Glamorgan fight against Kent
Glamorgan’s batsmen showed their resolve and a willingness to battle on day three at Canterbury, digging in against Kent to reach 264 for seven in the LV= County Championship Division Two clash.
Kent declared on their overnight first-innings total of 456 for nine when play finally started at noon, setting the visitors 307 to avoid the follow-on.
By stumps, the visitors were only 43 short of their target with three first-innings wickets intact.
When Matt Coles bagged two early wickets to help reduce the visitors to 83 for four, all appeared to be going Kent’s way.
However, Stewart Walters and Jim Allenby dug in to frustrate the hosts for much of the afternoon.
After early-morning showers led to an umpteenth delay in the game, Glamorgan posted 37 for their first wicket before Kent started to make gradual inroads.
With only his seventh ball, Coles rushed one through the defensive push of Will Bragg to uproot the left-hander’s off stump.
Six balls later, Charlie Shreck got one to lift from the Pavilion End, forcing Gareth Rees to fence to gully where Darren Stevens pocketed a sharp overhead chance.
Marcus North pushed with firm hands at one from Coles to nick to James Tredwell at second slip, after which Ben Wright went back and across in defence to Stevens to perish leg before.
Walters then joined forces with Allenby to add 84 in 19.3 overs for the fifth wicket, with the former posting a 98-ball fifty with a quartet of fours.
But, only 11 balls later, the Australian-born right-hander wafted cross-batted against Stevens, only to feather into the gloves of Geraint Jones.
Allenby took on the anchor role thereafter as he and wicketkeeper Mark Wallace, who struck 46 not out, combined to add a further 87.
The former, having battled for three hours, was only 14 short of his century when he tossed away his wicket against the occasion left-arm wrist-spin of Brendan Nash.
Advancing to drive over the bowler’s head, Allenby tugged the ball straight into the hands of Michael Powell at long-on.
With the new ball available, home captain Rob Key immediately reverted to pace and Shreck returned to trap James Harris leg before as the tailender jumped across his stumps in aiming to work to leg.
Kent will look to claim Glamorgan’s three remaining first-innings wickets quickly on the final day and will be favourites to force a victory should they do so.