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Glamorgan crumble to Kerrigan and Chapple

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Glamorgan lost their final eight wickets for just 45 runs as Lancashire stole an improbable victory

Simon Kerrigan and Glen Chapple shared nine wickets as Lancashire pulled off an unlikely LV= County Championship Division Two victory in beating Glamorgan by 14 runs inside three days.

The Welsh county had looked destined to win having dominated the first two days and then being left 154 for victory on an easy-paced pitch at Colwyn Bay. That was after Simon Katich and Kyle Hogg had given Lancashire some hope with 65 and 47 respectively.

The visitors had resumed the third morning on 104 for four, still 15 behind but went on to make a commendable 272 all out.

That batting effort was then backed up by some fine bowling from Kerrigan and skipper Chapple, who respectively returned 5-32 and 4-64, which saw Glamorgan crumble from 94 for two to 139 all out in the space of 19 overs after opener Will Bragg had put his side in a good position with 61 off 66 balls.

The early damage was done by Chapple, who had Marcus North caught behind, bowled Bragg and trapped Jim Allenby leg before in the space of four overs.

Kerrigan chipped in with the key wicket of Murray Goodwin before Chapple bowled home skipper Mark Wallace.

That broke the back of Glamorgan's challenge as Kerrigan, who claimed match figures of 9-80, took the last three wickets to fall in as many overs.

With 15 required to win, Michael Hogan was last man out attempting to clear the rope - well caught by Ashwell Prince on the boundary off Kerrigan.

Lancashire took 19 points from the contest to Glamorgan's four. But at the start of the day Glamorgan had been favourites until Lancashire kept them in the field for a further 56.1 overs.

The last three Lancashire wickets added 108 after Katich had scored 65 from 128 balls with nine fours.

Allenby had struck with the ninth ball of the day to uproot nightwatchman James Anderson's middle stump to leave Lancashire 105 for five.

Katich responded by straight-driving fellow Australian Hogan for three fours before completing his half-century from 88 balls.

Glamorgan fought back with Michael Reed having Steven Croft caught behind, followed by John Glover earning the prized wicket of Katich caught behind.

After the interval Glamorgan took the second new ball but Chapple and Gareth Cross survived to take Lancashire past 200 before Chapple perished as he miscued Reed to mid-on where Glover held a good low catch.

Hogg rode his luck with some lusty blows as he and Cross put on 63 in 27 overs for the ninth wicket, before Dean Cosker took a sharp one-handed catch at short-midwicket off Glover to dismiss Cross.

Lancashire added only one more run before Hogg was last man out caught behind off Glover, but Glamorgan were left with a challenging total which in the end proved beyond them.

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