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Panesar dropped for Essex game

Monty Panesar dented his chances of a Test recall for England after being dropped by Essex against Glamorgan for disciplinary reasons.

The left-armer was left out as a result of an issue with timekeeping and replaced by leg spinner Tom Craddock, although he will be available for Friday's T20 game on Friday.

"Essex Cricket can confirm that Monty Panesar has been disciplined by the Club after breaching team rules for timekeeping," said a statement from the county.

"Panesar has subsequently been dropped from the playing squad for the LV= County Championship match versus Glamorgan."

It is not the first time the 32-year-old has had problems off the pitch, having been fined by police for urinating on nightclub bouncers prior to him joining Essex last summer.

However, his absence was barely noticed as Reece Topley's six wickets helped dismiss Glamorgan for 244 on the opening day of their County Championship Division Two match at Chelmsford.

Topley, making his first championship outing of the season after a stress fracture of his back during the winter, yorked Tom Lancefield in only the second over of the day after the visitors elected to bat.

The 20-year-old struck again just before lunch, having Ben Wright caught at gully, before returning with the new ball after tea to claim four wickets in five overs, including two in successive balls, to polish off the innings.

Glamorgan looked like they had recovered from a shaky start which saw them reduced to 112 for three just after lunch as Will Bragg passed 500 championship runs for the season in putting on 68 with Chris Cooke.

Bragg's departure for 93 in the penultimate over before tea was untimely to say the least as after the interval Glamorgan lost their last six wickets for the addition of just 53 runs.

Cooke was last man out, edging Topley to slip, just before the scheduled close for 68.