Glover in the pink for Glamorgan
Glamorgan’s attack fared well despite windy conditions and enjoyed the advantage of bowling with a pink ball and under floodlights for the first time by dismissing Kent for 237 in their season-ending LV= County Championship game at Canterbury.
Around 500 people supported the opening day of this historic, experimental Division Two clash that ended at 9pm with Glamorgan two without loss in reply.
After winning the toss shortly before 2pm and electing to bat, Kent were made to pay for a poor first session where spin, rather than seam bowling, caused most headaches.
With 30mph gusts of wind across the ground, the visitors turned to spin at both ends after only 14 overs and reaped immediate dividends when Dean Cosker’s first ball dipped to trap Daniel Bell-Drummond lbw for four.
Nick James turned one away from Sam Northeast's back-foot defensive push to brush his off stump, then he sent back Alex Blake without scoring thanks to a delivery that squeezed between bat and pad.
Just before lunch Darren Stevens picked out John Glover at point with a mistimed a cut off Graham Wagg to leave Kent 70 for four.
Whilst seeing wickets tumble at the other end, the in-form Joe Denly, fresh from 199 against Derbyshire last week, coasted to a 100-ball half-century and soon after lunch - taken at 4pm - became the first Kent batsman to reach 1,000 runs for the season.
He added 59 for the fifth wicket with Geraint Jones but his 130-ball stay ended when he was bowled for 69 to become the first victim for Glover en route to figures of 4-49.
Jones followed suit for 48, as did Azhar Mahmood for 34, the Pakistan all-rounder paying the price for his late decision to shoulder arms to another useful delivery from Glover.
Adam Ball played patiently for his 26 from 84 balls while Simon Cook added a cameo 15 in what may yet be his farewell appearance for Kent, but the hosts may feel they were some way short of a par score.
In the five overs remaining in the day, Glamorgan openers Gareth Rees and Alviro Petersen scored a run apiece and otherwise played out four maidens to go into day two trailing by 235.
The ECB confirmed that Tiflex balls will be used in both team’s first innings, but a Kookaburra version will be used in the second.