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Day 1 Report | Glamorgan Vs NCCC

Glamorgan bounced back on day one of their Specsavers County Championship match against Northamptonshire, their first at Cardiff since June, after being bowled out for 207, to lead by 148 overnight.

A partnership of 97 between Andrew Salter (59) and Craig Meschede (49) allowed Glamorgan to bounce back after they had struggled to 102-6.

Glamorgan were 75-3 at lunch, having been 6-1 in the first two overs after winning the toss. It looked to be a good toss for Northamptonshire to lose early doors, as it took just 1.5 overs for Richard Gleeson to strike, bowling Jacques Rudolph as he shouldered arms without scoring.

And so it was down to the young pairing of Nick Selman and Jack Murphy to begin the Glamorgan recovery against the opening pace attack of Gleeson and Rory Kleinveldt. Selman had looked to be doing just that before the young Australian-born opener edged to skipper Alex Wakely at slip off Muhammad Azharullah for 22. It wasn’t long before Murphy followed him back to the pavilion, as he was trapped lbw by the same bowler for 12 with the home side soon in trouble again at 36-3.

Colin Ingram and Welsh youngster Kiran Carlson had added 39 before a light rain shower brought about an early lunch at 75-3. However, Ingram lasted just one ball after the interval, clumsily caught by keeper David Murphy off Rory Kleinveldt off second slip. Carlson went in the next over, lbw to Gleeson for 10.

Chris Cooke was removed by Gleeson, caught behind and Glamorgan were 102-6 as the rain delayed play for the second time. The wicket brought Andrew Salter and Craig Meschede together and having waited twenty minutes to get off the mark, Meschede was almost caught at second slip before the ball trickled to the boundary.

After the scare, the batsmen piled on the pressure before some frustration crept in to offer the visitors a couple of squandered chances. Salter had to kick the ball away from the stumps off Kleinveldt before Richard Levi dropped Meschede off Kerrigan at second slip.

Salter brought up his half-century from 100 balls before Kerrigan claimed two wickets in an over. Meschede fell one run short of his fifty when he was stumped to end a 97 partnership, before Marchant de Lange was bowled as Glamorgan slumped to 205-8. Lukas Carey was bowled by Gleeson without scoring before he picked up his fifth wicket when Andrew Salter was caught at mid-on by Kleinveldt and Glamorgan were all out for 207.

Northamptonshire, in reply, started strongly racing to 24 in just 4.2 overs before Ben Duckett was caught by Jack Murphy at mid-wicket off Lukas Carey for 11. They had reached 49 when a David Murphy off-drive found Kiran Carlson off Michael Hogan’s bowling for nine.

Rob Newton (31 not out) and Richard Levi (2 not out) had added 10 runs when the players were taken off for bad light. Subsequently some rain set in and Northamptonshire ended the day on 59-2.

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