Rudolph, Salter keep Glamorgan afloat
Glamorgan 271 for 8 (Salter 73*, Rudolph 68) v Gloucestershire
Half centuries from Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Salter rescued Glamorgan from trouble on the first day of their Championship Division Two encounter against Gloucestershire at Swansea.
Glamorgan choose to bat after winning the toss but were soon in dire straits on 41 for 3 as Gloucestershire's opening bowlers David Payne and Liam Norwell accounted for three of their top four inside the first 14 overs. But former South Africa international Rudolph gave some respectability to Glamorgan's score with a knock of 68 before No. 9 Salter ensured their tail wagged with an innings of 73 as they reached 271 for 8 at the close.
The match was just six balls old when Payne dismissed Will Bragg, who found a leading edge and was caught at mid-off, with just one run on the scoreboard. Rudolph and Colin Ingram added 40 for the second wicket but Gloucestershire were celebrating when Norwell removed Ingram and Aneurin Donald in the space of four balls - with both batsmen caught by Will Tavare at third slip.
Shortly before lunch, Chris Cooke shouldered arms and was bowled by Benny Howell and when Graham Wagg drove Payne loosely to cover after the interval Glamorgan had stumbled to 106 for 5.
Rudolph, however, remained steadfast, playing every ball on its merit and had scored his runs from 149 balls with 11 fours before nudging Jack Taylor's offspin to slip, where Hamish Marshall held a sharp catch.
Not for the first time this season, Glamorgan's late order batsmen rallied to the cause with Salter and Mark Wallace adding 40 for the eighth wicket, before Salter found an unlikely ally in Kieran Bull, whose previous highest score was 12. The two youngsters, with a combined age of just 42, not only achieved career-best scores but also shared in the highest partnership of the innings as they put on an invaluable unbeaten 85 for the ninth wicket.
The new ball came and went as Salter played some handsome strokes either side of the wicket and, as Glamorgan's leading spinner, he would have been encouraged to see the ball turn more towards the end of the day.
He has already struck eight fours, and when the second day gets under way his first objective will be to guide his team to a total in excess of 300 and score the 27 runs he requires for a maiden Championship century.