A difficult start to the Championship season for Glamorgan, after losing heavily in the first game, continued in front of their own supporters in Cardiff, as they struggled against Worcestershire. They still trail by 55, and it will require a massive effort from the remaining batsmen to avoid a second defeat. They will resume on 141 for 3, with Colin Ingram on 41 and Aneurin Donald.
Worcestershire began day three on 180 for 4, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ben Cox taking their fifth wicket partnership to 116, before Cox was caught behind off Michael Hogan for 42.
Kohler-Cadmore rarely played a false stroke and when Lukas Carey overpitched he was struck for three successive fours through the offside. Ed Barnard survived a confident appeal for leg before early in his innings, but then settled into the third productive partnership of the innings.
Kohler-Cadmore should have been out on 95, when Nick Selman dropped a straightforward chance at cover, before going on to reach his century from 157 balls. He reached the landmark by driving Hogan to the boundary, but the bowler got his revenge with the next ball when the batsman edged behind to give Chris Cooke his fifth catch of the innings.
Although Joe Leach departed in the over before lunch, Barnard went on to reach a his fifty - his third in Championship cricket - and can now be classed as a genuine allrounder, having started his career as a promising medium pacer. Meanwhile, Hastings was soon into his stride, and one violent shot past the bowler Lukas Carey rebounded off the advertising boards.
When Josh Tongue was run out after a direct hit from Kieran Carlson, Worcestershire needed a further 29 runs for the fifth and maximum batting point, but Hastings and Jack Shantry reached the target with ease, with Hastings reaching his half century in his first innings for Worcestershire before holing out at deep mid-off.
Facing a deficit of 196, and after losing by an innings in under two days at Northampton, there were mutterings among the members that Glamorgan might not be able to last the remaining 42 overs after tea. Jacques Rudolph and Nick Selman though, showing more resolve and application, silenced the doubters to share 74 for the first wicket, easily the best opening partnership of the two games.
MILESTONE// 5⃣0⃣ partnership up between Rudolph and Selman. Glamorgan 54/0— Glamorgan Cricket 🏏 (@GlamCricket) April 15, 2017
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It ended when Tongue, a 19-year-old seam bowler from Redditch, was brought on in the 25th over and removed Rudolph for 29 - the batsman playing over a full delivery. Three balls later, Tongue accounted for Glamorgan’s top scorer in their first innings, David Lloyd, who was trapped in the crease and palpably leg before.
Colin Ingram, on a king pair, was untroubled from the start, playing some sumptuous drives through the offside, and although he saw Selman removed by Hastings for 42, the South African left-hander remained until the close.