RESULT
Division 2, Bristol, August 30 - September 02, 2021, County Championship
327 & 129
(T:266) 191 & 267/4

Gloucs won by 6 wickets

Report

Adam Rossington's captain's innings lifts Northamptonshire from difficulty

ECB Reporters' Network
30-Aug-2021
Adam Rossington drives during Northants' reply, Northamptonshire v Glamorgan, LV= County Championship, day 2, April 23, 2021

Adam Rossington drives  •  Getty Images

Northamptonshire 232 for 5 (Rossington 66*) vs Gloucestershire
Adam Rossington's unbeaten 66 rescued Northamptonshire as the LV= Insurance Championship returned on a grey, cool day at Bristol with the visitors making 232 for 5 having lost the toss.
Northants were reduced to 147 for 5 before captain Rossington made his fourth half-century of the summer. He and Harry Gouldstone, who made 32 not out, took the visitors to an early close in steady shape, with 25 overs chalked off the day due to bad light.
Rossington has grown as a batsman since being handed the Championship captaincy midway through the 2019 season and here was the latest of his captain's innings. He drove Matt Taylor through cover and Tom Price past his left boot for early boundaries. Ben Charlesworth was pulled wide of long leg and Graeme van Buuren worked fine for four more, just after reaching a half-century in 58 deliveries.
Further boundaries followed in what proved to be the day's last action. He drove and edged Taylor between slip and gully and then, looking to whip to leg, saw a leading edge fall just short of the cordon. Perhaps the misjudgements gave the umpires encouragement to take the players off.
Gouldstone was also very easy on the eye. A 20-year-old born in Kettering, he made his first-class debut in this fixture, abandoned after just one session due to Covid, a year ago. He appeared to have plenty of time as he punched Price off the back foot past point, worked Charlesworth through square leg and drove him through cover to raise the fifty partnership - perhaps the day's best shot.
With fixtures in Division Two and Three taking on the same context as juvenile contests at the same stage of the flat-racing season - prep for next summer and the chance to collect some prize money - performances like Gouldstone's are essential to keep September relevant.
In that regard, Gloucestershire had 21-year-old Price playing his fourth first-class match. He took the first two wickets - the prize scalp of Ricardo Vasconcelos, who edged a ball of tight line low to second slip for 37, and Luke Procter, who sent a skier back to the bowler trying to pull.
Taylor also took two. Emilio Gay's pleasant 44 ended lbw when he was struck in line but above the knee roll. Rob Keogh then shouldered arms but edged into his middle stump.

Gloucs Innings
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