Lancashire's chances of beating Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay suffered a blow late on during today's second day as Ashwell Prince departed in the day's penultimate over.
The Welsh side head into Friday's third day of this LV= County Championship Division Two clash with their noses in front, leading by 15 runs with the Red Rose at 104-4 from 51 overs of their second innings.
But, as seamer Kyle Hogg said, anything can still happen with two days of this fascinating low-scoring contest remaining. Simon Katich will resume on 28 not out with night-watchman Jimmy Anderson yet to get off the mark.
Prince fell lbw to Australian Michael Hogan for 25 following a fourth-wicket stand of 52 inside 23 overs with Katich.
And Hogg said: “We got ourselves back in the game by bowling them out for a competitive score considering the wicket's still pretty good. I think we had probably our best spell of an hour and a half tonight, so to lose Ashwell was a big boost for them. But we've still got batters who can score runs.
“They (Katich and Prince) played so well, and that's how it goes sometimes. It's now down to other people to score runs, and we're all capable of doing that.
"We've got to dig in. Someone's got to churn out a good score and put the pressure back on them. When you're batting last and chasing a score, if you lose a couple of quick wickets it's anybody's game.”
Simon Kerrigan led the way with 4-48 from 16 overs as Glamorgan were bowled out for 242 in reply to 123 during the afternoon, while Anderson and Hogg struck three times each. Hogg’s three wickets all came to mop up the home side’s tail in what remain decent conditions for batting. Swing seems to be the most potent weapon for the pace bowlers.
Kerrigan struck twice in just his second over of the innings, the 12th of the morning, to get Jim Allenby caught by Steven Croft at mid-wicket for 46 and Mark Wallace caught at short-leg by Karl Brown, leaving the score 156-6 in the 53rd.
The Red Rose had to wait another ten overs for their seventh wicket, but it was Kerrigan again. This time John Glover was trapped lbw, by which time the hosts had posted a lead of 51. The England Lions’ left-arm spinner’s first wicket came during the evening session of yesterday opening day.
Hogg struck in the final over before lunch, another successful lbw shout, to get rid of Dean Cosker, leaving the score at 203-8.
Goodwin reached his maiden fifty for the Welshman off 105 balls just after the break, and helped to push their lead into the three figures before Hogg had Hogan caught at point by Brown over his head after a miscued heave and bowled Goodwin.
"I think I bowled well in the first two games. But then I bowled five overs yesterday for 20-odd and didn't feel like normal. To end up with three for today was satisfying,” assessed Hogg.
Unfortunately, the wickets continued to fall because Luke Procter was caught behind pushing at Hogan to leave the Red Rose score at 9-1 in the fifth over of their second innings.
It took Brown 32 balls to get off the mark, and he reached tea with just two off 40 balls as Lancashire went in at 31-1 from 19 overs, 88 behind. But unfortunately the in-form number three could not convert his determination into a sizeable contribution.
Having seen Paul Horton feather Mike Reed behind in the 24th over, he had his middle stump removed by Hogan for 13 as the visitors slipped to 49-3, still 70 in arrears.
Katich and Prince patiently chipped away at the deficit with few alarms, but losing the latter trapped so late in the piece ensured the hosts will go into tomorrow’s final day with their tails up.
Hogg added: “The first hour's (going to be) key. They'll be full of enthusiasm, so hopefully we can block them out similar to how they did to us at the start of today. Any time you chase in the last innings, anything can happen. The pressure is on the chasing side, especially with Keggsy bowling and men round the bat.”
Photo (c) Barry Mitchell