BATSMAN Aneurin Donald is hopeful that Glamorgan’s battling display in Leicester can pave the way for brighter times in the County Championship.

Robert Croft’s side held out for a draw against Leicestershire at Grace Road on Monday, finishing on 144-4 after an early wobble on 57-4.

The Foxes set Glamorgan an unlikely 355 to win in 57 overs and quickly put the visitors under pressure only for Donald (66 not out) and Chris Cooke ( ) to settle the nerves.

After a disappointing start to the campaign that has featured heavy losses to Northamptonshire and Worcestershire, highly-promising batsman Donald believes the Welsh county can

"Chris and me took a while to get into it but ultimately we're really pleased with the way we played,” said the 20-year-old, who shelved his usual attacking approach to secure the draw and 13 points.

"Trying to spend time in the middle is key but also to get through a tough patch like we had is good for the confidence, I think something our dressing-room needed a little bit.

"It was a good batting wicket throughout, if you bowled well there were a couple of wickets in it for you, but a couple of their guys going down (with injury) towards the end probably eased things a bit.

"We're pleased with how we dealt with it, all in all a worthwhile four days for both teams. You can see why they batted the way they did, it was a quick-scoring ground so it was understandable what they did (with the declaration), and a high-scoring draw for both teams probably isn't the worst result."

Nottinghamshire and Kent lead the way in Division Two with three wins from three while Glamorgan are sixth, profiting from Leicestershire and Durham being hit by pre-season points deductions.

Croft’s side don’t play red-ball cricket until hosting Notts on May 19 with their attention now turning to the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

They take on Gloucestershire in Bristol tomorrow and then a fixture with Surrey in Cardiff on Sunday, both games starting at 11am.

Glamorgan will hope to soon profit from the return of seamer Timm van der Gugten after he made his comeback for the seconds in Newport yesterday.

The bowler has been out of action since suffering a shoulder injury playing for the Netherlands against Hong Kong in February.

He played against Gloucestershire in a one-day fixture at Spytty Park along with fellow first teamers Craig Meschede, Owen Morgan, Jack Murphy and Kiran Carlson but Cwmbran’s Will Bragg is still yet to make his return to the middle after suffering a back injury in pre-season.

Glamorgan seconds stay in Newport for the next three days against the same opponents.