Marnus Labuschagne’s highest score of a difficult summer, an undefeated 63, ended the county cricket’s only remaining undefeated record as Glamorgan hunted 188 to beat Lancashire through six windows in Sophia Gardens shortly before 12:30 pm on the third day.
The much vaunted Australian had not previously scored a fifty in seven championship innings in 2021. However, his eighth delivered the goods: a high-paced 72-ball hit sailing back from closers, including Saqib Mahmood.
Labuschagne has been a shadow of the player who dominated the county’s attacks in early 2019, but here he sailed a pitch that Lancashire’s Alex Davies described as “poor” as of Friday’s close. He also posted 44 in the first innings.
The Queenslander said: “It was nice to be there for the winning races. To do it in the fourth inning when the ball has reversed, which is exciting to play against because it’s something we don’t get much of in Australia in domestic cricket, it was very satisfying. “
Glamorgan’s second victory came as they advanced from 137 to three overnight, chasing the highest score of the match. However, they still have an uphill task to achieve a top two result in Group Three ahead of Lancashire, Yorkshire and the other contenders, Northamptonshire.
LancashireThey, the leaders, were hoping to make a significant step into the leading group, but they may be just four points behind Yorkshire at the end of this round with two still to play and Scarborough to visit next month.
Dawid Malan showed his rounded class with a serene 199 for Yorkshire as they seek victory over Sussex at Headingley. They claimed a 245 lead in the first inning in the middle of the night before Sussex closed with a solid 38 no loss.
In his first four-day appearance since last August, when he scored 219 in a Bob Willis Trophy draw against Derbyshire here, the southpaw punished an inexperienced attack to go from 103 overnight before being thrown by Jack Carson after lunch. the second 199 of his career.
Malan, who played the last of his 15 tests in August 2018, failed to become the first Yorkshire player to score double hundreds in two straight innings.
Warwickshire topped Group One with a 191-race win in Derbyshire, who were eliminated by 121 in their second inning. Oliver Hannon-Dalby took four of 24 to secure a fourth win.
GloucestershireGroup Two’s strong position at the top has been eroded by back-to-back defeats, the latter against Leicestershire on Grace Road. The home team won by one inning and 93 when left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson returned a career-best 10 of 108.
Somersault will hope to overtake Gloucester with a home win over Hampshire. Half a century into the second inning for Steve Davies, Tom Abell and George Bartlett secured a 372 lead and counting.
Essex Y Nottinghamshire, two contenders at the top of Group One, seem likely to play a draw at Chelmsford, while Durham are far from out of the equation having won in Worcestershire chasing 86.
Kent, for whom Ollie Robinson scored 120, are playing a high-scoring rainy game with Northamptonshire at Canterbury in Group Three. That’s on the way to a draw assuming there is no end-day device.