An unbeaten 127 from Kiran Carlson plus 84 by David Lloyd helped Glamorgan to 285 after being put in to bat by Sussex on the opening day of their LV=County Championship match at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. By the close the visitors were 99-0 in reply.
Close of Play Report
Kiran Carlson resumed after tea on 107 having enjoyed good fortune shortly before the interval with a dropped catch at first slip depriving Tom Clark of claiming a wicket with his first-ever ball in first-class cricket. Carlson’s efforts had taken his side to 247-6 when play began with Ollie Robinson and Stuart Meaker sharing the bowling duties. Carlson steered the latter through point before Douthwaite pulled him for four just over the head of the fielder at deep backward square-leg. However, the all-rounder departed to the next ball as Clark at short extra-cover held onto another drive by Douthwaite.
266-7 saw Timm van der Gugten join Carlson as Jack Carson’s spin was utilised seemingly until the new ball was available, but the off-spinner removed the Dutchman as he edged a ball into Ben Brown’s gloves. With James Weighell as his new partner, Carlson again swatted Meaker for four but on 285-9 Carson struck again as Weighell departed l.b.w. before the spinner had Hogan stumped without further addition as Carlson was left unbeaten on 127.
Sussex’s batsmen had 23 overs remaining in the day’s quota as Aaron Thomason and Tom Haines began their reply against van der Gugten and Hogan, with the latter having a loud appeal for l.b.w turned down against Haines. Thomason cover drove van der Gugten for the first boundary before Haines repeated the stroke the following over. Weighell then entered the attack and was punched twice by Thomason through point for four.
Haines also cover drove Hogan for four before Thomason again drove Weighell to the ropes at mid-off before clipping him to the boards at mid-wicket. Haines greeted the introduction of Douthwaite by punching him through extra-cover for a pair of fours before Thomason also drilled Weighell through the covers for four en route to a 64-ball fifty.
Glamorgan began the session on 120-3 having feasted on Sussex’s change bowlers following the loss of three early wickets. Kiran Carlson brought up the 100-stand with a straight drive for four against Henry Crocombe whilst David Lloyd unfurled another sumptuous cover-drive against George Garton when the left-armer returned at the River End. But next over Lloyd edged Crocombe to second slip where Garton atoned by completing a waist-high catch.
133-4 saw the arrival of Chris Cooke to join Carlson who hooked another short ball from Garton for four to fine-leg before completing his fifty by driving Garton through the covers – his 88th delivery. But with the total on 169 Cooke became the fourth man to depart l.b.w. as Ollie Robinson returned to snaffle his third wicket with another delivery which jagged back in.
Carlson then cover-drove Robinson with aplomb but the seamer claimed his fourth victim as Callum Taylor edged to first slip where Stiaan Van Zyl took a good catch low to his left. Dan Douthwaite joined Carlson who nearly became the bowler’s next wicket as he edged twice just in front of the slip cordon before cover-driving Meaker for four. He repeated the stroke when Crocombe returned to the fray, with Douthwaite also surviving a difficult chance at mid-on as he miscued a pull against Meaker.
A cover drive by Douthwaite against Garton saw Glamorgan to the 200-mark and their first batting point before Carlson sweetly flicked Crocombe to the fine-leg boundary. Douthwaite punched Garton to mid-wicket for another boundary before swatting Tom Clark’s medium-pace for six into the enclosures at the River End. Carlson, on 93, survived a stumping chance as Jack Carson’s off-spin was employed at the Cathedral Road End before Douthwaite steered Clark to the point boundary.
Shortly before tea Carlson cover drove Carson for four before completing his hundred from 152 balls by steering Clark through backward point to record his first Championship century since making 111 in the opening game of the 2019 season, also at Sophia Gardens, against Northamptonshire
On the day that a player poised to celebrate his 45th birthday has been chosen as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year, James Weighell, at the comparatively tender age of 27, made his Championship debut for Glamorgan with the former Durham and Leicestershire all-rounder replacing the injured Jamie McIlroy in the Welsh county’s team after their praiseworthy draw last week amidst the snow of Yorkshire.
However, it was the Sussex bowlers who were in action first as the visitors opted to bowl after winning the toss this morning. With Ollie Robinson striking with the fourth ball of the contest as he removed Nick Selman leg before. Andrew Balbirnie responded by on-driving the bowler for four before Lloyd crisply cover drove Henry Crocombe, but with the total on 22, Robinson struck again with the first ball of his fourth over as Balbirnie also departed l.b.w. It then became 23/3 as Billy Root departed in identical fashion to Henry Crocombe who got another ball to jag back in to the centurion at Leeds.
Kiran Carlson joined Lloyd and scythed a drive over the heads of the slip cordon for four, before Lloyd drilled Crocombe through extra-cover for a more assured boundary. He then repeated the stroke against George Garton when the left-armer entered the attack before Stiaan van Zyl also had a trundle at the Cathedral Road End and was square-driven for three by Lloyd prior to being steered through the gully by Carlson as the fifty came up in the 15th over.
Lloyd twice cover-drove Garton prior to off-driving him for his sixth boundary before adding a seventh when the left-armer dropped short and was savagely cut to backward point by the vice-captain to complete a 53-ball fifty. Robinson duly returned for a second salvo in tandem with Stuart Meaker who duly found the edge of Lloyd’s bat with the ball speeding away to the ropes at third man. Carlson then pulled Meaker twice for four prior to Lloyd on-driving Robinson for four
Please note that the timings and allocation of overs for this match have been amended owing to the funeral for HRH Prince Philip taking place on Saturday afternoon when, as a mark of respect for the Duke of Edinburgh, no play will take place in any of the Championship matches between 2.50pm and 4.10pm. As a result, a minimum of 100 overs will be bowled today and tomorrow, with 88 overs on Saturday and the regular allocation of 96 overs on Sunday.