Thursday, July 08, 2010

RMJ again thwarts Glos

DAY 2 Close: Sussex 314-6 lead Gloucestershire 307 by seven runs (PTS: Sussex 6, Glos 5)
LIVE ball-by-ball commentary: www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

Robin Martin-Jenkins played for the script wonderfully well on day two at Arundel with 73 not out on his swansong. The innings moved Sussex into a very strong position.

They took a lead of seven by the close and with no joy for Gloucestershire's seam-dominated attack, it became toil by the afternoon.

Sussex built extremely well in partnerships. Everybody bar Mike Thornley got a start and meaningful stands built a good total. Gloucestershire failed to take anymore than the one cheap wicket and are now behind in the game.

Vikram Banerjee had infact moved the visitors into a decent position just after tea when he enticed Matt Prior into chipping to Chris Taylor at extra cover. At 202-5 it was an even game but RMJ, following his match-turning century at Bristol at the start of the season, punched his side's way into acendency.

Being a tall man, Martin-Jenkins is able to stand tall and play strokes from the crease that others would need siginifcant foot movement to play. He punched from a length with regularly - the stroke producing the majority of his 12 boundaries.

Gloucestershire had began the day in positive fashion as Gemaal Hussain and Steve Kirby edged them over the 300 mark for another batting point but the first hour was perhaps the best part of the day for the visitors.

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

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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