Glamorgan Cricket: Hogan back in groove against students

By Nick WebbBBC Sport Wales
Glamorgan team-mates applaud Michael Hogan after he claimed his 600th first-class wicket
Michael Hogan, 39, has a testimonial season with Glamorgan this year

Glamorgan's bowlers were given a thorough test as the students of Cardiff UCCE reached 226-6 on the first day of their Sophia Gardens friendly.

Veteran seamer Michael Hogan took 2-25 in 15 economical overs while spinner Callum Taylor also claimed two wickets.

But Steven Reingold (68) and Lorenzo Machado (73) batted for more than three hours apiece to give the students a solid start.

Both players have represented Glamorgan at second-team level.

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie made a first red-ball appearance for Glamorgan deputising for Australian star Marnus Labuschagne, but spent most of the day fielding at slip in the sunshine.

Left-arm seamer Jamie McIlroy made his first team debut, but could not get among the wickets.

Glamorgan also face Somerset away in a friendly before opening their Championship season in Yorkshire on Thursday, 8 April.

Australia international Labuschagne and fellow Queensland player Michael Neser are to miss the first four games because of delays in the Australian domestic season.

Glamorgan XII: Nick Selman, David Lloyd, Andrew Balbirnie, Billy Root, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke (capt, wk), Callum Taylor, Dan Douthwaite, Lukas Carey, Timm van der Gugten, Michael Hogan, Joe McIlroy.

Cardiff UCCE: Harrison Ward, Steven Reingold, Lorenzo Machado (wk), AJ Woodland (capt), Sam Pearce, Alex Simpson, Andrew Gorvin, Thomas Bevan, Tim Wyatt, Tegid Phillips, Elliot Mason.

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