Leicestershire v Gloucestershire, Grace Road, 2nd day May 1, 2013

Lower order gives Gloucs the edge

Leicestershire 250 and 32 for 2 lead Gloucestershire 280 (Taylor 61*, Gidman 52, Freckingham 4-69, Williams 4-69) by two runs
Scorecard

Gloucestershire recovered from 46 for 5 to seize control against Leicestershire at Grace Road. After squeezing into a first-innings lead of 30, two late wickets for Will Gidman handed them the initiative.

Benny Howell, Will Gidman and Jack Taylor all hit half-centuries as Gloucestershire's last five wickets added 234 runs to guide the visitors to a total of 280. Gidman followed that up by dismissing both Leicestershire openers.

Michael Thornely bagged a pair, popping up an easy catch to mid-on off the first ball of the innings, and Niall O'Brien was lbw for 7 as Leicestershire closed an eventful second day on 32 for 2, to lead by two runs.

Gloucestershire, starting the day still 219 runs behind on 31 for 2, endured a nightmare first half-hour, losing 3 for 15 runs in six overs. Michael Klinger and Alex Gidman were both caught behind flicking at deliveries down the leg side, and nightwatchman David Payne lost his off stump during an impressive spell from Ollie Freckingham.

Hamish Marshall and Howell steadied things with a resolute partnership of 61, although Howell survived a chance to Robbie Williams at mid-on when he mistimed a lofted drive off Jigar Naik. He celebrated that escape with a straight six off the same bowler but Marshall, three runs away from a half-century, was trapped lbw by Freckingham soon after lunch.

Will Gidman joined Howell in another fine stand of 67, reverse sweeping left-arm spinner Claude Henderson to the boundary to reach his fifty off 51 balls with eight fours, before falling lbw to Naik.

The much more cautious Howell reached his half-century off 152 balls hitting two sixes and one four. But, when he was also out lbw to Henderson for 52, Taylor went onto the attack. He reached his fifty off 52 balls and finished unbeaten on 61, having shared a last-wicket partnership of 51 with Craig Miles, who contributed a valuable 23.

Freckingham had a career-best return of 4 for 69 and Williams also claimed four wickets. But it was very much Gloucestershire's day.

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  • CricketingStargazer on May 1, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    After an excruciating morning, the rest of the day was a pleasure to listen to. Gloucestershire bat deep, but rarely do they show it. Today the lower order really did show some grit and dug in hard. Will Gidman and Benny Howell have bags of talent and have started to let it show in this match.

    Right now Gloucestershire are favourites. However, as the first two innings have shown, the hard work starts for the bowlers when the opposition are five down. Neither side can afford a bad first session tomorrow and Gloucestershire desperately need to get rid of the nightwatchman and at least one front line batsman in the first half hour to consolidate their advantage and reduce the danger of another lower-order fightback. Anything more than 180 to chase in the fourth innings will be a very tough ask.

    If Gloucestershire can close out this match I would not rule out a promotion push yet because, with Saxelby and Fuller back from injury, Gloucestershire will have a formidable attack.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 1, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    After an excruciating morning, the rest of the day was a pleasure to listen to. Gloucestershire bat deep, but rarely do they show it. Today the lower order really did show some grit and dug in hard. Will Gidman and Benny Howell have bags of talent and have started to let it show in this match.

    Right now Gloucestershire are favourites. However, as the first two innings have shown, the hard work starts for the bowlers when the opposition are five down. Neither side can afford a bad first session tomorrow and Gloucestershire desperately need to get rid of the nightwatchman and at least one front line batsman in the first half hour to consolidate their advantage and reduce the danger of another lower-order fightback. Anything more than 180 to chase in the fourth innings will be a very tough ask.

    If Gloucestershire can close out this match I would not rule out a promotion push yet because, with Saxelby and Fuller back from injury, Gloucestershire will have a formidable attack.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 1, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    After an excruciating morning, the rest of the day was a pleasure to listen to. Gloucestershire bat deep, but rarely do they show it. Today the lower order really did show some grit and dug in hard. Will Gidman and Benny Howell have bags of talent and have started to let it show in this match.

    Right now Gloucestershire are favourites. However, as the first two innings have shown, the hard work starts for the bowlers when the opposition are five down. Neither side can afford a bad first session tomorrow and Gloucestershire desperately need to get rid of the nightwatchman and at least one front line batsman in the first half hour to consolidate their advantage and reduce the danger of another lower-order fightback. Anything more than 180 to chase in the fourth innings will be a very tough ask.

    If Gloucestershire can close out this match I would not rule out a promotion push yet because, with Saxelby and Fuller back from injury, Gloucestershire will have a formidable attack.