|LV= County Championship Division Two, St Helen's|
|Close, day three: Glamorgan 161 & 237-8, Essex 286 & 222|
|Glamorgan 3pts, Essex 5pts|
Monty Panesar's fine bowling helped Essex close in on victory at stumps on day three against hosts Glamorgan.
Resuming on 131-5, Essex made 222 all out, thanks to half-centuries from Ryan ten Doeschate (63no) and Greg Smith (58), setting Glamorgan 348 to win.
The hosts' two openers both fell to Panesar (5-90), the spinner taking himself up to 10 wickets for the match as Glamorgan slipped to 145-7.
However, Graham Wagg (64no) dug deep to take the hosts to 237-8 at the close.
Essex now need just two more wickets to win the match, while Glamorgan require a further 111 runs.
A win would keep Essex's hopes of promotion to Division One alive.