LV County Championship - Division Two
Glamorgan 139 (C J C Wright 4-30) & 347 (R N Grant 75, G P Rees 62, M A Wallace 52, G R Napier 6-103) v Essex 206 (A J Shantry 4-61, J N Gillespie 4-32) & 78 (R D B Croft 5-6)
Glamorgan (17pts) beat Essex (4pts) by 202 runs
Essex's LV County Championship Division Two promotion prospects took a blow as they were bowled out for 78 to lose by 202 runs against Glamorgan with a day to spare at Southend.
Veteran off-spinner Robert Croft returned figures of 5-6 to ruin Essex's pursuit of 281.
Ravi Bopara top-scored with just 15 in a miserable effort that saw the hosts bowled out in 43.1 overs.
Earlier, Mark Wallace made 52 as Glamorgan extended their second innings from an overnight position of 252-5 to 347 all out.
Wallace shared half-century stands with both Mike Powell (36) and Jason Gillespie (33), while Essex all-rounder Graham Napier finished with career-best figures of 6-103.
The result is Glamorgan's second win of the season and lifts them off the foot of the Division Two table. Essex remain in fourth but have lost ground on all the sides above them.
Glamorgan lead by 185 with five second-innings wickets still intact against Essex at Southend.
The Welsh county closed the second day on 252-5 after their fortunes were revived by a second-wicket stand of 120 between Richard Grant (75) and Gareth Rees (62).
Essex all-rounder Graham Napier (3-62) took three wickets to peg back Glamorgan by the close and set-up an intriguing final two days.
Earlier, Essex subsided from 139-5 to 206 all out in their first innings, Glamorgan seam duo Jason Gillespie (4-32) and Adam Shantry (4-61) both finishing with four wickets.
Bottom county Glamorgan suffered another disappointing day at the office as they were bowled out for just 139 by Essex at Southend.
Choosing to bat first, the visitors managed to last just 54.1 overs as seamer Chris Wright, making his first Championship appearance since early May, claimed 4-30.
Mark Wallace finished as top scorer with 37, 21 of which came off one Danish Kaneria over, but Glamorgan never managed to recover from the first dozen overs, during which time they slipped to 25-3.
Essex's reply had moved level with their opponents' total by the close for the loss of five wickets as the Garon Park pitch continued to help the bowlers.
Grant Flower made 39 before falling to left-arm spinner Dean Cosker after sharing a half-century stand with Ravi Bopara, who had raced to 31 only to edge Jason Gillespie to slip.
Home skipper Mark Pettini was unbeaten at the close on 21 having seen nightwatchman David Masters become the third victim for seamer Adam Shantry right at the end of an entertaining day's play.