Glamorgan’s northern trip brings no solace

Warwickshire 116 for 3 trail Glamorgan 203 (Meschede 53*, Stone 4-28) by 87 runs

Warwickshire, the Division Two leaders, had the better of the opening day against Glamorgan, the bottom club, on the opening day at Colwyn Bay. They closed on 116 for 3, 87 runs adrift, with Ian Bell undefeated on 43.

Their accurate attack dismissed the home team in 49.4 overs, with only all- rounder Craig Meschede, with an undefeated 53, able to cope with an attack which observed the virtue of bowling an excellent line and length.

Olly Stone led the way with splendid figures of 13-4-28-4, which included a second spell of 3 for 19 from his eight overs. Stone was well supported by Keith Barker’s left arm seamers and the reliable off- spin of captain Jeetan Patel, who took three wickets.

After an uncontested toss, Glamorgan were soon in familiar territory at 38 for 3, with the three out of form and inexperienced top trio back in the pavilion. They were all caught by wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, who held on to edges from the seamers who obtained enough movement from the pitch to trouble the batsmen.

Kiran Carlson played some pleasing strokes through the off side, and it came as something of a surprise when he played back to a full- length ball from Patel and had his off stump knocked back after scoring 32. The Warwickshire captain has now taken 799 first class wickets and will surely claim his 800th in Glamorgan’s second innings.

Meschede, playing his first championship game of the season after a lengthy absence due to a calf injury, invariably contributes at this venue, and his valuable innings was made from 75 balls which included a six and eight fours that enabled Glamorgan to gain a batting point.

Warwickshire had 36 overs to face after tea, before Meschede was in action again, dismissing Dominic Sibley with his first ball, when the former Surrey batsman was struck in front on the back leg after scoring seven.

The left handed Will Rhodes looked in good touch, punishing Hogan for three successive fours in an over, but when the Glamorgan captain was replaced by Graham Wagg, the former Warwickshire player induced a snick from Rhodes that was well taken low down to his left by Cooke.

Enter Ian Bell, who, in the corresponding game at Edgbaston scored two unbeaten centuries and he only just got down to his first ball that kept low from Meschede, but thereafter was soon unfurling some trademark drives through the offside.

However, the former England batsman should have been dismissed on 32, when he edged Andrew Salter’s arm ball to Selman at slip, only to see the fielder miss the ball at shoulder height.

Bell, who before this game, needed 104 to reach 20,000 first class runs ,then settled with Jonathan Trott to share a productive partnership of 63 in 18 overs, before Trott edged Smith to second slip, where Selman atoned for his earlier miss.

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