Glamorgan v Surrey: Robert Croft confident of avoiding defeat

Surrey batsman Zafar Ansari against Glamorgan
Surrey batsman Zafar Ansari helped his side to a first innings total of 589 against Glamorgan
LV= County Championship Division Two, Colwyn Bay
Close, day three: Glamorgan 232 & 182-2, Surrey 589-8 dec
Glamorgan 2pts, Surrey 7pts
Match scorecard

Glamorgan bowling coach Robert Croft is confident his side can avoid defeat on the final day of their County Championship match against Surrey.

The Welsh county trailed Surrey by 357 after the visitors declared their first innings on 589-8 at Colwyn Bay.

Jacques Rudolph and Will Bragg both made 73 as Glamorgan cut the deficit to 175.

"If we can have a great session in the first or the second then we have a real chance of saving this," said Croft.

"That's what the aim is."

Croft said the pitch at Colwyn Bay can aid his side in their bid to avoid defeat.

"If you look at the surface there's no demons in it," he said, "It doesn't seem to be splitting and there's not a lot of seam movement.

"The spinners are getting a little bit of turn out of the rougher areas.

"But as the first two batsmen showed, Will Bragg and Jacques Rudolph, if you are prepared to apply and concentrate and play as straight as possible for as long as you can, then there are runs out there to be made and also you become difficult to shift.

"There is a lot of talent within our batting line-up and also a lot of experience and tomorrow [Wednesday] is a day where we hope to deliver."

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