Samaraweera and Moeen keep Worcs alive
Glamorgan go into the final day of their LV= County Championship match at the SWALEC Stadium as favourites to win, but half-centuries from Thilan Samaraweera and Moeen Ali ensured Worcestershire would not lose by an innings.
Samaraweera and Moeen, with 71 not out and 55 respectively, proved the mainstays of the Worcestershire second innings, and by the close they had reached 186 for five - a lead of 14.
Glamorgan’s most effective bowler was Will Bragg. His part-time medium pace accounted for Moeen and Alexei Kervezee in the space of four balls either side of tea as he recorded figures of 2-7.
Glamorgan resumed the third day on 235 for seven, a first-innings lead of 112, with Jim Allenby on 71 and Dean Cosker eight. The duo moved the score on to 244 before a light shower forced the players off the field.
When they returned Allenby's 212-minute vigil ended as he edged Gareth Andrew to Daryl Mitchell at second slip for 78. Michael Hogan was dismissed three balls later when a delivery from Chris Russell trickled onto his stumps.
The last wicket of Cosker and Michael Reed produced some entertainment as they put on 36 before Russell brought the innings to a close when he yorked Reed for 15 with Cosker unbeaten on 44. Andrew was Worcestershire’s best bowler, ending with figures of 4-79.
Glamorgan struck in the first over of the Worcestershire second innings when Graham Wagg bowled Matt Pardoe for nought, shouldering arms, before the visitors reached five for one at lunch, still 167 runs adrift of making Glamorgan bat again.
Worcestershire had progressed to 50 for one when Allenby made the breakthrough to remove skipper Mitchell, with Bragg taking a fine diving catch at midwicket.
Moeen went on to make 55, with nine fours, in a stay of two hours 39 minutes until perishing in the final over before tea. Moeen's defiance ended when he chopped a ball from Bragg on to his stumps.
Worcestershire slipped further to 97 for four, three balls after tea, when Kervezee went for a duck - the second victim of Bragg’s medium pace when he was caught at slip by Allenby.
But Samaraweera and Michael Johnson ensured a lead as well as no more scares for Worcestershire, putting on 48 for the sixth wicket by the close.