Starc strikes before rain arrives

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Only 34 overs were possible on a rain-ruined first day of Glamorgan’s LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Yorkshire at Colwyn Bay.

Glamorgan, who won the toss, had reached 117 for three in their first innings shortly after lunch before persistent showers ruined the prospect of any further play.

Mitchell Starc

Yorkshire paceman Mitchell Starc stopped Glamorgan's early progress with two wickets before the wet weather arrived at Colwyn Bay

The home side, who have yet to win a game this season, made a solid enough start reaching 55 for nought with Gareth Rees hitting Azeem Rafiq for six to bring up the 50.

But Australian left-arm paceman Starc changed the complexion of the morning, removing Will Bragg and Rees in quick succession.

Bragg edged a delivery behind and was followed by Rees, who went leg before wicket but only after a delayed decision by umpire Paul Baldwin.

Glamorgan had reached 58 for two at that stage, which became 79 for three when Marcus North fell to a sharp return catch from off-spinner Rafiq, who dived low to his right.

After getting to lunch at 99 for three, Glamorgan had a profitable opening over after the interval with Stewart Walters taking 18 off Starc - three fours and a six which struck the pavilion roof at midwicket.

But the players went off the field straight after that because of rain. An early tea was taken and the umpires - Mark Benson and Baldwin - were looking to restart proceedings at 5.15pm.

However, they were forced to call the day’s action off 45 minutes before the scheduled close because of more rain.

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