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Report: Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, County Championship

Day Three

A valiant bowling effort from Warwickshire fell short as Gloucestershire secured a three-wicket triumph at Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium.

Set 148 to win, the home side recovered from 30-4 to reach their target in 48.2 overs thanks to experienced opener Chris Dent and skipper Graeme van Buuren, who scored 64 and 49 respectively and staged a match-winning stand of 97. 

It was an agonising end to a game that the visitors controlled for nearly two days. Having reached 274, with thanks to Dom Sibley’s unbeaten 120, the hosts fought back from 95 for five, to score 255 and give the Bears a slender 19-run lead.

It was set-up for Will Rhodes’ side to post a significant target on a spin friendly surface, but a late frenzy on day two shifted momentum. Closing on 58 for five, Bears reached 128 the following morning with the impressive Thomas Price taking career best figures of 8/27.

To Warwickshire’s credit, the bowlers dug in with Olly Hannon-Dalby (2), Jayant Yadav and Danny Briggs striking, before the impressive Dent and van Buuren partnership reached calmer waters.

The early dismissal of van Buuren post-Tea excited the field, as did the late wicket of Dent – both Yadav (4/47), but Gloucestershire steered themselves to the frustration of the travelling support.

For the Bears, the equation is simple – win against Hampshire at Edgbaston next week and hope that Kent fall to defeat in Canterbury against Somerset.

Day Two

Jayant Yadav took his first Warwickshire five-fer on a dramatic second day of this compelling LV= Insurance County Championship match at Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium.

Dismissed for 274 earlier in the day, Warwickshire bowled out Gloucestershire for 255 to establish a slender first-innings lead of 19, thanks largely to a superb return of 5-90 from the Indian off spinner.

But Price produced a blistering spell with the new ball to remove Dom Sibley, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes and Yadav, while David Payne accounted for Rob Yates as the Bears slumped to 58-5 at the close, a lead of just 77 with five second innings wickets in hand. Although Gloucestershire face having to bat last on a turning pitch which is expected to deteriorate further, they will now consider themselves favourites to register a first win of the season in red-ball cricket and plunge Warwickshire still deeper into the relegation mire.

Needing to beat bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire to keep pace with fellow strugglers Kent, Warwickshire will take succour from the performance of Yadav, who accounted for key batsmen Chris Dent, James Bracey and Graeme van Buuren before returning to mop up the tail in the final session. For their part, Gloucestershire were indebted to Jack Taylor, who top-scored with 71 from 106 balls and shared in a sixth wicket stand of 90 with Graeme van Buuren to rescue the home side from the wreckage of 95-5.

But Tom Price then turned the contest on its head, pinning Sibley lbw without scoring, accounting for Sam Hain in identical fashion and then having Rhodes and Yadav caught at the wicket, while Payne bowled an out-of-sorts Yates.

Alex Davies managed to stop the rot and reached the close unbeaten on 41, and he and Jacob Bethell (3 not out) will be required to summon further resistance in the morning.

Day One

Dom Sibley scored a character-filled hundred to provide Warwickshire with a timely boost on the opening day of the LV= Insurance Championship battle with Gloucestershire at Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium.

Under considerable duress at 138-6 midway through the afternoon session, the Midlands county was indebted to its former England opener, who scored a composed 105 not out and staged a restorative seventh wicket stand of 108 with Danny Briggs, who made a season’s best 65, to help Warwickshire reach the close on 255-8.

As well as Zafar Gohar bowled in claiming 4-59 from a marathon 32 overs to put Warwickshire under the pump, Gloucestershire had only themselves to blame for not ending the day on top, both Sibley and Briggs profiting from dropped catches early on in their innings.

Containing a modest count of 10 boundaries, Sibley’s supremely functional innings, his 18th first-class hundred, was hardly illuminated by an extravagant shot. Neither will it linger long in the memories of those who witnessed it. Yet it was exactly what was required by a Warwickshire side fighting to retain its First Division status.

Will Rhodes won the toss and opted to bat, only for events to take an unexpected turn on an apparently docile Bristol track. Rob Yates went off like a train, scoring almost exclusively in boundaries as he raced to 19 from 16 balls, before chancing his arm once too often and nicking to Jack Taylor at first slip off Ajeet Singh Dale in the fourth over with the score on 21.

Alex Davies then played down the wrong line to a David Payne in-swinger and saw his off stump knocked back as the defending champions slipped to 24-2 in the sixth over. Yet rather than impose themselves fully, Gloucestershire quite literally allowed a gilt-edged opportunity to slip between their fingers.

Deputising for Ben Charlesworth, substitute fielder Dom Goodman put down a straightforward chance at point to allow Sibley a life on 14, much to the chagrin of change bowler Tom Price, who generated additional lift from the Ashley Down Road End. Realising the potential enormity of his error, the chastened Goodman made a suitably slope-shouldered exit at the end of the over, by which time Sibley was already making good his escape.

In characteristically obdurate mood, he grafted his way to an unbeaten 35 from 76 balls by lunch, seemingly intent upon making the hosts pay dearly for their profligacy. Despite battling hard for a 74-ball 10, the usually dependable Sam Hain was unable to keep Sibley company until the interval, the former Australia Under-19 international succumbing to Zafar’s slow left arm and offering a looping catch to Charlesworth at short square leg via an inside edge as the visitors further subsided to 64-3 in the 27th over.

Under pressure to rebuild the innings, Sibley and Rhodes came closest to staging a meaningful top-order partnership in the early-afternoon sunshine, the fourth wicket pair adding a cautious 45 in 13.3 overs. Seldom troubled, Sibley inched his way a carefully crafted 50 from 114 balls to at least afford the visitors an underlying sense of reassurance.

Yet it proved short-lived, Gloucestershire’s brothers in arms joining forces to account for Rhodes, who nicked to Olly Price at second slip off the bowling of elder sibling Tom for 24. Returning at the Bristol Pavilion end, Zafar then made further in-roads, Gloucestershire’s leading wicket taker removing Jayant Yadav and Jacob Bethel in successive overs to reduce the visitors to 162-6. Playing back, Jayant was bowled in his crease for 17, while Bethel was well held by Charlesworth at short square leg for two, at which stage Warwickshire’s quest for batting bonus points was heavily dependent upon Sibley.

He at least found a willing ally in Danny Briggs, who effectively shored up one end while the opener continued to accumulate in measured fashion, these two ushering the Bears to 164-6 at tea. Briggs enjoyed a large slice of fortune shortly after the resumption when, having advanced his score to 19, Dale located his outside edge and Jack Taylor fumbled low down at first slip.

Gloucestershire were duly punished, Briggs cutting and driving his way to a swashbuckling 50 from 86 balls to propel Warwickshire to a first bonus point, crucially one more than that achieved by fellow strugglers Kent at home to Hampshire. The new ball was taken with the score on 219-6, yet Gloucestershire still lacked the cutting edge needed to make a breakthrough, a by now familiar shortcoming in a red-ball campaign which has seen them fail to register a single win in 12 attempts.

Held at slip late on in proceedings, Briggs was finally undone by a ball from Zafar that turned, terminating an enterprising innings that spanned 110 balls and included 12 boundaries. Manifestly uncomplicated in his approach and largely untroubled by the best the opposition had to offer, the disciplined Sibley carried on regardless, clipping Zafar through mid-wicket for two to bring up three figures via 237 balls shortly before the close.

Preview: Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, County Championship

Warwickshire know their destiny is in their own hands when they face Gloucestershire at Bristol in the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One on Tuesday.

With two games left, Gloucestershire need a miracle to avoid going down but the other relegation spot will be filled by one of three teams – Warwickshire, Kent or Somerset. Bears and Kent are level on points with Somerset eight better off.

A tense fortnight awaits. This week the Bears visit Gloucestershire while Kent are at Hampshire and Somerset host Northamptonshire. Then in the crucial final round, the Bears host title-chasing Hampshire while Somerset and Kent will meet at Taunton.

There are more permutations than you can shake a stick at but, with Hampshire aiming to clinch the title at Edgbaston in the final game, the Bears would love to ease the pressure by beating Gloucestershire.

That won’t be easy, judging by the westcountrymen’s much improved display against Somerset in their last game, when they were only denied a first victory of the season by a last-day washout. But the Bears will arrive in Bristol fired by the arrival of India stars Mohammed Siraj and Jayant Yadav who made an immediate impression on their debuts against Somerset at Edgbaston last week.

“We have had the addition of two fantastic overseas players in Siraj and Yadav,” said first team coach Mark Robinson. “I have played with outstanding overseas players before and some have done everything right and committed to the cause of their county and some haven’t. These two totally have. It was clear from their first days with us that they are not only very good players but very good individuals highly committed to helping Warwickshire in the situation we are in.

“We haven’t been able to take 20 wickets in a match this season and to have their quality is immensely helpful because it takes some of the pressure off Olly Hannon-Dalby and Henry Brookes. Olly is supporting Siraj instead of having to lead us as he has for so long and Henry bowled the best I have seen him bowl in the last game.”

While the injury-ravaged bowling ranks have been fleshed out, the Bears also need to put some runs on the board. A 400-plus first innings total alone would constitute a significant step towards safety. As always they will look to Sam Hain whose tireless excellence continued against Somerset last week when he passed 1,000 first class runs for the summer to move within three of 6,000 in his career.

Gloucestershire are all but relegated, but they beat the Bears by 78 runs (despite Hannon-Dalby’s 12 wickets in the match) in a Covid-enforced empty ground in 2020 and Bristol has not been a productive venue for the Bears in the championship of late. They have won just one red ball game there in the last 60 years, in 1992 when Allan Donald came out on top in a duel of great fast bowlers with Courtney Walsh.

Robinson’s team know they need to stand tall this week and find a big performance to prevent going into the final game, against high-flying Hmpshire, under huge pressure.

“We certainly won’t underestimate Gloucestershire,” said Robinson. “They put out a good showing against Somerset last time out and sometimes when the pressure is off a team it can have good effects. We can only do what we can control and play good cricket and see where that takes us.”


Will Rhodes (C)
Jacob Bethell
Danny Briggs
Henry Brookes
Alex Davies (WK)
George Garrett
Sam Hain
Olly Hannon-Dalby
Dan Mousley
Dom Sibley
Mohammed Siraj
Jayant Yadav
Rob Yates

Michael Burgess is unavailable for the trip to Gloucestershire with Alex Davies taking over the gloves.

Liam Norwell (elbow) is ruled out for the season, whilst Craig Miles and Ryan Sidebottom are both troubled by a sore hamstring, although the latter has returned to Second XI action.

Chris Woakes and Olly Stone have flown to Pakistan as part of England’s tour of a IT20 series and three Test matches.

Adam Hose flew out this week to play in the CPL for St Lucia Kings as a late replacement for Tim David.

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