Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Declaration could produce exciting finish

DAY 3 Close: Surrey 186 & 55-2 lead Gloucestershire 106-5dec. by 135 runs (PTS: Surrey 1, Glos 3)
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Gloucestershire's declaration shortly after tea has set up a potentially exciting finish to the season tomorrow at Bristol.

Their hand was forced slightly by the loss of Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall from the batting order due to illness that has spread through the camp but when wickets tumbled around tea, the hosts walked off with the hope of a competitive chase being constructed tomorrow. Hopefully there is some entertaining stuff to come.

More entertainment may have come had Kevin Pietersen not got out so early in the piece. Just three balls into the day, he edged Gemaal Hussain to Chris Dent - who swooped later in the morning session to dismiss Chris Schofield with a tremendous catch.

Pietersen will have his opportunity on day four as Surrey push for quick runs to set Gloucestershire a target. If they added another 120 to their lead by lunch, 65 overs to chase 250 may provide some excitement to close the season.

Most of the day was spent watching other scores, particularly at New Road where Worcestershire may get the opportunity to overhaul Glamorgan who look set to be held by Derbyshire. What reward that would be for a fabulous season with the bat for Worcestershire.

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

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