Match Report: Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, Bob Willis Trophy
Olly Hannon-Dalby and Matt Lamb led the way as Warwickshire edged their way to a narrow advantage over Gloucestershire on an attritional second day of their Bob Willis Trophy match at Bristol.
After Hannon-Dalby’s career-best six for 33 restricted the home side to 210 all out, Lamb’s hard-fought 65 (137 balls, 12 fours) underpinned the Bears’ progress to 230 for eight at the close.
In tricky batting conditions, a slow pitch offering some help to the seamers, Lamb batted with great skill and patience to extend the resistance launched by captain Will Rhodes (41,107 balls, six fours) up top. Their work built on the platform set down by another excellent, big-hearted performance from Hannon-Dalby who took the final two wickets in the morning to finish with 23.3-11-33-6.
With batting conditions not easing, a lead of even 50, if the Bears can press on tomorrow, could be very significant.
After Gloucestershire resumed on 191 for eight, Hannon-Dalby quickly added the wickets of tail-enders Josh Shaw and Matt Taylor. Shaw chipped a catch to sub fielder Dan Mousley at cover, then a fine delivery uprooted Taylor’s middle stump.
The Yorkshireman’s spell of two for nine in 21 balls completed his first six-for in first class cricket and his sixth haul of five-or-more wickets.
In reply, the Bears lost Rob Yates to the third ball of the innings when he edged Ryan Higgins to the wicketkeeper. Sam Hain soon fell lbw to Matt Taylor but Rhodes and Ian Bell played watchfully to add 40 and take their side to the brink of lunch before the latter edged the last ball before the interval, from George Scott, to second slip.
The afternoon session brought the Bears a solid 78 for one in 31 overs. Rhodes and Lamb knuckled down to add 38 in 17 overs until Ben Charlesworth’s fourth ball yorked Rhodes. Michael Burgess then joined Lamb and the pair continued the recovery with a stand of 69 in 20 overs.
Lamb had just reached his half-century (105 balls) when Burgess (28, 55 balls, five fours) aimed a big drive at Scott and played on.
Tim Bresnan (34 not out, 78 balls) offered further resolute support to Lamb whose three hours 14 minutes of resistance ended when he edged a good one from Higgins into the cordon, evidence that, however long you bat on this pitch, you are never truly ‘in’.
Bresnan and Alex Thomson concentrated hard to take the Bears in front but Gloucestershire hit back hard in the penultimate over of the day when Taylor bowled Thomson (offering no shot) and Brookes.