Essex v Glamorgan - Day Three
Will Bragg helped edge Glamorgan into a 152-run lead over Essex on a rain-hit third day of their LV= County Championship clash at Chelmsford, where home bowler Reece Topley claimed his 10th wicket of the match.
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Bragg, who had scored 93 in the first innings, fell just short of a second half-century when he was caught on 46 by a fine take from New Zealander Jesse Ryder in the slips, with the visitors looking to post a commanding advantage.
However, following delays for rain and also bad light, 20-year-old Topley did some damage to Glamorgan's middle order as the Welsh county reached 188 for eight when play was finally called off for the day at 7pm.
After facing only a couple of balls before bad light had halted proceedings on Monday, Glamorgan opener Tom Lancefield (two) was soon on his way back to the pavilion when he edged Topley to Mark Pettini at second slip with 29 on the board.
Following a short rain delay, South African Jacques Rudolph offered good support to Bragg as the visitors moved ahead of Essex's first-innings score of 280.
Ryder finally broke up the promising partnership just before lunch when Rudolph was caught behind for 46 from 76 balls, which included half-a-dozen boundaries.
Glamorgan went into lunch at 77 for two, putting themselves 41 runs ahead, with Bragg unbeaten on 25.
However, more poor weather swept through the Essex County Ground, with the covers eventually coming off following an inspection for play to resume at 3:45pm after tea had been taken.
Glamorgan had potentially some 46 overs remaining, but the weather would later interrupt play again.
Ben Wright hit Topley for two boundaries to help move the total on past 100 in the 28th over - but he was then bowled at the next opportunity by the young Essex paceman, out for 17 with Glamorgan 104 for three.
Topley, who took six wickets in the first innings on his first championship outing of the season after injury, bowled Chris Cooke (four) before Ryder's fine take ended Bragg's contribution, which had included seven boundaries.
Bad light stopped play just before 5:30pm, with Glamorgan 133 for five.
The players were soon back on, however, with 15 overs remaining of the final session.
Essex made them count as Topley trapped Mark Wallace (15) leg before and then Graham Wagg lasted only two minutes as he went for a duck.
Glamorgan were soon 166 for eight as Dean Cosker (five) also holed out at mid-wicket, caught by Greg Smith off Tom Moore.
When stumps was finally called, Jim Allenby, batting at number six, was 34 and veteran Australian Michael Hogan had made 11.
Ipswich-born Topley finished with four for 51 off his 20 overs, with five maidens.