Gloucestershire v Leicestershire, Bristol, 3rd day September 5, 2013

Gidman joins greats in big win

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Gloucestershire 516 for 9 dec. (Gidman 143, Klinger 86) beat Leicestershire 117 (Smith 54, Gidman 6-15) and 261 (Eckersley 84, Gidman 4-28) by an innings and 138 runs

Will Gidman became just the fifth Gloucestershire player to take 10 wickets and score a century in the same match as he almost single-handedly rolled Leicestershire over by an innings and 138 runs inside three days at Bristol.

Gidman had Gloucestershire members reaching for the record books as he added his name alongside WG Grace, Charlie Townsend, Charlie Barnett and Mike Procter. Gidman was the first to achieve the feat for Gloucestershire at Nevil Road and came 33 years after Procter scored 108 and took 14 for 76 against Worcestershire at Cheltenham in 1980.

Enjoying outstanding form at the end of the season, Gidman claimed career-best figures of 6 for 15 and registered 143 in the first innings, he took 4 for 28 to finish with remarkable match figures of 10 for 43 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 261 in their second innings.

But it was a match to forget for lowly Leicestershire, who have now suffered innings defeats in four of their last five outings. Having seen off the new ball the previous evening, Ned Eckersley picked up where he left off to raise a half-century from just 47 balls after Leicestershire resumed on 60 for 1 on Thursday morning.

He produced some classic cover drives while accruing 14 fours and a six, and three figures appeared to be his for the asking, especially when he was dropped in the gully on 79 by Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger off the bowling of Benny Howell. But Tom Smith ensured the skipper's lapse was not a costly one, the slow left-armer extracting turn to bowl Eckersley for 84 a few overs later.

Having played second fiddle in a stand of 130 in 33 overs with Eckersley, Robson was one run short of a maiden first-class fifty when Gidman located his outside edge and Gareth Roderick took a routine catch behind the stumps to reduce the visitors to 155 for 3 shortly before lunch.

Gloucestershire made further inroads after the interval, Smith striking with the first ball of his second spell, pinning Foxes captain Matthew Boyce lbw for 19.

Craig Miles had the out-of-sorts Josh Cobb caught at the wicket for 6 and Shiv Thakor was run out for 17 by Howell's throw from backward point following a comical mix-up. Smith then returned at the Pavilion End to remove James Sykes, who was drawn onto the front foot and caught behind for 6 as the visitors subsided to 218 for 7.

Gloucestershire took the new ball after tea and Will Gidman struck almost immediately to remove Ben Raine in the act of driving, Klinger making a difficult catch appear straightforward at third slip.

Gidman bowled Matthew Hoggard for a duck in his next over from the Ashley Down Road End, at which point he had taken 9 for 39, eclipsing his previous best match figures of nine for 114. He bagged his 10th wicket in emphatic fashion, clean bowling Ollie Freckingham for 30 to bring matters to a premature conclusion.

Gloucestershire's fourth win of the campaign yielded a maximum 24 points, while Leicestershire took just two.

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  • Rob on September 5, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Excellent stuff from Will! Glos look a different side and Klinger is/was a great signing. I hope he's here to stay a while longer as next season could well be a corker.

    T20 i wouldn't bother with a big name signing as none of them have done squat, CB40 only just missed out in a very strong group and nearly challenging for promotion in Div2!

    Congrats Will and keep up good work Glos!

  • Mark on September 5, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    @EastGlos He is fit, but has just lost it. He only played those games in an injury crisis. Somerset were looking at loaning him and it looks almost certain that he will be released. I would say that he is most likely to play again for them even if he stays.

    I just feel sorry for Richard Coughtrie. They batted him as an opener a couple of seasons ago and he struggled, but he is a really nice guy. Saw him bat when when we beat Surrey at The Oval in 2011: he was in dreadful form and could hardly get the ball of the square, but he came in in a grave crisis with the match slipping away and hung on and hung on to help Alex Gidman to get us over the line. Surrey then won 6 of their next 8 games to pip us to promotion.

  • John on September 5, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    I was there on Days 1 and 2 and Will was excellent. Wonder if he regrets spending so long in Durham 2nds but he is v welcome here. Roll on next season. New Pav at Bristol is excellent. Leicester did look like a side waiting for the end of the season but I really hope they win a game. Wyatt looked a decent bowler.

    Someone commented, on the Gemma Wright Blog, re why Ian Cockbain didn't get a game these days. Suspect the answer is that we have a keeper who can bat at three, all the top 5 are making runs, and Benny Howell, who I thought would get a big score on Day 2 but gave it away a fraction, has taken 30 odd wickets. Suspect Ian's chance will come.

    Hussain has played 3 first class matches for Somerset this season. Hope he isn't injured, but a bit of a waste of a season if he is fit.

  • Gerald on September 5, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    This is the worst Leicestershire Championship side in my living memory (which is over 40 years). They are way behind the next worst side in the division, are being thrashed by big margins and have not come anywhere close to winning a game all season.

    Whatever the strategy or the financial constraints, bringing so many young players into a losing side can only have a detrimental effect on their confidence and will develop a losing mentality.

    Other clubs such as Northamptonshire and Derbyshire have shown it is possible to be successful on a limited playing budget and I think Leicestershire really needs to take a look at itself and evaluate how it can improve both on the field and to a lesser extent off it. The performances this year have not been good enough, in fact they have been disgraceful, though it would be unfair to blame a squad of inexperienced young cricketers who have been given too much responsibility too soon.

  • Mark on September 5, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Amazing stuff from Will Gidman. I would love to see him get into the England frame but, if he does, some richer county will undoubtedly offer him riches to leave, as they did with Gemaal Hussain, who has never been seen or heard of again.

    With this win Gloucs are just about clinging on to an outside chance of promotion. They need to win the last two games - Lancashire will be a tall order, but a win there would set up the last round of matches beautifully - and hope that Essex waste their game in hand *and* that Northants have their standard end of season attack of altitude sickness. It is unlikely, but at least it is not impossible. No wooden spoon this season!

    More realistic is to set the side up for a proper run at promotion next season. This year would definitely be one year too early, but I am sure that Gloucs fans would take it even if we came straight back down winless (as would probably would).

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