Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire, Bristol, 2nd day April 25, 2013

Northants depth leaves Gloucs in trouble

Gloucestershire 192 and 34 for 1 trail Northamptonshire 404 (Wakely 88, Middlebrook 62, Crook 53, Gidman 4-109) by 178 runs
Scorecard

Half-centuries from Alex Wakely, James Middlebrook and Steven Crook put Division Two leaders Northamptonshire in control on the second day of their Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Wakely led the way with 88 as the visitors ran up 404 all out in reply to 192, Middlebrook making 62 and Crook 53. Gloucestershire were left with an awkward period to bat before the close and lost skipper Michael Klinger for a single in moving to 34 for 1, still 178 runs behind.

Northants began the day on 107 for 3 and Rob Newton soon set about adding to his score of 14, pulling a ball from Alex Gidman over fine leg for six. Newton had moved brightly to 39 when caught at backward-point by Jack Taylor off Benny Howell.

Wakely, unbeaten on 23 overnight, looked in good touch as he was joined by Andrew Hall, who was given a life on 18 when dropped by Chris Dent at second slip off David Payne. The pair had added 77 by lunch, which was taken with Northants 226 for 4.

Hall was 27 not out at the interval, but could add only a single in the afternoon session before falling leg-before to Will Gidman. Northants fell to 242 for 6 when Wakely departed, also lbw to Gidman, having faced 166 balls and extended his boundary count to 11.

When the second new ball became due, not surprisingly, Klinger opted to take it immediately and Payne was the bowler to capitalise as David Murphy was caught by diving wicketkeeper Cameron Herring for 16 and three balls later David Willey had his middle stump uprooted.

The Northants lead was just 91, but their tail wagged energetically as Crook joined Middlebrook to produce the most attacking batting of the day. Middlebrook hit eight fours in reaching a 72-ball half-century, while Crook also punished anything loose. By tea they had taken the score to 353 for 8, earning Northants a third and fourth batting point in the process.

The final session saw Middlebrook caught behind off Taylor's offspin without adding to his score but last man Trent Copeland then contributed 27 not out to a stand of 46 with Crook. Will Gidman claimed his fourth wicket when Crook chipped a catch to Dent at midwicket, having helped Northants to maximum batting points.

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  • thebeardedblunder on April 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    My beloved Northamptonshire are looking a really strong outfit right now. There's a good mix of talented youth and experienced older hands in this team, with some very exciting talent in reserve such as Stone, Duckett and Keogh to name a few. Northants lost their way last year mid season, possibly due to the ill thought out idea of stopping First Class cricket for a few weeks to accommodate a block of T20, lessons will have been learnt and I foresee a much more sustained fight in all formats this year, especially with our new recruits and strength in depth. Incidentally, I'm predicting England honours for David Willey within 2-3 years. At least in the shorter formats. A pacey left-armer (that can get big runs too) gives a great balance to any side.

  • on April 25, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    If they can keep them all fit and firing then northant's 'tail' will win them lots of games with bat and ball, their strongest bowlers are all capable of scoring hundreds and bowling out sides, Wiley has real potential and Crook was a very clever acquisition

  • paulad on April 26, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Good old Middlebrook is just another of the many ex Essex cricketers who have left poor old Essex and prospered at a change of scene. He was the chief spinner at Essex for many a year. Who has Essex got now, just Phillips who mainly plays for the 2nd eleven and is mainly a 1 day bowler and a leg spinner who again hardly ever plays for the 1st eleven. We also had a world class spinner who is now banned from playing cricket, oh dear

  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    I think Copeland is almost averaging 100 so far with the bat, time to get some wickets now! He'd have to have the best E/Rate this season?

  • Chris_P on April 26, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Crook & Copeland @ 10 & 11 still represents plenty of challenges for the bowlers. I knew Copeland's batting would surprise, but am really waiting for him to show his skills with the ball.

  • thebeardedblunder on April 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    My beloved Northamptonshire are looking a really strong outfit right now. There's a good mix of talented youth and experienced older hands in this team, with some very exciting talent in reserve such as Stone, Duckett and Keogh to name a few. Northants lost their way last year mid season, possibly due to the ill thought out idea of stopping First Class cricket for a few weeks to accommodate a block of T20, lessons will have been learnt and I foresee a much more sustained fight in all formats this year, especially with our new recruits and strength in depth. Incidentally, I'm predicting England honours for David Willey within 2-3 years. At least in the shorter formats. A pacey left-armer (that can get big runs too) gives a great balance to any side.

  • on April 25, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    If they can keep them all fit and firing then northant's 'tail' will win them lots of games with bat and ball, their strongest bowlers are all capable of scoring hundreds and bowling out sides, Wiley has real potential and Crook was a very clever acquisition

  • paulad on April 26, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Good old Middlebrook is just another of the many ex Essex cricketers who have left poor old Essex and prospered at a change of scene. He was the chief spinner at Essex for many a year. Who has Essex got now, just Phillips who mainly plays for the 2nd eleven and is mainly a 1 day bowler and a leg spinner who again hardly ever plays for the 1st eleven. We also had a world class spinner who is now banned from playing cricket, oh dear

  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    I think Copeland is almost averaging 100 so far with the bat, time to get some wickets now! He'd have to have the best E/Rate this season?

  • Chris_P on April 26, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Crook & Copeland @ 10 & 11 still represents plenty of challenges for the bowlers. I knew Copeland's batting would surprise, but am really waiting for him to show his skills with the ball.

  • Chris_P on April 26, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Crook & Copeland @ 10 & 11 still represents plenty of challenges for the bowlers. I knew Copeland's batting would surprise, but am really waiting for him to show his skills with the ball.

  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    I think Copeland is almost averaging 100 so far with the bat, time to get some wickets now! He'd have to have the best E/Rate this season?

  • paulad on April 26, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Good old Middlebrook is just another of the many ex Essex cricketers who have left poor old Essex and prospered at a change of scene. He was the chief spinner at Essex for many a year. Who has Essex got now, just Phillips who mainly plays for the 2nd eleven and is mainly a 1 day bowler and a leg spinner who again hardly ever plays for the 1st eleven. We also had a world class spinner who is now banned from playing cricket, oh dear

  • on April 25, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    If they can keep them all fit and firing then northant's 'tail' will win them lots of games with bat and ball, their strongest bowlers are all capable of scoring hundreds and bowling out sides, Wiley has real potential and Crook was a very clever acquisition

  • thebeardedblunder on April 26, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    My beloved Northamptonshire are looking a really strong outfit right now. There's a good mix of talented youth and experienced older hands in this team, with some very exciting talent in reserve such as Stone, Duckett and Keogh to name a few. Northants lost their way last year mid season, possibly due to the ill thought out idea of stopping First Class cricket for a few weeks to accommodate a block of T20, lessons will have been learnt and I foresee a much more sustained fight in all formats this year, especially with our new recruits and strength in depth. Incidentally, I'm predicting England honours for David Willey within 2-3 years. At least in the shorter formats. A pacey left-armer (that can get big runs too) gives a great balance to any side.