Gloucestershire v Essex, Bristol, 4th day

Roderick ton defies Essex

August 30, 2013

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Gloucestershire 254 (Gidman 63, Marshall 54, Miles 50*, Napier 4-77) and 355 for 6 (Roderick 136, Klinger 62) drew with Essex 400 (Smith 177) and 285 for 4 (Gambhir 106, Mickleburgh 86)
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Gareth Roderick continued his impressive Championship form © Getty Images
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Gareth Roderick gave another demonstration of his batting talent with a second first-class century as Gloucestershire comfortably batted out for a draw on the final day against Essex at Bristol.

The young South African wicketkeeper top scored with 136 as the home side, set 432 for victory, closed on 355 for 6. Skipper Michael Klinger hit 62 and shared a second wicket stand of 137 with Roderick, who also hit a ton in the previous game against Kent.

Monty Panesar ended any hope the hosts had of reaching their mammoth target by removing Klinger and Alex Gidman, and finished with 2 for 56 from 25 overs, while Reece Topley claimed 3 for 70. But the result did little for the fading promotion hopes of either club as Essex took 11 points and Gloucestershire eight.

The home side began the day on 19 without loss, needing an unlikely 413 more runs for victory. Chris Dent soon signalled their positive intentions as a top-edged pull sailed for six in the opening over from Topley.

Klinger survived an lbw appeal from Topley early on, but was soon flourishing and, on 21, reached 1,000 first class runs in his first full season of county cricket. By then Dent had departed for 27, with the total on 43, leg before to Topley off the final delivery of an excellent over from the left-arm seamer.

After Essex had turned to spin in the shape of Panesar at one end and Greg Smith at the other Klinger launched the second six of the innings, straight back over Smith's head.

Roderick helped his captain take the score to 115 for one at lunch, with all three results still possible and both sides needing a win to keep alive genuine promotion hopes. Roderick was the first to reach his 50 off 76 balls, with seven fours. Klinger followed after facing 147 deliveries, with three fours and a six.

The pair had taken the total to 180 in the 58th over when Panasar parted them by bowling Klinger, who had defied the Essex attack for three hours and 20 minutes. Alex Gidman quickly went on the attack, but had made only 9 when stumped by James Foster off Panesar with the total on 196.

It was 212 for 3 at tea, with Gloucestershire having abandoned the bid for a win. The second new ball was Essex's last hope, but by the time it was taken Gloucestershire were 294 for 3 with Hamish Marshall established as Roderick's partner.

Three late wickets did fall, but Roderick, who was dropped off a no-ball on 79 and then received a blow to the head by a delivery from Tymal Mills, reached a gutsy hundred off 157 balls, with 14 fours.

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (September 1, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

EastGlos, with an if and a but I see us as major contenders next season.

The "if" is if we keep our players and can tempt Michael Klinger back. The "but" is that we don't know who will be coming down. If it's Somerset and Notts, promotion will be tough next year! If it's Derbyshire and Surrey, put some money on us now.

Posted by EastGlos on (September 1, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Agree with Stargazer. Would be good if Gloucester could finish third, and then roll on next season when Roderick, Dent and Miles hopefully push us on to promotion. Hope both Lancs and Northants do well in Div 1, but I shall miss my trips to Northampton next season.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (September 1, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

A superb attempt by Gloucestershire to reach an almost impossible target. There was plenty of criticism of Foster yesterday for delaying the declaration and today has demonstrated how justified it was: an extra 40 minutes would have made the equation very interesting, with Gloucestershire having an incentive not to shut up shop early and Essex would have had an opportunity to win.

Yesterday morning I suggested that Gloucestershire would need someone to score 150 to win it. Roderick got close, but no cigar on this one. Scoring 5-an-over for an entire day is not something that happens very often.

Plenty of priase to Michael Klinger. He has set up three huge chases: two against Kent and this one. The result has been 2 draws and a defeat, but he has at least gone down fighting. Third place is still on for Gloucestershire and that is better than just scraping a lucky promotion a year too early and going straight back down.

Lancashire & Northants will go up. Only one will survive.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Pleased to see Gloucestershire & Essex cancel each other out. Partly because even if Essex get a maximum (24) in their game in hand they'll still be 20 points behind Northants. Even more pleased that Gloucestershire missed out as their failure to beat Somerset (when well-placed)in the YB40 cost Northants the chance of another trophy.

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