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Haggett shines amid the rain

Kent’s sole winter recruit Calum Haggett bagged 3-38 to ensure the hosts made the most of a rain-interrupted opening day in their LV= County Championship Division Two tussle with Glamorgan.

Haggett, who joined having undergone heart surgery barely 18 months beforehand, enjoyed two useful stints from the Nackington Road End after Glamorgan elected to bat in overcast conditions.

The visitors were 155 for four at the premature close with Marcus North’s 46 the pick of their efforts and much resting on Murray Goodwin, pictured. The veteran Zimbabwean is unbeaten on 35.

Kent, who are without bowling spearhead Matt Coles for personal reasons, included on-loan Durham seamer Mitchell Claydon but it was Haggett and Charlie Shreck who made good use of the new ball.

Shreck saw chances go down at first and third slip during a naggingly accurate opening burst, leaving Haggett to enjoy two breakthroughs inside the opening 10 overs.

The former Somerset and England Under-19 seamer had Will Bragg caught behind by Geraint Jones when the left-hander shuffled tentatively forward to feather a catch to the wicketkeeper and make it 10 for one.

While Shreck toiled without reward from the Pavilion End, Haggett celebrated a second scalp when Ben Wright shouldered arms to one that held its line to peg back off stump.

Former Surrey skipper Stewart Walters then joined Australian left-hander North to add an attractive 60 inside 20 overs for the third wicket.

On a pitch that appeared to be easing, neither man looked in trouble as acting Kent skipper Jones introduced first-change seamers Darren Stevens and Claydon before reverting to his opening attack half an hour ahead of lunch.

The move paid almost immediate dividends when Walters wafted at a wide half-volley from Shreck to be caught behind five minutes from the interval for 38.

With the St Lawrence floodlights on and rain forecast, North progressed smoothly with three boundaries to his name until he was given out caught at the wicket off Haggett. North appeared puzzled by the decision as he grudgingly departed the playing area.

Two rain breaks and drizzle either side of tea served as a precursor to the weather that followed and by 5pm umpires Steve Garratt and Neil Mallender had little option but to abandon play for the day. 

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