County Championship: Glamorgan fight back against Gloucestershire

Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan took 3-51
County Championship Division Two, The Bristol County Ground, Bristol (day two):
Gloucestershire 313: Dent 105, Hammond 61; Hogan 3-51, Wagg 3-59
Glamorgan 187-4: Selman 73, Labuschagne 56*; Shaw 2-50
Gloucestershire 4 pts, Glamorgan 3 pts

Glamorgan ended day two on 187-4 in reply to Gloucestershire's 313 all out, with the game evenly poised.

Nick Selman battled his way to 73 while Championship top scorer Marnus Labuschagne hit 56 not out.

But batting rarely looked easy despite the placid pitch, as the ball swung in humid conditions.

The home side fell away badly from their overnight 168-1, after Chris Dent (105) reached his second successive century.

Veteran seamers Michael Hogan (3-51) and Graham Wagg (3-59) did most of the damage. Dan Douthwaite chipped in with two, while paceman Marchant de Lange claimed his 300th first-class wicket despite bowling with little luck.

The home attack in turn enjoyed little fortune as Selman inside-edged three times and was dropped twice off David Payne.

Loanee Josh Shaw claimed 2-50 while Ryan Higgins also caused the batsmen plenty of problems with his movement through the air.

Australia Test batsman Labuschagne again looked in good form, but saw partner Billy Root (21) play on to Matt Taylor in the last over.

Gloucestershire captain Chris Dent told BBC Radio Bristol:

"313 is a bit disappointing from where we were but it's still a half-decent total in the first innings here. They batted well, we had some chances and maybe we were a bit unlucky but we dragged the day back with a couple of wickets.

"Nobody means to drop catches but it happens, it's tough in the slips and it's just part of the game.

"With the conditions the way they are, hopefully it'll offer a bit more later in the game though it hasn't done that in previous games. But hopefully we can get a lead and bowl well on the last day."

Glamorgan seam bowler Michael Hogan told BBC Sport Wales:

"A good fight-back as we hit our lengths from the start much better than yesterday, we took a few wickets early which put them on the back foot a bit, so although it would have been better if we didn't lose that last wicket (Root), we're in a good position.

"Hopefully we can capitalise in the next 30 overs (with the older ball) and get a good partnership going into the second new ball since it's tough (for batsmen) to start.

"Marnus looks in good order, he's leaving the right balls and he's been fantastic for us, hopefully he goes on to get another hundred.

"Personally I think Australia would be silly not to pick him (for the Ashes Test squad), he's the top run-scorer in the country, his game looks in good order and he offers something with the ball, so it would be the right decision to have him in that squad."

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