by reaching his fifty from 110 balls before Hogan was caught by Brown at backward point off Hogg.

The Glamorgan innings came to an end with Goodwin dragging a ball from Hogg onto his stumps.

Staring down the barrel of a 119-run deficit, Lancashire lost their first wicket in the fifth over when Luke Proctor edged Hogan behind to leave the visitors nine for one.

Lancashire found themselves in trouble when they lost Paul Horton and Brown in the space of 20 balls after tea. Horton edged Michael Reed behind before Brown was bowled middle stump by Hogan.

At that stage Lancashire still trailed by 70 runs, but Prince and Katich recovered the position until the South African perished to Hogan just before stumps.

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