Wallace's century puts Glamorgan in control

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The third day's play of the opening County Championship matches of the season was all but washed out by rain, with only one game able to see any action.

That was in the Second Division at Sophia Gardens, where a century from wicket-keeper batsman Mark Wallace helped Glamorgan extend their second-innings lead over Derbyshire.

Following three inspections, play finally got under way after lunch, when the home side resumed 23 without loss, 34 ahead after Derbyshire had made 174 in their first innings reply.

It was not long, though, before Australian Matthew Elliot was back in the pavilion without having added to his overnight score of three, caught by James Bryant off Graeme Welch.

However, David Hemp then offered Wallace some support as the left-hander set about the visiting attack. The pair had moved the total on to 99 before Hemp (20) was trapped leg before by Kevin Dean.

Wallace was in no mood to capitulate, though, and aided by Mike Powell, Glamorgan had pushed on to 140 for 2 by the tea interval. He then brought up his century from 122 balls, hitting 14 fours and two sixes in his 145 minutes at the crease. Wallace's resistance was finally ended at 105 by Welch, with 162 on the board.

Powell went on to produce a composed knock of 79 not out and Matthew Maynard weighed in with an unbeaten 39 to helped ease the score up to 277 without further loss at the close, a lead of 288 runs.

In the First Division, reigning champions Sussex had hoped to build on their lead of 141 over Surrey at the Oval, but the wet weather intervened. When the conditions improved, action was due to start at 3.15pm before further showers caused another delay and play was finally abandoned for the day around 4.50pm.

Warwickshire were hoping to respond to Middlesex's 432 for 8 declared at Edgbaston, but were also left frustrated by rain, with play officially suspended for the day at tea without a ball bowled.

Northamptonshire were unable to resume their first innings on 142 for 2 as they were looking to make further in-roads on Lancashire's 504 for nine declared.

The home side still require a further 213 to avoid the follow-on with ex-Lancashire batsman Tim Roberts 85 not out.

Play was abandoned between Gloucestershire and Kent with home side 202 for 6.