Hogan's hero as Glamorgan pile-up a useful lead of over 200
7:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
AUSTRALIAN seamer Michael Hogan recorded figures of six for 65 as Glamorgan claimed a useful 220-run lead on day three of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Kent at Cardiff.
That advantage could prove to be a decisive one in a low-scoring game in which another 12 wickets fell on day two to match the 15 that tumbled on the opening day.
Glamorgan ended the third day on 237 for seven, opener Gareth Rees top-scoring with 52. That was after Daniel Bell-Drummond had provided 78 before Kent were bowled out for 175 in their first innings. It gave the visitors a slender lead of 17.
Kent had resumed day two on 102 for five, still trailing by 56 runs with Bell-Drummond reaching his half-century from 111 balls.
But, with the visitors on 136 for five, tall seamer Mike Reed bowled Adam Riley with a full-length delivery.
Hogan grabbed the important wicket of Bell-Drummond, lbw, and then two balls later the Australian bowled Mark Davies off his pad.
Charlie Shreck edged behind in the next over to end the innings, before Rees negotiated the only over remaining in the morning session.
In the afternoon Rees went on to complete his half-century as the Welsh county reached 121 for three by tea - a lead of 104.
But Glamorgan did not make the best of starts to the innings, finding themselves 15 for two inside seven overs. Will Bragg departed lbw to Davies, who only two balls later claimed the prize scalp of Murray Goodwin (nought) caught behind.
But Rees and Chris Cooke added 67 for the third wicket, helped by Rees despatching off-spinner Riley by straight-driving the youngster for four and six.
However, in the next over Riley responded by having Cooke caught at short leg by Bell-Drummond.
Glamorgan reached the 100 mark in the 32nd over before Rees completed a 92-ball fifty shortly before tea.
But he perished straight after the interval, edging Calum Haggett behind. Haggett then trapped Ben Wright, Glamorgan's top scorer in the first innings, lbw with the total on 155.
Riley then had Jim Allenby caught at deep backward square after miscuing a sweep on 29.
Ruaidhri Smith and Mark Wallace guided Glamorgan to 200, but that was followed by Wallace edging Shreck behind.
Smith and Dean Cosker ended the day ensuring Glamorgan would have a lead in excess of 200.
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