Jacques Rudolph dug in deeply to prevent Lancashire from taking the victors’ points in their County Championship match on Monday.
Forced to follow on, 249 behind Lancashire’s total of 462 at Old Trafford, Rudolph made amends for his first innings offering of 22 by solidly batting away 206 balls, with just five fours for his total of 63.
The other Glamorgan Saffas also struggled in that first innings: Chris Cooke was second-top scorer with 31, Colin Ingram contributed 17 and Craig Meschede 7.
But second time around, Rudolph and Cooke put on 91 in 45 overs for the third wicket after Ingram went for 18. Cooke went on to 41 off 160 balls, unbeaten, and that was that.
Mind you, the AP coalition had an off day in Lancs’ first innings. Whereas they have contributed so much for so long, they can be excused a lapse. Alviro Petersen had 29 and Ashwell Prince four.
Prince, though, is still far and away the top scorer of the second division, with 1 315 runs, ahead of Ken’t Sam Northeast (923). Petersen is ranked sixth with 819 and Rudolph, boosted by his fighting 63, is fifth on 841.
Lancashire’s draw leaves them 10 points ahead of Surrey at the top of Division Two, with each side having three games left to play.
Elsewhere, Rory Kleinveldt had a good game for Northamptonshire in a rain-hit tussle against Leicestershire. He hammered a quickfire 43 off 39 balls – the second-highest score – to boost Northants’ total to 325 in the first innings. He then took 5-68 in 25 overs, including the first four wickets for just 34 runs.
But the support staff went missing and Leics were able to claw their way to 372.
Richard Levi then got into the act with an unbeaten 54, helping to atone for his first innings’ duck, while Kleinveldt, promoted up the order to seven for the second innings, was able to add just four to a paltry total of 162 as the evening closed in. Still, he got another wicket before it was handshakes all round.
Compiled by Mark Salter