Match Report

Start: Wednesday 24th April 2013, Days: 4   Venue: County Ground

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat.

Gloucestershire
Batting bonus: 0
Bowling bonus: 3
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Northants
Batting bonus: 5
Bowling bonus: 3
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Northamptonshire win by 7 wickets
C. Herring
43 (81)

Top Batsmen: Runs (Balls)

   
A. Wakely
88 (166)
W. Gidman
5 (34)

Top Bowlers: Wickets (Overs)

   
S. Crook
7 (38)
Innings Byes Leg Byes No Balls Balls Runs Wickets Overs
1Gloucestershire4110382192all out63.1
2Northants12610669404all out111
3Gloucestershire024705299all out117.1
4Northants81413790Wickets: 322.3

Full Match Report

Northamptonshire strengthened their position at the top of LV= County Championship Division Two with a seven-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol.

The hosts began the final day on 280 for nine in their second innings, leading by only 68, and added 19 runs in 25 minutes before being bowled out, Jack Taylor last man out for 48.

That left Northamptonshire requiring 88 to win and, despite some spirited Gloucestershire bowling, which accounted for Kyle Coetzer, Stephen Peters and Alex Wakely, they reached 90 for three off 22.3 overs just before lunch.

The visitors took a maximum 24 points from the game, while Gloucestershire had to be content with three. To compound their disappointment, neither Benny Howell nor Liam Norwell fielded in the Northants' second innings because of injuries.

Taylor produced some defiant blows, including a six over wide long-on off Trent Copeland, in adding 12 to his overnight score at the start of the day.

His resistance ended when he got a bottom edge on to his stumps to give Steven Crook his fourth wicket of the innings, seventh of the match and 18th of the season. Taylor had faced 67 balls and hit seven fours and a six.

Crook finished with 4-48 off 26.1 overs, while fellow seamer Andrew Hall returned 3-69 from 21.

A bitterly cold day stayed dry for Northants, who contrived to lose openers Coetzer and Peters with only 18 on the board.

Coetzer was first to go, well taken low down by Taylor at midwicket off David Payne, for five. Then Peters miscued a leg-side shot to substitute fielder Graeme McCarter off Will Gidman and departed for seven.

Wakely counter-attacked with a brisk 20, hitting Taylor's off-spin for a straight six and a four through wide long-on. But in the same over he mis-hit another attacking shot to Chris Dent at midwicket to leave the visitors 51 for three.

The reassuring presence of David Sales was at the wicket by then. He and Rob Newton saw Northants safely to their modest target, Sales ending unbeaten on 29.

Gloucestershire Northants
01 Michael Klinger01 Stephen Peters
02 Christopher Dent02 Kyle Coetzer
03 Dan Housego03 Alex Wakely
04 Alex Gidman04 David Sales
05 Hamish Marshall05 Rob Newton
06 Benny Howell06 Andrew Hall
07 William Gidman07 James Middlebrook
08 Cameron Herring08 David Murphy
09 Jack Taylor09 David Willey
10 David Payne10 Steven Crook
11 Liam Norwell11 Trent Copeland
Officials: Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough,

Score Card

Gloucestershire
1st innings
Northants
1st innings
Gloucestershire
2nd innings
Northants
2nd innings

Gloucestershire 1st innings 192 all out (63.1 Overs)

Batsman Bowled by How out RUNS MINS BALLS 4S 6S
M. Klinger S. Crook Caught David Murphy Bowled Steven Crook 23 79 62 3 0
C. Dent D. Willey Caught David Sales Bowled David Willey 6 15 9 1 0
D. Housego D. Willey Bowled David Willey 2 11 10 0 0
A. Gidman S. Crook Caught Andrew Hall Bowled Steven Crook 20 63 46 3 0
H. Marshall D. Willey Caught David Murphy Bowled David Willey 8 42 35 0 0
B. Howell S. Crook Bowled Steven Crook 31 66 48 3 1
W. Gidman D. Willey Caught David Sales Bowled David Willey 5 19 25 0 0
C. Herring J. Middlebrook Stumped David Murphy 43 102 81 8 0
J. Taylor J. Middlebrook Caught Trent Copeland Bowled James Middlebrook 31 51 42 4 0
D. Payne A. Hall Stumped David Murphy 0 5 3 0 0
L. Norwell   Not Out 8 29 21 2 0
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
D. Willey 18 3 71 4
T. Copeland 18 7 26 0
S. Crook 12 2 47 3
A. Hall 12 2 39 1
J. Middlebrook 3 2 4 2
Fall of Wicket Runs
C. Dent 7
M. Klinger 50
A. Gidman 57
H. Marshall 70
J. Taylor 159
C. Herring 192