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Glamorgan on top on day one

Glamorgan had much the better of day one of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Leicestershire on Sunday.

Glamorgan dismissed the visitors for 109 and then reached 56 for one before the weather brought a premature end to proceedings at the SWALEC Stadium.

No Leicestershire player managed double figures until number six Niall O'Brien, whose 17 turned out to be their joint highest score of the innings alongside Anthony Ireland, as the wickets tumbled steadily throughout the day.

Tom Helm saw off two of the visitors' top three, finishing with figures of two for nine from six overs, with Jim Allenby (three for 20), Will Owen (three for 42) and Michael Hogan (two for 30) accounting for the others.

The hosts won the toss - a feat their opponents have not achieved so far this term - and could hardly have made a better start when play belatedly got under way as Hogan, on his return after being at the birth of his second child, got rid of Greg Smith for a duck with just the second ball of the day.

Fellow opener Angus Robson followed suit soon after the first of several rain-enforced interruptions, trapped leg before wicket by Helm for five.

And Helm was not done there, bowling Ned Eckersley for nine to leave the visitors reeling on 17 for three.

Josh Cobb contributed only four before becoming Owen's first victim from the bowler's second ball, caught at mid-off by William Bragg, and captain Ramnaresh Sarwan (seven) did not fare much better before nicking to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace off the bowling of Allenby.

O'Brien and Rob Taylor brought a little respite when they shared the best partnership of the visitors' innings with a 28-run sixth-wicket stand, before both falling with the score on 62 - both caught behind, off Allenby and Hogan, respectively.

Jigar Naik and Ireland hung around for eight overs before the latter was tempted into an ill-fated pull by Owen, who further added to his wicket haul by having Nathan Buck caught behind for two in his next over.

Naik and Charlie Shreck eked out a 19-run final-wicket stand to at least get Leicestershire into treble figures, but there will have been little celebration of that landmark at the tea interval.

Tom Lancefield was making his county debut at the top of the Glamorgan order alongside Jacques Rudolph and, although he provided Leicestershire with their only moment of joy with the ball when he edged to wicketkeeper O'Brien off the bowling of Taylor before the showers again returned, it was very much the home team's day.

Rudolph (26 not out) will resume alongside Bragg (five not out) on Monday, with Glamorgan hoping to build a healthy first-innings advantage.