Gloucestershire v Hampshire
Gloucestershire forced to settle for a draw
LV=County Championship -
8 May 2013
Michael Klinger was dismissed for 163 before his Gloucestershire team were forced to settle for a draw in the rain-ruined match with Hampshire at Bristol.
Unbeaten on 131 going into the final day, the Australian helped his side achieve maximum batting points before declaring their first innings on 400 for four, with a lead of 126, shortly after lunch. Alex Gidman made 69.
But brother Will Gidman aggravated an ankle injury when sending down only the second ball of Hampshire’s second innings and the visitors survived comfortably enough, closing on 120-4, Michael Roberts making 44.
Gloucestershire took 11 points from an impressive all round display, while Hampshire collected six from a below par effort.
After a delay of 35 minutes due to rain, the hosts resumed on 284-2, with a lead of ten, and were soon looking for quick runs.
Alex Gidman moved to his half-century off 56 balls, with 5 fours and 2 sixes, while Klinger reached his 150, having faced 241 deliveries and hit 16 fours and 2 sixes.
Hampshire finally broke the partnership when Klinger was caught behind driving at James Tomlinson to end an innings spanning five hours and 18 minutes.
That was 337-3 and 39 more runs were added before Gidman was caught at long-off to give James Vince a wicket.
Lunch was taken at 378-4 and as soon as Will Gidman brought up the 400 Klinger declared with a possible 61 overs left in the day.
Will Gidman had not been expected to bowl after being injured in the first innings, but he opened the attack with disastrous consequences, pulling up after his second ball and cursing his luck as he made for the pavilion.
With wicketkeeper Cameron Herring suffering from conjunctivitis, Hamish Marshall feeling the effects of a stomach bug and Jack Taylor injured in the warm-up, Gloucestershire had four substitutes on the pitch once Gidman departed.
Jimmy Adams fell for the first time in the match, leg before shouldering arms to Benny Howell for 21. But opening partner Roberts played solidly on his Championship debut and looked set for a half-century when carelessly lofting Craig Miles to deep square.
Liam Dawson had fallen to Howell for a duck, but there was never much cause for alarm for Hampshire and a draw had been all but secured by the time George Bailey lifted a Chris Dent full toss to deep mid-wicket, departing for 16.
The players shook hands at 5.30pm. Howell claimed 2-15 against his old club.
Skipper Michael Klinger hit his second century in successive LV=County Championship innings as Gloucestershire produced a strong batting display on the third day of the rain-affected match against Hampshire at Bristol.
The Australian opener was unbeaten on 131 when bad light ended play at 5.50pm, with his side on 284 for two in reply to 274. Dan Housego (56), Chris Dent (45) and Alex Gidman (38 not out) were the other contributors.
The start of the day had seen Hampshire’s last man James Tomlinson dismissed, which meant their captain Jimmy Adams carried his bat for 138 not out off 269 balls, with 15 fours and a six.
Thanks largely to his efforts the visitors were able to post a competitive total, having been 97 for eight at one stage. But soon Klinger and Dent were putting the pitch in perspective with a fluent opening partnership.
Klinger survived a low chance to Liam Dawson at second slip off David Balcombe when on five and it proved a costly error for Hampshire.
By lunch Gloucestershire had posted 97 without loss, with Klinger having reached his half-century off 65 balls, with 8 fours and a straight six off Danny Briggs.
Dent was unbeaten on 37, but he surrendered his wicket to a loose drive having added eight more runs and edged James Tomlinson to wicketkeeper Adam Wheater, who had earlier needed lengthy treatment for a bruised thumb.
The opening stand had been worth 119 and Housego was soon looking equally at home on the flat pitch. He and Klinger both deposited Briggs over the ropes at long-on and were also severe on anything pitched short.
Klinger made productive use of the cut in moving to his century with exactly that shot to the point boundary off Briggs. By then he had faced 151 deliveries and extended his boundary count to 12 fours and 2 sixes.
The innings followed an undefeated ton against Leicestershire at Grace Road last week where Klinger hit the winning runs.
Housego lost nothing by comparison and progressed to a smooth half-century with his six off Briggs, having also struck 6 fours in facing 77 balls.
After five overs had been lost to rain following the tea interval, Housego was bowled by a full delivery from Liam Dawson to leave Gloucestershire 228 for two.
Gidman enjoyed himself with three straight sixes off Dawson as his side passed Hampshire’s total in the evening gloom.
Gloucestershire began the morning with Richard Coughtrie keeping wicket as substitute for Cameron Herring, who was suffering from conjunctivitis.
Jimmy Adams completed a classic century as Hampshire hit back strongly on a rain-shortened second day at the County Ground.
Unbeaten on 74 overnight, but with his side still in trouble at 165 for eight, the skipper was aided by tailenders Danny Briggs and James Tomlinson, as he moved to a richly-deserved and tactically brilliant hundred off 221 balls with 12 fours.
Briggs contributed a maiden Championship half-century to a total of 264 for nine, while Tomlinson ensured Adams reached three figures by surviving 47 balls for his one not out.
Rain prevented any play after lunch, which was reached with Adams 129 not out and set to carry his bat in an innings which had looked in tatters at 97 for eight on day one.
The partnership of 128 in 37.1 overs between Adams and Briggs was a Hampshire record for the ninth wicket against Gloucestershire, beating the 112 stand shared by Tim Tremlett and Chris Smith at Cheltenham in 1986.
Briggs was the early aggressor as he looked to build on an overnight 25 and he soon helped a short delivery from Craig Miles over fine leg for six.
The left-arm spinner soon eclipsed his previous highest Championship score of 36 and moved confidently to 50 off 109 balls, with seven fours.
Adams was more watchful and appeared to survive a chance to wicketkeeper Cameron Herring off Benny Howell when on 76.
Other than that there were few errors from the opener, who blossomed as the morning session developed and lifted Howell over long-off for six to celebrate an unlikely second batting point.
Even the new ball, taken at 232 for nine, failed to inspire the Gloucestershire bowlers, although Alex Gidman did remove Briggs to a juggling catch at mid-wicket by Chris Dent with his first delivery of the innings.
Brother Will Gidman did not take the field for Gloucestershire after suffering an ankle injury on the first day and is not expected to bowl again in the match, having taken two for 14 from nine overs.
The home side, already hit by injuries to seamers Ian Saxelby, James Fuller, Liam Norwell and Paul Muchall, could ill afford another problem and their depleted attack endured a frustrating morning.
A blustery, cold wind made conditions wintry and the rain became harder as the afternoon progressed, forcing umpires Jeff Evans and Richard Illingworth to abandon any prospect of further play at 4.45pm.
Jimmy Adams came to Hampshire’s rescue with a gutsy 74 not out as his side were reduced to 165 for eight before rain ended the opening day at Bristol.
At one point the visitors were 97-8, but Danny Briggs (25 not out) joined skipper Adams in a fighting ninth-wicket stand, which was unbroken when play finished.
By then opener Adams had faced 155 balls and hit eight fours, having won the toss. Will Gidman claimed 2-14 from nine overs before going off with an ankle problem, while Craig Miles (3-44) and Jack Taylor (2-20) helped Gloucestershire take control.
The light became progressively poorer during the afternoon and the rain, which had been threatening, finally sent the players off at 3.26pm.
Hampshire’s problems had begun in the ninth over of an overcast morning when Michael Roberts, making his Championship debut, was caught behind for nine fending at Gidman.
Liam Dawson had failed to score when well caught at third slip by the diving Michael Klinger off Gidman and it was 34-3 when George Bailey, on 13, was bowled by Miles with a delivery that kept a bit low.
The lanky Miles then pinned James Vince leg before for nine, stuck on the crease, and picked up his third wicket when Sean Ervine, on four, mishit a comfortable catch to Dan Housego at point.
Adams watched aghast from the other end as wickets continued to tumble. Adam Wheater threw it away in the last over before lunch when missing a pull shot off a Taylor long hop and falling lbw.
That made it 69-6 at lunch. After the interval Chris Wood was taken at mid-on by Benny Howell off David Payne and the sorry procession was added to when David Balcombe fell leg before to Taylor trying to sweep.
Adams reached a painstaking half-century off 126 balls, with six fours, and celebrated with a cut boundary off Howell next ball. He had adopted a commendably watchful approach, but gradually began to play his shots.
At last he found a reliable partner in Briggs, for whom the pitch appeared to hold few terrors. Together they added 68 without alarm until the rain came to halt proceedings.
An early tea was taken, but the skies closed in and the umpires abandoned any prospect of further play at 5.10pm.
Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Michael Klinger | Christopher Dent | Dan Housego | Alex Gidman | Hamish Marshall | Benny Howell | William Gidman | Cameron Herring | Jack Taylor | David Payne | Craig Miles |
James Vince | Michael Roberts | James Adams | George Bailey | Sean Ervine | Liam Dawson | Adam Wheater | Christopher Wood | David Balcombe | Danny Briggs | James Tomlinson |