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Kaneria spell spins out Glamorgan

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Glamorgan 311
(Glamorgan 3pts, Essex 3pts)
10-13 September 2009

Danish Kaneria
Kaneria has season-best Championship figures of 8-116

Danish Kaneria took 7-111 as Essex bowled Glamorgan out for 311 on day one at Sophia Gardens.

The hosts had got off to a solid start after electing to bat, with openers Gareth Rees and Mark Cosgrove (53) putting on 98 for the first wicket.

Rees went on to make a season-best 122 and Jamie Dalrymple 44, but Glamorgan lost wickets regularly as Kaneria weaved a spell over the batsmen.

Graham Napier (2-54) and David Masters were the other wicket-takers.

Cosgrove had made a 57-ball half-century, including chipping Kaneria for a straight six, when he was first to go, bowled by Napier.

Kaneria then struck in the following over, trapping David Millns leg before to leave Glamorgan 112-2 at lunch.

The Pakistani spinner had Michael Powell caught at mid-on after the break before Rees and Dalrymple guided the home side past 200.

But Kaneria's decision to change ends paid dividends as he broke through twice in three overs, bowling Dalrymple through his legs to end a fourth-wicket stand of 71 and then inducing Jim Allenby to chop on to his stumps.

And he completed a burst of three wickets in 20 balls after tea by having Mark Wallace stumped.

Kaneria thought he had a sixth wicket when Rees was given out leg before by George Sharp, only for the umpire to reverse his decision and call the batsman back.

That allowed Rees to add 52 with Robert Croft before the off-spinner was caught behind off Masters.

Rees was eventually bowled off a bottom edge by Napier to end a near six-hour stay, before Kaneria wrapped up the innings by removing Dean Cosker and Garnett Kruger to leave the two promotion chasers with honours even.

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