SIMON Kerrigan claimed the second 10-wicket match-haul of his career as Lancashire came close to pulling off a stunning win on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Having secured a 93-run first innings lead, Lancashire had Glamorgan reeling on 98-5 in their second innings just before tea after Kerrigan ripped through the visitors’ top order.
After being introduced into the attack in the sixth over, he claimed the wickets of Will Bragg and dangerman Murray Goodwin – who scored 194 in the first innings. And was then on a hat-trick as he first had Chris Cooke caught at slip by Ashwell Prince before bowling Jim Allenby first ball.
And when he took a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss Mark Wallace in the 32nd over, Lancashire sensed another amazing win.
However, a century from Gareth Rees – who finished unbeaten on 109 – saved Glamorgan as he shared an 85-run partnership with Nathan McCullum as the visitors reached 183-5 before the players shook hands.
For Kerrigan - who finished with match figures of 12-252 - it is the third consecutive innings in which he has taken five or more wickets.
“We were confident of winning the game at lunch,” said coach Peter Moores. “We had a chat with Glamorgan on day three to try and set up a game but we couldn’t get any agreement.
“So we went the route of trying to get a lead because we felt the pitch was deteriorating a bit and we could bowl them out.
“And in Simon we knew we had a stand-out bowler. At five down we had a chance, but credit to McCullum and Rees, who played outstandingly well to get a great hundred.
“This is another game where we come out knowing we put ourselves in a winning position, which is good for confidence, and it wraps up a really good six weeks for us. We are playing good cricket.”
Earlier, Lancashire posted their highest ever score against Glamorgan as they made 567 in their first innings in reply to the visitors’ 474.
After Lancashire resumed the final day on 423-5, Luke Procter made 75 and Gareth Cross 64 as they shared a 56-run stand.
Glen Chapple chipped in with 31 off 28 balls and Arron Lilley – making his first-class debut – added an unbeaten 35 off 32 deliveries as Lancashire looked to score quick runs in the morning session.
Former Lancashire all-rounder McCullum marked his Glamorgan debut by taking 5-191.
Lancashire are now eight points clear of Northamptonshire at the top of Division Two having played the same number of games after collecting seven points from the game.
Picture (c) Simon Pendrigh