Mills continues to impress
Left-arm seamer Tymal Mills returned career-best figures of 4-25 to send Essex into the final day of their LV= County Championship match against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium with an outside chance of victory.
Stewart Walters made his second consecutive half-century but Glamorgan could only make 187 all out, leaving them 72 runs adrift on first innings.
At the close, after five interruptions for bad light, Essex’s openers had added a further five to take their overall lead to 77.
Glamorgan had resumed day three on one without loss, 258 runs behind, after no play had been possible on the second day.
It took seamer David Masters until only the sixth over of the day to get the breakthrough; Nick James' attempted pull was caught at mid-on.
After a fruitless seven-over spell from the Cathedral Road End, Charl Willoughby struck in his first over from the River Taff End. The veteran South African seemed to put his back into a delivery that got bigger on Will Bragg than he expected and was edged behind.
Glamorgan reached lunch at 88 for two but only 2.3 overs were possible after the interval before bad light forced the players from the field for 30 minutes.
On the resumption Greg Smith got the ball to swing and deserved his two wickets in as many overs as Glamorgan slipped to 119 for four.
Gareth Rees was first to go when he shouldered arms to a delivery which swung back to hit off stump and that was followed by Ben Wright edging to Alastair Cook at first slip.
After that Walters, who went to his half-century from 84 balls, and captain Mark Wallace looked relatively untroubled until more bad light saw the players take an early tea. In the first over back, Wallace went leg before to Masters to leave Glamorgan 158 for five.
With Moises Henriques off the field yesterday with a side strain, Graham Wagg was forced to come in at number seven.
Masters struck with the fourth ball after tea as Wallace, pushing half-forward, was trapped in front and he was followed seven balls later by Walters, who pulled Mills right down the throat of deep midwicket.
Henriques was bowled via his helmet ducking into a Mills bouncer and, after a third break for bad light, Glamorgan lost Dean Cosker and Wagg in the space of three deliveries to Mills and Masters respectively.
After another break for bad light it took Mills, who took 4-4 in a spell of 31 balls, just five deliveries to claim his fourth wicket, Will Owen caught behind.