Follow captain Alviro Petersen's lead, says coach Mott

Alviro Petersen and Matthew Mott
Matthew Mott (right) says Alviro Petersen set a good example with the bat against Leicestershire

Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott urged his players to learn from skipper Alviro Petersen after their 89-run County Championship defeat by Leicestershire.

Mott praised Glamorgan's bowling and fielding during the first match of the season at Grace Road, but was critical of their batting.

And they have two days to rectify it as Gloucestershire visit on Thursday.

"Alviro Petersen's knock in the first innings [91 runs] was a fantastic captain's knock," said Mott.

"It's something that he's going to certainly build on and hopefully the other players around can learn a little bit about the way he went about his business.

"I thought he was very patient. He put the bad ball away, but he was there for the long haul."

Glamorgan were undone on the final day with Leicestershire spinner Jigar Naik taking four wickets as they chased 226 runs to win.

After Petersen's competitive debut in the first innings, he was bowled out for 22 in the second.

Naik claimed the final three wickets in a spell of 4-16 in 7.1 overs.

"We did reasonably well to hang into the game and take it as deep as we did. But 140 on that wicket was nowhere near enough," said Mott.

"Two of the three disciplines I thought we did very well. I thought the bowling was exceptional.

"We shut down the [score]board and bowled really well and our fielding was of a very high standard - we caught well.

"But the batting, unfortunately the first innings especially, was well below par and a couple of guys knocked over first ball, which doesn't help."

Australian Mott, who was recruited during a troubled off-season at the Welsh county, admits he may take some time to understand the reasons behind those batting problems.

"There's onwards and upwards and we've got a big game coming up in a couple of days so we're hopeful the batsmen can turn it around," said Mott.

"I'll take a little bit of time to find out the real root of the problem, but first game of the year it's tough on the batters.

"And however well you think you've prepared there's nothing like batting out in the middle in a first class game.

"So I think the guys will learn a lot and obviously the batting in the second innings was getting towards where we want to be and there was some good stuff in there."

Bowlers James Harris and Jim Allenby are in contention to return against Gloucestershire.

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