County Championship: Selman leads Glamorgan fight back against Glos

Opener Nick Selman's watchful innings brought Glamorgan back into contention in Newport
Opener Nick Selman's watchful innings brought Glamorgan back into contention in Newport
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Spytty Park (day three)
Gloucestershire 463: Bracey 152, Higgins 103, Roderick 88; De Lange 4-116
Glamorgan 250 & 359-1: Selman 148*, Labuschagne 128*, Hemphrey 58
Glamorgan (4 pts) lead Gloucestershire (8 pts) by 146 runs
Match scorecard

Nick Selman and Marnus Labuschagne hit contrasting centuries as Glamorgan fought back hard after being forced to follow on by Gloucestershire.

The home side reached 359-1, a lead of 146 going into the final day.

Labuschagne's knock was a dashing one, reaching three figures off 112 balls, while Selman's career-best innings was a patient supporting affair.

It was a remarkable turnaround from Gloucestershire's ascendancy on day two in Newport.

Earlier George Drissell claimed a career-best 4-83, with Graham Wagg last out for 50 in Glamorgan's first-innings 250.

The decision to enforce the follow-on seemed correct but Chris Dent's opening bowlers had no luck, passing the outside edge repeatedly as Selman and Charlie Hemphrey (58) added 133 for the first wicket.

Labuschagne's hundred was his second in as many Championship games, while Selman made his first century since 2017.

Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke will not reappear in the match because of an ankle injury, which still has to be scanned although a break has been ruled out.

Glamorgan batsman Nick Selman told BBC Sport Wales:

"It was a good wicket. Myself and Charlie made sure we got through the new ball, we expanded from there, then Marnus finished it off lovely. We rotated the strike and then the runs flowed at the back end.

"Last year was tough personally, I wouldn't say confidence was high, but I stuck to what I did in previous years so I got through the new ball and managed to expand after that.

"There's a bit of rough there (on the wicket), so there's an opportunity to put them back in and have a crack at them."

Gloucestershire coach Richard Dawson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"All three batsmen played very well, but we bowled well and got past the outside edge quite a number of times.

"Then the ball got softer, conditions favoured the bat and they made us work.

"We've got to control the scoreboard because if Glamorgan have a decent first hour then we'll be backs against the wall, so we can't show any complacency. It's been a tough day in the dirt, though I can't fault the effort."