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September 13, 2012
Gloucestershire 234 and 254 for 9 (W Gidman 72, Housego 62) lead Leicestershire 295 (Fuller 4-51) by 193 runs
Claude Henderson snapped up two wickets in the penultimate over of the day to give Leicestershire a chance of finishing the season with a victory against Gloucestershire. He dismissed Will Gidman and James Fuller as Gloucestershire closed on 254 for 9 in their second innings, leaving them with a lead of 193 going into the final day.
Earlier, Fuller had taken 3 for 5 in 10 balls to restrict the home side to a first-innings lead of 61. Then, Wayne White grabbed three wickets in one over as Gloucestershire looked to set a challenging target. Dan Housego hit 62 and Will Gidman 72 off 81 balls, but Henderson's late double strike put Leicestershire in the driving seat.
Resuming at 220 for 5, Leicestershire had high hopes of building a sizeable first-innings lead in reply to their opponents' 234 but they were dashed by Fuller's fiery spell. The hosts had added only five runs to their overnight score when White became Fuller's first victim, prodding a catch to short leg to end a stand of 70 with Shiv Thakor.
In his next over, Fuller had Jigar Naik caught at mid-on mistiming a pull shot off a short ball. Then he dismissed Thakor for 73, edging to wicketkeeper Jonathan Batty. Leicestershire's last two wickets put on 59 runs, with Henderson hitting 34 and Nathan Buck making 25, before Fuller returned to have Henderson caught at mid-on. The hosts were all out for 295 as Fuller finished with 4 for 51 and Liam Norwell, who trapped Buck lbw, took 3 for 62.
Gloucestershire's reply was a series of ups and downs as wickets fell in clusters. They were going well at 132 for 2 when White struck three times in an over. He had both Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall taken by wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley down the leg side and Ian Cockbain also caught behind off an outside edge.
Housego and Will Gidman shared a sixth-wicket stand of 77, Gidman cracking 50 off 49 balls with 10 fours, before Matthew Hoggard found the edge of Housego' s bat to provide Eckersley with his fifth catch of the innings. But it was Henderson's late over that swung the game Leicestershire's way. Eckersley was involved again stumping Gidman, while Fuller was trapped lbw sweeping.
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