Harris and Allenby set to boost Glam

Seamer James Harris is set to make his 2011 debut for Glamorgan in their opening home LV County Championship clash with Gloucestershire starting at the Swalec Stadium on April 14.

Harris, who only recently returned from the England Lions tour of the West Indies, missed Glamorgan’s first game of the season at Leicester with a virus.

And the 20-year-old will be a welcome return for a Glamorgan side which went down to a disappointing 89-run loss against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

But while Harris will boost the seam attack, coach Matthew Mott blamed a below-par batting display for defeat in his first game in charge. Mott watched his side slip to 146 all out in the first innings which heralded the loss.

“We lost that game by not scoring enough runs in the first innings,” admitted Mott. “A total of 140 on that wicket was nowhere near enough and we have spoken about that.

“The first game of the year is always tough on the batters and there is nothing like being out in the middle. We did well to hang on in the game as long as we did and two of the three disciplines we actually did very well.

“Our bowling was exceptional and fielding was of a high standard, but our batting was well below par.”

As well as Harris, all-rounder Jim Allenby, who also missed the Leicestershire defeat, will be in contention for selection against Gloucestershire.

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