Leicestershire recover from early blows

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Leicestershire staged an astonishing fightback against Glamorgan on a dramatic opening day of the new LV= County Championship season at Grace Road.

They recovered from the shock of losing two wickets to the first two balls of the game to post a competitive 249, with Claude Henderson scoring an unbeaten half-century and Ramnaresh Sarwan making a vital 41 on his Leicestershire debut.

Then Matthew Hoggard, Robbie Joseph and Nadeem Malik had Glamorgan reeling with devastating spells as the Welsh county staggered to 25 for five in 11 overs at the close of a remarkable day's cricket.

Joseph, making his debut after being released by Kent, struck first with a successful lbw shout against Stewart Walters.

In the next over Hoggard dismissed Gareth Rees in similar fashion and then bowled Ben Wright.

Joseph picked up his second wicket when Will Bragg edged to Sarwan at slip, and Moises Henriques was caught behind in Malik's first over, meaning 15 wickets had fallen in the day for 274 runs.

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Ramnaresh Sarwan responds to being in at the earliest opportunity with a composed 41, which underpinned Leicestershire's recovery

The start to the game was one of the most dramatic openings to a season seen on the ground.

After putting Leicestershire in to bat on a damp pitch, Glamorgan had them at one for three from three overs.

Huw Waters had Greg Smith caught at short-leg by Rees and then pinned Jacques du Toit lbw.

He struck again with the fifth ball of his second over when Matthew Boyce popped up another catch to Rees at short-leg and there seemed no way back for the hosts, who finished bottom of Division Two last season.

But a brisk 26 from Josh Cobb, who hit two fours and two sixes, and then some stout and sensible batting from the middle and late order batsmen pulled Leicestershire out of trouble.

Sarwan, who had to come in and face the hat-trick delivery from Walters, looked impressive in his 110-ball stay at the crease.

He mixed solid defence with some sweetly-timed boundaries, six in all, before being trapped lbw by Graham Wagg.

Henderson then spearheaded the recovery as he did a year ago in the same fixture, also the opening game, when Leicestershire claimed their only championship victory of the season.

He made an unbeaten 80 on that occasion and again frustrated Glamorgan with 57 not out from 108 balls, including a six and two fours.

He was given excellent support by Ned Eckersley, Wayne White and Joseph, who contributed respective scores of 25, 37 and 29, before Leicestershire's seamers completed the stunning fightback.

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