Kent lost nine wickets for 50 runs in 19.1 overs as they were dismissed for 138 with David Lloyd taking a career-best 4/11 after the visitors were put in to bat by Glamorgan in their LV=Insurance County Championship match on a green-tinged pitch at Sophia Gardens. At the close, the home side were 109-2 in reply.
Close of Play Report
Glamorgan resumed after tea on 17-1 with David Lloyd and Marnus Labuschagne facing the bowling of Matt Milnes and Darren Stevens. After a series of one’s and two’s, plus some watchful defensive strokes, Lloyd scythed Stevens over the head of the slip cordon, but with the total on 33,the evergreen all-rounder trapped Labuschagne l.b.w.
Billy Root became Lloyd’s new partner as the left-arm seam of Fred Klaassen was introduced with the left-hander square-driving the Dutchman to the boundary boards. However, rain started to fall again in the 16th over and shortly afterwards the players left the field with Glamorgan on 43-2.
A further 12 overs were lost with play resuming at 1750 as Lloyd straight drove Klaassen for four. Billy Root then greeted the introduction of Miguel Cummins by swatting a short ball from the Bajan through backward point to bring up the Glamorgan fifty. Lloyd also pulled him for four before Root unfurled a couple of sublime cover drives for four against Klaassen. Lloyd also straight drove Cummins for four before being dropped at first slip as he edged a drive against Klaassen.
He celebrated his good fortune by clipping the Dutchman for four before Stevens returned for a final salvo. Root clipped him to long-leg before off-driving him for a second boundary in the over. Milnes also had another spell and was cover-driven by Root as Glamorgan reached the 100-mark in the 29th over.
Lloyd also continued his good day’s work by completing his fifty from 85 balls as he clipped Milnes to mid-wicket before punching Stevens off the back foot through backward point.
Kent had lost three wickets for five runs in 20 balls before lunch so when play began the Glamorgan bowlers were eager to make further inroads with Michael Hogan and Lukas Carey operating in tandem. The former duly struck in the sixth over of the session as Heino Kuhn, after playing and missing against Carey, was pinned l.b.w. 107-5 saw Ollie Robinson join Zac Crawley and the Kent wicket-keeper began with a cover driven four against Carey before a pull to square-leg.
Timm van der Gugten then returned to the attack and with his first delivery found the edge of Crawley’s bat with Chris Cooke claiming another regulation catch moving to his right. Darren Stevens duly made his way to the middle but the drizzle which had been falling then intensified and forced the players off the field for half an hour.
On the resumption, Darren Stevens on-drove van der Gugten for four before David Lloyd returned to the fray and with the total on 131, he bowled Stevens before two balls later taking a smart catch at second slip as the Dutchman found the edge of Robinson’s bat. The North Walian then trapped Fred Klaassen leg before with Matt Milnes falling in identical fashion next over as the visitors were dismissed for 138 in the 46th over.
This left Glamorgan with half an hours batting before tea as Joe Cooke and Lloyd began the Welsh county’s response against the new ball pairing of Milnes and Stevens. The latter, who celebrates his 45th birthday tomorrow removed Cooke with his third delivery as the opener edged to first slip as Marnus Labuschagne made his way out from the pavilion with the scoreboard reading 1-1. There were few alarms for him as he off-drove Stevens to the ropes in front of the River Stand.
Glamorgan welcomed back Marnus Labuschagne, their Australian run-machine, into their line-up following his return to the UK after yet another prolific season at state and international level during 2020/21. Marnus made 112 and 192 in his two most recent innings in first-class cricket in Australia, having made 121 on debut for the Welsh county during 2019, besides passing fifty in seven of his last eight Championship innings for Glamorgan, including centuries in each innings of the game against Worcestershire at Sophia Gardens.
Marnus, who replaced Andrew Balbirnie, was one of four changes to the Welsh county’s team following the seven-wicket defeat by Northamptonshire last weekend, with Timm van der Gugten, Joe Cooke and Lukas Carey also replacing James Weighell, Nick Selman and Dan Douthwaite.
With a green-tinged pitch and a decent cloud cover, Chris Cooke opted to bowl first against Kent, who like Glamorgan are seeking their first win in the competition this year, with Carey and Michael Hogan sharing the new ball. Daniel Bell-Drummond struck the day’s first boundary as he on-drove Carey before his partner Jordan Cox flicked the seamer to the ropes at fine-leg and mid-wicket. Bell-Drummond also off-drove Hogan before Cox did the same.
Cox then edged Hogan just out of Chris Cooke’s grasp as he dived to his right in front of first slip. Van der Gugten replaced Hogan at the River End whilst James Harris had a spell in place of Carey at the Cathedral Road End. Bell-Drummond edged the Dutchman through the slip cordon before unfurling another booming off-drive, followed by a flowing cover drive against Harris as the visitors reached the 50-mark after 15 overs.
But van der Gugten made the breakthrough as he bowled Bell-Drummond with the total on 54 as Zac Crawley made his way to the middle and began with a drive through cover point for four, before clipping Harris to the boards at wide mid-on.
Crawley unleashed another booming on-drive in van der Gugten’s next over but with the total on 88 David Lloyd found the edge of Cox’s bat and Chris Cooke completed a regulation catch. 88-2 then became 88-3 as Lloyd trapped Joe Denly l.b.w. as Glamorgan secured their first bonus point shortly before lunch. They also gained another wicket as Hogan returned at the River End and had Jack Leaning caught behind.