Masters takes five on truncated day
Essex 25 for 0 v Gloucestershire 255
Ed Young's maiden half-century for Gloucestershire and a five-wicket haul for Essex seamer David Masters were the highlights of a rain-hit second day in the County Championship Division Two match at Bristol. After the weather had prevented play before 5pm, Gloucestershire moved from 229 for eight to 255 all out before Essex reached 25 for no wicket at the close. Young, unbeaten on 39 overnight, was 51 not out when Masters had David Payne caught behind to end the innings and finish with a return of 5 for 48 from 24.4 overs.
Essex had to wait just one delivery today before being able to take the second new ball, and Chris Wright claimed a wicket in the second over with it when he had Jon Lewis caught at first slip off Owais Shah for 29. That ended a ninth-wicket partnership of 79 with Young, which had revitalised the Gloucestershire innings and put them within sight of a second bonus point.
Sensible batting from Young and David Payne ensured Gloucestershire reached the 250 mark, and soon after Young took a single behind point off Masters to bring up his half-century. In the same over, though, Masters dismissed Payne to end his stand of 17 with Young.
Essex openers Mark Pettini and Jaik Mickleburgh had to bat with great caution against testing new-ball bowling from Lewis and Ian Saxelby. The first boundary came in the fifth over when Mickelburgh cut Lewis behind square, but only eight runs were gathered in the first 10 overs.
Will Gidman replaced Lewis for the 11th over, but went for two boundaries in his first over as Mickelburgh drove successive deliveries to the midwicket rope. Pettini, who had taken 24 balls to get off the mark, hit his first boundary in the next over when he cut a delivery from Payne behind square. He ended the day on eight with Mickelburgh on 15.