Glamorgan waste good start

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Mark Cosgrove

In-form Mark Cosgrove impressed once again, but Glamorgan will be disappointed with their efforts given their good start

Mark Cosgrove and Ben Wright struck entertaining half-centuries but Glamorgan failed to build on a useful platform on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Worcestershire at Colwyn Bay.

They ended the day on 319 for nine, with captain Jamie Dalrymple also scoring 56, but it was disappointing considering they had been 100 for none and 242 for three.

After Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bat, Cosgrove made a typically positive start as he and Gareth Rees shared in their fourth opening century stand of the championship campaign.

On a slow pitch, the former was the dominant partner, contributing 74 of the century partnership either side of a 75-minute break for heavy rain, which included an early lunch.

But Worcestershire did launch a fightback with the home side slipping from 100 for nought to 145 for three in 12 overs.

Rees, who had batted for an hour and 44 minutes for his 25, inside-edged seamer Richard Jones behind.

Five overs later, fellow opener Cosgrove, who had accrued 62 of his 84 in boundaries including a straight six off Jones, danced down the wicket to Bangladesh slow left-armer Shakib Al Hasan and was stumped.

Worcestershire's first bowling point arrived when Tom Maynard, who was dropped at short-leg on 10, edged a regulation catch to wicketkeeper Ben Cox off Alan Richardson.

But Glamorgan's mini-slump was halted by Wright and Dalrymple in a 97-run alliance for the fourth wicket.

Like Cosgrove in the first-wicket partnership, Wright dominated affairs, supplying 72 from 91 balls with 11 fours and a six.

But again Glamorgan proceeded to lose a cluster of three wickets.

First, Wright edged a swinging delivery from James Cameron to Daryl Mitchell at slip, before James Allenby struck a Matt Mason leg-stump half-volley to Alexei Kervezee at square-leg.

Mark Wallace then edged Jones to Vikram Solanki at first slip as the hosts slumped to 280 for six.

Much then depended on Dalrymple, who went to his third half-century of the season from 110 balls.

But, despite taking Glamorgan past 300, he played on to give Mason his 299th first-class victim after Robert Croft had given a bat-and-pad catch to short-leg off Shakib.

David Harrison was out two overs before the close, but last pair Dean Cosker and Huw Waters survived until the end to ensure Glamorgan would bat again on the second morning.

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