Harris helps Glamorgan take charge

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James Harris bowled superbly for Glamorgan on the opening day at Lord's and claimed four of the first five wickets to fall en route to 5-41

Jamie Dalrymple scored 44 against his former Glamorgan team-mates at Lord’s but he and Middlesex suffered a chastening day as the Welsh county took complete control on day one of their LV= County Championship Division Two match.

After opting to bat first, Middlesex were hustled out for just 150 with James Harris taking 5-41 three days after his 21st birthday.

Gareth Rees and Will Bragg then shared an unbroken stand of 102 and ended the day on 55 and 57 respectively as Glamorgan replied with 151 for one in the evening sunshine.

The game was billed as Dalrymple’s return, with the former England one-day international all-rounder making his second championship debut for Middlesex after three seasons at Glamorgan.

Dalrymple walked out of Glamorgan when he was sacked as captain last November after two years in the job, yet not even his clear desire to get one over his old employers could save Middlesex.

He walked in at 33 for four after Harris – finding movement predominantly off the seam – had blitzed a top order which included England Test captain Andrew Strauss in a new-ball spell of 3-18 in seven overs.

A sunny morning, and a fine day, probably persuaded Middlesex to bat first but Harris was masterly, for one still so young, in his control of line and length.

Strauss was lbw to one that nipped in down the Lord’s slope, although he was also guilty of aiming slightly crookedly across the line, and left-handers Chris Rogers and Scott Newman were both taken at the wicket edging deliveries that were angled across them and kept going up the slope.

Dawid Malan was the other Middlesex batsman not to survive the new ball, edging Graham Wagg to second slip when the left-arm seamer switched to the Nursery End to replace Harris.

Dalrymple and Neil Dexter bandaged the gaping wound for a while in a stand worth 72 in 20 overs, but Harris returned after lunch to have Middlesex skipper Dexter caught at second slip.

And when Dalrymple’s 91-ball innings ended to a catch at third slip off Wagg the innings did not last much longer.

Harris won an lbw appeal to send back John Simpson and complete a well-deserved five-wicket haul and, after Berg ran himself out attempting a second run, it was left to Will Owen to wrap up the innings with the wickets of Tim Murtagh and Corey Collymore in successive balls.

When it was Glamorgan’s turn to bat, skipper Alviro Petersen’s bright 29 was ended by a skied pull at Toby Roland-Jones which looped gently up to point.

But Glamorgan’s reply grew ever healthier as Rees and Bragg put the true pitch conditions into perspective in their three-figure stand.

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