Taylor and Harris to the fore
England Lions pair James Taylor and James Harris were the stars of the third day of Glamorgan’s LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Leicestershire at Colwyn Bay.
Taylor scored 127 not out, his first championship century of the season, for Leicestershire while Glamorgan seamer Harris claimed 5-45 from 27 overs – his third five-wicket haul of the summer.
Leicestershire declared their first innings on 309 for seven in a bid to force a positive result and, with an 83-run first innings advantage, Glamorgan finished their second innings on 146 for four – a lead of 229.
Matthew Hoggard’s side resumed on the third morning on 140 for four, requiring a further 103 to avoid the follow-on.
In a morning session relatively free of incident, Glamorgan managed to take just one wicket as Harris claimed his fourth scalp of the innings when he accounted for Wayne White, who had reached his fifty from 80 balls.
When Paul Dixey joined Taylor, Leicestershire still wanted 82 to save the follow-on.
Taylor had been very watchful throughout his innings until on 72 he played his first shot in anger, driving Robert Croft for six, albeit through Will Owen's hands at long-on.
Dixey went to his fifty from 95 balls, but in the next over he edged Harris to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace, before Taylor reached his hundred off 255 balls in a marathon effort taking six hours and 21 minutes.
Just before the declaration Nick James took his first championship scalp with his second ball when he bowled Jigar Naik, but, after Taylor saw Leicestershire to their third batting point, Hoggard declared.
Either side of tea Glamorgan lost a wicket: Alviro Petersen edged a cut behind off Nathan Buck and Gareth Rees was caught down the leg side off White.
Will Bragg and Stewart Walters steadied the Glamorgan ship in a third-wicket partnership of 76 before the latter chipped off-spinner Naik to midwicket.
James became Naik’s second wicket, lbw, before Bragg reached his half-century from 98 balls just before the close. He will resume on 67 in the morning.