Friday, July 30, 2010

Tense Day One of crucial match at Cheltenham

DAY 1 Close: Gloucestershire 145-5 trail Glamorgan 216 by 71 runs

A crucial county championship match unfolded in tense fashion on day one at Cheltenham, with Gloucestershire just the happier of the two sides. A crucial game is very delicately poised.

Having reduced their visitors to 104-7, Gloucestershire would have been disappointed to concede a record eighth-wicket stand that pushed Glamorgan to 216. However, the score was as good as could have been hoped for on a firm pitch.

The overhead conditions convinced Alex Gidman to bowl first and his four-man attack delivered. But after Mark Wallace and Robert Croft had dug in sufficiently, they lost their way slightly as the experienced pair put on 105.

Replying after tea, Gloucestershire began brightly. 55 was contributed by Will Porterfield and Jon Batty in an extremely rare half-century opening stand.

But both fell in consecutive overs. Batty to poor footwork - another start thrown away - and Porterfield edged behind after looking in great touch.

Alex Gidman also wasted a chance & Hamish Marshall chipped a long hop down deep midwicket's throat as once again, a lack of discipline wasted an opportunity for the hosts.

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