Monday, May 31, 2010

Glos fighting for New Road draw

DAY 3 Close: Gloucestershire 245 & 189-5 lead Worcestershire 388 by 46 runs (PTS: Glos 4, Worcs 7)
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Gloucestershire ended day three where many expected them to be at the start of the day - battling to claim a draw. Rain may save them tomorrow.

The morning session is expected to be washed out tomorrow and that may take enough time out of the game for Gloucestershire to survive. Their slender lead needs to be extended up towards 200 to make them safe.

Worcestershire will be capable of chasing down a score late on tomorrow - particularly after having scored at the rate they achieved in the first innings. Time is of the essence for both sides.

Worcestershire won the crucial morning session on day three. Moeen Ali survived a very convincing appeal for caught behind in the first over of the morning and went on to his second championship century of the season. Ben Scott also made 67 as the home side claimed a first-innings lead of 123 runs.

Once again, Gloucestershire came out looking to save the game in the third-innings. But the game situation didn't stop Steve Snell flashing away outside of his off-stump. He again edged to second slip for another failure at the top of the order.

Then came the usual giveaways as Dent before tea, then Batty and Marshall after, got out when well set. 21, 43 and 50 represented good-looking knocks but not enough. Chris Taylor and James Franklin, also with useful knocks to resume in the morning, now need to bat well into the afternoon to secure a draw for the visitors.

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