Monday, July 20, 2009

Another batting failure leaves Glos on back foot

Close DAY 2: Gloucestershire 147 v Northamptonshire 175-6 (PTS: Glos 2 Northants 3)

No play was possible on day two due to rain

Bowled out for just 147, Gloucestershire again faced an uphill battle on day one of their county championship match against Northamptonshire at Cheltenham.

Only two teams in division two have achieved fewer batting bonus points than Gloucestershire this season, and these poor batting displays are threatening to prevent a push for promotion.

Kadeer Ali received a serious blow to the head and was forced to leave the field and this set the tone for the innings as the top order were all quickly forced to leave the field courtesy of accurate swing bowling under laden skies.

Will Porterfield replicated Andrew Strauss in following a majestic innings with a poor piece of judgement the following morning; he too shouldered arms to become the first dismissal. Steve Snell also failed once more and only brief application from Chris Taylor prevented a total rout.

Once batsman engaged themselves at the crease, batting became far easier on the flat hard Cheltenham pitch - albeit with a little grass left on. Nicky Boje displayed such application to make 57 not out.

The Glos attack performed well in less helpful conditions than those in the morning and had reduced the visitors to 8-3. James Franklin in particular, beat the bat with regularity and was unfortunate not to break the Boje-Andrew Hall partnership, which nudged Northants into a lead by the close with four wickets still remaining.

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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