DAY 1 Close: Middlesex 307-6 v Gloucestershire (PTS: Midd 3 Glos 2)
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Gloucestershire fought back in the evening session to bring themselves back into the game on day one at Lords.
Four wickets after tea brought the visitors back into the game after two sessions of dominance from Middlesex, who had won the toss and played well on a decent pitch, but they failed to capitalise on their position and only just shaded the opening day.
Gloucestershire operated poorly in the morning session, but improved into the afternoon, bowling some good areas and finding much better consistency, albeit with scant reward. The tea break changed the innings and two wickets for Ian Saxelby gave a much more balanced look to the scorecard.
However, it was Hamish Marshall who continued his usefulness with the ball, that created the early inroads. He bowled a nagging area and managed to nip a delivery up the slope to bowl Adam London, who had made a very comfortable 68.
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