Five-star Reed boosts Glamorgan
Paceman Michael Reed registered his maiden LV= County Championship five-wicket haul as Glamorgan had much the better of the first day of their Division Two clash with Worcestershire at the SWALEC Stadium.
Reed, 24, claimed 5-27 in 15.5 overs as Worcestershire were dismissed for only 123. Skipper Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali top-scored with 20 apiece, while Reed's fellow seamer Michael Hogan recorded figures of 4-33.
In reply, Glamorgan’s openers Ben Wright and Will Bragg only faced 13 balls without scoring before bad light stopped play with only 65.2 overs possible on the opening day.
Hogan and Reed ripped through the top order to reduce Worcestershire to 59 for five by lunch on the back of four wickets falling for only five runs.
Such efforts vindicated captain Mark Wallace's decision to put the opposition in after he won the toss and were a turnaround from the opening match of the season, where Northamptonshire dominated until wet weather forced a draw.
Australian Hogan claimed the first wicket of the day when opener Matthew Pardoe was caught at leg slip by Wright.
Worcestershire looked like they had weathered the early storm in reaching 55 for one, yet lost wickets in a hurry just prior to lunch.
Mitchell edged Reed to Stewart Walters at second slip before Sri Lanka's Thilan Samaraweera departed for a duck when trapped leg before by Hogan.
With their backs up, Glamorgan took two more wickets in successive overs as Wright claimed a second catch at leg slip to dismiss Moeen and give the impressive Hogan his third victim.
Three balls later, Reed pinned Alexei Kervezee in front for two as Worcestershire lost four wickets in as many overs.
Glamorgan's bowlers did not stop there; Reed claimed his third wicket after the interval by bowling wicketkeeper Michael Johnson, while Jim Allenby’s medium pace castled Neil Pinner as Worcestershire were reduced to 85 for seven.
Hogan bowled Gareth Andrew for nine before Dean Cosker caught David Lucas at gully to give Reed his fourth victim as Worcestershire struggled to 102 for nine.
Reed then rounded off a fine five-wicket haul by bowling Chris Russell, after which Glamorgan began their reply - only for bad light to curtail proceedings.