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Nathan Buck, Matthew Hoggard and Anthony Ireland were all in action for Leicestershire Second XI today.
After County posted 261-9 declared on the second day of the Championship game against Glamorgan, it was encouraging to see the trio having spells as the visitors closed on 20-1. Ireland was the Leicestershire wicket-taker as he had Gareth Rees caught at second slip by Harry Bush.
Hoggard made his return from injury by bowling eight overs in the Trophy game on Tuesday but this was the first time that Buck has bowled this campaign while Ireland had only previously been able to bowl three overs in pre-season after picking up a side injury.
Play finally got underway at 1pm on day two at Hinckley Town CC. The square and part of the surrounding area needed time to dry out after heavy rain in the previous 24 hours.
Glamorgan won the toss and asked County to bat. They soon made inroads into the Leicestershire innings, reducing them to 24-3. Angus Robson (8), Michael Thornely (11) and Lewis Hill (0) were the batsmen dismissed.
Bush (4) followed after facing 40 balls before a partnership of 63 was added for the fifth wicket between Sunny Patel and Ben Raine. The latter made a useful 33 before falling lbw to Sean Griffiths.
Keeper Stephen Bullen then joined Patel and they added 79 for the sixth wicket before Patel was dismissed lbw by Dan Lewis-Williams for an important knock of 69 from 156 balls. His 50 came from 116 balls (4x4). Bullen soon followed for 45 (7x4).
Hoggard made 11 before cameos towards the end of the innings from James Sykes (26) and Buck (23 not out). Lewis-Williams 17-8-43-4 was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers, ably supported by Alex Jones 18-5-32-2, Rawry Smith 13-5-48-1, Nick James 9-2-29-1, Griffiths 6-1-21-1. Will Owen 21-2-64-0 and David Lloyd 1-0-4-0.
Glamorgan had 11 overs to negotiate before the close and Ireland struck. Hoggard ended the day with figures of 4-2-7-0, Buck 3-2-3-0, Ireland 3-1-7-1 and Sykes 1-0-3-0.