Allenby and Walters impress for Glamorgan

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Jim Allenby and Stewart Walters hit half-centuries as Glamorgan frustrated Essex on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at the SWALEC Stadium.

The hosts made 231 all out in their first innings, an impressive effort given they were at one stage 114 for six.

That looked even better when Essex, who had seven overs to survive before the close, were reduced to 10 for two; they lost Tom Westley to the fourth ball of the innings, bowled padding up to Michael Hogan - who then trapped nightwatchman David Masters leg before.

Walters and Allenby may have been the main run-getters but Dean Cosker played his part, batting for more than two hours in compiling 18. For Essex, the ever-impressive Masters finished with figures of 5-44.

Essex captain James Foster's decision to bowl was initially backed up by Masters. The veteran struck early to have opener Ben Wright caught at short-leg by Ben Foakes, leaving Glamorgan six for one in the fifth over.

That became 30 for two when Graham Napier struck with his first ball of the match, having Will Bragg caught behind.

But Walters - who had only scored 62 in five previous innings - launched a recovery, driving and cutting his way to a 51-ball half-century with six fours.

Two overs after reaching the landmark, Walters lost fellow Australian Marcus North - who was caught at gully by Tim Phillips off Masters having made eight in 64 minutes.

After lunch, Glamorgan stuttered from 104 for three to 114 for six in the space of only 3.1 overs.

Reece Topley bowled Murray Goodwin and, in his next over, had Walters caught on the extra-cover boundary for 67 before Masters castled Mark Wallace via his pad.

Graham Wagg departed caught behind off Ravi Bopara attempting to cut just prior to a heavy shower that forced an early tea.

After play resumed, Allenby went to a 77-ball half-century with a cut four off Bopara - his sixth boundary - and frustrated Essex alongside Cosker for more than an hour, in the process taking Glamorgan to a batting point.

The hosts had reached 213 for seven when Bopara trapped Allenby leg before, after which Hogan and Cosker were ousted as Masters completed his five-wicket haul.

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