Glamorgan v Essex: Monty Panesar sparks collapse

LV= County Championship Division Two, St Helen's

Close, day two: Glamorgan 161, Essex 286 & 131-5

Glamorgan 3pts, Essex 5pts

Match scorecard

Essex seized the initiative against Glamorgan as they bowled the Welsh side out for just 161 in their first innings at Swansea.

Spinner Monty Panesar took 5-50, while seamer Graham Napier took 3-11, as Glamorgan collapsed on day two.

After losing Jacques Rudolph from the first ball of the day, the hosts never recovered and were all out in 60 overs.

Michael Hogan (4-38) ensured Essex did not get too far clear in their second innings, ending the day on 131-5.

They will begin day three 256 runs ahead, with Ryan ten Doeschate and Greg Smith unbeaten, after England international Panesar sparked Glamorgan's lower-order collapse.