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Lancashire's England seamer James Anderson took three wickets but Glamorgan had the better of a bowler-dominated first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Colwyn Bay.

Lancashire had opted to bat first after winning the toss on a good-looking Rhos-on-Sea pitch, but found themselves bowled out for just 123 in what was the first championship meeting between the sides since 2001. Michael Hogan and John Glover claimed three wickets apiece for the hosts.

In reply, Glamorgan reached 110 for four by the close, a deficit of 13, with left-handers Will Bragg and Marcus North proving the mainstay of the home effort thanks to a partnership of 46 as Anderson took 3-28 from 15 overs.

Coincidentally, 123 was the amount Glamorgan had bowled Worcestershire out for in their opening Division Two win a fortnight ago.

Will Bragg & James Anderson

James Anderson claimed 3-28 but opener Will Bragg's 34 gave Glamorgan the edge in their encounter with Lancashire at Colwyn Bay

Australian Hogan set the tone for Lancashire's demise by bowling Paul Horton, who offered no shot, with the second ball of the match, and from nought for one Lancashire were further reduced to 66 for five.

Hogan continued his fine new ball spell by also bowling Karl Brown, while top-scorer Luke Proctor was trapped leg before by all-rounder Jim Allenby for 26 before, in the next over, Mike Reed claimed the prized wicket of Ashwell Prince, who also went lbw for 17.

There was more trouble for Lancashire before lunch when Steven Croft was dismissed by Reed.

Simon Katich and Gareth Cross steadied the ship briefly, taking Lancashire to the interval at 86 for five, but both batsmen were dismissed by Glover, in the side for the injured Graham Wagg, in the space of five balls after the interval.

Cross went lbw before Glover had Katich caught behind for 19 as Lancashire slumped to 97 for seven.

Nine balls later, Glover accounted for Kyle Hogg before Glen Chapple went in the next over to become Hogan's third victim.

Anderson had reached double-figures before the innings was brought to a close with the second ball of off-spin from North, who snared Simon Kerrigan for seven.

Glamorgan began their reply patiently but Anderson accounted for both Ben Wright, who went shortly after tea for six, edging a lifting delivery behind, and Stewart Walters, who was bowled for 15 attempting to force the ball onto the leg side.

North and Bragg did well in the evening session until the day's top-scorer, Bragg, went lbw undone by a quicker ball from slow left-armer Kerrigan's fourth ball having scored 34.

And two overs later Anderson struck again to have North leg before for 22 as Glamorgan slumped to 89 for four before Murray Goodwin and Allenby saw the home side through to stumps.

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