Glamorgan, Kent bowlers make early inroads

Glamorgan players celebrate a wicket
Glamorgan were in the wickets on day against Northamptonshire
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Two Specsavers County Championship Division Two matches got underway today and despite rain delays, Glamorgan and Kent made early inroads with the ball against Northamptonshire and Worcestershire respectively.

Canterbury: Worcestershire 211 v Kent 55-0

Kent won the toss and decided to bowl first and after a steady start from the home side, were in among the wickets as Matt Coles (2-61) made the initial breakthroughs to dismiss Daryl Mitchell for 16 and Tom Fell for 34.

Mitchell Claydon then took on the lead role and returned five for 42 to help Kent dismiss Worcestershire for 211 in 73.1 overs.

Joe Clarke top scored with 69 in 124 balls but records tumbled for Kent - as Claydon grabbed his second career five-wicket haul, Sam Billings became the first and only Kent player since Steve Marsh to take seven or more catches in a first-class innings.

Claydon dismissed George Rhodes (16), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (3), Ross Whiteley (6), Ben Cox (5) and finally Kyle Abbott (3) while Will Gidman (1-36) and James Tredwell (2-9) were the other wicket takers.

Kent openers Daniel Bell-Drummond (30 not out) and Sean Dickson (19 not out) then steered the home side to stumps on 55 without loss.

St Helen's, Swansea: Northamptonshire 108-4 v Glamorgan

Rain caused lengthy delays in Swansea and when play did get underway, Northamptonshire were unable to make great use of winning the toss and batting first.

Debutant Lukas Carey had much to do with that, as the 19-year-old quick had the in-form Ben Duckett caught by Ruaridh Smith for seven, Sean Terry trapped in front for six and Rob Keogh caught by Aneurin Donald for 12.

Timm van der Gugten dismissed Rob Newton for nine and Northamptonshire were 38 for four before Laurie Evans and David Murphy steadied the ship.

The former had made 42 not out in 90 balls and the latter 29 in 58 when played ended for the day, which saw just 34 overs bowled.

Carey finished with figures of three for 37 from 10 overs while van der Gugten claimed one for 37.

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