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Seamer Jim Allenby returned 2-21 from 17 overs for Glamorgan as Leicestershire made slow progress on the opening day in Cardiff

Opener Michael Thornely fell three short of a maiden LV= County Championship century on his Leicestershire debut as Glamorgan fought back strongly on day one of their LV= County Championship match at the SWALEC Stadium.

Thornely, who was released by Sussex last season, was comfortably the pick of the batsmen as Leicestershire reached stumps on 199 for six, having been well placed on 137 for one.

After winning the toss, the visitors certainly did not have things all their own way on an easy-paced wicket.

They were going along well but lost four wickets for 33 runs in 20 overs either side of tea before Thornely fell six overs before the close.

England Lions seamer James Harris, playing his first game of the season after recovering from a groin injury, claimed the wicket of Ned Eckersley, who offered good support to Thornely with 41, while Jim Allenby finished with 2-21 from 17 overs against his former club.

Glamorgan went in to the match having lost five of their six completed matches and, in a bid to kick-start their season, former captain Ossie Wheatley, a veteran of the club’s championship-winning side in 1969, gave the side a pre-match talk on the outfield.

It was a useful toss to win for stand-in Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, deputising for the flu-hit Matthew Hoggard, and on a benign pitch his side reached lunch on 73 for one without too many scares.

The only wicket to fall was Greg Smith, who went leg before playing across the line to a straight Allenby delivery. Until that point Smith had looked untroubled, taking 11 off an over from Harris.

Thornely, who came into the side after Matthew Boyce twisted an ankle in the morning warm-ups, batted solidly throughout and reached his 50 after lunch from 126 balls with three fours.

The visitors appeared in complete control until the second-wicket partnership between Thornely and Eckersley was ended just before tea.

Harris, in his 12th over, pinned back Eckersley’s off stump and that began something of a collapse.

Waters had Sarwan caught behind for three before, two overs later, Allenby broke through the defences of Josh Cobb, who went for an eight-ball duck.

Glamorgan had taken half of Leicestershire’s wickets when slow left-armer Dean Cosker trapped Jacques du Toit in front and Thornely edged the second new ball to Allenby at first slip to give Waters his second wicket.

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