Glamorgan look to transfer their blistering start to the T20 campaign to the four-day game as they take on Hampshire in the county championship at the SWALEC Stdaium.
Our reporter Gareth Griffiths will be bringing you live updates from the match.
IT was back to the daily grind for Glamorgan in Cardiff this week.
Following their outstanding unbeaten start to the Twenty20 campaign with three successive victories, Glamorgan were back in more serene county championship action against Hampshire at a scorching Swalec Stadium.
The ludicrous county championship fixture scheduling has resulted in Glamorgan having to wait to try and continue their T20 momentum as they face Somerset in a top-of-the-table clash in Cardiff on Friday night where the Welsh county hope to attract a bumper crowd.
But sandwiched in between the T20 contests was a return to the four-day format with Hampshire the visitors in front of a more modest audience.
Matthew Mott’s men have been in fine form in one-day cricket this summer having won their last five matches in both competitions and remaining in contention for the knockout stages in the T20 and 40-over tournaments.
But Glamorgan have struggled in the longer form of the game with only one county championship triumph so far this season against Worcestershire back in April resulting them languishing in seventh place in Division Two.
And Monday was no different as Glamorgan lost a crucial toss with Hampshire inevitably opting to bat with the visitors amassing 274 for five on a slow Swalec Stadium surface with James Vince top-scoring with 80.
Glamorgan were forced to toil in the searing sunshine but captain Mark Wallace will be pleased with the battling spirit shown by his side as they took two late wickets and kept Hampshire under three an over.
Glamorgan opener Gareth Rees had replaced the injured Will Bragg for his first start of the summer, while fast bowler Will Owen was a late inclusion for John Glover who missed out with a niggle.
Hampshire openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams shared opening stand of 76 before slow left-arm spinner Dean Cosker struck.
Carberry was dismissed when he guided a ball straight to Stewart Walters at mid-on.
Glamorgan struck after lunch when Adams fell three short of a half-century before edging to Walters at second slip from Owen.
Neil McKenzie survived a close lbw shout on eight from Michael Hogan but the South African batsman soon fell to the Australian bowler when he was bowled for 11.
But Liam Dawson and James Vince consolidated until tea as they both reached the end of the afternoon session unbeaten on 41 as they eased to 183 for three.
Vince and Dawson both notched up half-centuries as they shared a fourth-wicket stand of 132 in 39.2 overs.
But was Vince was denied a century as he fell 20 runs short when he was trapped lbw by Hogan in the fourth over of the new ball.
All-rounder Jim Allenby was handed his reward in his 18th over when Sean Ervine (0) edged to hand Walters his third catch of the day.
But the defiant Dawson was still there at the close of play unbeaten on 69 from 184 balls.
Toss and Team News
Hampshire won the toss and decided to bat. Glamorgan opener Gareth Rees replaced the injured Will Bragg for his first start of the summer while Will Owen was a late replacement for John Glover.
Wright, Rees, Walters, North, Goodwin, Allenby, Wallace * †, Owen, Cosker, Hogan, Reed.
Carberry, Adams *, Dawson, McKenzie, Vince, Ervine, Wheater †, Tanvir, Briggs, Balcombe, Tomlinson.