Glamorgan 305 for 5 (Carlson 91, Northeast 84) trail Leicestershire 320 (Patel 82, Azad 64, Labuschagne 3-65) by 15 runs
Glamorgan reached 305 for 5 at the end of the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire, still 15 runs behind on first innings.
The day started with Leicestershire still batting with two wickets in hand. A useful stand between Callum Parkinson and Chris Wright took them to 320 all out.
Carlson made 91 and Northeast 84 but both were dismissed in the last session with this game very much in the balance as it heads into the third day.
Having resumed on 285 for 8 Leicestershire successfully passed 300 for the first time this seasons thanks to a ninth-wicket partnership worth 43 runs between Parkinson and Wright. That partnership was broken when Wright edged behind off the bowling of Michael Hogan before a third run out of the innings brought the Leicestershire batting efforts to a close.
Leicestershire got off to the perfect start with the ball when Wright had David Lloyd caught behind for just 6 but a stand of 52 between Marnus Labuschagne and Andrew Salter steadied things for Glamorgan.
Labuschagne was given a chance early on when Harry Swindells put down a leg side catch off Wright but the wicketkeeper couldn’t hang on. The Australian did not make the most of his good fortune, he was out for 17 off the last ball before lunch, attempting to hook a short ball from Ben Mike.
Salter also departed shortly after the resumption to leave Glamorgan at 63 for 3 to bring together Carlson and Northeast who batted beautifully through the afternoon session as they shared a partnership worth 182, comfortably the best of Glamorgan’s season thus far. Both batters raced along, scoring at nearly five an over. They were aided in their quick scoring by the Leicestershire bowlers sending down 15 no balls with all their seamers guilty of overstepping.
Wright was comfortably the best bowler on show for Leicestershire and it was he who broke the stand when he trapped Carlson lbw nine runs short of a century. Northeast was also dismissed lbw with Ben Mike claiming the wicket. There is still no hundred for Northeast at his new county, he has now been dismissed for 81, 85 and 84 in his fledgling Glamorgan career.
Debutant Andy Gorvin and Chris Cooke saw Glamorgan to the close with bad light ending proceedings two overs early. If these two can bat for a significant part of the morning session on day three Glamorgan are well placed to claim a significant first-innings lead.