North points the way for Glamorgan
Marcus North rescued Glamorgan from another batting failure with a defiant half-century against one of his former employers on the opening day of the LV= County Championship match against Division Two leaders Derbyshire.
North, who is the first overseas player to play for six counties, top-scored with 75 and led a recovery that earned Glamorgan a first batting point of the season after they had been in trouble at 111 for five at Derby.
The 32-year-old Australian left-hander batted for nearly four hours and was well supported by skipper Mark Wallace, who made 45 out of 236 all out, with Tim Groenewald completing excellent figures of 3-34 from 22 overs.
Glamorgan would have expected more after electing to bat first but they at least gave former England fast bowler Simon Jones something to bowl at in his first championship match for the club since August 2007, and he sent down four overs as Derbyshire closed on 22 without loss.
It was also more than the visitors looked like making when a series of poor shots handed the initiative to Derbyshire, who rested strike bowler Tony Palladino but then lost paceman Mark Footitt in only the eighth over of the morning.
Footitt pulled up in obvious distress holding his right hip and, after treatment on the field, played no further part in the day’s action. He will undergo a scan tomorrow to discover the extent of the damage.
Despite that setback, Derbyshire had the better of the morning session with Jonathan Clare following his 11-57 in the match at the SWALEC Stadium last month by striking twice in the 13th over.
Nick James started the slide when he steered a short ball into the hands of third slip and then Will Bragg obligingly slapped Clare to point.
It was another soft dismissal but Gareth Rees was defeated by a good ball from Ross Whiteley, which moved away to find the edge and was taken by Martin Guptill at second slip.
North was soon looking in control in his first innings for Glamorgan and, with Ben Wright, guided the visitors to 93 for three at lunch.
But more loose shots left them in trouble shortly after the interval.
Wright launched a firm-footed drive at a wide ball from Groenewald and then Jim Allenby pulled Whiteley into the hands of midwicket, leaving North and Wallace to rebuild the innings.
They added 77 in 25 overs before Groenewald bowled Wallace and David Wainwright trapped North lbw on the back foot, leaving enough time for Jones to work up some pace as Derbyshire ended 214 runs behind.