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Kent bowled out for 138 by Glamorgan on day one in County Championship

Kent's miserable batting form continued at Cardiff on Thursday as they were skittled out for just 138 by Glamorgan in the County Championship.

After being put in, Kent had progressed to 88-1 shortly before lunch. But they lost three wickets just before the break and were all out before tea - losing nine wickets for just 50 runs.

Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drummond made 31 against Glamorgan on Thursday.
Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drummond made 31 against Glamorgan on Thursday.

Kent coach Matt Walker said: "We were very poor. It was not good enough in any aspect. To go from 88-1 to 138 all out is not good enough.

"It’s hard to put my finger on why, but we’ve had too many days like this already this season. It’s day one and the positive is wickets can go quickly if you bowl in the right area.

"We’ve got to be better on day two if we want to win this game. Everyone is working hard, but we are just not getting it right on the pitch. I remember from being a player it’s difficult to get out of a bad spot.

We have to get out of it quickly, but we won’t hit the panic button. We need to get more balls in the right areas.”

Openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jordan Cox put on a largely untroubled first-wicket stand of 54, but Bell-Drummond was bowled by Timm van der Gugten for 31 to a ball that came back in off the pitch.

England batting coach Marcus Trescothick was in Cardiff to see Zak Crawley immediately into his stride when he got to the crease. A four through mid-on was his best shot of the first session as he went to lunch unbeaten on 26.

But at the other end his team struggled as David Lloyd dismissed Cox and Joe Denly in the same over. Denly was leg before wicket to Lloyd for a fourth-ball duck to one that kept low.

Michael Hogan also accounted for Jack Leaning (2), whose miserable run with the bat continued, as Glamorgan took three wickets for just five runs at the end of the first session.

Hogan trapped Heino Kuhn lbw, and then Crawley (33) played outside off stump to edge van der Gugten through to Chris Cooke before the players went off for rain.

When they returned, Lloyd (4-11) cleaned up Darren Stevens and Ollie Robinson was caught by Lloyd off the bowling of van der Gugten (4-41) as the Glamorgan pair wrapped up the innings.

Glamorgan's Marnus Labuschagne, playing his first game of the season, missed part of the afternoon session after falling over some steps. He returned to the field but appeared troubled by a damaged hand when he batted.

Stevens, who turns 45 on Friday, removed Joe Cooke without score and trapped Australia's Labuschagne lbw for 11 to make it 33-2.

Lloyd was dropped at slip late on after a second rain break, but he continued his impressive start to the season by finishing unbeaten on 54. He was joined by Billy Root (34 not out) as Glamorgan reached 109-2 at the close, trailing by just 29 runs.

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