Worcestershire’s promotion hopes were dealt a blow at New Road on Wednesday as Glamorgan prevailed in a thrilling County Championship match by three wickets.

The visitors started the day needing 100 runs to take the win from the Pears and Billy Root (99*) and Michael Neser (26*) provided them to guide their team to victory just before lunch. 

The Pears were in the driving seat at the start of day 3, with Glamorgan needing a total of 332 runs to take the win, but a century from Colin Ingram paved the way before Root's 99 sealed the deal on the final day.

There were some positives for Worcestershire though as Joe Leach impressed with eight wickets, including a 6-44 on day 2 but it was not enough in the end as Glamorgan took the win and cemented thier place in the top two in Division Two.

The final day was always likely to be a short one with Glamorgan only requiring 100 runs and Worcestershire needing just five wickets, but both fancied their chances.

Root started the day on 46* with nightwatchman James Harris (1) also at the crease.

The pair began eating into the lead before Leach came into the attack and got the breakthrough as Harris edged a delivery through to a tumbling Gareth Roderick. 

Root moved onto his fifty and the runs kept coming as Glamorgan edged closer, within 57 runs after an hour of play. 

Tom Cullen added 16 more to the chase before Leach got a second wicket of the morning, this time Tom Fell taking a superb diving catch to dismiss the wicketkeeper. 

Charlie Morris, Dillon Pennington and Ed Barnard came in to try and take the final three wickets but they did not come.

Root and Michael Neser produced a series of boundaries in a quickfire 41-run partnership to see the Welsh county side over the line.