WORCESTERSHIRE dug in to earn a valuable draw at leaders Glamorgan in their bid to break into the Specsavers County Championship Division Two top three.

The County secured 10 points, including two for bowling and three for batting, from a game they had looked set to lose at times with the hosts on top for long spells.

Sixth-placed Worcestershire were indebted to Brett D'Oliveira for his all-round show in the first innings of a career-best 7-92 and 103 runs lower down the order.

And Glamorgan's push for victory was comfortably thwarted on the final day by experienced campaigners Daryl Mitchell and Callum Ferguson after they had been set a target of 320 in 66 overs.

They shared an unbroken stand of 135 in 47 overs for the second wicket as the visitors closed on 143-1.

Mitchell was unbeaten on 64 off 146 balls with six fours and Ferguson on 70 from 151 deliveries with 10 fours for his highest Championship score for the County.

Worcestershire showed resilience after being under threat at one stage of having to follow-on to scrap it out for a share of the spoils.

Glamorgan had to work hard for their runs in the morning, adding 109 for the loss of four wickets with 2-90 for D’Oliveira.

Then Mitchell and Ferguson firmly shut the door on Glamorgan’s hopes.

The County’s third draw in a row kept them in the pack of teams looking to finish in the top three.

The draw also prevented Glamorgan, over whom Worcestershire have two matches in hand, establishing a bigger gap at the top.

County first-team coach Alex Gidman said: “After a disappointing two days we fought back well and were grateful to Brett who had an outstanding game.

"We had no chance of chasing the target as the pitch got drier as the game went on and were happy to get the draw”.

But Glamorgan head coach Matthew Maynard said: “I thought it was an excellent cricket wicket although it didn’t break up as much as I thought it would.

"I thought we had a chance but Worcestershire weren’t interested which was a bit surprising as they had some quality batsmen to come."

Glamorgan resumed the final day on 137-2 — a lead of 216 — and Marnus Labuschagne brought up his century with a single off Joe Leach.

It came off 112 balls and contained 14 fours but he did not add to his tally.

In the next over Labuschagne swept at D’Oliveira and only picked out Ed Barnard at deep mid-wicket with the total on 157-2.

Nick Selman completed a more sedate half-century off 142 deliveries with five boundaries.

On 58 he aimed a big hit against D’Oliveira over mid-wicket and was bowled.

David Lloyd (12) perished trying to move the score along as he went for an expansive drive off Charlie Morris and edged through to wicketkeeper Ben Cox.

Billy Root (25 not out) and Dan Douthwaite (40) added 58 in 14 overs until Barnard broke the stand by trapping the latter lbw just before lunch.

Glamorgan ended the session on 246-5 from 66 overs and declared.

When Worcestershire launched their reply, Josh Dell (1) was lbw to Lukas Carey (1) in the fourth over with eight runs on the board.

But Mitchell and Ferguson ensured there were no more breakthroughs with the new ball and they gradually prospered.

Labuschagne was guilty of some loose deliveries which were punished by Ferguson.

He completed his half-century with a single off Graham Wagg and it came from 75 balls with nine boundaries.

The Mitchell and Ferguson 100 partnership was completed in 29.3 overs and by tea the pair had moved onto 43 and 55 respectively out of 107-1 from 32 overs.

Mitchell brought up his 50 off 99 balls with five fours before the two teams shook hands at 5pm.