Thursday, April 22, 2010

Glos toil to face another defeat

DAY 2 Close: Gloucestershire 128 & 12-1 need another 315 to beat Northamptonshire 152 & 302 (PTS: Glos 3, Sussex 3)
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It was toil and trouble for Gloucestershire on day two as Sussex rammed home their advantage and the home side once again face a very stiff target for victory. And predictably enough lost Jon Batty before the close.

There were brief hints of the previous day's wickets as first Kirby in the morning and then Hussain in the afternoon produced double strikes but for the majority it was hard graft for Gloucestershire.

Clearly demoralised by their batting collapse, the attitude in the field was very poor. The body language of the fielders showed no signs of a side prepared to fight and this was compounded by a number of overthrows.

Another disappointment was the poor performance of Batty with the gloves. Another 12 byes had members wondering if the Snell/Adshead battle was worth persisting with, particularly as he edged Rana Naved to slip, just as the day was about to end on a slightly positive note.

Proof that there iss nothing wrong with the pitch was provided chiefly by Robin Martin-Jenkins who clubbed his way to 102. Ably supported in lower-order partnerships that extended the Sussex lead and plunged Glos into another batting struggle.

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