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Two early wickets on day 1 in Cardiff

Monday 20th June 2016

Men’s First Team

On a day that resembled November rather than June, only 21.5 overs were bowled on the first day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Cardiff.

Glamorgan had recovered well after losing both openers in the opening two overs to reach 93 for 2, with Will Bragg and Chris Cooke having shared an undefeated partnership of 86 for the third wicket .

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On a green tinged pitch, Kent captain Sam Northeast had no hesitation in fielding, with his decision immediately vindicated when Matt Coles uprooted Mark Wallace’s leg stump with his fifth ball.

Six balls later, Darren Stevens trapped Jacques Rudolph leg before to bring Will Bragg and Chris Cooke to the crease.

Bragg, Glamorgan’s leading championship run scorer this season, batted fluently, striking six fours in 33 from 61 balls, but Cooke was the more aggressive with eight boundaries in his score of 42 not out.

To their credit, Stevens and Calum Haggett did their best to restrict Glamorgan’s progress, but the home team are well placed for a substantial first innings total, unless the Kent seamers can utilize the pitch which will have spent more time under the covers after yesterday’s rain.

Kent wicketkeeper Adam Rouse, who deputised for England wicketkeeper Sam Billings who hurt his thumb in practice, suffered an injury of his own.

The 23-year-old dislocated the little finger of his left hand which was put back into place by the Kent physiotherapist before a lengthy rain delay which led the umpires to call off play for the day at 4.00pm.


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