County Championship: Tom Fell spearheads fightback against Glamorgan at Worcester

By Nick WebbBBC Wales Sport
Glamorgan wicketkeeper Mark Wallace
Mark Wallace hit 67 from number nine after going in first in the previous seven Championship games
Specsavers County Championship Division One, New Road, Worcester, day two
Worcestershire 163 and 150-2: Fell 65*
Glamorgan 280: Bragg 98, Wallace 67, Wagg 46; Leach 5-106
Worces (3 pts) lead Glamorgan (5 pts) by 33 runs

Worcestershire finished day two on 150-2, 33 ahead with eight wickets in hand, despite Glamorgan enjoying a 117-run first-innings lead at New Road.

In Glamorgan's 280, Will Bragg fell short of a deserved ton on 98, but Mark Wallace (67) and Graham Wagg (46) helped the lower order to flourish.

Home vice-captain Joe Leach claimed his fourth five-wicket haul of the season.

Worcestershire then showed greater application, led by Tom Fell (65*), as they ground away at the deficit.

Fell, who could have been caught at the wicket on two, had shared an unbeaten partnership of 95 with England Lions batsman Joe Clarke (32*) by the close.

It is Fell's highest Championship score since returning from cancer treatment, although he did make a One-Day Cup century in the win over Lancashire.

Wallace's 67 not out was also his highest Championship score of the season, helping to steer his side to a second batting point.

Just seven wickets fell on the second day after 15 had tumbled on day one.

Worcestershire assistant coach Matt Mason told BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester:

"We're back in the game, a really good day in the end but we gave them a bit more of a lead than we would have liked when we had them seven down.

"Wallace coming in down the order is a dangerous player since he opens sometimes in Championship cricket.

"But we fought back pretty well with the bat, Joe Clarke and Tom Fell showed if you apply yourself on that wicket, you can score runs.

"It still looks a pretty good surface, it doesn't seem to be turning much so I'd like to think we can bat two sessions without losing too many wickets, then assess from there."

Glamorgan wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Wallace told BBC Wales Sport:

"It was more down to Will Bragg's 98 that we got a lead rather than anything I did later on, but we managed a few partnerships late on.

"I've been opening the batting the last few games which is hard work, I did a reasonable job but it's a different game down the order and it was good fun.

"The pitch has flattened out now, it certainly swung quite a lot on day one but I think the pitch has been pretty decent all game.

"There's going to be a bit of toil but the last game we won at Colwyn Bay (against Derbyshire) was similar, and I think we'd be happy chasing a total a little bit higher than usual here in the fourth innings, there's a lot of time left."