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Carlson shines on his debut for Glam.

OFF.SPINNER Kiran Carlson took five for 28 on his firstclass debut as Glamorgan bowled Northamptonshire out for 269 on the opening day of their County Championship Division Two clash at Wantage Road.

It was a remarkable introduction for the 18-year-old from Cardiff - playing only due to Craig Meschede's back injury - as he tore through the Northants lower order with good flight and help from a dry Wantage Road pitch.

The home side collapsed in the afternoon, losing nine wickets for 84 after half-centuries from openers Ben Duckett and Rob Newton, but it may yet be a healthy total. Glamorgan closed on 23 without loss in reply.

Duckett went past fifty for the sixth time this year in the Championship as Northants enjoyed a comfortable morning session.

He got there in only 65 balls, with eight fours and a miscued six, and added four more boundaries before he was bowled by Carlson for 80 trying to sweep the final ball of the session to break an opening stand of 140.

Duckett's opening partner Newton made his own halfcentury in 81 balls but his afternoon dismissal, bowled by Graham Wagg for 78 having also put on 45 with Alex Wakely, was the beginning of Northants' collapse.

Wakely edged David Lloyd's medium pace to slip and Rob Keogh fell in identical fashion to Keogh, with Timm van der Gugten the successful bowler.

When Saif Zaib was splendidly caught by Jacques Rudolph running back from mid-on as Zaib looked to hit Owen Morgan down the ground, Northants' ambitions of a large first-innings total were checked.

Carlson returned to pick up a second wicket in the over before tea, a spinning delivery into the off stump of Steven Crook, and he continued his dream debut in the evening session.

A similar delivery bowled Rory Kleinveldt and he then induced David Murphy and Graeme White into driving to Wagg at short extracover to complete an extraordinary haul, before Morgan had Ben Sanderson caught behind to round off the innings.

Rudolph and Nicholas Selman saw Glamorgan through the 11 overs to stumps with no damage.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 1, 2016
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