Career-best figures of 8-37 by Alan Richardson were the highlight on day one of the LV= County Championship Division Two match between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire at New Road.
Worcestershire, unchanged from their win at Kent, won the toss and put the visitors into bat and Richardson made early inroads as he removed both Michael Klinger (5) and Dan Housego (9) lbw, with the score on 28-2. Chris Dent and Alex Gidman then made 52 for the third wicket until Dent (29) edged behind to Michael Johnson before lunch, with the visitors on 85-3.
After lunch Richardson took his fourth wicket when Gidman (41) was bowled, with the score on 99-4, but then Gloucestershire rallied as Hamish Marshall and Benny Howell put on 74 for the fifth wicket. But then the introduction of Daryl Mitchell into the bowling attack brought immediate success, with his first ball, when Howell (36) was caught behind by Johnson before, in the next over, the captain went low down at second slip to take a fantastic left-handed catch off Chris Russell to dismiss Marshall for 45 and leave Gloucestershire on 173-6.
Gloucestershire went to tea on 213-6 but then in a devastating spell after tea Richardson took 4-8 in 21 balls as both Jack Taylor (29) and James Fuller (1) were caught behind by Johnson, Craig Miles was bowled for 5 and finally Gareth Roderick (26) was caught by Neil Pinner at first slip to complete a marvellous bowling performance from the evergreen Richardson as Gloucestershire were all out for 234 off 70.3 overs.
Worcestershire had to face 23 overs and the openers Mitchell and Matt Pardoe (17*) were largely untroubled, with Mitchell (46*) being the more aggressive of the two by striking seven fours, as Worcestershire ended the day on 65-0, trailing by 169 runs.
Moeen Ali’s first Championship hundred since 2011 took Worcestershire into a good position after day two against Gloucestershire at New Road.
The morning session was washed out and an early was taken at 12:30pm but at 1:10pm the day’s play got underway and Daryl Mitchell soon went to his 50 off 77 balls, with his eighth four, before he cut Liam Norwell straight to Benny Howell at point to be out for 63 off 91 balls, with 10 fours, with the score on 90-1.
Then both Ali and Matt Pardoe took centre stage as they put on 173 for the second wicket, with Ali, who got to his 50 off 69 balls, playing some glorious shots as he hit three sixes, all to the deep mid-wicket boundary and Pardoe reaching his 50 off 146 balls as Worcestershire went to tea on 206-1.
After tea Ali should have been out for 99 when he hit a full toss straight to Norwell, who dropped an easy catch at mid-off, but eventually Ali went to his 100, with a straight on-drive for 4, off 130 balls, with 15 fours and 3 sixes.
Pardoe passed his highest score in first-class cricket for Worcestershire but on 89, one short of his career-best score in first-class cricket, he played the ball back onto the stumps off James Fuller, with the score on 263-2. Pardoe’s innings lasted 260 balls, with 12 fours.
Tilan Samaraweera scored 5 before he was lbw to Craig Miles and then Alexei Kervezee (13*) struck three fours before the players went off the field for rain just before 6pm and play was abandoned for the day shortly afterwards, with Worcestershire on 302-3 and Ali unbeaten on a brilliant 121 off 159 balls, with 18 fours and 3 sixes.
Worcestershire are on course for back-to-back wins in their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire at New Road as Alan Richardson collected a 10-wicket haul for the second consecutive match.
Worcestershire started the day on 302-3 and they added a further 9 runs before Moeen Ali pulled straight to Jack Taylor at square leg off Craig Miles for 123 off 169 balls, with 18 fours and 3 sixes, and then Miles struck twice in his next over as he trapped both Alexei Kervezee (22) and Michael Johnson (0) to leave the home side on 312-6.
Neil Pinner hit three fours and an upper cut six over point before he was caught at first slip by Alex Gidman off Liam Norwell for 18, with the score on 332-7, but then a valuable seventh-wicket partnership of 98 between Gareth Andrew and Jack Shantry frustrated the visitors as Worcestershire built up a useful advantage. Andrew was in a belligerent mood as he struck nine fours before he reached his 50, with a six over long-on, off 56 balls but on the stroke of lunch he was out for 66 off 71 balls, with 12 fours and 1 six, by edging Miles to Gidman at first slip, with the score on 430-8.
After lunch Shantry was run out for 31 and Richardson (5) was caught in the covers by Hamish Marshall, to give Miles career-best figures of 6-99, as Worcestershire were all out for 457 off 124.5 overs.
After a slight delay because of a rain shower the Gloucestershire opening pair of Chris Dent and Michael Klinger struck six fours between them in the opening 5 overs until Richardson trapped Dent (12) lbw, with the score on 24-1, and then Richardson, in his next over, got his 10th wicket in the match as Dan Housego (0) edged behind to Johnson.
Despite the afternoon showers Worcestershire were able to get a third wicket before tea as Klinger played on to Andrew (1-31 off 15 overs) and was bowled for 26, with the score on 49-3, and then in a shortened evening session Gloucestershire lost two more wickets as Marshall edged Chris Russell (1-10 off 4 overs) down the legside to Johnson for 12 and Gidman found an outside edge off Richardson to Johnson for 32.
Eventually the players went off for bad light and then rain just after 6:45pm, which ended the day’s play with Gloucestershire on 87-5, trailing by 136 runs, with Richardson on 3-34 and an overall match analysis of 11-71.
Worcestershire were made to work hard on the final day as they sealed back-to-back victories in Division Two of the LV= County Championship, with a 10 wicket win against Gloucestershire at New Road.
Gloucestershire started the final day on 87-5 and in the opening 25 minutes of the day Alan Richardson trapped Benny Howell (10) lbw and Jack Taylor (9) was bowled by Gareth Andrew to leave the visitors in tatters at 107-7, trailing Worcestershire by 116 runs.
But debutant Gareth Roderick and James Fuller had other ideas as their stubborn resistance frustrated Worcestershire for the rest of the morning session as the visitors went to lunch on 160-7.
After lunch it continued to get tough for the Worcestershire bowlers as Roderick and Fuller got closer to avoiding the innings defeat and Roderick’s determined knock was rewarded with a half-century off 134 balls, with 6 fours, as the eighth wicket partnership had gone on to 99 before, with the score on 206, Fuller (42) miscued a pull shot from Andrew and was caught by Chris Russell at mid-on.
Craig Miles then stayed with Roderick for 17 overs as their ninth wicket stand of 48 took Gloucestershire into the lead but then just after tea Russell, who bowled well without much success, took 2 wickets in 3 balls to dismiss Gloucestershire for 254 as Miles (20) was caught at first slip by Neil Pinner and Liam Norwell (0) was bowled, with Roderick unbeaten on 79 off 169 balls, with 8 fours.
Richardson took 4-70 off 31 overs and had match figures of 12-107, his second best match analysis in first-class cricket, Russell finished on 3-47 off 18.5 overs and Andrew ended on 3-79 off 31 overs.
Worcestershire required 32 runs to win and Daryl Mitchell (22*) and Matt Pardoe (9*) sealed the win in just 25 balls to secure their first LV= County Championship win at New Road since beating Lancashire back in 2011.