North and Goodwin prosper

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Watch highlights of day one as Marcus North and Murray Goodwin struck fifties

Marcus North and Murray Goodwin hit half-centuries as Glamorgan enjoyed the better of the first day's play against Leicestershire in their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Grace Road.

Put into bat on a damp, cloudy morning, Glamorgan reached 256 for five before bad light brought an early end to the day with 5.2 overs remaining.

North struck 68 and Goodwin 57 to turn things around for Glamorgan after they slipped to 98 for three; Nathan Buck and Ollie Freckingham took two wickets apiece for Leicestershire.

With Ramnaresh Sarwan joining the West Indies squad for the Champions Trophy, Australian Joe Burns made his Leicestershire debut as his replacement as Josh Cobb took over the captaincy.

After bad light delayed the start by a half-hour, Cobb won the toss and decided to bowl.

He was rewarded as Freckingham struck twice in quick succession; the paceman trapped Will Bragg lbw for five and, having seen Stewart Walters twice dropped in the slips, made it third time lucky with Michael Thornely clinging on to the catch.

It was an impressive spell by the 24-year-old, but Ben Wright and North weathered the early difficulties to share a third-wicket stand of 59.

Both were quick to attack anything loose and the boundaries began to flow. Wright hit seven fours in his 49, but then edged behind off Buck - who was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from an ankle injury.

But a partnership of 86 between North and Goodwin regained the initiative for Glamorgan.

The latter was the first to his fifty, which came off 56 balls and contained 10 boundaries, and North soon followed suit off 133 balls with nine fours.

Buck finally made the breakthrough by trapping Goodwin lbw with the last ball before tea, and then Anthony Ireland - making his Leicestershire debut - had North caught at short extra-cover off a loose drive for 68.

Bad light sent the players off the field again at 6pm and, although they returned 25 minutes later, only four more balls were bowled before play was abandoned for the day.

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