Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Fixture Date: Wednesday 17 July – Saturday 20 July
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Lost by 6 wickets
GLOUCESTERSHIRE v WORCESTERSHIRE – CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT
Worcestershire endured a difficult opening day at Cheltenham as they were bowled out for 182 in their first innings, with Gloucestershire in reply on 83-0.
Worcestershire won the toss and chose to bat but the visitors were soon in all sorts of trouble.
James Fuller removed Matt Pardoe (7) as he edged behind to Gareth Roderick and after Will Gidman got Daryl Mitchell (7) to edge behind to Roderick Fuller went on to get a hat-trick as Moeen Ali (0) played on and was bowled and Alexei Kervezee (0) was caught behind by Roderick.
Then Tilan Samaraweera (4) and Ben Cox (0) were both caught at second slip by Chris Dent off Craig Miles in successive balls to leave Worcestershire on 22-6 in the 13th over.
It was left to Gareth Andrew and Joe Leach to steady the ship as they took the total to 63-6 at lunch and in the afternoon session Andrew was first to his 50 off 91 balls, with 10 fours, and Leach soon followed, with his half-century coming off 109 balls, with 10 fours.
Eventually their seventh-wicket stand ended on 120 when Andrew was caught by Michael Klinger at short cover off Benny Howell for 54 off 121 balls, with 11 fours, and then Shaaiq Choudhry (2) was caught behind by Roderick off Fuller before tea, with Worcestershire on 154-8.
The final session saw Graeme Cessford, on his Championship debut, caught by Klinger at slip off Tom Smith and then Fuller took his fifth wicket, ending up with 5-43 off 19 overs, as Alan Richardson (16) was caught by Alex Gidman at first slip, with Leach left unbeaten on a career-best 82 off 176 balls, with 14 fours.
Then Klinger (27*) and Dent (56*) both looked relatively untroubled in the remaining 23 overs as the home side ended the day trailing by 99 runs.
Worcestershire trail Gloucestershire by 113 runs after the second day of the LV= County Championship match at Cheltenham as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 326 in their first innings and Worcestershire, in their second innings, on 31-0 at the close.
Gloucestershire began the day on 83-0 and had added a further 18 runs when Michael Klinger was caught by Tilan Samaraweera at point off Alan Richardson for 37 and then Chris Dent was stumped by Ben Cox off Moeen Ali for 79 off 114 balls, with 13 fours and a six, to leave Gloucestershire on 129-2.
Gareth Roderick and Alex Gidman took the home side to 193-2 at lunch as their third-wicket stand of 105 took Gloucestershire into the lead.
In the afternoon session Alex Gidman departed for 62 off 90 balls, with 8 fours, as Cox dived to his right to take the catch off Richardson (2-59 off 17 overs), with the score on 234-3.
28 runs later Roderick was caught at slip by Daryl Mitchell off Moeen Ali (2-94 off 33 overs) for 71 off 144 balls, with 9 fours and a six, and then in the next over Benny Howell (0) was run out by Alexei Kervezee at backward point to leave the home side on 262-5 in the 78th over.
Then from 301-5 Worcestershire took the last five wickets for 25 runs as Graeme Cessford bowled Hamish Marshall (20) to give him his first Championship wicket, James Fuller (0) was caught behind by Cox off Gareth Andrew (3-56 off 16 overs) who then had Miles Hammond (4) caught by Ali at first slip and Tom Smith (5) caught at second slip by Mitchell and when Craig Miles (5) was bowled by Cessford (2-42 off 13.5 overs) Gloucestershire were all out for 326, a lead of 144 runs, with Will Gidman unbeaten on 37.
Mitchell (16*) and Matt Pardoe (13*) then survived the remaining 17 overs of the day as the visitors ended the second day on 31-0.
Joe Leach scored his maiden first-class hundred as Worcestershire reached 296-8 at stumps on the third day at Cheltenham, with an overall lead of 152 runs.
In the morning session Worcestershire added a further 40 runs until Mitchell (36) was caught at slip by Michael Klinger off Tom Smith, who then took his second wicket when Moeen Ali (4) gave a bat-pad catch to Hamish Marshall at short leg as Worcestershire went to lunch on 84-2.
Then after lunch Matt Pardoe’s departed for 39 ended when Will Gidman had him caught behind by Gareth Roderick and when Alexei Kervezee (8) was run out at the striker’s end by James Fuller’s throw from mid-off the visitors were 102-4, trailing by 42 runs.
Tilan Samaraweera and Joe Leach then took Worcestershire into the lead as they both reached their half-centuries before tea, with Leach’s fifty coming off 53 balls, with 8 fours, and Samaraweera’s off 121 balls, with 6 fours, as Worcestershire went to tea on 198-4.
After tea Gloucestershire took the new ball and after four overs the fifth wicket stand was to end on 109 when Samaraweera was adjudged lbw off Will Gidman for 63 off 134 balls, with 9 fours. It then became 204-6 when Ben Cox gave a legside catch to Roderick off Craig Miles for 6, and 254-7 when Gareth Andrew, on 14, edged a drive to Alex Gidman at first slip off Will Gidman.
Shaaiq Choudhry was bowled by James Fuller for 10, with the score on 282-8, and then all eyes were on Leach as, after surviving a caught and bowled chance to Benny Howell on 91, he went on to reach his maiden first-class century, with a cover-drive for 4 off Smith from the second ball of the last over, off 150 balls, with 13 fours, as he ended the day unbeaten on 103.
Worcestershire were beaten by 6 wickets on the final day of their LV= County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
Worcestershire began the day on 296-8 and Joe Leach and Graeme Cessford added 25 runs before Leach was caught by Miles Hammond at cover off Tom Smith to depart for a career-best 114 off 170 balls, with 14 fours.
Then Alan Richardson struck three consecutive fours off Craig Miles before Cessford edged a drive off Smith to Michael Klinger at slip to end the innings, with Worcestershire all out for 337.
Requiring 194 runs to win Klinger and Chris Dent got Gloucestershire’s chase off to a quick start and by lunch the score was 77-0 from 21 overs.
After lunch Moeen Ali (2-62 off 18 overs) got two wickets when Dent was lbw for 45 and Gareth Roderick was bowled for 3, with the score on 111-2, but Klinger, who reached his fifty off 79 balls, with 8 fours and a six, struck Shaaiq Choudhry for six and then hit Richardson for three successive fours as Gloucestershire got closer to their target in aggressive fashion.
Alex Gidman scored 25 before he was lbw to Cessford (2-35 off 7.1 overs) who then bowled Klinger for 92 off 131 balls, with 14 fours and 2 sixes, with 7 runs still needed, but Benny Howell struck the winning boundary to give Gloucestershire the win as Worcestershire slipped to their fourth defeat in the LV= County Championship this season.
WORCESTERSHIRE (182 & 337) LOST TO GLOUCESTERSHIRE (326 & 195-4) BY 6 WICKETS
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Alexei Kervezee, Joe Leach, Ben Cox+, Gareth Andrew, Shaaiq Choudhry, Graeme Cessford, Alan Richardson