Having reached 217-7 at tea, Glamorgan’s lower order were looking to move closer towards a batting point, especially with van der Gugten having straight-driven Carson in the final over before the interval at the River End. James Harris began with positive intent as he square-cut Henry Shipley before van der Gugten flicked the Kiwi to the fence at fine-leg. But, with the total on 233, Harris chipped a ball back to Carson, whilst four runs later, Swepson was bowled by McAndrew who then had Jamie McIlroy caught down the leg-side by the wicket-keeper as Glamorgan ended on 242.
Sussex had 22 overs to face as the two Tom’s - Messrs Clark and Haines - made their way to the middle with van der Gugten and McIlroy swiftly back in action with ball instead of the bat. Haines edged the Dutchman just short of Tom Bevan at third slip before on-driving the bowler to the ropes at mid-wicket. But next back he played back to van der Gugten and departed l.b.w. as Sussex lost their first wicket on 12.
Tom Alsop joined Clark who flicked McIlroy to fine-leg for four before drilling him to long-off for a second boundary in the over. He added another four in the left-handers next over as the ball sped to the ropes at fine-leg. Swepson then replaced van der Gugten at the River End with Harris operating at the Cathedral Road End and being flicked to square-leg by Alsop, before Clark cover-drove him for another boundary. Clark then nearly gloved Swepson to Northeast at slip before punching the spinner through the covers for four.
Glamorgan began the afternoon session on 85-4 with Kiran Carlson starting by guiding Nathan McAndrew through backward point for four followed by a scorching cover drive. Billy Root then pulled Henry Shipley for four as the 100 came up in the 29th over, but next over Carlson nibbled at a ball from McAndrew and was caught by the wicket-keeper. Chris Cooke began with a thick edge through the slips against the Australian before off-driving him four.
Root also threaded a pair of square-drives in front and behind point against Shipley before doing the same whilst facing McAndrew. Root then cover-drove Jack Carson when the spinner entered the fray at the River End before doing the same to Karvelas as he reached his fifty from 80 balls. But next over, Cooke was bowled as he played forward to Carson with Timm van der Gugten joining Root with the total on 160-6.
The Netherlands international began by swatting Shipley over the slips for four before Root flicked him to the ropes at square-leg. van der Gugten then hoiked successive balls from Shipley for four to mid-wicket and backward square-leg with Root playing another languid cover drive when McAndrew returned to the attack. But on 66 and his tram on 195, Root jaywalked down the wicket to Carson and was stumped by Carter as James Harris made his way to the middle shortly before the interval.
With Australia one-nil up in the Ashes series and Glamorgan having recruited Mitchell Swepson, a leg-spinner raised in Brisbane, there was an already an Antipodean feel to this round of Championship matches which, following the Strauss Review, recommended the use of Kookaburra balls for the first-ever time in county cricket for the next batch of county games.
Sussex began the game in second place in the Division Two table with Glamorgan in fifth spot. However, only ten points separates the two teams who are both unbeaten, like Surrey and Lancashire in Division One, having each been victorious in one of their seven matches. The Welsh county made three changes to their line-up from the team which drew against Durham at Chester-le-Street, with Tom Bevan replacing Colin Ingram, Jamie McIlroy coming in for Andy Gorvin and Mitchell Swepson playing instead of Prem Sisodiya.
After Kiran Carlson had won the toss, Andrew Salter and Zain ul Hassan opened the batting as Henry Shipley and Nathan McAndrew, another Antipodean combination, shared the new ball. After a trio of drives through the covers and square of the wicket, ul Hassan was trapped l.b.w by Shipley. 14-1 then became 18-2 as Bevan departed in identical fashion as the Kiwi struck again in his fourth over. Sam Northeast announced his arrival by straight-driving him for four, with Salter repeating the shot against McAndrew followed by a top-edged pull against the man from New South Wales.
Northeast also punched Shipley off the back foot through extra-cover before pulling the New Zealander for four. But he departed in McAndrew’s next over as he feathered a catch into Ollie Carter’s gloves with Carlson arriving in the middle with his team on 43-3. Salter brought up the fifty with a deft glide to third man against Fynn Hudson-Prentice before doing the same against Ari Karvelas. But in the twentieth over of the morning, the latter re-arranged Salter’s stumps as Glamorgan faltered again on 60-4.
Billy Root began by pulling Karvelas for four before steering him to the vacant ropes at third man. Shipley then returned to the attack shortly before lunch and saw Carlson edge a ball through the hands of Tom Clark at second slip before steering the Kiwi through backward point for four.