Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Glos bowlers gain upper hand

LVCC: Gloucestershire 69-2 v Kent 213 (PTS: Glos 3 Kent 1)
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Gloucestershire's bowling attack put in a solid performance on day one against Kent at Beckenham as they dismissed another high quality line-up for just 231.

Admitted they were helped by some interesting shot selection from some batsmen, but sufficient pressure was created to take ten wickets and put the Shire into a strong position after a scorching day in south London.

The sun baked down all day and after Kent won the toss and decided to bat, a day of toil beckoned. But Glos were able to regularly chip away at the wickets and although many batsmen got starts - a lot of 30-plus scores featured on the Kent card - none went on and capitalised on what looked like a good batting wicket.

It was the Shire's ability to break partnerships that saw them bowl their hosts out for a small total and put them in command as they closed 69-2.

Porterfield drove hard at a spinning delivery from James Tredwell and Hamish Marshall received a beauty from Azhar Mahmood that found his outside edge. But Kadeer Ali scrapped away for his 18 and the hope will be for him to continue his time out in the middle and play himself back into form - the conditions are perfect.

Alex Gidman hit some late boundaries to also close unbeaten on 18 not out, and he will look to push on and press home the advantage the bowlers have created.

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk
Coverage continues tomorrow on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

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