GLAMORGAN rallied from another nightmare start in their Specsavers County Championship encounter with Worcestershire but face an uphill struggle in Cardiff, writes Chris Kirwan.

The visitors ended the day on 180 for 4, trailing by just 27 runs, but it could have been worse for Robert Croft’s side. Much worse.

After being skittled for 101 and 187 in a humiliating two-day defeat at Northamptonshire, Glamorgan were looking at another embarrassment when reduced to 105 for 8 at lunch in cloudy conditions at the SSE Swalec Stadium.

However, late runs by David Lloyd, with an excellent 88 from 103 balls featuring three sixes, and the tail gained a batting point after reaching 207 with some rapid scoring in the afternoon session.

Early wickets gave Glamorgan hope before an unbeaten century partnership for the fifth wicket by Tom Kohler-Cadmore (52) and Ben Cox (41).

Glamorgan started in horrendous fashion with captain Jacques Rudolph caught at second slip off Australian seamer John Hastings for 2 and fellow opener Nick Selman edging Joe Leach behind for 16.

Colin Ingram went first ball to fourth slip off Leach, Aneurin Donald (3) was bowled by Hastings and Chris Cooke (5) was run out by as the hosts slumped to 46 for 5.

Lloyd and Kiran Carlson put on 33 for the sixth wicket before the latter struck Ed Barnard to point for 13, followed by bowlers Harry Podmore and Marchant de Lange.

Lukas Carey helped Lloyd start the recovery after lunch with a rapid 39 before being bowled by Hastings and Michael Hogan stuck around until Lloyd was caught from a leading edge as he tried to work the ball to leg.

Glam had real hope with a rapid start to the Worcestershire innings with Lukas Carey and Michael Hogan grabbing a wicket apiece to reduce the visitors to 1 for 2.

It was a pretty even encounter when Worcester were 80 for 4, Joe Clarke the third to be caught by wicket-keeper Cooke off Lloyd before Tom Fell was bowled by Carey.

But Kohler-Cadmore and Cox batted well before an early finish for bad light and drizzle with 12 overs left.