County Championship: Charlie Morris helps Worcestershire take charge against Glamorgan

Worcestershire bowler Charlie Morris took 5-73 in Glamorgan's first innings
Worcestershire bowler Charlie Morris took 5-73 in Glamorgan's first innings
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Blackfinch New Road (day two):
Worcestershire 205 & 153-2 Mitchell 52*, Rutherford 52
Glamorgan 193 Lloyd 35; Morris 5-73
Worcestershire (4 pts) lead Glamorgan by 165 runs

Worcestershire are well placed on 153-2 in their second innings, a lead of 165 runs over Glamorgan, after a strong second day.

Charlie Morris (5-73) was the home side's main bowling threat as Glamorgan struggled to 193 all out.

David Lloyd top-scored with a gritty 35 but the visitors' promotion hopes look to be slipping away.

Hamish Rutherford's rapid 52 and Daryl Mitchell's solid 52 not out put Worcestershire in the driving seat.

After getting 107 runs in the match at Cardiff back in June for only once out, added to his first-innings 36, the back-to-form Mitchell has so far made a further 88 in this game.

Rutherford, who scored at a run a ball, and Moeen Ali (26) scored freely after the sun came out.

But on-loan spinner Samit Patel - who is expected to face Worcestershire again with Notts on T20 Finals Day on 21 September - induced Moeen to sky a catch, which helped reduce the flow of runs towards the close.

Earlier batting looked a hazardous occupation for both sides in their first innings in cloudy conditions. But Glamorgan did manage to scramble 56 runs for their last two wickets.

That cut the deficit to just 12 before Worcestershire, without a Championship win since the opening two games of the season, regained control.

Pears fast bowler Charlie Morris told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"It was a brilliant day. The boys are really pleased to be in a commanding position after a tough season. We bowled well as a unit and the batters backed that up.

"Daryl Mitchell in particular did a fantastic job along with Hamish Rutherford and hopefully we'll make the most of it.

"In Daryl's 200th game we're so happy he's managed to get a 50. He's a class player and though form is temporary, he's proved class is permanent on a tough wicket.

"Naturally as the game goes on the pitch flattens out, it's dried out but the more runs we can pile on, we'll hopefully get in a really good position to give a target where we can bowl them out."

Glamorgan vice-captain David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:

"We did well to keep them to 200, but the batting front didn't go our way.

"We can bat better as a unit, with some half-hearted shots which is disappointing, but they made it difficult for us.

"In the second innings the wicket seems flatter, but we've got to back ourselves to get back in this game.

"(After a chase of 277 in to win here in 2016), we've got the batting to do it. This will be a real test for us for the rest of the season but one we're looking forward to."

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