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Wallace puts Glamorgan on course

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Mark Wallace’s century left Glamorgan scenting a first LV= County Championship Division Two victory of the season against Leicestershire at the SWALEC Stadium.

The skipper’s 118, from 150 balls with 12 fours, followed up Marcus North’s hundred and helped Glamorgan declare on 558 for nine – a lead of 287.

Leicestershire battled back effectively in the evening session to close on 84 for one in their second innings, although they trailed by 203 heading into the final day.

Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace's first century of the season put Glamorgan in position to seize victory against Leicestershire at the SWALEC Stadium today

The visitors lost Greg Smith early on in their reply, caught behind from a good James Harris ball.

But Michael Thornely and Ned Eckersley, 36 and 37 not out respectively, took Leicestershire to stumps without any further scares.

Earlier, Glamorgan, who resumed on 302 for five – a lead of 31, enjoyed a productive morning session with 124 runs coming very easily.

The home side’s only blemish was the loss of nightwatchman Dean Cosker, who was lbw to Wayne White in the day’s fourth over.

Afterwards, despite Leicestershire taking the second new ball, Wallace and Jim Allenby completely dominated in reaching their first half-centuries of the season during a partnership of 139.

Wallace was in sparkling form, moving to his fifty from 76 balls with five fours, while Allenby followed him just before lunch with a six over midwicket.

It was the first time Glamorgan had celebrated maximum batting points this season, with Leicestershire skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan using nine bowlers.

Glamorgan reached lunch in a healthy position at 425 for six.

An already-decent lead was extended after the interval despite the seventh-wicket stand coming to an end when Allenby, who hit 61, was trapped leg before by White.

But Glamorgan’s momentum continued as Wallace and Harris put on 96 in only 16.4 overs, during which the former moved to three figures.

Harris fell, caught behind down the leg-side off Claude Henderson, two short of his half-century and Wallace holed out to extra cover off the same bowler with Glamorgan declaring 3.4 overs later.

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