Swansea: Glamorgan (24pts) beat Leicestershire (3pts) by an innings and 37 runs
Leicestershire Second Innings
Eckersley c B J Wright b Cosker76
Thakor c Wallace b Cosker18
Boyce c Allenby b Cosker19
Wells b Hogan1
Cobb not out 46
Raine c Allenby b Salter11
Freckingham b Cosker1
Sykes c Hogan b Salter0
Wyatt c Hogan b Wagg28
Total (88.5 overs) 268
Fall: 1-24 2-93 3-134 4-175 5-178 6-178 7-212 8-213 9-218
Bowling: Wagg: 6.5-2-34-1, Hogan: 19-5-65-2, Cosker: 34-9-88-4, Allenby: 9-7-13-0, Salter: 20-4-66-3.
Spinners Dean Cosker and Andrew Salter shared seven wickets as Glamorgan sealed their second LV= County Championship Division Two victory of the season, beating Leicestershire by an innings and 37 runs at Swansea.
Cosker finished with figures of four for 88 and Salter three for 66 – giving him match figures of five for 100 on his Championship debut – as Leicestershire were bowled out for 268.
Bottom club Leicestershire had been staring down the barrel of defeat after being skittled for 203 in their first innings and then having to watch Glamorgan compile 508 for nine declared.
Glamorgan took a maximum 24 points to Leicestershire’s three.
Glamorgan made a positive start by removing Shiv Thakor with the third ball of the day after Leicestershire resumed 134 for two, still 171 behind.
Thakor edged Cosker to wicket-keeper Mark Wallace before the slow left-armer struck twice more to have Leicestershire in trouble at 178 for five.
First Matthew Boyce edged to Jim Allenby at slip before Cosker grabbed the prize wicket of Ned Eckersley for 76 after more than three hours in the middle.
Seamer Michael Hogan broke through the defences of Tom Wells before Salter struck to have Ben Raine snaffled at slip by Allenby.
Leicestershire were further reduced to 213 for eight when Ollie Freckingham was bowled by Cosker eight minutes before lunch.
That wicket heralded a delay in the interval and immediately Leicestershire found themselves 218 for nine after James Sykes edged Salter to second slip.
Josh Cobb, with his Championship best of the season, showed some late defiance, hitting Salter and Cosker for a six apiece as the 10th wicket put on 50.
But the match came to an end when last man Alex Wyatt, after a career-best 28, edged Graham Wagg to Hogan at second slip.
Day Three Leicestershire 203, 134-2. Glamorgan 508-9.
A half century from Ned Eckersley and afternoon rain held up Glamorgan’s pursuit for victory on the third day of their LV County Championship clash with Leicestershire at Swansea.
A total of 38 overs were lost in the afternoon leaving Leicestershire 134 for two in their second innings still trailing Glamorgan’s 508 for nine declared by 171 runs.
Glamorgan began the third morning 242 runs ahead after reaching 445 for seven overnight.
Only 11 runs had been added when Andrew Salter edged Ben Raine to Greg Smith at second slip
And after a few lusty blows Graham Wagg also perished holing out to deep extra cover.
But the last wicket frustrated Leicestershire with Hogan hitting the spin of James Sykes to mid-wicket and long-on in successive balls before lofting Ben Raine to long-on and long-off in successive balls to bring up the 500.
The last wicket realised 46 runs with Michael Hogan scoring 27 off 13 balls – before Mark Wallace declared.
Just before lunch Hogan, the leading wicket-taker in the Championship, prospered with the ball to have Greg Smith lbw as Leicestershire reached 28 for one at lunch.
By tea, Leicestershire had made their way to 133 for two still trailing by 172 runs, with Glamorgan’s bowling attack were finding wickets far tougher to come by.
Leicestershire were close to losing a wicket from the opening ball of the afternoon session when Eckersley nearly gloved a bouncer from Hogan behind.
And Eckersley, on four, had some more fortune when he dragged a Hogan no-ball onto his stumps four deliveries later.
With the score on 93, rookie off spinner Andrew Salter bowled Niall O’Brien but Eckersley went on to reach a half century from 105 balls before with rain heralded an early tea at 3.40pm.
But play resumed 95 minutes later at 6.20pm with just four overs possible before the close with only one run coming off them.
Day Two report Leicestershire 203, Glamorgan 445-7. Glamorgan lead by 242 runs
Murray Goodwin registered his fourth century of the season as Glamorgan scored 409 runs on day two of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Leicestershire at Swansea to take control of the contest.
The 40-year-old, who reached 1,000 first-class runs for the season in the process of scoring 178, shared in significant partnerships with Jim Allenby (76) and Mark Wallace (86).
It helped Glamorgan to 445 for seven by the close, a first innings lead of 242.
The former Sussex batsman had come to the wicket nine balls into the Glamorgan innings in difficult conditions on day one and had reached 12 not out from the Welsh county’s 36 for three by the close.
But on day two Goodwin and Chris Cooke were welcomed by sunshine and better batting conditions as they resumed 167 behind Leicestershire’s 203 all out.
In the first hour the fourth wicket had realised 47 runs before Cooke edged an attempted cut behind off Ben Raine.
But the runs kept on coming either side of lunch through Allenby – who required 59 runs to become Glamorgan’s first batsman to 1,000 runs in first-class cricket this season – and Goodwin, who went to his 50 with his eighth boundary from 135 balls.
Former Leicestershire player Allenby lofted James Sykes for a straight six before clipping Alex Wyatt for four through midwicket, before Goodwin swept the spinner for two fours as Glamorgan reached lunch at 153 for four.
After the interval Allenby completed his half-century from 77 balls and then reached 1,000 runs for the season as the 200 came up.
But after giving Glamorgan the lead the fifth wicket pair’s contribution of 140 in 35 overs ended when Allenby edged behind.
Goodwin’s vigil continued as he went to three figures – his fourth of the season and 71st of his career – from 218 balls with 14 fours as Glamorgan reached 307 for five at tea, an overall lead of 104.
Despite Leicestershire taking the second new ball the Glamorgan runs kept on coming as Goodwin and Wallace put on 189 in 39.2 overs before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of five balls
Wallace edged Ben Raine behind, going for 86 from 113 balls, before Goodwin was bowled attempting to sweep James Sykes. The former Sussex man went for 178 from 316 balls with 29 fours in an innings that lasted exactly 400 minutes.
Before the close Graham Wagg struck two sixes off Sykes.
Day One report Leicestershire 203, Glamorgan 36-3
Australian seamer Michael Hogan showed why Glamorgan are desperate to keep him following the end of the 2014 season as he passed 50 wickets for the summer in Swansea.
Hogan completed figures of five for 43 as 13 wickets fell on the first day of Glamorgan’s county championship Division Two clash with Leicestershire at St Helen’s.
Hogan passed 50 championship wickets to demonstrate why Glamorgan bosses will this week begin negotiations with the Western Australia fast bowler to agree a contract extension beyond his current deal.
Debutant Andrew Salter became only the third Glamorgan bowler to take a wicket with his first county championship ball in the process of helping to bowl out the visitors for 203.
However, in reply the hosts had stumbled to 36 for three by the close in their first innings – a deficit of 167.
The match came just 24 hours after Glamorgan announced Matthew Mott, head of elite performance, will leave his post at the end of this season, Overseas batsman Marcus North, who will return back to Australia next week, missed the match through injury.
After winning the toss Leicestershire made a useful enough start through their openers Greg Smith and Niall O’Brien as they reached 67 without loss in the 18th over before Glamorgan fought back to have the visitors 100 for three at the start of the 27th.
Smith found himself trapped leg before wicket to Hogan before O’Brien edged slow left-armer Dean Cosker to backward point six balls later.
And as Leicestershire brought up three figures there was a notable moment for off-spinner Salter, who struck with his first ball in championship cricket to have Shiv Thakor caught behind by captain Mark Wallace.
The 20-year-old became only the third Glamorgan player to achieve the feat after Billy Davies (1958) and Jack Johns (1922).
Leicestershire reached lunch at 113 for three, but in the afternoon session they slumped to 156 for seven as Hogan reached 50 wickets for the season during a burst of three for four in 14 balls.
The beginning of Leicestershire’s collapse saw Ned Eckersley go leg before shouldering arms to Hogan, who struck again two balls as Tom Wells also departed lbw to a full-length ball.
Hogan’s productive spell from the Mumbles Road end saw the end of Josh Cobb, who edged to Jim Allenby at first slip.
Glamorgan’s dominance in the session was complete when Graham Wagg bowled captain Matthew Boyce.
Nine balls after tea Hogan completed his third five-wicket haul in four-day cricket this season as Ollie Freckingham went leg before.
Salter’s encouraging debut continued as he bowled Ben Raine for 37 to leave the Foxes 199 for nine and make it maximum bowling points.
The last pair registered a batting point before Cosker claimed the final wicket of James Sykes in the 81st over.
In reply Glamorgan lost both openers, Gareth Rees and Will Bragg, in the space of three overs. Rees was caught behind off Freckingham while Alex Wyatt had Bragg leg before.
That left Glamorgan 21 for two which became 24 for three after Ben Wright edged Freckingham to second slip.
Toss and Team news
Marcus North will miss Glamorgan’s County Championship match with Leicestershire at Swansea because of injury.
His latest injury comes after it was announced yesterday that the Australian left hander will leave Glamorgan a month early next week and a his lack of fitness has ensured he’s likely to have played his last four day game for the county.
He will be replaced by the recalled Ben Wright, while youn spinnewr Andrew Salter will make his County Championship debut at St Helens.
Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
Glamorgan: G Rees, W Bragg, M Goodwin, B Wright, C Cooke, J Allenby, M Wallace, G Wagg, A Salter, D Cosker, M Hogan
Leicestershire: G Smith, N O’Brien, N Eckersley, S Thakor, M Boyce, J Cobb, T Wells, O Freckingham, J Sykes, B Raine, A Wyatt