Cricket: Kallis arrives at last

Glamorgan 185 and 6-2 Essex 444
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AS ESSEX made hay while the sun shone in Cardiff yesterday, the man who Glamorgan hope will lift the second half of their season arrived in the Welsh capital. Jacques Kallis can only fulfil 50 per cent of his all-rounder obligations because of the torn stomach muscle he picked up in the World Cup. But the South African's presence as a batsman should still lift a side lacking confidence, despite last week's NatWest Trophy win over Warwickshire, due to the absence of their captain Matthew Maynard and a chronic lack of runs.

Kallis, who is likely to make his debut in a one-day match at Trent Bridge next Sunday rather than in the Championship against Lancashire on Wednesday, links up again with the former Western Province coach Duncan Fletcher who takes charge of England in October.

Meanwhile, Glamorgan spent nearly all day in the field as Essex built a big first-innings lead. In the absence of Friday's overcast conditions, Stuart Law exploited a placid track. Both Law and Paul Prichard began the day on 45 but the Australian soon sped ahead. A six off rookie fast bowler Simon Jones put Essex ahead and Law reached his fifth century of the summer from 140 balls. By the time Law was out for 140 in the fifth over after lunch, Glamorgan had also picked up Prichard for 73 and Ronnie Irani for four.

Before tea, the discarded England off-spinner Robert Croft had Barry Hyam caught behind and Ashley Cowan snapped up at silly point. A stand of 86 between Stephen Peters and Mark Ilott ended when Darren Thomas had the latter caught behind for 44. Ricky Anderson was caught and bowled by Thomas before Peters was last out, caught by Adrian Dale off Croft for a Championship-best 81. Facing their third innings defeat in four games, a deficit of 259 and five overs, Glamorgan lost Steve James, caught at second slip off Ilott's fourth ball, and nightwatchman Dean Cosker, lbw to the first ball of Ilott's second over.

Welcome to Wales, Jacques, your adopted county needs you.