Friday, May 06, 2011

Glos on back foot as Middlesex respond

Day 2, Close: Middlesex 296-4 trail Gloucestershire 358 by 62 runs (PTS: Midd 5, Glos 5)

On the evidence of the way Middlesex played on day two at Bristol, Gloucestershire's effort with the bat is only a par score. It is obvious the groundstaff this season are preparing wickets that give batsmen more of an opportunity and batting in 2011 is certainly easier at Bristol.

Middlesex should take a first innings lead leaving Gloucestershire work to do in their second innings to probably bat three sessions to draw this match. A high scoring draw at Bristol? Unheard of.

The problem with packing their side with batting is that Gloucestershire only have three bowlers available plus Will Gidman. They had to really persevere but simply keeping things tight was the order of the day - demonstrated as all four dismissals were caught at the wicket.

The wicket of Malan four overs from the close was a useful breakthrough. Early victims tomorrow and there still may be a window for Gloucestershire to win this game. But a Middlesex victory is most likely from here, given the time left in the game.

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