Thursday, September 17, 2009

Batting stumbles as Glam take control

DAY 2 Close: Glamorgan 410 lead Gloucestershire 251-7 by 159 runs (PTS: Glam 7, Glos 5)
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Another miserly batting display by Gloucestershire has seen their promotion chances all but disappear after day two at Cardiff.

Gloucestershire proved that their performance against Surrey was merely a brief improvement, as a lack of discipline again saw the top order fired out, and they still trail by a significant margin with just three wickets remaining.

It is games such as these that good sides convert into their favour, but Gloucestershire continually roll over under pressure. And so it proved as Will Porterfield had everybody questioning his selection with the worst shot of the season; he hung the bat outside the off stump, chipping a catch to point to record a duck and pile the pressure onto Hamish Marshall - who's nervous lack of footwork saw him again dismissed for a single figure score.

Again there were brief fightbacks; Kadeer was undone by personal frustration and was bowled by the patient seam bowling of Jim Allenby, to end a partnership of 81 with Alex Gidman - who himself then reached yards outside his off-stump & feathered a catch behind to bring another batsman's platform to a premature close.

Just when a manageable situation had been achieved, James Franklin missed a sweep and was LBW to Jamie Dalrymple to plunge Glos further into the mire.

The day had actually began well for the visitors: Richard Dawson polished off Glamorgan inside 45 minutes, but another immature batting display has left the Shire on the brink.

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