Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rain ruins Day One

DAY 1 Close: Gloucestershire 78-3 v Worcestershire (PTS: Glos 0, Worcs 1)
LIVE ball-by-ball commentary on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

Just 29 overs were possible on the first day at New Road, with rain preventing the start of play until 3.10. Further rain caused an early tea and then the abandonment of play at six o'clock.

The play that was possible went in favour of the home side. Alex Gidman won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat in bowler-friendly conditions; presumably his side's respective fortunes batting first and last so far this season swayed his decision.

But the tactics backfired as again, the Gloucestershire top order could not provide a positive start.

Steve Snell was kept as an opening bat but again played several flashy strokes before edging to second slip. Chris Dent, buoyed by his rapid 98 at Derby, again came out looking to dominate. He played a tennis stroke down the ground for a pulled four before top edging another pull to long leg.

Faith was kept with Jon Batty and again he showed a glimpse of his ability, playing a watchful innings and some well-timed shots before turning Alan Richardson straight into the hands of short leg.

Worcestershire had not bowled well. Too many leg-side deliveries were sent down and there was not an excessive amount of movement through the air, despite the heavy cloud. The home side will be delighted to have a bonus point already.

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

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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