Leicestershire 28 for 0 are 375 runs behind Glamorgan 403 for 9 in the ninth wicket ( Michael Neser 176*, Swepson 69).
On day three of their Division Two LV= County Championship match against Leicestershire at Sophia Gardens, Michael Neser’s magnificent counterattacking century saved Glamorgan from a dire situation.
Mitchell Swepson scored his highest-ever score of 69 off just 70 deliveries as he and Michael Neser added another 123 runs for the ninth wicket. The Australian all-rounder had a career-high score of 176 not out, while James Harris had 47 as they combined 128 for the eighth wicket.
After the Foxes had shredded Glamorgan’s top order to leave them wobbling on 93 for 7 shortly after lunch, the hosts made an impressive comeback.
In the end, Glamorgan declared their first innings at 403 for 9 in a weather-devastated game.
In their first innings, a disheartened Leicestershire finished the day with 28 for 0 from seven overs, leaving a draw as the likely outcome on day four.
Due to Cardiff’s ongoing rain, only 17 overs were available on the first two days of play. Subsequent showers delayed play on day three.
At 11.45 a.m., the game began, with Glamorgan anxious to make up for lost time and starting on 54 for 1.
Sam Northeast began on the 15, and Zain ul Hassan resumed on the 32. But eight balls later, the rain and the covers were back, and the overnight score had only increased by one run.
Northeast was bowled by Chris Wright two balls after play resumed, and he had not increased his overnight total.
After he was bowled by Matt Salisbury for 33 runs and caught in the slips by Louis Kimber, Ul Hassan quickly followed him back to the pavilion.
Wright then dismissed Kiran Carlson for 1 after she had faced only 8 balls, leaving the hosts with 57 for 4 and 3 for 3 after the first six overs of the morning.
It was up to Chris Cooke and Billy Root to attempt to rebuild the innings, and Root gave Glamorgan the push they needed by hitting successive boundaries from Wright.
However, Root’s comeback was short-lived as he was out for 12 after edging Tom Scriven to Kimber, who made a superb catch at third slip to bring the home team’s score to 73 for 5.
Michael Neser was next called to the crease, and he and Cooke were able to escape the on slaught from Leicestershire to lead Glamorgan to 86 for 5 at lunch.
Cooke was nonetheless out LBW to Scriven for 10 after lunch after being dropped by Kimber in the penultimate over of the morning session.
Timm van der Gugten blasted Salisbury for four in the very next over before being swiftly caught behind by wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb off the subsequent ball, leaving Glamorgan on 93 for 7 and in serious difficulty.
When Colin Ackermann dropped James Harris at number 10, it appeared that the innings would be over quickly and that Leicestershire would secure an unlikely triumph.
However, James Harris and Michael Neser made the most of that opportunity to guide the home team to 218 for 7 at tea and virtually likely eliminate a favorable outcome.
Just after tea, James Harris was eventually dismissed by Scriven by lbw, but Australian Swepson’s aggressive strategy allowed Michael Neser to finish his first domestic century for Glamorgan and give his side an improbable fourth batting bonus point.
After attempting one huge smash too many times, Swepson was finally stumped by Handscomb off the bowling of Callum Parkinson when he had scored his first-ever first-class fifty.
Before Leicestershire was put out of their misery shortly after 6.20 p.m., Michael Neser and No. 11 Jamie McIlroy scored another 59 runs.