White Rose respond to Bragg

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Promotion-chasing Yorkshire clawed their way back into the match after Glamorgan had caused them some early headaches on the first day of the LV=County Championship clash at Headingley Carnegie.

Asked to take first knock on a good batting pitch, the visitors blossomed through an opening stand of 124 between Will Bragg and Nick James but Yorkshire's bowlers improved later in the day to bowl out their opponents for 272.

Yorkshire, who closed on 20 without loss, made one change from the side which beat Gloucestershire at Scarborough last week, Ryan Sidebottom returning to the team at the expense of Adil Rashid after recovering from back muscle spasms.

Steven Patterson

Paceman Steven Patterson returned 4-49 to ensure Yorkshire responded emphatically to a solid Glamorgan opening partnership of 124

The game began in warm sunshine under blue skies and there was little indication that Yorkshire had made a wise choice in fielding first as Bragg and James settled in without too much difficulty against Sidebottom and Steven Patterson.

Bragg was the more dominant of the two and always ready to hit anything that strayed in length and line. He contributed 39 of the first 51 runs, scored in 20 overs, before seeing James survive a chance when Adam Lyth could not hold on at slip off Azeem Rafiq.

The century stand arrived just before lunch and Bragg continued to dominate after the interval, striking Patterson for consecutive boundaries to move to 81, his highest score of the season.

It was the 38th over before Sidebottom made the breakthrough, James giving a catch to wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd after battling away for 109 balls while compiling 38, with three fours.

Hodd took the second of three consecutive catches to deny Bragg a well-deserved century, the left-hander following a ball from Patterson to depart for 92 from 134 deliveries with 18 boundaries.

The same combination accounted for David Lloyd, who failed to score on his first-class debut, and Stewart Walters had escapes in consecutive overs from Anthony McGrath and spinner Rafiq, dropped at slip by Gary Ballance and then by Hodd standing up to the stumps.

Walters did not last much longer as Rafiq had him brilliantly caught right-handed at slip by Lyth to bring in Jim Allenby, who got off the mark in the same over by on-driving a six.

Yorkshire stepped up the pressure after tea when Ben Wright fell lbw to Sidebottom and the economical McGrath claimed wickets with the first and last balls of an over, Allenby taken at slip by Lyth off Hodd's gloves and Graham Wagg having his stumps knocked back.

John Glover was bowled driving at Patterson and skipper Mark Wallace cut Rafiq hard to Phil Jaques at silly point but the last-wicket pair of Dean Cosker and Huw Waters added 25 before Patterson dismissed the former to finish with 4-49.

Yorkshire were left with six overs to bat until the close and they were safely negotiated by Lyth and Joe Root.

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