Lancashire’s cricketers put themselves in pole position to gain maximum points in their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Glamorgan after imposing the follow-on.
Glamorgan recovered to post a huge first-innings total of 348 before losing five wickets in their second innings to close the third day trailing by 204 runs at Colwyn Bay.
The 24-point haul from this game would take Lancashire 68 points clear of Glamorgan in third place, and unless any rain moves in from the Irish Sea they should gain their seventh win from 12 championship games.
Resuming on 165 for six on the third morning and facing the possibility of a three-day defeat, Glamorgan’s lower-order batsmen rallied to add 175 for the last three wickets before they slumped to 146 for five following on in their second innings.
Mark Wallace was bowled for 41 to give Glenn Chapple his fourth wicket of the innings but Graham Wagg, Glamorgan’s leading run-scorer this season, refused to be tied down and counter-attacked effectively.
He had already struck Arron Lilley for six from the first ball he received from the off-spinner the previous evening, and when he appeared again Wagg struck the first, second and fourth balls of the over for three more sixes in an over that cost 21 runs.
The balls all disappeared into gardens beyond the main road, but Lilley had the last word when, in the following over, he had Wagg caught on the midwicket boundary.
Andrew Salter also contributed with a steady innings of 43 but the highest partnership of the innings was compiled by Dean Cosker and Michael Hogan as they put on 75 for the final wicket.
Hogan struck a career-best innings of 57 which came from 44 balls, including six fours and three sixes.
Not surprisingly, Lancashire enforced the follow-on with Glamorgan 350 adrift, and for the second time in the game removed the openers cheaply.
Jacques Rudolph (13) edged Kyle Jarvis to second slip, who in his next over had Will Bragg acrobatically caught by wicketkeeper Alex Davies for 14.
Simon Kerrigan then dismissed Colin Ingram for just seven as Alviro Petersen held onto a stunning one-handed catch at long-off, before Glamorgan lost their fourth wicket when David Lloyd was trapped lbw by Lilley for 34.
The Lancashire spinners Lilley and Kerrigan kept a tight rein for the final hour, obtaining enough turn to test the batsmen and Glamorgan lost another wicket when Wallace was bowled pushing forward to Kerrigan.
Glamorgan will resume on 146 for five with Chris Cooke 43 not out and Andrew Salter 11no.