Friday, April 16, 2010

Glos fighting after mixed Second Day

LVCC: Gloucestershire 86 & 85-2 require another 259 to beat Northamptonshire 186 & 243 (PTS: Glos 3, Northants 3)
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Gloucestershire are still alive following another entertaining day at Bristol but the home side still face a tough battle to reach their target of 344.

A modicum of normality returned to the cricket before madness resumed after lunch with three wickets reducing the visitors to 134-8. But as Gloucestershire have experienced in the past, they failed to seize the initative.

A ninth wicket partnership of 71 pushed Northants to a very useful lead. John Bracewell will surely be cursing his side's lack of ability to win "the clinch situations" as he described pre-season.

To achieve the target, more positive play than the survival tactics employed in the evening session will be required. But Gloucestershire have the players that can take them to what would be a tremendously morale boosting victory.

The biggest positive for Gloucestershire was further wickets for Gemaal Hussain who picked up two crucial morning scalps and finished with nine in the match. The day would have been even better had Chris Dent clung on until the close, having showed plenty of promise in his 23 before he played a lazy shot.

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