Lancashire hit back as wickets tumble at Cardiff
Nineteen wickets fell on an incident-packed opening day against Glamorgan at Cardiff with the hosts on 150-9 at the close after bowling Lancashire out for 173.
Chris Cooke won the toss and put Lancashire in to bat on a wicket that offered assistance to the bowlers throughout with some variable bounce.
But after being dismissed by tea, Lancashire fought back, taking nine wickets during the evening session including five wickets in 11 overs after Glamorgan had made a bright start.
Openers David Lloyd and Joe Cooke raced away with 35 runs coming from the first six overs in their reply.
Saqib Mahmood stemmed the flow of runs when he nipped a delivery back into Lloyd’s stumps with the batsman offering no shot after making 21 off 20 balls but Cooke and Marnus Labuschagne had advanced the innings to 74-1 to put the hosts seemingly on top, just 99 runs behind.
Labuschagne, surprisingly struggling for runs this season with just 44 from six innings, survived some close calls off Luke Wood in particular before he started to prosper by striking four boundaries in fairly quick succession. But he was nearly run out on 32 when Kiran Carlson called for a quick single that saw his partner well short of his ground and relived the throw at the stumps just missed.
But it was a short-lived reprieve.
Carlson was at the crease because Tom Bailey had struck with two wickets in two balls, darting one in to bowl Joe Cooke for 14 and trapping Billy Root lbw first ball.
And Bailey soon claimed his third when trapping Carlson lbw for 12 to leave Glamorgan 92-4.
A great piece of fielding by Josh Bohannon, who took a sensational catch low down to his left at backward point, was responsible for a stunned Glamorgan skipper Chris Cooke departing for a duck off the bowling of Danny Lamb.
Then Lamb struck with arguably the biggest wicket when he trapped Labuschagne lbw for 44.
It meant Glamorgan at 102-6 had lost five wickets for 28 runs in 11 overs to put the game back in the balance.
And Dan Douthwaite added to the hosts’ woes when he pulled Mahmood to Wood at deep square leg to depart for 18 and he was followed by James Weighell who edged Wood down the leg side to Vilas for 13 and Andrew Salter, lbw to Mahmood for 0.
In all the hosts had lost eight wickets for 71 runs with Mahmood taking 3-34 and Bailey 3-40.
Michael Neser (17 not out) and Michael Hogan (0 not out) will be at the crease in the morning when Glamorgan resume on 150-9, trailing by 23 runs.
When play got underway Glamorgan’s bowlers enjoyed a fine start, finding movement off the pitch with the odd delivery keeping low, to take four wickets in the morning as the Lancashire batsmen found it tricky going after being put in.
Keaton Jennings fell for 3 when Hogan brought one back to beat the opening batsman’s defence. Luke Wells was lbw for 10 after offering no shot to Weighell’s seventh delivery and Alex Davies mistimed a cut to be caught for 21 by Salter at point to give Weighell his second wicket.
Neser claimed the fourth wicket when he jagged a delivery away from Bohannon pushing forward, with wicketkeeper Chris Cooke catching the resultant nick to leave Lancashire on 74-4 at the break.
And Glamorgan struck a big double blow early in the afternoon to hammer home their advantage with two wickets in two balls.
Vilas became Michael Hogan’s 400th first-class wicket for Glamorgan when he got himself in a tangle playing at a well-pitched up delivery to be lbw for 12 and Liam Livingstone followed for 17 from the next delivery when he edged Lloyd to wicketkeeper Chris Cooke standing up leaving Lancashire in trouble on 86-6.
Four boundaries by Wood (28) took the total past the hundred mark and he clipped Weighell over midwicket for six during the highest partnership of the innings, 36 runs for the 7th wicket with Lamb (12), before both departed lbw to Neser.
Bailey struck 5 fours in a positive innings of 31-the highest of the innings-and was last out as Lancashire posted their lowest first innings total since they also made 173 against Notts last year.
But then the Lancashire bowlers got to work.
Photos: Luke Adams