Hampshire turn the screw

Hampshire's bowling attack enjoyed a prosperous third day as they swung their Division Two match against Glamorgan in their favour.

Rain played a part on a showery Tuesday at the Rose Bowl and Glamorgan started well when they took the final two Hampshire wickets with just 15 added to the overnight total.

That left the visitors 121 adrift as they took to the field for their second innings but, with wickets falling in clusters, they ended the day on 185 for nine and a lead of just 64.

Michael Bates (23) and Kyle Abbott (22) did not make much more progress as they started at the crease in the morning session.

Bates was caught by Stewart Walters off the bowling of Graham Wagg (four for 105) after seven overs were lost to bad weather, with Jim Allenby getting Abbott caught behind to finish the innings with figures of four for 67.

Glamorgan's second innings started badly as Jacques Rudolph fell to Abbott for nine, with Gareth Rees and Murray Goodwin quickly following the South African back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers as James Tomlinson snared two quick wickets.

Walters (25) offered some resistance before edging Sean Ervine to second slip after lunch and Bragg and Allenby then carried their partnership to tea, with the score on on 154 for four.

Allenby was gone soon after the interval as Abbott trapped him lbw just three runs short of a half-century, and two shy of the century stand. And when Bragg departed off the bowling of Liam Dawson in the next over for 74, the visitors were in trouble.

Captain Mark Wallace was unfortunate to leave without scoring as a superb catch from Vince brought Abbott his third wicket before bad light brought the players off.

The umpires brought the players back for the final 11 overs of the day with Hampshire not letting up in their hunt for wickets, Wagg dismissed for nine and Ruaidhri Smith for just four as Dawson and Matt Coles kept the pressure on.

Glamorgan ended the day with Dean Cosker and Tom Helm at the crease and a slim lead with just one wicket in hand.