County Championship: Worcestershire race to three-day win over Glamorgan
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Blackfinch New Road (day three):|
|Worcestershire 205: Wessels 45, Mitchell 36; Hogan 4-53 & 299: Mitchell 139*, Rutherford 52; Patel 4-59|
|Glamorgan 193 Morris 5-73 & 156 Cooke 45; Leach 2-24, Barnard 2-26, Morris 2-32, Moeen 2-37|
|Worcestershire (20 pts) beat Glamorgan (3 pts) by 155 runs|
Worcestershire raced to their first Championship win since May as they skittled Glamorgan for 156 to win by 155 runs inside three days at New Road.
After resuming on 153-2, Daryl Mitchell was last out for 139 as Worcestershire reached 299 all out to set 312 to win.
The visitors collapsed to seamers Joe Leach, Ed Barnard and Charlie Morris, while England all-rounder Moeen Ali also weighed in with two wickets.
Glamorgan's third straight loss leaves them 11 points off the top three.
That gap will be more by Friday once Gloucestershire and Northants have finished their games.
Glamorgan now entertain Leicestershire in Cardiff, starting on Monday, before their final game against one of their main promotion rivals, third-placed Durham at Chester-le-Street.
T20-Blast seeking Worcestershire's last two games are both against promotion hopefuls, at home to Gloucestershire, also this coming Monday, before a trip to play Sussex at Hove - the Monday after Finals Day at Edgbaston.
After kicking off this season with two straight victories, this ended an 11-match winless run. But, even in such a congested Division Two promotion race, they are too far back to challenge for the third promotion place.
Mitchell's return to top form
Glamorgan had bowled well at the start of day three, Samit Patel taking 4-59 as the home side failed to support Mitchell, whose marathon six-hour century came on his 200th first-class appearance for the club.
Since then, he has scored 435 Championship runs - of which 282 have come against Glamorgan (he made 107 in the game at Cardiff in June) and only 153 in all the Pears' other nine Championship matches put together.
The target of 312 always looked plenty, especially when Glamorgan's shambolic start included West Indies debutant Kraigg Brathwaite being run out without facing a ball in a mix-up.
David Lloyd briefly counterattacked for 29, but that ended when he was bowled off his pads and boot by Barnard, who finished with a haul of two wickets, two catches and that early run-out.
Pears first team coach Alex Gidman told BBC Hereford & Worcester:
"I'm really proud, it's been a tough couple of months in red-ball cricket. We've got in good positions but haven't been able to capitalise.
"It would be nice to continue the winning habit. We just did the basics well. We were patient and disciplined, and had a couple of guys occupy the crease for long periods.
"Daryl's second innings was when he got the runs, but the first innings was equally important in facing a lot of balls. That's what we've needed from anyone in the top four.
"I don't think Daryl felt under pressure. He's been through tough times before, but he's a competitor, and his attitude and application have never been missing. It'll be great if he can finish the season strongly."
Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard told BBC Sport Wales:
"The lads are playing outside their game plans from what we were doing earlier in the season.
"You want to get a good start and you're 0-2 with some cloudy thinking from the opener and number three to run out your overseas player.
"We were happy with the build-up, but we haven't executed with the bat in this game. (Earlier in the season) we were getting starts, and Marnus Labuschagne had a great season for us.
"They're a bit down in the dressing-room, as you would expect and hope, but we've still got an opportunity of getting a sniff of promotion with two victories."