DAY 2 Close: Glos 294 & 105-1 lead Northants 161 by 238 runs
Gloucestershire enjoyed a wonderful day's cricket on day two at Northampton as they took the initiative in the match and lead by a commanding 238.
Despite only lasting another five overs in the morning, the bowing attack got to work and dismissed Northants for 161. Glos lost Will Porterfield first ball of their second innings but reached 105-1 by the close.
Glos have done well to manoeuvre themselves into a strong position, as play tomorrow is doubtful. But with the lead they have, ten wickets in two and a half sessions on the final day is not beyond them. If they could post a target of 270 it would make for an interesting conclusion, and a good chance of victory.
The opening bowling partnership changed yet again; this time Steve Kirby and James Franklin opened up. Steve Kirby bowled with typical aggression got reward with his 4-41. It was another excellent display with the ball, plenty of control allowing pressure to build and Northants were dismissed for 161, giving Glos a lead of 133.
The day had started in the worst possible fashion for the Shire as they were denied a third batting point. Banerjee and Kirby were picked up within five overs to leave Saxelby stranded on 60. But despite a feeling of having not made the most of their opportunities, the runs on the board have seen Glos slide firmly into the driving seat.