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Royal London One Day Cup match between Glamorgan and Kent was abandoned

Rain in Cardiff
Kent Head Coach, Matt Walker
Kent Head Coach, Matt Walker
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Glamorgan and Kent have earned their first point in the Royal London One Day Cup, after their rain affected match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff was abandoned.

The match got underway at 11.25am, with the contest initally reduced to 49 overs per side.

After Glamorgan won the toss, Sam Billings, in his first match since returning to Kent after IPL duties with Chennai Super Kings, left the field at the end of the first over, with the county confirming that he’d dislocated his left shoulder and that he will have a scan tomorrow. He joins a lengthy casualty list which includes Joe Denly and Darren Stevens.

The Welsh county lost their first wicket in the fifth over when List A debutant Jeremy Lawlor, attempting an ugly lofted drive, was bowled by Harry Podmore. A lengthy rain delay further reduced the match to a 40 over contest.

When play resumed at 1.15pm, Marnus Labuschagne, fresh from a stint in the second eleven earlier this week, and captain Chris Cooke played with urgency before the latter was caught off Fred Klaassen for 21. But the rain soon returned and the players were off again by 1.50pm and did not return, with the match abandoned shortly before 5pm.

Glamorgan’s next game will be against Surrey at Sophia Gardens on Sunday, while Kent face the same opposition at The Oval in their next match on May 2.

After the game, Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke said,Both sides were looking to register their first win, so it’s a pity the rain intervened, but the games come thick and fast so I’m looking to Surrey on Sunday now.

“We needed a re-jig of the order, a couple of guys are finding their feet in this format. It’s hard to say how it’s gone because it was such a short game but it felt good to go out up the top. It would have been nice to see how it had gone and how things would have panned out but it seemed from those overs that we showed a bit more intent and we’ll have to see how the experiment goes.

“Marnus [Labuschagne] and Jez [Jeremy Lawlor] seem to be quite comfortable together in the opening berth, so hopefully it’s something we can all become used to and build big scores on.”

Of Sam Billings’ injury, Kent Head Coach, Matt Walker said, “It’s another injury. You have to laugh about these things or you’d cry. It’s becoming an extraordinary situation we find ourselves in. I think that’s ten injuries in the last 14 days, or unavailability due to illness or injury, so at the moment we’re a little bit cursed by these things.

“Last year we had hardly any injuries but this year, we seem to have got our fair share. There’s not much you can do and not injuries you can prevent. It leaves us without another player which is a challenge and a half. We’ll just carry on and try to make sure the players are and stay fit and well.”