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Gareth Rees

Opener Gareth Rees' 71 was the first of three half-centuries that carried Glamorgan to 328 for eight by stumps versus Leicestershire

Three players scored half-centuries as Glamorgan just about shaded the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

Gareth Rees, Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace reached 50 but failed to go on and convert into centuries.

By the close Glamorgan, who won the toss, had reached 328 for eight with Dean Cosker and Robert Croft still there in a ninth-wicket partnership worth 28.

At the start of the day Alviro Petersen, who needed 38 to be the first Glamorgan player to 1,000 first-class runs this year, was out in the third over - bowled by Matthew Hoggard through the gate. It was Hoggard’s first championship match for two months after recovering from an arm injury.

Hoggard, who opened with a spell of nine overs, could have had a wicket three balls earlier when wicketkeeper Paul Dixey dived across first slip but could not cling on.

Rees was on one at the time but batted impressively thereafter. Although he lost Will Bragg, bowled off his pads by Wayne White, he put on 71 with Stewart Walters before lunch.

But in the penultimate over prior to the interval, Walters was trapped lbw by off-spinner Jigar Naik with one which kept very low. Rees reached his fifty with 10 fours and drove well. By lunch Glamorgan had reached 105 for three.

Nick James, on his championship debut, looked well organised, but he lost Rees, who had added only one more before edging Nathan Buck to Will Jefferson at second slip.

Glamorgan lost wickets at regular intervals, including James, who was bowled attempting to slog-sweep Naik. And 172 for five became 232 for six shortly after tea when Allenby, who scored a half-century from 79 balls with eight fours, was well caught by James Taylor at short extra-cover for 55.

That ended a fine 60-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Wallace, who reached his fifty from 96 balls before falling for 55.

James Harris, back from England Lions duty, batted well for 31 before he edged White straight to Matthew Boyce at first slip, leaving Glamorgan on 300 for eight.

Cosker and Croft guided their team to the close and will resume on 21 and 12 respectively.

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