Stumps Day One: Glamorgan 348 all out (Wagg 64, Lloyd 59; McKay 6/73), Leicestershire 14/0
Glamorgan recovered from 133/5 to post a total of 348 on a sun drenched opening day at Cardiff.
Four batsman passed fifty but none could kick on – with Graham Wagg’s 64 the top score.
On a pitch that offered a small amount of assistance to the seam bowlers, 349 can be seen as par but not much more.
Wagg combined with David Lloyd for a 98 run partnership for the sixth wicket to stave off a batting collapse.
Both players looked to play positively against a Leicestershire attack that, aside from Clint McKay, was distinctly one paced.
Lloyd impressed after struggling early on to turn in a performance that justifies his growing reputation in the four-day game. Once pigeonholed as a one-day specialist, Lloyd showed good judgement outside off stump and cashed in against a tiring Foxes attack.
Earlier in the day, McKay reduced Glamorgan to 133/5 after picking up four of the first five wickets.
James Kettlebrough over balanced and was struck in front for 18, while his partner Jacques Rudolph got a ball that left him as he feathered one through to Niall O’Brien behind the stumps.
At 25/2 thoughts of last season batting collapses must have entered Welsh minds. But Will Bragg and Chris Cooke rode their luck to take their side to the lunch break at 109/2.
Half an hour after the break, McKay returned to turn the game once again in the visitors’ favour.
Two wickets in two balls from McKay and Charlie Shreck saw the back of both Cooke (56) and Bragg (50).
When Aneurin Donald chopped one onto his stumps from the metronomic McKay for just one, Glamorgan were in serious trouble.
But Wagg and Lloyd helped their side recover to 231/5 before Lloyd fell.
There was some more resistance from the home side, with Craig Meschede playing his first innings since joining the county permanently.
His 44 included two sixes as he looked to take his side to 350 before he ran out of partners.
McKay was the tormentor once again however, as he dismissed both Meschede and Mark Wallace to leave Glamorgan two short of a fourth batting point at 348 all out.
The Australian seamer finished with figures of 6/73 as his control proved valuable on a pitch that only offered the merest hint of movement.
Angus Robson and Paul Horton will resume tomorrow for Leicestershire on 14/0 having safely negotiated four overs before stumps.