Petersen propels Glamorgan

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Alviro Petersen takes the attack to Essex on the opening day of their Division Two match. The South African was eventually dismissed for 133, having shared an opening partnership of 184 with Gareth Rees

A century from skipper Alviro Petersen helped Glamorgan dominate the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Essex at the SWALEC Stadium.

Petersen scored 133 out of Glamorgan’s 313 for three after his opposite number James Foster won the toss and decided to put Glamorgan in to bat.

The decision was understandable in the overcast and humid morning conditions but Glamorgan could not have expected the opening session to run as smoothly as it did, with Petersen and Gareth Rees reaching lunch with ease at 101 for no loss.

Despite winning their last three games and bowling Leicestershire out for 34 last Friday, when David Masters recorded figures of 8-10 at Garon Park in Southend-on-Sea, Essex failed to produce one chance before lunch.

Masters and Maurice Chambers did beat the bat a couple of times in their second spells but it was very much Glamorgan’s morning.

The opening pair easily surpassed their previous best opening partnership of 68 against Gloucestershire in May and their dominance continued with both batsmen completing their half-centuries in the over after lunch.

Rees’ came up from 94 balls with six fours and Petersen reached his from 101 deliveries with seven boundaries.

Glamorgan looked certain to break their first-wicket record against Essex – Steve James and Hugh Morris’ 199 at Chelmsford in 1996 – but Rees fell victim to the leg-spinner Tom Craddock. The left-hander was caught behind attempting a scoop shot to leave his side 184 for one in the 57th over.

That was just after Petersen had reached his second century for Glamorgan – and his first in Wales – from 182 balls with 14 fours.

The hosts continued to dominate and reached tea on 217 for one. To Essex’s credit, the bowlers did not let Glamorgan score at a fast rate with Masters and Craddock keeping the runs down.

It was Chambers who got the second breakthrough after tea when Petersen feathered one behind to end his 228-ball stay.

Michael Powell and Will Bragg looked as if they had negotiated the threat of the second new ball but, only three overs from the close, the latter went leg before attempting to turn a ball from Masters into the leg-side.

That forced Glamorgan into employing a nightwatchman in Will Owen, who successfully made it through to the close.

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