Glamorgan Cricket: Aussie Test star falls cheaply for seconds

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne made his Test debut for Australia against Pakistan in October 2018
One-Day Cup: Glamorgan v Kent
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff Date: Thurs 25 April Time: 11:00 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on the BBC Sport website and app, and BBC Radio Kent DAB; updates on BBC Radio Wales

Australian Test star Marnus Labuschagne is among Glamorgan batsmen to miss out in a second-team outing, after three One-Day Cup defeats in which he has scored only 19 runs.

Labuschagne was out for eight, fellow Queenslander Charlie Hemphrey for five and Kiran Carlson 10 against Somerset seconds at Taunton Vale.

The low scores add to the batting worries of coach Matthew Maynard.

Jeremy Lawlor will make his Glamorgan limited-overs debut against Kent.

The county have to win their five remaining games to stand a chance of going through, after an agonising two-run defeat against Somerset and heavy reverses against Essex and Hampshire.

David Lloyd and Graham Wagg were the leading scorers for the second match running, after Glamorgan had crashed to 41-6, having lost their first three wickets for fewer than 30 in the previous fixtures.

Labuschagne, who played in Australia's most recent Test, and Carlson hit Championship centuries against Northamptonshire, but have failed to reproduce that form in the early One-Day Cup games.

Maynard was hoping that time in the middle against a Somerset second team including England Lions paceman Jamie Overton would help overcome the problem.

"(Former Australia captain) Steve Waugh talked about how his mental resilience was developed by going back and playing grade (club) cricket because he was expected to succeed and if the he failed, the opposition could take the micky for a long time," said Maynard.

Craig Meschede, who has been opening the batting, is having a minor injury assessed.

Lawlor, 23, is judged to be the only candidate who has impressed during the first three second-team games.

"Guys playing in the second XI have to deserve to play for the first team, you don't get it because of the first XI's failings," said Maynard.

"At the moment there's only one player knocking the door down, Jeremy's got two 70s and a five-for and he deserves an opportunity."

Glamorgan lost the second-team game against Somerset by seven wickets.

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