Glamorgan begin pre-season campaign against Gloucestershire

James Kettleborough
James Kettleborough has joined Glamorgan on a two-year contract
Pre-season friendly, Swalec Stadium, Cardiff
Close, day one: Glamorgan 202 all out, Gloucestershire 101-4.

New opener James Kettleborough and acting captain Mark Wallace were among the few batsmen to prosper on the opening day of Glamorgan's warm-up against Gloucestershire.

Kettleborough made 52 and Wallace struck 56 not out as Glamorgan made 202 all out, before the visitors replied with 101 for four.

James Fuller was Gloucestershire's stand-out bowler, taking 4 for 45.

Hamish Marshall was their top scorer with 44 not out.

Each side has a theoretical maximum of 96 overs to bat in the game but bad light shortened the first day.

Wallace, skipper in the absence of Jacques Rudolph, was glad to get the first day's cricket of the summer behind him even if it was in chilly temperatures that saw several players fielding in beanie hats.

Cardiff's Swalec Stadium
Cardiff's Swalec Stadium hosted Glamorgan's earliest ever match in the UK

"I think there were some good signs with bat and ball, it's still early days and we didn't quite execute what we'd want to do if it was the first (championship) game at Grace Road," Wallace said.

"It was good to get some runs myself and for James Kettleborough in his first runout for Glamorgan, he's settled in brilliantly and we're really lucky to get hold of him from Northants, getting fifty on a green March wicket."

Kettleborough admitted he was unusually nervous before his innings after his move from Northamptonshire.

"It was generally pretty tricky at times but that's part of the job I guess," Kettleborough said, also revealing it was a mixture of professional and personal reasons which led to his move.

"Mainly they (Glamorgan) offered me a two year contract which Northants couldn't offer, and also off the field, a few personal issues which it was nice to get away from. I knew Toby (Radford) from back in my Middlesex days and I liked what they were saying, I spoke to (chief executive) Hugh Morris and it just went from there."

Meanwhile Gloucestershire were hoping that batsman Ian Cockbain was suffering from nothing worse than bruising when he retired hurt after being struck on the hand by Will Owen.

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