North shows the way
Marcus North’s first century for Glamorgan put Leicestershire to the sword on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at the SWALEC Stadium.
The Australian batsman, who scored a century in the Ashes Test at the ground in 2009, was in sparkling form and struck 116 as Glamorgan reached 302 for five to claim a 31-run lead after Leicestershire were all out for 271.
North, having previously hit three half-centuries in four innings for the county, shared in 103- and 91-run partnerships with Gareth Rees, who struck 66, and Ben Wright respectively, with Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan using eight bowers.
Glamorgan’s overseas star was out just two overs before the close, with his 148-ball knock containing 11 fours.
Rees and Will Bragg’s stand of 75 had earlier broken the record for Glamorgan’s best opening partnership of the season - beating the 59 against Derbyshire.
The pair, having been aided by several no-balls, were separated when Bragg gave a sharp catch to Josh Cobb at mid-off off Wayne White, who followed that up by removing Stewart Walters’ off stump.
Rees went on to score his first championship fifty of the season from 88 balls, with seven fours.
But after tea, Preston Mommsen took a fine diving catch at backward point to remove Rees for 66 off Robbie Joseph.
The Rees dismissal did not concern North, who went on to complete a classy century from 120 balls with 10 fours, the last two of which took him to three figures.
Wright and North were then caught behind off Nathan Buck and Claude Henderson respectively, which saw Glamorgan send in nightwatchman Dean Cosker for the final 12 balls of the day
Leicestershire’s first innings lasted only another 22.5 overs of the second morning. After resuming on 199 for six, it took 18 balls for the visitors to register their first batting point.
The seventh-wicket partnership looked well set until White and Mommsen were out with the score on 241.
The former holed out to Huw Waters at mid-off to give Cosker a second wicket, while the latter was bowled by Jim Allenby, who then trapped Henderson in front.
Last man Buck lasted only five balls; he was bowled by Cosker heaving across the line, leaving Joseph stranded on 18.