(writes Andrew Hignell)
Warwickshire were leading by 210 runs when play began after tea with the possibility of the visitors wanting to add a further hundred or so to their tally before having a short spell of bowling before the close. Van der Gugten and Morgan resumed the bowling duties with the latter removing Burgess as he looked to flay the spinner into the offside with Cullen completing the catch. Alex Thomson joined Mousley who flicked van der Gugten to fine-leg for four before the new man pulled the Dutchman for four.
Thomson also drove Morgan over long-on for six before Mousley greeted the return of Hogan by on-driving him for three. With the Cardiff floodlights switched on, Thomson also cover-drove Hogan for four before Mouley clipped Taylor for four to mid-wicket followed by a late cut for four as he completed a 62-ball fifty. He also flicked Hogan to fine-leg for four before straight-driving Taylor for another four as the lead approached the 300-mark.
However, Thomson holed out at long-on as he attempted to deposit Taylor into the River Stand. With Ethan Brookes as his new partner, Mousley flicked Hogan to square-leg for four followed by a drive to the boards at long-on. Brookes then switch-hit Taylor for four before the drizzle which had been falling for around half-an-hour intensified and the umpires briefly took the players off causing the loss of two overs.
Mousley’s career-best innings then ended as he skied Douthwaite to Joe Cooke at deep extra cover. Liam Norwell then drove Morgan for six before Warwickshire declared on 347-7 leaving Glamorgan a target of 331 in a minimum of 95 overs. Norwell and Hannon-Dalby shared the new ball as Nick Selman and Joe Cooke began Glamorgan’s second innings. Selman clipped Norwell to square-leg for four as Glamorgan ended the day on 9-0.
After his pre-lunch cameo, it looked as if Ian Bell was determined to mark his final appearance on the first-class stage with another three-figure score against the Welsh county – his fourth in five innings against Glamorgan - with the former England batsman unbeaten on 46 when play resumed after the interval with Warwickshire on 129-2 and a lead of 112.
With Carey still off the field with an injury to his side, Timm van der Gugten and Michael Hogan continued the bowling duties as Bell completed his fifty from 63 balls with another laconic cover drive against Hogan – his eighth four. Callum Taylor then returned at the River End with a single by Hain bringing up the hundred stand before another single saw him complete his own fifty, from 106 balls.
Dan Douthwaite replaced Hogan at the Cathedral Road End and was twice driven through the covers by Bell , before being dispatched through mid-on for another boundary. He then pulled Douthwaite for four before Hain also drilled Taylor through mid-on for four. Owen Morgan then had a trundle at the River End and was driven through the covers by Bell but with the total on 196 Douthwaite ended the stand as Hain edged into Cullen’s gloves having added 143 in 40.3 overs with Bell.
Dan Mousley began with a clip to square-leg for four against Douthwaite before a thick edge through the gully and a lofted on-drive against Morgan for further boundaries. Van der Gugten then returned at the Cathedral Road End and immediately ended Bell’s innings as, on 90, he played onto his stumps against the Dutchman with the old warrior departing to plenty of applause from the Glamorgan players as well as his Warwickshire colleagues on the dressing room balcony.
His efforts meant that Warwickshire had a lead of 200 as Michael Burgess joined forces with Mousley as Hogan returned for a short salvo before tea. Burgess duly flicked Hogan to square-leg for four.
An obdurate fifty by Billy Root plus a watchful innings by Own Morgan helped Glamorgan yesterday to eke out a slender 17-run lead over Warwickshire with the visitors starting their second innings this morning knowing that the first session could determine the outcome of this keenly-fought and enthralling contest which has so far been dominated by the swing and seam bowlers.
There was plenty of cloud cover this morning when play began as Lukas Carey and Timm van der Gugten shared the new ball and eager to make inroads. Will Rhodes and Rob Yates began watchfully with the latter off-driving and cover-driving van der Gugten, before Rhodes unfurled a booming off-drive against Carey as Warwickshire wiped off the arrears.
But the Dutchman struck in his third over as Yates edged a ball low to second slip where Nick Selman completed an outstanding one-handed catch diving low to his right. 20-1 saw the arrival of Sam Hain who on-drove Carey for four before Rhodes dispatched van der Gugten for four through extra-cover, followed by a firmly-struck on-drive to the boards at the River End.
Hogan then struck in his fourth over as Rhodes edged to Selman who completed his second catch, with his departure on 53-2 seeing the arrival of Ian Bell with the Glamorgan fielders being joined by the umpires to form a guard of honour and applauding as the former England batsman and member of the 2005 Ashes-winning squad, made his way to the middle for his last innings in first-class cricket.
Hain flicked Hogan to mid-wicket for four before surviving a loud appeal for l.b.w. against the veteran, as Carey switched to the River End and was straight-driven and on-driven for a pair of fours by Bell. An injury though prevented Carey from continuing as Dan Douthwaite completed the over. Hain clipped the all-rounder for four to square-leg before Bell cover-drove Hogan for three followed by an exquisite dab to the ropes at third man against Douthwaite.
Bell did the same when van der Gugten returned at the Cathedral Road End, followed by a pair of rasping square-cuts as the 100 came up in the 22nd over. Glamorgan switched to spin at the River End as Callum Taylor entered the attack. Hain drilled him through cover for four before outside-edging Douthwaite for four to third man.