GARETH Andrew’s career-best five-wicket haul put Worcestershire in control on day two of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Glamorgan in Cardiff.
Visiting skipper Daryl Mitchell added only eight to his overnight 101 as his side finished on 240, but that proved enough for a first innings lead of 85 as Glamorgan were fired out for 155.
Andrew (5-40) ripped through the Glamorgan line-up, with captain Mark Wallace’s unbeaten half-century the only resistance of note. Mitchell and opening partner Matt Pardoe then took their side’s lead into three figures by reaching 20 without loss before rain and then bad light stopped play.
Resuming on 232-9, Worcestershire, seeking a third win in four games this season, added eight in six overs before Mitchell edged to wicketkeeper Wallace to give Dean Cosker figures of 5-39.
But if the early conclusion to the innings gave Glamorgan any encouragement, it did not last long as they lost openers Jacques Rudolph and Gareth Rees in successive overs with the score on 12.
South African Rudolph made seven before edging Charles Morris to keeper Ben Cox and Rees became Andrew’s first victim, lbw for three.
The all-rounder then removed Murray Goodwin lbw for a second-ball duck and a recovery to 53-3 at lunch proved to be a false dawn.
Will Bragg and Stewart Walters’ partnership of 38 was ended when Andrew trapped the latter leg before for 18 and then added the scalp of Bragg, caught at second slip by Mitchell for 24.
By that point, just two runs had been added in the afternoon session but Wallace and Jim Allenby dug in for a half-century partnership.
Glamorgan’s hundred came up with an Allenby single off Ajmal but after Wallace hit Morris for four, Allenby (19) fell to Ajmal.
Ajmal removed Cosker for two and Will Owen for a duck before Wallace reached a 78-ball half-century from the next delivery.
Andrew returned in search of his fifth wicket and, after being hit for four by Tom Helm, had the number 11 caught behind next ball to secure his best innings figures in first-class cricket. Ajmal finished with 3-48.
Mitchell eased his way to 16 when stumps were drawn, with Pardoe digging in on four.