Cosgrove gives Glamorgan the edge

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Mark Cosgrove

Mark Cosgrove's typically forceful century helped Glamorgan establish a 43-run first-innings advantage over Leicestershire

Mark Cosgrove scored his third century of the season to put Glamorgan in a useful position going into the final day of their LV= County Championship match against Leicestershire at Swansea.

The Australian left-hander scored 117 out of Glamorgan’s 290 to give the hosts a 43-run first-innings lead, despite Leicestershire slow left-armer Claude Henderson claiming 5-72.

In their second innings Leicestershire reached 41 for two by the close, two runs behind.

Glamorgan, replying to Leicestershire’s 247, resumed their first innings this morning on 45 without loss in positive fashion with Cosgrove responsible for 88 of the 125 runs scored in the morning session.

Much depended on Matthew Hoggard if Leicestershire were to make early inroads, but Cosgrove dispatched him for two fours through backward point en route to a 52-ball half-century.

But with Glamorgan 74 without loss Cosgrove lost Gareth Rees for 15, edging Nadeem Malik to Matthew Boyce at first slip.

There were another two setbacks when Tom Maynard was bowled for 19 by Jigar Naik as he attempted to cut and Ben Wright was leg before to Henderson as Glamorgan were reduced to 153 for three.

But in between those dismissals Cosgrove went to his third century of the season, from 111 balls and containing 15 fours.

After three hours Cosgrove’s innings came to an end when he was stumped by Tom New off Henderson.

Jamie Dalrymple and Jim Allenby put on a useful 54 in 17 overs in difficult conditions, and, despite the ball starting to turn appreciably, Dalrymple struck consecutive Henderson deliveries for four and six.

However, Glamorgan proceeded to lose their last six wickets for only 60 runs. Dalrymple was the first to go as he was caught at short-leg by James Taylor off Naik just two runs short of his fifty.

Glamorgan lost Mark Wallace to a brilliant catch by Taylor at short-leg before Paul Nixon produced an equally good catch, diving at short extra-cover to remove Allenby.

Robert Croft, who had reached 1,000 first-class wickets for Glamorgan on the second day, took the new ball at the start of Leicestershire’s second innings.

But it was James Harris who got the breakthrough at the other end, having Boyce caught at second slip by Dalrymple to leave Leicestershire one for one.

That became 36 for two nine overs before the close when Will Jefferson was trapped leg before by Dean Cosker.

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