Thursday, May 19, 2011

Glos pile on the runs

Day 2, Close: Leicestershire 15-0 trail Gloucestershire 504-9 by 489 runs (PTS: Leics 1, Glos 5)
LIVE ball-by-ball commentary on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

It was some day to bat at Grace Road. Had Gloucestershire been able to play all day yesterday this total could have been 600. But they have given themselves a great chance to try to win this game. 20 wickets in two days will be hard going.

In eight overs before the close, Jon Lewis and Ian Saxelby produced nothing of note. Spin to win may be the mantra. And in Vikram Banerjee, Ed Young, Kane Williamson and Chris Taylor, Gloucestershire don't exactly have an attack to give batsmen nightmares.

But Jigar Naik - who finished with four wickets - and Claude Henderson did get the odd ball to grip; such as the dismissal of Will Gidman who was trapped leg before for his first dismissal in five innings. This pitch will also deteriorate further.

It will take patience and crucially control to build pressure. Anything like the performance against Northamptonshire will see Leicestershire, who made 507-5 last time here at Grace Road, save this game comfortably. They will need to find a plan, stick to the plan and bowl properly to that plan.

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

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