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Match Report

Glamorgan vs Sussex: Day 1

10 May 2024

Glamorgan vs Sussex: Day One Match Report

Wickets came in clusters on the first day of the Vitality County Championship match between Glamorgan and Sussex in Cardiff with the visitors posting 278 in their first innings after a middle order collapse left them in trouble. 

Four wickets a piece from James Harris and Mir Hamza were the highlight for Glamorgan but Sussex did well to recover from 140 for six thanks to late order runs from Jack Carson, Ari Karvelas and Jayden Seales. 

Several Sussex players got starts but none went on to make a big score on a pitch where it seemed difficult to get fully settled. In recent years this Cardiff square has flattened out as the match wears on, so those later order runs could prove vital. 

Glamorgan faced six overs before the close of play and finished on 21 for one with Eddie Byrom falling lbw to Karvelas for 12.  

Glamorgan’s decision to bowl first on a beautifully sunny day in Cardiff was a matter of some debate before the game started, and a quick start from the Sussex opening pair of Tom Clark and Tom Haines only added to those questions. Haines had reached 19 from just 22 balls when he was trapped lbw by Mir Hamza and that slowed things down. 

Clark was dismissed playing a pull shot that took a top edge that was easily caught by Chris Cooke, the first of a number of wickets that suggested that there was a two paced nature to this Sophia Gardens surface. 

A stand of 50 between Tom Alsop and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied things after the loss of both openers but a flurry of wickets after the lunch break justified Glamorgan’s decision at the toss. A brilliant 18 ball spell from Hamza saw him claim three wickets while conceding just four runs as Sussex went from 131 for three to 136 for five. 

One of those wickets was that of Pujara who was caught behind to a ball that Hamza got to seam away. The 41 runs he made in this were well put together but he could not go on to a really big score. 

James Harris claimed his third wicket when he had Danny Lamb caught at third slip by Andy Gorvin to leave the visitors 140 for six.

 A 66-run partnership between Jack Carson and Fynn Hudson-Prentice took Sussex past 200 but when Harris claimed a wicket a drag on to the stumps for the second time it saw the end of Hudson-Prentice for 48, the highest score of the Sussex innings. 

Crane took the ninth wicket when he had Jack Carson caught at slip by Colin Ingram for a well-made 39 before a last wicket stand took Sussex past 250 for their first bonus point. 

Ari Karvelas and Jayden Seales put on 43, but they were aided by Glamorgan fielding. Karvelas was dropped on 18 and 32 and finished undefeated on 39. 

The final wicket was claimed by Gorvin who was playing in his first game for Glamorgan this season on his 27th birthday. He bowled Seales for 17 as Sussex finished 278 all out. 

The one Glamorgan wicket to fall before the close was Byrom who was trapped by a lovely ball from Karvelas which swung into him and trapped him leg before. 

Image credit: Huw Evans Agency

Report provided by ECB Reporters' Network

Reaction from Ari Karvelas at stumps on day one

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