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Jack Taylor and David Payne claimed two wickets each as Gloucestershire dominated a truncated first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Glamorgan at St Helen’s, Swansea.

Only 27 overs were possible, in which time Glamorgan were reduced to 64 for six.

Gareth Rees

Gareth Rees and the rest of Glamorgan's top order were made to suffer in Swansea as Gloucestershire struck at regular intervals

This was the first time the two sides had met this season, with their previous three matches - a four-day game and two Twenty20 contests - all washed out.

No play was possible until 3pm because of heavy rain, although there was time for Glamorgan to win the toss.

Home skipper Mark Wallace may have regretted his decision to bat first when his men slumped to 19 for four within 14 overs; three of the wickets fell in the space of four balls.

The early damage was done by left-arm seamer Payne, who trapped Gareth Rees lbw with a ball that ducked into him from outside off stump.

Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman then made the bold move to bring on off-spinner Taylor as early as the 11th over, and it paid dividends.

On a pitch that was showing signs of early turn, Taylor took two wickets in as many deliveries at the end of his second over. Stewart Walters was well caught by Dan Housego at short-leg before Marcus North, Glamorgan’s overseas player, edged behind first ball attempting to sweep.

Two balls later Payne had Will Bragg leg before with a similar delivery to the one that accounted for Rees.

Jim Allenby and Ben Wright briefly rebuilt the innings, but the former was then bowled for 25 by Ian Saxelby and Wallace fell in the next over when he left a straight one from Rob Nicol.

Only 16 balls were possible after tea before the umpires took the players off the field for bad light. Rain soon arrived and play was called off for the day at 5:35pm.

With six wickets falling so quickly the pitch inspector, David Hughes, was expected to stay overnight to have a look at the action on day two.

Meanwhile, Huw Waters, the Glamorgan seamer who has taken 31 first-class wickets at 18 apiece this season, has been given permission to speak to other counties; he is out of contract at the end of the season.

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