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LV= County Championship: Glamorgan pair and rain hold up Essex on day one

Murray Goodwin: Held firm for Glamorgan after early wickets fell

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Essex were frustrated by the weather and Glamorgan's third-wicket pair as they went in search of a victory at Chelmsford to keep alive their hopes of winning promotion from LV= County Championship division two.

After winning the toss, Essex got off to the best possible start by removing the openers inside three overs but Murray Goodwin and Ben Wright put together an unbroken stand of 96 which helped carry the Welsh county to 103-2 from 42 overs when play ended prematurely because of rain.

Veteran seamer David Masters was responsible for Glamorgan's early woes, striking with the third delivery of the match when Gareth Rees shouldered arms and was bowled by a delivery that nipped back sharply.

Then in his next over, Will Bragg miscued to Ravi Bopara with only seven on the board to leave Glamorgan looking in serious trouble, particularly as leading batsman Jim Allenby was being rested ahead of Saturday's Yorkshire Bank 40 final with Nottinghamshire at Lord's.

But the experienced Goodwin, now in his 41st year, and 25 year-old Wright were to revive the innings with a determined partnership as Essex failed to capitalise on their good start.

After a full morning's session, the clouds gathered during the lunch interval and, on the restart, only four overs were bowled before rain sent the players scurrying to the pavilion. At that point, Goodwin and Wright had moved into the 30s and Glamorgan had reached 85-2 after 34 overs.

An early tea was taken but when play did eventually resume at 4pm, only a further eight overs of play were possible before more persistent rain put paid to the day's play with both batsmen within sight of their respective half-centuries.

Goodwin will resume on 48 while Wright goes into action again with 44 to his name.