Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Glos toil after good start

Day 1, Close: Northamptonshire 361-8 v Gloucestershire (PTS: Northants 4, Glos 2)
LIVE ball-by-ball commentary on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

Well I did say Northants were batting well this season. They are going to get another maximum haul of batting points to add to their impressive tally so far. But it could all have been so different.

An hour after lunch, Gloucestershire's 16-year-old debutant Craig Miles had David Sales caught at extra cover and Northants were 125-5 - a collapse of 3-28 after lunch. Gloucestershire were one wicket away from really being on top: they had to get past Andrew Hall.

Such experience, such nous, such ability. The former South African international was averaging 91 coming into this match. He steadied the innings and got through to the meat of the afternoon where batting was so easy under the sunshine. It's another decent deck at Bristol.

His partnership of 182 with Nial O'Brien featured very few moments of hope for Gloucestershire, whose attack soon fell back into the leaky bucket it resembled in the first two matches. Runs flowed and flowed and it took a mistake from Hall - the only one he made - to end the stand.

O'Brien was very entertaining. A few more from him tomorrow and Gloucestershire will have some serious batting to do to save the game.

Coverage continues tomorrow on www.gloscricketradio.co.uk

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