Essex hampered by James Harris and Glamorgan tail

LV County Championship Division Two, Chelmsford
Close of play, day one: Glamorgan 282, Essex 13-1
Essex 3pts, Glam 2pts
Match scorecard
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Essex had the better of day one at Chelmsford despite a spirited fightback by the Glamorgan tail.

William Bragg (55) and Mike Powell (36) gave the visitors a solid start but they then slumped to 164-6.

James Harris (53) and Graham Wagg's rapid 36 helped Glamorgan to 282 all out, as Maurice Chambers took 3-63.

Essex faced a difficult last half hour of play and lost the wicket of England opener Alastair Cook as they reached stumps 269 runs behind on 13-1.

Cook has had a tough start to the season as although he made 155 against Northants last week, he has failed to reach 40 in six other trips to the middle.

Harris was the man to get rid of the opener, as he added to his earlier half century which was only his third in the Championship. His last being an unbeaten 76 on the same ground in 2009.


BBC Radio Essex's Nick Gledhill:

"Essex once again failed to finish off the opposition as Glamorgan added 118 for their last four wickets.

"James Harris was chiefly responsible with a half century that gained added value with the late wicket of Alastair Cook.

"The impression throughout the day was that Glamorgan were able to play strokes with confidence against anything loose.

"Essex will feel, despite the early setback, that there are more runs to be had on this pitch.

"They should be confident of at least matching Glamorgan's score and will be looking for a useful lead."

BBC Radio Wales' Edward Bevan:

"Most sides who have been inserted in bowler-friendly conditions would be satisfied with a first-innings total of 282, but Glamorgan's batsmen under achieved as the pitch eased later in the day.

"Yet again the middle and late-order batsmen made telling contributions as the last four wickets put on 117 runs. There were half centuries from Will Bragg and James Harris with three other batsmen passing 30.

"Essex had 11 overs at the end of the day and James Harris struck a telling blow by dismissing England opener Alastair Cook for five."

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