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Glamorgan's Van Der Gugten impresses with the ball against Worcestershire

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A fightback by Glamorgan's bowlers with the second new ball boosted their LV = County Championship promotion hopes after a century stand by Worcestershire's Ed Barnard and Gareth Roderick in Cardiff.

Worcestershire captain Brett D'Oliveira won the toss on a grey morning in Cardiff and elected to bat first, a decision that was very surprising given the prevailing cloudy weather condition. However, Glamorgan on the other hand made full use of the conditions. 

The early breakthroughs came from the seamers, Harris getting Worcestershire opener Jake Libby out lbw with a ball speared at leg stump. However it was first change van der Gugten who proved to be the most threatening of the home bowlers, the Dutch international beating the bat at regular intervals and moving the ball both ways.

Taylor Cornall shouldered arms to a ball which swung back and took his off stump out of the ground, while Jack Haynes fell lbw to the same bowler. All the while opener Ed Pollock was mixing aggression with watchfulness on his way to a half-century before getting an edge with a push outside off stump to another swinging ball from van der Gugten.

Gugten on his side losing the toss

“It was pretty even at the end I would say. We were not sure how the wicket would play, we were not sure what we would do if we won the toss, so it was probably a good one to lose,”

“I was pretty happy with how the ball came out today, but as a unit we all bowled really well. To keep them to under three runs an over for the day is a great effort, if we can get a couple more in the morning then we can get out there and have a bat.”

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