Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Glos impress on day 1

Day 1, Close: Gloucestershire 302-6 v Middlesex (PTS: Glos 3, Midd 2)

This was perhaps the best day's cricket Gloucestershire have enjoyed for some time. Winning the toss, putting runs on the board and still having something left over for tomorrow.

Previously, these situations have come at the end of the season when there's nothing to play for but this was a marvelous effort against the major early movers in Division Two - Middlesex have won three from three and thumped Surrey by an innings last week.

Chris Taylor scored his first championship century for two years and it came just after his ton against the Unicorns. The quick pace of the innings was a continuation of his one-day knock: Monday's hundred came from 97 balls, today's effort from 125.

But the partnership with Will Gidman was the key. Gidman played a very patient knock and anchored the 162-run stand. Hopefully he can press onto his own century tomorrow as Gloucestershire need 98 from 24 overs for maximum batting points: something very rarely in reach.

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