LV County Championship - Division Two
The SWALEC Stadium - Day Four
Glamorgan 132 (Danish Kaneria 5-22) & 269-6 (M J Powell 86 no, D L Hemp 61) v Essex 376 (M L Pettini 92, J E R Gallian 73, V Chopra 59, J S Foster 56, D A Cosker 5-81, R D B Croft 4-97)
Glamorgan (3pts) drew with Essex (7pts)
Michael Powell made his highest score of the season as he led a rearguard action for Glamorgan on the final day at the Swalec.
Powell batted for four-and-a-half hours to help his side avoid defeat, aided by partnerships of 68 with David Hemp and 90 with Jamie Dalrymple.
Resuming on 35-1 still 209 behind, the hosts had a mountain to climb but the lifeless pitch was of little assistance to the bowling side, who toiled for five wickets on the day but came up short.
NIghtwatchman Dean Cosker batted for 80 minutes before edging Ryan ten Doeschate, but Hemp and Powell took the score from 77-3 to 145 when the former fell for 61, leaving a straight ball from Maurice Chambers.
Powell was then dropped by Jason Gallian at slip for 42 but made the most of his let-off by going to 50 from 120 balls with only four fours.
But after Glamorgan reached tea at 208 for four they suffered a setback when Dalrymple, who batted exactly two hours for his 35, was bowled by Ravi Bopara nine short of wiping out the deficit.
They lost a sixth wicket when Mark Wallace was trapped leg before by
Graham Napier in the first over with the new ball, but Powell and James Harris batted through 12 overs before the captains shook hands.
Mark Pettini fell eight short of a first championship century of the season but guided Essex into a strong position going into the final day.
Resuming on 54-0, the visitors drove home their advantage with Pettini top scoring on 92 while three others passed fifty as Essex garnered a first innings lead of 244.
Varun Chopra (59) and Jason Gallian (73) made a stealthy 137 for the first wicket but to their credit the Glamorgan spinners fought back, Dean Cosker claiming five for 81 and Robert Croft four for 97.
It was hard going though with Ravi Bopara (44) adding 76 with Pettini for the fourth wicket while James Foster (56) joined his skipper to put on 97 for the fifth before falling to Cosker.
Big-hitting Graham Napier took a liking to the spinner though, hitting him for three consecutive sixes as Essex eyed another batting point, but Cosker got his revenge later in the over and mopped up the tail.
Glamorgan were left with nine overs to face but lost Gareth Rees, who edged Napier's first ball behind to leave Glamorgan 35-1 at stumps.
Essex made up for lost time in Cardiff as they bowled out Glamorgan for just 132.
After the first day's play was abandoned because of rain, Danish Kaneria bowled the visitors into a commanding position with a spell of 5-22 from nine overs. Essex then reached 54-0 in their reply, a deficit of just 78 runs.
The last eight Glamorgan wickets fell for just 39 runs in 14.4 overs, the home batsmen finding no answer to Kaneria's leg spin or the seam bowling of David Masters, who conceded only eight runs in 12 overs.
Graham Napier made the initial breakthrough, having Richard Grant caught behind, before skipper David Hemp was bowled by a Ravi Bopara yorker.
Kaneria took his first wicket in the last over before lunch, removing Gareth Rees lbw, leaving Glamorgan on 93-3 and sparking an afternoon collapse.
The first day of Glamorgan's LV County Championship Division Two clash against Essex at Cardiff was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Despite four inspections by the umpires, Allan Jones and John Steele, play was called off at 3.50pm because of wet run-ups at the River Taff end of the ground.
The teams will reconvene tomorrow, when they will hope for an early start and the chance to make up for lost time.