Hampshire v Gloucestershire, Ageas Bowl, 3rd day June 14, 2013

Gloucestershire win after surprise set-up

Gloucestershire 410 for 9 dec (Marshall 114, Mascarenhas 4-61) and second innings forfeited beat Hampshire first innings forfeited and 212 (Mascarenhas 41, W Gidman 4-46, Fuller 3-54) by 198 runs

Pace bowlers Will Gidman and James Fuller ripped through some frail Hampshire batting to earn Gloucestershire their second LV= County Championship win of the season inside three days at the Ageas Bowl.

In fact, with the first day washed out by rain, the match lasted only two days as Gloucestershire - after setting Hampshire 411 to win in 169 overs - won by 198 runs rather more easily than they could have anticipated following the surprise calculations between the captains.

Gidman's gentle medium pace earned him figures of 4 for 46 and Fuller, not much quicker, took 3 for 54 as Hampshire failed to rise to the challenge.

With both sides having only won once in seven Division Two matches, there was an urgency about play when it resumed today with Gloucestershire 349 for 7 from 96 overs but with time and opportunities running out. The visitors added a further 61 runs in 21 overs for the loss of Fuller and Craig Miles, both victims of Dimitri Mascarenhas, in attempting to accelerate.

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger called a halt at 410 for 9 with young wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick 45 not out and Mascarenhas, in his first Championship match of the season, taking 4 for 61.

At that point Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams responded by forfeiting his side's first innings and Klinger did the same to his team's second, leaving Hampshire five sessions and 10 overs to reach their mammoth target on an increasingly benign wicket.

But Hampshire were soon chasing a hopelessly lost cause, losing Adams in the second over to his fourth duck in five first-class innings and worse was to follow rapidly. Liam Dawson and Michael Carberry took the score to 63 before Fuller had Dawson caught at point and experienced South African Neil McKenzie departed without scoring at 66.

Carberry was leg before to Fuller at 68 and James Vince was caught down the legside by Roderick off Gidman to make Hampshire 74 for in the 30th over. The rest was processional; Sean Ervine was caught at the wicket off Miles at 88 before newcomer Sohail Tanvir and Adam Wheater put together a stand of 48 for the seventh to delay the inevitable.

Wheater hit eight boundaries in his 38 and Sohail produced a flurry of fours in his 37 while Mascarenhas hit Gidman for six on his way to his side's top score of 41.

Mascarenhas was last out at 212 attempting another big hit off Fuller, but by then Hampshire had been soundly beaten and Gloucestershire were left to savour an unlikely victory by such a big margin.

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  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Interesting to describe W.Gidman as gentle medium pace! He is Glos #1 new ball bowler, and is easily quicker than that. And to describe Fuller as not much quicker is equally laughable, He is genuine gas on his day! Wofull work boys!

  • Mark on June 15, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @EastGlos Ian Saxelby is one of the bowlers who would have to be fit, firing and having a vintage season if Gloucs were somehow to get promotion (and yes, I know I tipped us as dark horses to go up, with Lancs and Worcs my favourites). Realistically the situation is worse than ot was in 2011 when I felt that proImotion would be a poisoned challice: there is talent in the side, but the batting is weaker than it was two years ago and the bowling is raw.

    I am afraid that, unlike many of the Derbyshire fans who I have read, I believe that there is a yawning gap between the level of Division 1 and Division 2 and do not share their belief that Division 2 attacks are generally stronger than those of Division 1!!! If Gloucs were to go up, they would struggle in the top division. However, the seam attack is good enough and the batting has the potential to take us very close if there is a bit of belief around the side as there was in 2010 and 2011.

  • John on June 14, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    I didn't see this coming after yesterday. I thought Hampshire would get the runs, or it would be pretty close and had a vision of a big hundred from McKenzie. But fair play to our bowlers. Onward and upward. But outside the first hour on Thursday, Glos bossed the game.

    And if Ian Saxleby is reading this, I was really sorry to read that you are going to miss the rest of the season. Good luck and hope to see you take stacks of wickets in 2014 for Glos (maybe in Div 1!!)

  • Peter on June 14, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I suppose that, with both teams needing another win and poor weather predicted for tomorrow, both captains assumed that Hampshire would do better than they did and at least take the game into a rain affected day tomorrow. In the event the contrived result looks a poor call by Hampshire. Gloucestershire must be delighted with the decision.

  • Mark on June 14, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    This morning I posted that there would be a result if Gloucestershire scored quicks runs, some Hampshire wickets fell quickly and pigs were seen flying over the ground. I have to report that a squadron of porkers made a fly-by at low altitude to celebrated a glorious Gloucester win!

    In its way, these events were as astonishing as those at Chelmsford. This morning you would have imagined Gloucestershire aiming for the 5 batting points, Hampshire responding with 300-350 and a token Gloucestershire second innings after Tea tomorrow before the inevitable draw. What persuaded Hampshire to accept a chase of 400+, I do not know, but if it was Michael Klinger's persuasiveness his salary should be doubled immediately.

    21 points. Gloucestershire up to 3rd, 11 points behind Lancashire and the memory of Northamptonshire's incredible implosion in 2011 to convince the chasing pack that the top of the table is in no way out of reach with a good run of results in July/August/September.

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