Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dull day leaves Glos playing for draw

DAY 3 Close: Gloucestershire 417 & 12-1 trail Glamorgan 583 by 154 runs (PTS: Glos 6, Glam 7)
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A most tedious day of cricket at Cardiff left the match in the same position as was expected at the start of day three - Gloucestershire batting out for a draw. However, Chris Dent again showed his weakness against spin bowling as he was bowled shouldering arms to the final ball of the day from Dean Cosker.

Gloucestershire only had eight overs to survive at the end of the day but Jamie Dalrymple should have given his side a longer spell to bowl. Having seen the state of the pitch and having looked at tomorrow's forecast, Dalrymple surely would have wanted more time.

Glamorgan will fancy chasing even above 200 after tea on day four, so there really was no need to develop a lead of 166. But that lead took an age to develop. Jim Allenby, having brought up his century, proceeded to leave the next over outside the off stump - a total waste of everybody's time and unsurprisingly, a poor crowd witnessed the action.

The home side racked up their third highest total against their Westcountry neighbours courtesy of an entertaining 172 from Ben Wright and Allenby's 105. Both innings demonstrated that batting is quite simple on a terrible cricket surface and Gloucestershire need only concentrate appropriately to bat through to 5pm tomorrow.

It was an exceedingly dull day for Gloucestershire's attack - good deliveries were sent down, particularly by Anthony Ireland who impressively finished with 5-114, but on the whole there was nothing to attract any interest. Not even for Vikram Banerjee - the lack of pace in the surface resulted in slow turn and he toiled away for 38 overs for just two stumpings.

LIVE coverage continues tomorrow on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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