Gloucestershire v Hampshire

LV=County Championship - 13 April 2014
Lost by 8 wkts

Venue: Bristol

Day Four

Michael Carberry offered a timely reminder to the England selectors with an unbeaten century to lift Hampshire to their first win of the new LV=County Championship Division Two season at Bristol.

The 33-year-old opener completed an eight-wicket win by lifting off-spinner Chris Dent for back-to-back sixes and reach an even hundred from 131 balls.

Carberry had managed just 33 runs in three innings to start the season, but his match-winning ton came at just the right time as Hampshire chased down a victory target of 215 on the final day.

James Vince, whose unbeaten 58 followed 144 in the first innings, helped complete the run chase in quick time.

Together he and Carberry, who hit 16 fours and 3 sixes, put on a 101-run stand in 10.2 overs after skipper Jimmy Adams (23) and Liam Dawson (25) were unable to push on after making starts.

Gloucestershire’s bowlers had made the visitors fight for every run early on. Will Gidman (1-37 from 11 overs) and Matt Taylor (1-26 from 9 overs) were the wicket-takers.

Earlier, Hamish Marshall fell six runs short of a century as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 332.

Marshall and last man Matt Taylor added 24 runs to the overnight score before the veteran was bowled by South Africa seamer Kyle Abbott, who finished with seven wickets in the match.

Day Three

Hamish Marshall and David Payne produced a ninth-wicket stand of 92 to frustrate Hampshire’s victory bid on the third day at Bristol.

Marshall was unbeaten on 84 at the close, while Payne hit an aggressive 44 before being out at the start of the final over of the day’s play.

Together they kept Gloucestershire in the contest after the home side had looked to be heading for certain defeat.

Hampshire were able to add only five to their overnight total of 417-9 before Adam Wheater, on 82, pulled a short ball from Matt Taylor into the hands of Payne at long leg.

That gave Taylor figures of 5-75, his first five wicket haul in Championship cricket, and he was applauded from the field by his team-mates.

Hampshire led by a useful 118, which seemed even more when Gloucestershire lost both openers in the third over of their second innings.

Micheal Klinger nicked James Tomlinson to wicketkeeper Wheater and four balls later Chris Dent played a poor shot, cutting the Hampshire seamer in the air to backward point where Michael Carberry took a diving catch.

Gloucestershire were 6-2, still trailing by 112, and it could have been worse as Alex Gidman was dropped by Matt Coles at gully on eight with the total 17-2 in the eighth over.

First innings centurion Will Tavare looked in good form again. But on 18 he fell lbw to a full ball from Coles that hit him in front of middle and leg stumps.

From 48-3 Gidman and Marshall took the score to 79-3 at lunch when the deficit was 39 runs.

Gidman went on to reach his half-century off 66 balls, with 7 fours, and the two experienced batsmen looked to be digging their side out of a hole.

That changed with the total on 124. Gidman, on 72, who had survived one confident appeal for a catch behind, edged Sean Ervine through to Wheater, having faced 93 deliveries and extended his boundary count to 11.

Will Gidman could not match his brother’s efforts. Having made eight he aimed an expansive drive at a wide ball from Ervine and unluckily got an inside edge onto his stumps.

At 136-5 Gloucestershire were only 18 runs ahead. But Cameron Herring joined Marshall in extending that advantage to 49 by tea, which was taken at 167-5.

Herring had made 22 when dismissed leg-before playing across a delivery from Kyle Abbott. Gloucestershire were six down with their lead only 58.

James Fuller played positively for his 28 before falling to a spectacular diving catch by James Vince at leg gully, clipping a full ball from Coles off his toes.

All the while Marshall was going quietly about his business. He reached a battling fifty off 162 balls, with 6 fours.

By then Payne was ensuring Hampshire would have some work to do with the bat in their second innings. Two reverse swept boundaries off successive ball from occasion off-spinner Michael Carberry were followed by a six over long-on.

Payne was out off what proved the final ball of the day, caught in the slips off James Vince. He had faced 68 balls and hit 6 fours and a six.

Marshall remained resolute and unbeaten, having battled away for just short of four hours and would be deserving of a century on day four.

Day Two

James Vince hit a brilliant century as Hampshire moved into a commanding position on the second day of the LV=County Championship match at Bristol.

A sun-drenched County Ground witnessed the visitors running up a first innings lead of 113 before closing on 417-9, with maximum batting points in the bag.

Vince led the way with 144, receiving excellent support from Adam Wheater (81 not out), while Jimmy Adams and Will Smith both contributed 41. There were four wickets each for Will Gidman and Matt Taylor.

A damaging morning for Gloucestershire saw their last five wickets fall for just 12 runs from an overnight 292-5.

Cameron Herring pulled the second ball of the day from James Tomlinson for four, but was pinned lbw pushing forward to the next inswinging delivery and departed for five.

It was 301-7 when Tom Smith nicked a ball from Kyle Abbott to wicketkeeper Wheater, having made two, and in the same over James Fuller was bowled shouldering arms for a duck.

David Payne also failed to score before being bowled by another Tomlinson inswinger and Will Tavare was last man out, with the score on 304, edging Abbott to Liam Dawson at second slip.

Tavare had added four to his overnight 135 not out and departed having faced 281 balls and hit 19 fours and 2 sixes. His innings had spanned six hours and 13 minutes.

Abbott finished with 5-67 from 23.1 overs, while Tomlinson’s figures were 4-68 from 22 overs.

Gloucestershire failed to make the most of the new ball when Hampshire began their reply and the visitors moved to 47 in the tenth over before Payne had Michael Carberry, on 27, caught behind by the diving Herring, driving at a full length ball.

Lunch was taken at 82-1 off 21 overs and when Adams clipped the first delivery after the interval from Taylor behind square leg for four, Hampshire looked to be taking control.

But with the score on 92, Will Gidman gained an lbw verdict against Dawson, who had made 22, and only six more runs had been added when Taylor struck, removing the dangerous Adams for 41 to a catch by wicketkeeper Herring.

Vince and Smith then built a century stand in 19 overs for Hampshire before the game swung again.

Vince reached an impressive half-century off 74 balls with 9 fours, but then had to watch as three wickets fell in quick succession.

Smith, on 41, was brilliantly caught by the diving Tavare at point attempting to square drive Gidman. That was 209-4 and, with only a single added, Joe Gatting drove loosely at a wide ball from

Taylor and was comfortably caught in the slips by Michael Klinger for one.

Sean Ervine then departed for a duck, his off stump sent cartwheeling by Gidman to leave Hampshire 213-6 in the 53rd over. By tea they had moved on to 228-6 and still trailed by 76 runs.

Vince moved to an impressive hundred in the final session, completing it with a single off Tom Smith. He had faced 148 ball and hit 14 fours.

Wheater, who had taken five catches behind the stumps in Gloucestershire’s innings, provided valuable support in a seventh-wicket stand of 155, reaching his fifty off 64 balls, with 7 fours.

The post tea session was all Hampshire as Gloucestershire’s fielding dipped and there were too many four balls. Gidman (4-66 from 20 overs) was the most economical of the seam attack.

He finally broke through with the second new ball, as Vince was trapped in front of his stumps and departed having faced 184 balls and hammered 23 fours and a six.

But at 368-7, Hampshire led by 64, an advantage they extended in the closing overs to end the day in control of the game, despite losing Matt Coles for a hard-hitting 25 off 13 balls and Abbot for a duck.

Coles was a third victim for Taylor, who followed up next ball by pinning Abbott leg before with an inswinger to finish with 4-75.

Day One

Will Tavare scored an unbeaten century on his County Championship debut for Gloucestershire in the Division Two clash with Hampshire at Bristol.

The home side reached 292 for five at stumps on the first day, and it was largely down to Tavare’s efforts as he hit 135 not out.

The nephew of former England batsman Chris Tavare marked his first Gloucestershire appearance in style. After some early scares, when he might have been snared in the slips, he reached three figures with a six off Liam Dawson.

The 24-year-old Bristolian was ably assisted in a key second-wicket partnership by captain Michael Klinger, who scored 81 runs off 168 balls before being caught behind off Hampshire’s new South African signing, Kyle Abbott.

The fall of Klinger’s wicket preceded the departures of Abbott’s second victim Alex Gidman (nought), and Hamish Marshall (four).

James Tomlinson had dismissed Chris Dent for six in the morning – his 300th first-class wicket for Hampshire – and he removed New Zealander Marshall in the first over following tea.

Will Gidman appeared late in the day to steady the innings and put 55 runs on the board before perishing to Sean Ervine.

At the start of the day, Tavare was involved sooner than Gloucestershire would have liked, after Dent fell in the seventh over.

The new batsman had built a half-century partnership with opener Klinger by the end of the 21st over, and Gloucestershire ended the morning session on 92 for one.

Australian Klinger was caught by Adam Wheater off Abbott after an innings in which he plundered 14 fours. Two deliveries later Alex Gidman edged to the wicketkeeper for a duck and Abbott had his second wicket.

Marshall added four in a brief partnership with Tavare before Wheater caught him behind, this time off Tomlinson’s bowling.

Will Gidman then contributed his own half-century to the cause before being caught behind off Ervine for 55 from 100 balls faced, while Tavare remained safe and able to turn his thoughts to pursuing a double century on the second day.