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Matthew Fisher reacts to day one

“Up to the partnership between Douthwaite and van der Gugten, I think we bowled good but not exceptionally well. Our standards are really high, and we weren’t even at our best in the first couple of sessions.

“When they got going, it maybe took us by surprise, and we were a little bit slow to react.

“It looks a good pitch. So if we can come back and get them out cheaply, hopefully we can pile them (runs) on as well.

“At the start of that partnership (Douthwaite and VDG) we maybe got greedy and in turn gave them a few balls to hit. Then we couldn’t claw back the momentum.

“They did play well, but we need to be better. We just need to focus on doing our good things for longer.”

6.38pm – Close Impressive recovery from 29-3 and 132-7 as Glamorgan close on 310-8 from 96 overs. van der Gugten 80 and Hogan 40. Coad 3-79 for Yorkshire.

6.28pm Glamorgan have reached 300-6 in the 93rd over. van der Gugten 79 and Hogan 31.

5.53pm Douthwaite gone! Bowled by Coad for 57, ending a 122-stand. 254-8 in the 85th over.

5.48pm Significant frustration for Yorkshire as Glamorgan reach 254-7 after 84 overs. Douthwaite 57 and van der Gugten 65, the stand 122.

5.07pm Glamorgan pass 200, reaching 201-7 in the 73rd over. Douthwaite has 33 and van der Gugten 36, the pair sharing 69 unbroken. Yorkshire could do with a wicket. New ball in seven overs.

4.52pm 53-run stand between Douthwaite and van der Gugten has taken Glamorgan to 185-7 after 69 overs.

4.39pm Glamorgan 173-7 after 66 overs – two bowled after tea by Fisher and Coad. Douthwaite and van der Gugten are holding things up with 24 and 17 respectively.

Tea Report Yorkshire have prised out four more Glamorgan wickets to take the upper hand at tea on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship opener at Emerald Headingley, restricting the visitors to 166-7 from 64 overs.

Duanne Olivier ended an 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Billy Root and Kiran Carlson after they had led the recovery from 29-3 before lunch.

Olivier had Carlson superbly caught high to his right at second slip by Adam Lyth in the eighth over of the afternoon – 111-4 in the 38th.

Steve Patterson, Matthew Fisher and Ben Coad all then struck – the trio all have two wickets apiece – the latter removing Root for a three and a quarter hour 43.

Patterson had Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke caught low down at first slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore in the over after Carlson’s departure before Fisher rocked Callum Taylor’s off stump as he left alone (128-6 in the 51st).

That dismissal was a replica of Fisher’s first this morning when David Lloyd also shouldered arms and was bowled.

Left-handed Root, nearly run out by older brother Joe shortly before his departure, was impressively steadfast at the crease against his home county. And it took something special to remove him.

That came from a Coad delivery which nipped away off the pitch, caught the outside edge and was brilliantly caught one-handed by Jonny Tattersall diving to his left behind the stumps, leaving Glamorgan at 132-7 after 52 overs.

Dan Douthwaite and Timm van der Gugten have reached 19 not out and 15 not out respectively.

4.12pm – Tea Glamorgan reach 166-7 from 64 overs. Four wickets in the session for the White Rose.

3.56pm Wickets in clusters has been the theme of today, for sure. Glamorgan have moved to 155-7 after 60 of 96 overs. Four more to bowl before tea.

3.23pm WICKET Key man falls, and it’s Coad who gets Billy Root. But Tattersall behind the stumps plays a huge part. He takes a superb one-handed catch diving to his left. Root falls for 43, and Glamorgan are 132-7.

3.16pm Taylor gone! Second wicket for Fisher, and it’s a replica of his first. Taylor leaves alone and loses off-stump for 9. Glamorgan 128-6. Yorkshire could do with a couple more quickly, and they are right on top on this game.

2.50pm Patterson, Olivier and Coad have combined to bowl five successive maidens, a run just broken with a cut boundary for Root against Fisher. Root has 36, and Glamorgan are 117-5 after 45 overs. Taylor has one to his name.

2.21pm Two wickets in two overs. Cooke caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore, diving forwards, off Patterson for one. 112-5.

2.16pm Breakthrough for Yorkshire comes as Olivier gets Carlson caught high to his right at second slip by Lyth for 55. Glamorgan now 111-4 in the 38th over. Excellent knock.

2.05pm Glamorgan’s recovery has been strengthened by Carlson’s 75-ball fifty, including nine fours. 107-3 now.

1.40pm There are obviously thousands of members, supporters and cricket lovers who would love to be here this week, and one of them is certainly Sheffield Collegiate CC captain Josh Varley, who is a childhood mate of the Root brothers. Collegiate is, of course, the place they call home.

Varley is also a highly respected young cricket coach and has worked extensively with Joe and Billy in recent years when time has allowed.

Joe has spoken particularly highly of Josh in the media within the last 12 months.

We have just spoken to Josh for a local league cricket feature you will see on within the next week, so took the chance to get his thoughts on this ongoing Root v Root battle at Emerald Headingley.

“It’s amazing to see two of your friends playing against each other in first-class cricket,” he said. “That they are two brothers just makes it even more special.

“It’s a bit bittersweet in a way because I want them both to do well. I’d quite like a draw with two hundreds in there.

“It’s also a great moment for our club. We’re so proud of them both.

“I think Billy made a really brave move to Glamorgan. Moving a long way from home is something I perhaps didn’t think Billy would do, but it’s done wonders for his career.

“I think he will have a long, successful career down there, and he really deserves that.

“I would like to think he could go even further, and I don’t see any reason why not.

“He’s a great white ball player as well.

“He’s working just as hard as he ever has done, and he’s shown that he’s willing to take risks to progress his game.”

Lunch report Billy Root and Kiran Carlson have led a Glamorgan recovery following a brilliant Yorkshire start to the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship season.

Steve Patterson won the toss and elected to bowl under overcast skies at Emerald Headingley before striking alongside new ball quicks Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher as Glamorgan slipped to 29-3 after 12 overs.

The visitors have since reached lunch on 79-3 from 30 overs.

Coad bowled Nick Selman through the gate, Fisher rocked David Lloyd’s off stump as he shouldered arms and Patterson trapped Irish overseas batsman Andrew Balbirnie lbw.

But the White Rose have been frustrated by a former Yorkshire age-group player in Root and Carlson, who have 23 and 33 unbeaten respectively.

They have shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 50, reached in the final over of the morning.

Carlson was dropped on 15 by Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip off Duanne Olivier (58-3) before two boundaries followed immediately.

1pm – Lunch Glamorgan recover to 79-3 from 30 overs having been 29-3. Carlson has 32 and Root 23. Early wickets for Coad, Fisher and Patterson.

12.36pm Signs of the temperature and conditions here at Emerald Headingley. A couple of advertising boards have just blown onto the field at the Kirkstall Lane End. Glamorgan 69-3 in the 24th.

12.24pm Oh no, Kohler-Cadmore drops Carlson first slip off Olivier on 15. 58-3 in the 21st over.

12pm Shoots of recovery for Glamorgan led by Billy Root, who has 13. The visitors are 37-3 in the 15th.

11.49am Balbirnie gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Patterson at the end of the skipper’s first over. Gone for 16. Glamorgan 29-3 after 12. What a stunning start to Yorkshire’s season.

11.23am Great start. Wickets for Coad and now Fisher. Lloyd has lost his off stump having shouldered arms. It’s 12-2 in the sixth over.

11.16am Selman has gone, bowled by Coad through the gate for four. 8-1 in the fifth over.

11.12am Couple of early lbw shouts from Coad turned down. Glamorgan 8-0 after four overs. from Coad and Fisher.


LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures

Essex v Worcestershire, Chelmsford
Nottinghamshire v Durham, Trent Bridge
Warwickshire v Derbyshire, Edgbaston
Gloucestershire v Surrey, Bristol
Leicestershire v Hampshire, Grace Road
Middlesex v Somerset, Lord’s
Lancashire v Sussex, Old Trafford
Northamptonshire v Kent, Wantage Road
Yorkshire v Glamorgan, Headingley

10.56am Both sets of players and coaches are currently standing together in a moment of unity against all forms of discrimination.

10.38am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl first.

Yorkshire: Kohler-Cadmore, Lyth, Loten, Root, Brook, Tattersall w, Bess, Fisher, Patterson c, Coad, Olivier.

Glamorgan: Lloyd, Selman, Balbirnie, Root, Carlson, Cooke c&w, Taylor, Douthwaite, VD Gugten, Hogan, McIlroy.

10.22am Tom Loten has just been handed his second-team cap in a presentation alongside his team-mates.

10.20am Ten minutes from the toss…..Here’s a recap of our preview

9.20am A reminder how this summer’s LV= Insurance County Championship works.

The 18 counties have been split into three conferences of six. The top two in each conference after 10 games advances into a four-game top group to fight for the County Championship title – the winner taking that honour.

The top two sides after the extra four games – but not against the team you advanced with – in August and September also then play off for the Bob Willis Trophy in an end of season Lord’s final.

The middle two teams and bottom two teams in each of the initial conferences also make up separate ‘leagues’ and play for placings in the final four games.

This has been billed as a trial, with the current plan to revert to Division One and Two in 2022.

9.20am Steve Patterson and Andrew Gale will pick from a 12-man squad: Patterson c, Bess, Brook, Coad, Fisher, Kohler-Cadmore, Loten, Lyth, Olivier, J Root, Tattersall w, Willey.

Glamorgan, meanwhile, have named a 13-man squad led by Chris Cooke.

Cooke c&w, Balbirnie, Carlson, Cullen, Douthwaite, Hogan, Lloyd, McIlroy, B Root, Selman, Taylor, van der Gugten, Weighell.

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

After months of winter training and a fortnight’s worth of pre-season friendlies, some of which were colder than others, we are finally ready for the competitive action to begin.

Hopes are high for this Yorkshire squad. Tom Kohler-Cadmore summed it up perfectly the other day when he said: “If you look around the squad, there is incredible talent. There is a Championship winning side in there, I fully believe that.”

Glamorgan head into the season as one of the outsiders to qualify in first or second from Group Three.

They will be without Australian overseas duo Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser. They are still completing domestic duties Down Under, with Queensland having qualified for the Sheffield Shield final to be played in the next week or so.

It is likely they will face Yorkshire at Cardiff in the return fixture next month. As for this fixture, Ireland’s captain, the top order batsman, Andrew Balbirnie will be their overseas player.

We get underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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