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Day 3: Essex (259-9d and 5-0) lead Glamorgan (187) by 77 runs

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Essex paceman Tymal Mills took career best figures of four for 25 as Essex grabbed the initiative at Glamorgan.

Stewart Walters made his second consecutive half-century but his side could only muster 187 all out, trailing by 72.

And at the close, after five interruptions for bad light, Essex were five for nought, an overall lead of 77.

Glamorgan had resumed on day three on one for nought, 258 adrift, after no play had been possible on the third day.

It took seamer David Masters until only the sixth over of the day to get the breakthrough having Nick James’ attempted pull caught at mid-on.

After a rather fruitless seven-over spell from the Cathedral Road end, Charl Willoughby struck in his first over from the River Taff end. The veteran South African seemed to put his back into a delivery which got rather bigger on Will Bragg than he expected and edged behind.

Glamorgan reached lunch at 88 for two but only 2.3 overs were possible after the interval before bad light forced the players from the field for 30 minutes.

On their return Greg Smith got the ball to swing and deserved his two wickets in the space of two overs as Glamorgan suffered a mini collapse going from 115 for two to 119 for four.

Rees was first to go shouldering arms to a ball from Smith which swung back to hit off stump and that was followed in his next over by Ben Wright edging to Alastair Cook at first slip.

But after that Walters, who went to 50 from 84 balls, and captain Mark Wallace looked relatively untroubled until more bad light saw the players take an early tea. In the first over after the resumption Wallace went leg before to David Masters to leave Glamorgan 158 for five.

With Moises Henriques off the field yesterday with a side strain Graham Wagg was forced to come in at number seven.

With the fourth ball after tea Masters struck. Pushing half forward Wallace was given leg before and he was followed by seven balls later by Walters who played a suicidal pull off Mills right down the throat of deep midwicket.

Henriques was bowled via his helmet ducking into a Mills bouncer and then after a third break for bad light Glamorgan lost Dean Cosker and Wagg in the space of three balls to Mills and Masters respectively.

After another break for bad light it took Mills just five balls to claim his fourth wicket - Will Owen caught behind. Mills had finished with a burst of four for four from 31 balls.

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