GLAMORGAN coach Matthew Mott has told his side to bounce back from their nightmare championship opener against Derbyshire today (11am), writes Gareth Griffiths.
After an encouraging pre-season and plenty of optimism, Mott’s men stumbled to a 52-run defeat against Leicestershire inside three days at Grace Road.
“It is one game in a very long season and we are not going to rip everything up after one defeat,” said Mott.
“Leicestershire was a realisation that no matter how much you prepare and get ready for things, when situations come up in games you need to adapt quickly.
“The big lesson we learned is we need to find our way through some tough periods.
“We stuck in the contest, but, as last season proved, that is not good enough.
“In four-day games you have to win every hour and they won more hours than us.”
The lack of runs from the top order was also a significant factor with no contributions from the top five of Gareth Rees, Will Bragg, Stewart Walters, Ben Wright and Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques.
Glamorgan relied on lower order cameos from captain Mark Wallace and Graham Wagg to stay in the contest, but Mott is adamant his specialist batsman will improve.
“Both top orders struggled because it was bowler-friendly, but Leicestershire adapted better,” he said.
“We have to work our way through the tough patches with the bat.
“The batters are there to score runs and the lower order is the icing on the cake.
“We bat deep which is our strength, but we need runs from the top six and that is the same with any side.
New signing Henriques struggled with the bat with scores of 3 and 0, although he picked up three wickets in the second innings.
“It was a tough examination for everyone, not just Moises,” added Mott.
“He has done a lot of work on the swinging ball this week.
“The first 10 balls you are vulnerable and you need to keep out those danger deliveries and then it will get easier.”
Glamorgan have recalled fast bowler Will Owen and rested Huw Waters in the only change in the 12-man squad.
England Lions seamer James Harris is still out injured with his groin problem for at least the next two weeks.
Glamorgan(from): G Rees, S Walters, W Bragg, B Wright, M Henriques, J Allenby, M Wallace (capt), G Wagg, R Croft, W Owen, D Cosker, M Reed.