Footitt finds his feet as Glamorgan self-destruct

Nottinghamshire 135-2 Glamorgan 267 Match abandoned at 73 mins
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A nightmare opening over against Derbyshire in the Twenty20 Cup saw him concede 10 in wides, plus a no-ball, his agony prolonged to 13 deliveries at a total cost of 23 runs. And with thousands watching, too.

He admitted afterwards that he had been shaking with nerves, so it must have come as some relief as he began his first Championship match yesterday in much more familiar surroundings - banks of empty white seats, pin-drop quiet.

The end results were much more satisfactory. The 19-year-old left-arm seamer hit the pitch hard and beat the bat with what must have been a pleasing frequency. What is more, he claimed a debut scalp worth talking about when the India captain, Sourav Ganguly, fell for 47, well held by New Zealand's captain, Stephen Fleming, at slip.

It was neither a good ball, drifting wide, nor a good stroke but it was well deserved. Earlier, Footitt had found the edge of Michael Powell's bat with a better delivery, swinging away late, only for Fleming to spill a much easier chance.

Ganguly's carelessness typified Glamorgan's performance as a series of batsmen set themselves for good scores only to waste the opportunity. Mark Wallace and David Hemp, as well as Ganguly, all made it past 40 but Wallace top-edged a hook and Hemp was as loose as Ganguly.

Powell, let off by Fleming on 17, perished on 30, bowled off an inside edge. Only through David Harrison and Andrew Davies making late gains did the visitors scrape their one batting point, the seamer Davies finishing on a career-best unbeaten 41.

There was possibly some dampness in the pitch at the start, which was probably in Fleming's thoughts when he chose to bowl first, but neither that nor any other outside influence could excuse Glamorgan, whose dismal season - they have lost seven from eight in the Championship - does not look about to improve.

Nottinghamshire, who have slipped a little off the pace in the First Division but have a match in hand, made batting look much more straightforward, taking their total into three figures for the loss of only Jason Gallian as Darren Bicknell completed a half-century with his ninth four.

l Scotland will seek regular matches with England after reaching the 2007 World Cup finals with a 98-run win over the Netherlands in the ICC Trophy on Thursday. The Cricket Scotland chief executive, Roddy Smith, said: "I have already opened talks with the English about the possibility of matches against them." Ireland, Canada and Bermuda have also qualified. The Netherlands UAE, Denmark and Namibia contest the remaining place.

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