April 18, 2003

Not a Good Friday for Thomas and Davies at Derby

It was certainly not a Good Friday for two of Glamorgan`s bowlers on the opening day of the Championship season against Derbyshire. Darren Thomas twisted his knee and had to be carried from the field, whilst Andrew Davies, after bowling just four overs, had to return to the team hotel suffering from a stomach virus.

Thomas` knee injury came in his 20th over of the day, and shortly after the lion-hearted seamer had claimed his fourth wicket of the day. After bowling the fourth ball of the over, Thomas collapsed in his follow through clutching his left knee, and the stricken bowler had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. The early indications are that Darren may have twisted and pulled a muscle in his knee, and he will have a scan in a Derby hospital tomorrow morning.

The day had begun quite promisingly for the Glamorgan bowlers, as Alex Wharf claimed two wickets in his second over as Derbyshire, after electing to bat first, slumped to 9-2. However, the home team recovered thanks to a century from Michael Di Venuto and an unbeaten 77 from wicket-keeper Luke Sutton, and finished the day on 356-8.