Lukas Carey took 4/39 as Glamorgan dismissed Cardiff MCCU for 249 on the first day of their three-day friendly at The SSE SWALEC after an afternoon session which saw the crimson caps lose five wickets for fourteen runs in eleven overs, before a century stand for the ninth wicket by Cameron Herring and James Turpin.
Resuming on 148/8, Cardiff MCCU eventually lost their ninth wicket on 232 after some stout resistance by Cameron Herring who cover drove Andrew Salter for four and James Turpin who did the same twice to David Lloyd before edging the all-rounder through the slips to bring up the fifty stand.
Herring also cover drove Salter for four before Glamorgan took the new ball after 81 overs with the students on 200/8. The pair responded with some crisp flicks into the legside as well as a few thick edges through point, much to the annoyance of Marchant de Lange. Turpin straight drove van der Gugten for four before twice using the long handle to cover-drive Carey. After drilling van der Gugten through mid-off, Herring completed a pugnacious three hour fifty by cover driving the Dutchman – his 129th delivery.
The boundary also brought up the century stand but three balls later, Herring edged van der Gugten to give Chris Cooke another victim. With Andrew Brewster as his new partner Turpin reached fifty by swatting Carey to mid-off before lofting the youngster over mid-wicket for six. But later that over, Brewster was bowled by Carey, leaving Glamorgan with ten minutes of batting during which they made 7/0.
With the County Championship scheduled to commence today, there was something quintessentially English about the scoreboard showing Ludlow and Milton as the names of the not out batsmen for most of the morning. The former, who has Minor County experience with Bedfordshire was five runs short of his half-century as he returned to the middle with the latter, who is on Worcestershire’s books. Had the latter been a relation of the famous poet, it would have been a case of “Initiative Lost” (rather than Paradise) after the interval as the students lost a series of wickets having been 95/2 at the interval.
As in the morning session, a wicket tumbled in the opening over of the session as Milton gave Chris Cooke his third catch. AJ Woodland began by cover-driving de Lange for four before Ludlow nurdled Hogan for a single to complete his 123-ball fifty. Woodland added a second boundary as he again cover drove de Lange to the rope, but with the total on 117, Cooke took his fourth catch as Ludlow edged Michael Hogan into the keeper’s gloves before de Lange bowled Woodland with a full length delivery.
One run later Carey bowled Lorenzo Machado before the students lost another wicket on 119 as Sam Pearce edged van der Gugten into the slips where Nick Selman completed a head high catch at second slip. Brad Evans began by clipping van der Gugten to the ropes at square-leg, before Cameron Herring cover drove Carey. But with the total on 131, Selman completed his second head high catch in the slips as Evans edged van der Gugten before Herring off-drove Carey for four
It’s Friday the 13th and anyone who is superstitious may be avoiding walking under ladders or looking out for black cats crossing their path. As far as Glamorgan’s cricketers were concerned, no lucky charms were needed today as Michael Hogan won the toss, opted to bowl first in the overcast conditions and duly saw Connor Brown depart to the last ball of the opening over from Lukas Carey as he feathered a catch to wicket-keeper Chris Cooke.
Joe Ludlow then clipped Timm van der Gugten to mid-wicket for four before off-driving Carey for three and then drilling van der Gugten through extra-cover and mid-off for a pair of fours. But with the total on 23, Cooke and Carey joined forces again to remove Harry Allen as the youngster edged into the wicket-keeper’s gloves. His departure saw the arrival of Alex Milton and the student’s captain nearly returned straight away to the pavilion as he shouldered arms to a ball which narrowly missed the stumps.
Ludlow greeted the introduction of Marchant de Lange into the attack by on-driving him for four before Milton opened his account with an upper cut over the slip cordon against the paceman. Ludlow then swatted Carey through the covers before a pair of thick outside edges by Milton against de Lange saw the students to the 50-mark. Hogan and de Lange then shared a frugal partnership before van der Gugten returned at the River end and was twice driven in an over through the covers for four by Milton.
In the Dutchman’s next over, he was clipped to square-leg for four by Milton before David Lloyd had a trundle shortly before lunch.