YORKSHIRE were unable to capitalise on two positions of strength with ball in hand as Glamorgan enjoyed the better of the LV= Insurance County Championship’s opening day at Emerald Headingley.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Glamorgan fell to 29-3 and later 132-7, only to end the day on 310-8 from 96 overs.

Kiran Carlson, Dan Douthwaite (57) and unbeaten Netherlands seamer Timm van der Gugten all posted fifties.

Van der Gugten’s 80 off 134 balls represents a career best.

Wickets were shared around the White Rose attack, with Ben Coad finishing with 3-79 from 23 overs.

A cold and blustery day also saw former age-group batsman Billy Root score a determined 43 for the visitors over three hours of batting, and tail-ender Michael Hogan finish 40 not out.

Yorkshire, who omitted David Willey following his place in the initial 12-man squad, started the day in superb fashion, claiming three wickets in the first 12 overs.

Glamorgan’s recovery was started by Root and Carlson (55), who was strong on the square drive.

Coad bowled Nick Selman through the gate for the first wicket of the season.

Fisher then bowled the other opener David Lloyd as he shouldered arms and Patterson trapped Ireland overseas Andrew Balbirnie lbw.

The Welshmen reached lunch on 79-3 from 30 overs, with Yorkshire claiming a quartet of wickets during the afternoon.

Duanne Olivier ended the Root and Carlson stand when he had the latter well caught high to his right at second slip by Adam Lyth with Glamorgan 111-4 in the 38th.

Wickets falling in clusters was a theme of the first session and a half, and Patterson had opposing captain Chris Cooke caught low down at first slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore in the following over.

Fisher then rocked Callum Taylor’s off stump as he left alone - 128-6 in the 51st - in an identical dismissal to Lloyd’s at the start of the day.

Left-handed Root, steadfast against the county whom he represented up to second-team level, was removed by a brilliant one-handed Jonny Tattersall catch off Coad.

From then, the visitors dominated.

Douthwaite led the way having offered a very sharp slip catch on eight to Harry Brook.

He was strong off his pads and hit two sixes before being bowled shouldering arms to Coad with the new ball, leaving Glamorgan at 254-8 in the 85th.

Van der Gugten wasn’t quite as assured as the all-rounder, though he still should take huge credit from an innings including a six over long-on off Joe Root’s off-spin.

Hogan was then in belligerent mood late on to further dampen White Rose spirits.