County Championship: Clint McKay helps Leicestershire peg back Glamorgan

By Nick WebbBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff
Graham Wagg
Graham Wagg reached his half-century off 81 balls
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, SSE Swalec Stadium
Glamorgan v Leicestershire, day one
Glamorgan 348: Wagg 64, Cooke 56; McKay 6-73
Leicestershire 15-0
Glamorgan 3 pts, Leicestershire 3pts
Match scorecard

Leicestershire paceman Clint McKay made the most of an unpromising situation to help peg back Glamorgan in Cardiff and take a hard-earned haul of 6-73.

Glamorgan battled to 348 all out after winning the toss, as four batsmen passed the 50 mark.

Will Bragg (50) and Chris Cooke (56) shared a third-wicket century stand before a mid-afternoon collapse.

David Lloyd (59) and Graham Wagg (64) led the lower-half recovery, before the visitors reached 15-0 by the close.

McKay ended just one victim short of his previous career-best figures of 6-40, set playing for his Australian state side Victoria against Tasmania at the MCG in November 2011.

Glamorgan batsman Colin Ingram was a late withdrawal from the home squad with a knee problem.

He faces a scan on the injury which saw him sit out the closing weeks of the South African season.

Glamorgan all-rounder Graham Wagg told BBC Wales Sport:

"It's been a good day for Glamorgan. It was quite difficult in the first half hour for our opening pair with the new ball.

"After that it turned out to be a good cricket wicket, David Lloyd again played extremely well but the pitch will only get better, so it's going to be long, hard work even though we're still in April.

"I was quite happy with my innings. A few risky shots came off but it's the way we've said we're going to play this season, with a positive mind. It worked last season.

"We've got a great group of bowlers, but we're not going to bowl them out for under 100. It isn't that type of wicket, so it'll be a long toil."

Leicestershire fast bowler Clint McKay told BBC Radio Leicester:

"I wasn't thinking about getting a career-best. To be honest, it was so cold out there I just wanted to see the last wicket fall so we could get off.

"It was a shock to the system after coming from the Australian summer. There wasn't much sideways movement all day, just a little bit of swing.

"The match is about even par. It's quite a nice wicket. They had four or five guys who made 50 but didn't make a 100.

"Hopefully I can put my feet up tomorrow and watch the guys bat and build a first innings lead. But they have some quality bowlers, so it won't be easy."

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