Billy Root holds Glamorgan together as Sussex gets off to a strong start in Cardiff

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Sussex 65 for 1 (Clarke 32*, van der Gugten 1-18) course Glamorgan 242 (Root 66, McAndrew 4-58) by 177 runs

Sussex was able to ram the advantage home after a good day with the ball to reach 65 for 1 at the end, just 177 down, before losing to opener Tom Haines.

Glamorgan had hoped for a better return after winning the coin toss and opting to bat on another sunny day in Cardiff. Andrew Salter, Sam Northeast, Kiran Carlson and Chris Cooke all got starts, while Zain-ul-Hassan and Thomas Bevan both left cheaply early, leaving Glamorgan four at lunchtime and Carlson going shortly after.

Sussex’s overseas duo Nathan McAndrew and New Zealander Henry Shipley did most of the early damage, with Billy Root holding the middle order together on their way to half a century. He had promising partnerships with Carlson and Cooke, with an interesting debate over whether the regular fall of wickets was caused by bad batting, a two-speed pitch or the Kookaburra ball used in this game.

Root had no chance for his total of 66 when he gave Jack Carson the first attack, despite occasionally seeing the ball spin miraculously. Bowler Timm van der Gugten scored freely with the bat this season and he continued that fine form as partners came and went.

Australian Mitchell Swepson made the shortest debut with the bat, and when Jamie McIlroy was caught down the leg side of McAndrew, van der Gugten was down half a century and Glamorgan fell a batting point short.

It was van der Gugten who also made the early breakthrough with the ball, pressing Haines lbw on the back foot to give Glamorgan some early hope. However, Toms Clark and Alsop made decent progress for the visitors and soon the seamen gave way to the first sighting of Swepson’s legspin in Glamorgan whites.

He could have taken a wicket when Clark spent a googly to slip northeast, but a sharp chance was set up.

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