Leicestershire 285 for 7 (Patel 82, Azad 64) vs Glamorgan
Leicestershire finished day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Glamorgan in Cardiff on 285 for 7 with the visitors losing six wickets for 117 runs after tea.
When Patel was bowled by James Harris, chopping on while attempting a cut shot, Leicestershire had lost their top order and were still short of passing 300 for the first time in the Championship this season.
Having won the toss and put Leicestershire into bat Glamorgan would have been hoping for some early wickets to justify that decision. This was not to be with Leicestershire making slow but steady progress as they reached lunch at 82 for 0.
Glamorgan went into this game with six seam-bowling options, but it was the part-time spin of Labuschagne who made the breakthrough. Sam Evans came down the pitch to a ball that turned just enough to go past the outside edge and Chris Cooke completed a simple stumping.
Labuschagne could have dismissed Azad when the batter was on 46 but David Lloyd failed to hold on to a chance in the slips. Azad made it to 64 and looked completely untroubled before he was run out by a sharp throw from the boundary by Sam Northeast.
Patel came into this side for Colin Ackermann who missed out on this match due to an injured thumb. Patel has had some misfortune himself this season with illness and then injury preventing him from making a first team appearance in 2022 until this match. From the very start of his innings he looked in fine touch as he passed fifty for the first time in his first-class career.
While Patel stood firm it was chaotic at the other end with the run out of Azad and Labuschagne picking up the wickets of Wiaan Mulder and Scott Steel in consecutive balls.
The new ball brought more wickets with Michael Neser, Harris and James Weighell all chipping in to cause more damage to the Leicestershire batting lineup. .
Barring some late order brilliance, Leicestershire will be looking to fight their way back into a match. Given how well things had gone for Leicestershire in the first half of the day Glamorgan will be delighted with their efforts after the tea break.