Glamorgan v Gloucestershire: Visitors build lead in Cardiff

Chris Dent
LV= County Championship Division Two, Swalec Stadium
Close, day two: Glamorgan 145 v Gloucestershire 230-9
Glamorgan 3pts, Gloucestershire 4pts
Match scorecard

Chris Dent's half-century helped Gloucestershire build a handy 85-run lead over Glamorgan on day two after the hosts were bowled out cheaply.

Beginning the day on 47-6, Graham Wagg hit an unbeaten 54 for the Welsh club and last-man Michael Hogan made 23 but they were all out for 145.

Dent (52) and Will Tavare (42) set about chasing down the low total.

But as veteran Dean Cosker spun his way to 5-46, a vital 38 not out from Tom Smith ensured his side reached 230-9.

It was the 10th time Cosker has taken five wickets in an innings in a first-class match and without his input, Glamorgan would undoubtedly have been in an even worse position.

A county cricketer for 18 years, he removed Dent with the help of a catch by wicketkeeper Mark Wallace and then accounted for Tavare, who clipped the ball straight to Hogan at mid-on.

Cosker then trapped Alex Gidman lbw, and rounded off his collection with the wickets of Will Gidman and Hamish Marshall, the latter having stuck two sixes in his 32.

Match scorecard

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