Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Glos dominate on day two

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.


  1. Whos that young Bracewell fielder.Very nimble between the towels and water

  2. Was Ian Saxelby injured? According to the Beeb, he didn't bowl in the Northants second innings.

  3. When We're Bobbin'30 April 2009 at 10:55

    From Glos site:
    'Alex Gidman was unable to take any part in the second day's play at Northampton after suffering a back spasm in the night...

    Ian Saxelby turned an ankle while fielding and was unable to bowl, while James Franklin suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem and sent down only eight overs.'

    Least we've still got Kirbs and Banerjee!


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