Friday, May 20, 2011

Fightback sees Glos in the hunt for win

Day 3, Close: Leicestershire 315-9 trail Gloucestershire 504-9dec. by 190 runs (PTS: Leics 4, Glos 8)
LIVE commentary on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

For a long long time on day three bore draw was the only phrase that came to mind. Leicestershire were 195-0 and cruising. Nothing was happening for the seamers and Gloucestershire's lack of quality in the spin department was very evident.

Vikram Banerjee bowled to the wrong field and never settled to a plan. He couldn't send down six of the same delivery and got into no rhythm. His wicket was a bonus as Nathan Buck played a poor stroke, going to cut a ball that was too straight.

But the seamers bowled well. There was no help but all three - Lewis, Saxelby and Will Gidman - operated very tidily. There was no repeat of the four-balls that have been leaked too easily this season. Once the second new ball gave them more help, wickets tumbled.

It will still be a fabulous effort to win this match because the pitch is flat and quite slow. Gloucestershire will need to polish the first innings off pretty quickly so they are fresh to bowl with the new ball - they may only be time for one tomorrow.

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

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