County Championship 2005 June 1, 2005

Gloucestershire struggle on damp first day

Cricinfo staff

Division One



Ian Fisher: top-scored for Gloucestershire © Getty Images

Gloucestershire 178 for 9 (Windows 39, Fisher 39) v Kent at Maidstone
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Gloucestershire's lower-order salvaged some pride on a desperate first day at Maidstone, and rescued their innings from the depths of 92 for 7 to 178 for 9 at stumps. Ian Fisher and Matt Windows top-scored with 39, while the No. 10, Carl Greenidge, was 23 not out at the close. Gloucestershire's total was far from being riches, but after the start that they endured it was as good as they could have hoped for. After being asked to bat first, they slumped to 54 for 5, in the face of good bowling from Amjad Khan, Andrew Hall and Simon Cook, who finished with three wickets.

Surrey 214 for 4 (Clinton 84) v Warwickshire at Whitgift School in Croydon
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Richard Clinton top-scored with 84, his second half-century of the season, as Surrey prospered in the 58 overs available to them on a damp day in Croydon. After winning the toss and batting first, Surrey lost the in-form Scott Newman for 4 to Heath Streak, but Clinton and Mark Ramprakash added 112 for the second wicket to balance the books. Ramprakash was bowled by Neil Carter for 39 to trigger a slump of 3 for 34, but Jon Batty and Ali Brown were making serene progress by the close.

Nottinghamshire v Hampshire at Trent Bridge
No play due to rain.

Glamorgan v Sussex at Swansea
No play due to rain.

Division Two

Derbyshire 246 for 5 (Stubbings 92) Essex v at Chelmsford
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Stephen Stubbings was run out eight short of his first century of the season, as Derbyshire made Essex work hard for their wickets at Chelmsford. After winning the toss and bowling first, both Essex spearheads, Darren Gough and Dale Steyn, went wicketless and it was left to Ravinder Bopara to make the breakthrough, as Michael di Venuto fell for 23. Ben France, Derbyshire's Brunei-born middle-order batsman, chipped in with 42.

Lancashire v Northamptonshire at Old Trafford
No play due to rain.

Leicestershire v Somerset at Oakham School
No play due to rain.

Worcestershire v Durham at Worcester
No play due to rain.

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