Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Glos show backbone to take control

DAY 3 Close: Derbyshire 345 & 5-0 need another 296 to beat Gloucestershire 242 & 403 (PTS: Derbys 6, Glos 4)
LIVE ball-by-ball commentary on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

Gloucestershire enjoyed an excellent day three but they will need more solid cricket on day four to complete this great turnaround. Chris Rogers could well stand in their way.

Finally Gloucestershire showed their mettle. Resuming 56 behind the played the best innings for many years in building up what could be a match-winning lead. Only an equally determined effort from Derbyshire will swing this match once more.

Abdul-Kadeer Ali led the fightback with a flowing 74. He finally made the runs his correct technique can yield and he dominated the bowling until top edging a hook and was caught.

Also finally in the runs was Chris Dent - and this knock was a domination. His 50 came from just 31 balls as he smashed his way to a first-class best. Predictably, he wanted to use the tactics that had got him to 98 to bring up his ton and perished top edging a hook - you couldn't blame him playing the stroke.

Even with two big innings, the visitors needed to press on to build a big lead and contributions down the card kept up the momentum.

The scoring rate was unbelievable. 6-an-over for the afternoon was a wonderful effort - exactly what was required to provide enough time to bowl at Derbyshire, particularly when 15 overs were lost at the end of the day for bad light.

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

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk


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