Rain stalls Glamorgan

Lv County Championship

Mark Cosgrove

Mark Cosgrove will resume on the second day on 37, his innings having been cut short by rain at the SWALEC Stadium

Only 38 overs were possible at the SWALEC Stadium as Glamorgan reached 79 for two against Derbyshire by the close of a rain-affected first day.

It was frustrating for both the players and the Glamorgan groundstaff, who were given an early-season workout ahead of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia starting on July 8.

Around £3million worth of improvements have been going on during the close-season, including £600,000 of drainage works and £150,000 of new covering.

Only 12 overs were possible during the first two sessions because of two torrential downpours which gave the ground’s new drainage system a thorough test.

Glamorgan decided to bat first and had reached 26 for nought in the 11th over when Gareth Rees pulled a Graham Wagg long hop straight to Daniel Redfern at square-leg.

Until then the home openers had looked relatively comfortable with Mark Cosgrove driving Wagg for two boundaries.

But with Glamorgan 28 for one, the rain came at 12.15pm. Play was due to resume at 4.45pm but that was delayed a further 15 minutes because the groundstaff had problems getting the new cover off the square.

After play eventually resumed Ben Wright battled through 10 overs before he edged Wagg to Mark Lawson at second slip to leave the home side 38 for two.

But Cosgrove (37 not out) and Michael Powell (16no) guided Glamorgan to the close without any further scares.

County highlights

Jon Lewis promo

Watch highlights from every LV= County Championship match all summer - plus weekly round-ups of the best of the action in Divisions One and Two