Thursday, April 16, 2009

Glos emerge from the rain on the up

DAY 2 Close: Surrey 18-3 (Franklin 5.2-2-11-2) Glos 333

It took until after tea for play to get underway on the second day at The Oval, but Gloucestershire managed to work themselves into a strong position in under two hours play possible.

The shire could only add an extra 12 to their overnight total, as Jade Dernbach - who did the damage to the Glos' middle order on the first day - wrapped up the tail to deny the westcountrymen a fourth batting point.

Surrey then began their innings under laden skies and the shire's swing attack got to work. James Franklin immediately justifying his recruitment by taking two wickets in his 5.2 possible overs. Excellent full swinging deliveries cleaned up both openers before Jon Lewis swung one into Matthew Spriegel's pads to reduce Surrey to 18-3 at the close.

The follow-on target of 183 is now a realistic aim for the Glos to defend, as despite not making as much of the conditions on day one as perhaps was required, more aggressive bowling tomorrow morning could see the shire press home their advantage. However, the forecast for tomorrow is extremely poor.

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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