Worcestershire v Gloucestershire

LV=County Championship - 15 August 2014
Won by 7 wkys

Venue: New Road

Day Three
A brilliant innings by former Minor Counties player Richard Oliver failed to prevent Worcestershire’s first LV= County Championship defeat of the season as Gloucestershire registered their first victory at New Road since 1986.

The 24-year-old left hander’s career-best 179 in four and a half hours enabled the Division Two leaders to wipe out a deficit of 184, but the West Country team were hardly challenged by a target of 177 and cruised home by seven wickets.

Paceman Liam Norwell broke Worcestershire’s resistance in a new-ball spell of four for 16 and opener Chris Dent led the victory rush with his first half-century in three months after taking the key wicket of Oliver in his role as occasional left-arm spinner.

Will Tavare made 33 in an opening stand of 67 before falling lbw to Joe Leach and when Dent was out for 51, driving Shaaiq Choudhry’s fourth ball straight to mid-off, Alex Gidman followed his first-innings century with an unbeaten 45 from 43 balls.

Leach claimed his 30th wicket of the season when Gareth Roderick was caught behind for 25 but this was only a blip as Gloucestershire comfortably completed their third win of the season.

They made the running from the outset in dismissing Worcestershire before tea on the first day and as well as Oliver played, there was to be no way back.

They are still favourites for promotion but their lead could be significantly trimmed if their closest rivals, Surrey and Hampshire, close out victories on Monday,

It was unfortunate for Oliver that the latest chapter in a remarkable rise to a county contract should have coincided with one of the team’s least effective displays of the season.

Originally drafted in from Shropshire in April because of an injury, he scored hundreds in successive innings for the second XI and in May he was in the county team in the run to the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

A championship debut arrived in June and having scored at least one half-century in each of four matches, he has accumulated 504 runs in his first eight innings in first-class cricket.

Dedicated to the sport as an annual traveller to Australia to play for Victorian club Geelong, he is refreshingly uncomplicated in his approach. If the ball is there to be hit, then more than often than not it is – and with some force.

Gloucestershire’s bowlers will bear testimony to this, having seen Oliver plundering his first 50 in 41 balls and the third in 40. That the middle one was twice as long indicated a period of circumspection in approaching a maiden hundred.

In all he hit 23 fours and one six, putting Worcestershire in front in the over he reached three figures.

For much of his innings he was accompanied by Alexei Kervezee in Worcestershire’s highest partnership for any wicket this season. They put on 215 in 51 overs before Gloucestershire made a decisive breakthrough with their spinners.

Kervezee had made 78 with a six and 10 fours when he tickled a catch to Gareth Roderick to give off spinner Mark Craig a first championship wicket and in his next over the New Zealander claimed a second with Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s top edged to mid-wicket.

Oliver was fifth out at 296, caught behind off Dent, and the seamers did the rest as the last five wickets disappeared for 39 from the time the new ball was taken. Of the lower order only Choudhry, with 30, seriously troubled Gloucestershire until caught at second slip off David Payne.

Worcestershire’s assistant coach Matt Mason was delighted with Oliver’s impressive century.

He said: “He’s a breath of fresh air as they say. His approach to his cricket is amazing and he’s very positive. He’s fearless, that’s the way we describe him. It’s great for the people who are here watching as there’s never a dull moment when he’s at the crease.

“He’s different as well. He doesn’t play an orthodox game and I think there’s room for people like that in any first class cricket team. His confidence and his belief that he belongs here is growing all the time.”

Day Two

Worcestershire’s hopes of setting an early date for a promotion party took a knock as Alex Gidman’s second century of the season put Gloucestershire in a powerful position in their LV= County Championship meeting at New Road.

Yet all may not be lost for the Second Division leaders. Their bowlers found a better line on the second day, Joe Leach’s spell of four for 23 wrapping up Gloucestershire’s first innings for 378 before opener Richard Oliver continued the fightback with his second half-century of the game in a total of 154 for two.

Batting again with a deficit of 184 after Gidman’s punishing knock of 146, Worcestershire could easily have folded when Daryl Mitchell gloved a lifter from Craig Miles and Tom Fell edged a drive off David Payne inside nine overs.

Gidman held both chances at first slip, but Oliver’s response was in trademark style, going for his shots at every opportunity.

The left hander reached a career-best 84 not out from 111 balls and Alexei Kervezee also played a key role with 50 as an unbroken stand of 122 cut the gap to only 30.

On the second morning the west country team were holding all the aces with half-centuries by Gareth Roderick and Gidman already on the board when they resumed at 181 for two.

Five overs brought the 14 runs required for the lead, but Charlie Morris, in a good spell from the New Road end, issued a warning that the batsmen could expect a tougher examination.

Gidman, on 69, was dropped at first slip, then a single brought Roderick on to strike, needing two runs for a century on his return to the side after twice breaking a finger this season.

The South African wicketkeeper-batsman instinctively pulled a short ball, but only found Shaaiq Choudhry at long leg. Having played so well, hitting 15 fours, it would have been frustrating to miss a gift from the 119th ball he faced.

Gidman’s progress from 76 to 100 with six fours in a row was far from secure, with four of the boundaries coming from edges, but this sketchy patch was quickly forgotten as he motored on from his century in 165 balls.

It was a good way for the former county captain to mark his temporary return to leading the side in the absence of Michael Klinger through injury. Positive from the outset, he heaped further pressure on Worcestershire in stands of 56 with Hamish Marshall and 58 with Benny Howell.

Marshall (15) provided a solitary wicket for spin when caught behind off Choudhry and Ian Cockbain went cheaply, cutting Morris to third slip, but the lead was almost 150 before Worcestershire rallied to take maximum bowling points for the 25th match in succession.

Starting with Howell’s lbw dismissal by Leach for 32, the last five wickets tumbled for the addition of 36, the most significant when Gidman was bowled, attempting to drive Leach. He hit 22 fours and a six from 232 balls.

Matt Mason, Worcestershire’s assistant coach, saw signs of a recovery in the making as the team reflected on their first day troubles.

He said: “Sitting around the dressing room after a day like that, it can easily be a quiet sort of deflated place. But the lads were talking and discussing where we’ve gone wrong, which means they are learning. We’ve had some iffy days throughout the campaign and we’ve always come back strongly.”

Day 2

Worcestershire’s hopes of setting an early date for a promotion party took a knock as Alex Gidman’s second century of the season put Gloucestershire in a powerful position in the LV= County Championship meeting at New Road.

Yet all may not be lost for the Second Division leaders. Their bowlers found a better line on the second day, Joe Leach’s spell of four for 23 wrapping up Gloucestershire’s first innings for 378, and opener Richard Oliver continued the fightback with his second half-century of the game in a total of 154 for two.

Batting again with a deficit of 184 after Gidman’s punishing knock of 146, Worcestershire could easily have folded when Daryl Mitchell gloved a lifter from Craig Miles and Tom Fell edged a drive off David Payne inside nine overs.

Gidman held both chances at first slip, but Oliver’s response was in trademark style, going for his shots at every opportunity. The left hander reached a career-best 84 not out from 111 balls, and Alexei Kervezee also played a key role with 50 as an unbroken stand of 122 cut the gap to only 30.

On the second morning the West Country team were holding all the aces with half-centuries by Gareth Roderick and Gidman already in the scorebook when they resumed at 181 for two.

Five overs brought the 14 runs required for the lead but Charlie Morris, in a good spell from the New Road end, issued a warning that the batsmen could expect a tougher examination.

Gidman, on 69, was dropped at first slip, then a single brought Roderick on to strike, needing two runs for a century on his return to the side after twice breaking a finger this season.

The South African wicket-keeper-batsman instinctively pulled a short ball but only found Shaaiq Choudhry at long leg. Having played so well, hitting 15 fours, it would have been frustrating to miss a gift from the 119th ball he faced.

Gidman’s progress from 76 to 100 with six fours in a row was far from secure, with four of the boundaries coming from edges, but this sketchy patch was quickly forgotten as he motored on from his century in 165 balls.

It was a good way for the former county captain to mark his temporary return to leading the side in the absence of Michael Klinger through injury. Positive from the outset, he heaped further pressure on Worcestershire in stands of 56 with Hamish Marshall and 58 with Benny Howell.

Marshall (15) provided a solitary wicket for spin when caught behind off Choudhry and Ian Cockbain went cheaply, cutting Morris to third slip, but the lead was almost 150 before Worcestershire rallied to take maximum  bowling points for the 25th match in succession.

Starting with Howell’s lbw dismissal by Leach for 32, the last five wickets tumbled for the addition of 36, the most significant when Gidman was bowled, attempting to drive Leach. He hit 22 fours and a six from 232 balls.

Day 1

Promotion favourites Worcestershire endured one of their worst days of the summer in the LV= County Championship when dismissed for 194 by Gloucestershire on a seaming surface at New Road.

Having come into the match with a game in hand and 43 points ahead of second-placed Surrey, they are already looking at a sizeable deficit after the visitors’ smooth progress to 181 for two.

Gloucestershire briefly wobbled at the start, slipping to 43 for two when Will Tavare (23) was caught in the slips off Charlie Morris’ second delivery, but Gareth Roderick seized the initiative, adding a fluent and substantial half-century to five catches behind the wicket.

The South African cruised to 88 not out with 15 fours off 107 balls and so far he has put on 138 with Alex Gidman, unbeaten on 57, in cutting the gap to a mere 13 after a day when most things went right for their side.

Gloucestershire became the first county to dismiss the Division Two leaders for under 200 in a first innings this season, despite the absence of Will Gidman through injury in advance of confirmation that he will be with Nottinghamshire in 2015.

One look at a grassy first-day pitch made it a straightforward decision for Alex Gidman to field first, after taking over the captaincy when Michael Klinger rested a neck injury prior to a make-or-break fixture in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

With a quarter-final spot secured this week, Gloucestershire are looking to book a home tie by winning their final Group A game against Derbyshire at Derby next Thursday.

Another objective is to improve their form in the Championship. Injuries have been a major factor and apart from the absence of the younger Gidman, the attack here is probably as strong it has been following the last-minute registration of New Zealand off-spinner Mark Craig.

With the ball consistently moving about off the seam, Craig Miles led the assault on Worcestershire with four for 54 and the other wickets were equally shared by Liam Norwell and Benny Howell.

The batsmen could quickly see trouble ahead, when Daryl Mitchell, the leading batsman in championship cricket, registered his first duck in a season of 1,222 runs. He was stranded in front when a delivery from Miles kept low and ducked into his pads.

Miles also removed Tom Fell with the first of Roderick’s dismissals, but there was hope for Worcestershire as Richard Oliver collected a dozen fours from only 46 balls in maintaining his record of a half-century in each of his four championship appearances.

Howell finally stemmed the flow when Oliver, on 52, was added to Roderick’s haul and Worcestershire quickly slipped to 112 for five, with Alexei Kervezee lbw to Norwell for 31. The only other higher order contribution came from Ben Cox with 25 before he, too, was caught behind the wicket.

The ninth wicket went down at 149, but infuriatingly for Gloucestershire the last pair put on 46, the biggest stand in the innings.

A missed chance in the slips allowed Shaaiq Choudhry to reach 27 not out and the number 11 Morris made his highest championship score before falling for 24, another victim for the Roderick-Norwell combination.

Speaking on Will Gidman’s decision to leave the club, John Bracewell, Gloucestershire’s director of cricket, said the all-rounder’s team-mates knew that the move to Nottinghamshire was “pretty much a done deal” before starting their game.

Bracewell said: “Will spoke to the lads (on Thursday). It is up to him to outline his reasons. We were unable to keep him financially.”

Matt Mason, Worcestershire’s assistant coach, said: “It was probably our most disappointing day of the season so far. We were put in and it was tough to bat early on. Richard Oliver acquitted himself well but everyone else struggled. With the ball, we were disappointing as well, if for once I can criticise the bowlers.”



Scorecard

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.


Worcestershire
Daryl Mitchell | Richard Oliver | Thomas Fell | Alexei Kervezee | Tom Kohler-Cadmore | Oliver Cox | Joseph Leach | Shaaiq Choudhry | Jack Shantry | Mitchell McClenaghan | Charles Morris |


Gloucestershire
Christopher Dent | William Tavare | Alex Gidman | Hamish Marshall | Ian Cockbain | Gareth Roderick | Benny Howell | Mark Craig | Liam Norwell | Craig Miles | David Payne |


Worcestershire first innings
194 all out
Gloucestershire first innings
378 all out
Gloucestershire win by 7 wickets
 
Worcestershire second innings
360 all out
Gloucestershire second innings
178 - 3

Worcestershire First Innings

How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Daryl Mitchell L.B.W. Craig Miles 0 20 16 0 0
Richard Oliver Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Benny Howell 52 74 52 12 0
Tom Fell Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Craig Miles 7 21 15 1 0
Alexei Kervezee L.B.W. Liam Norwell 31 83 68 5 0
Tom Kohler-Cadmore Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Liam Norwell 7 41 22 1 0
Ben Cox Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Benny Howell 25 50 36 3 1
Joe Leach Caught Benny Howell Bowled Craig Miles 1 15 7 0 0
Shaaiq Choudhry Not Out 27 78 46 4 0
Jack Shantry Bowled Craig Miles 1 5 3 0 0
Mitchell McClenaghan Caught David Payne Bowled Benny Howell 1 13 13 0 0
Charlie Morris Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Liam Norwell 24 37 35 5 0
Extras 0b 3lb 10nb 0p 5w 18
Total 194

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
17 44 81 105 112 129 142 147 148 194

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
David Payne 11 2 45 0
Craig Miles 12 2 54 4
Liam Norwell 14 3 45 3
Benny Howell 10 3 27 3
Mark Craig 4 0 20 0


Gloucestershire First Innings

How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
William Tavare Caught Tom Fell Bowled Charlie Morris 23 46 35 4 0
Chris Dent L.B.W. Mitchell McClenaghan 8 24 18 2 0
Gareth Roderick Caught Shaaiq Choudhry Bowled Charlie Morris 98 176 119 15 0
Alex Gidman Bowled Joe Leach 146 320 232 22 1
Hamish Marshall Caught Ben Cox Bowled Shaaiq Choudhry 15 58 40 1 0
Ian Cockbain Caught Tom Fell Bowled Charlie Morris 2 28 23 0 0
Benny Howell L.B.W. Joe Leach 32 66 66 3 0
Mark Craig Caught Charlie Morris Bowled Jack Shantry 7 29 27 0 0
Craig Miles Bowled Joe Leach 21 37 25 4 0
David Payne Caught Tom Kohler-Cadmore Bowled Joe Leach 0 3 1 0 0
Liam Norwell Not Out 6 14 18 1 0
Extras 4b 9lb 2nb 0p 5w 20
Total 378

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
12 43 204 260 284 342 343 355 355 378

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Jack Shantry 27 6 82 1
Mitchell McClenaghan 17 2 79 1
Charlie Morris 24 7 73 3
Joe Leach 22 5 100 4
Shaaiq Choudhry 9 1 28 1
Daryl Mitchell 1 0 3 0


Worcestershire First Innings

How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Daryl Mitchell Caught Alex Gidman Bowled Craig Miles 4 8 7 1 0
Richard Oliver Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Chris Dent 179 271 212 23 1
Tom Fell Caught Alex Gidman Bowled David Payne 9 26 27 1 0
Alexei Kervezee Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Mark Craig 78 185 151 10 1
Tom Kohler-Cadmore Caught Ian Cockbain Bowled Mark Craig 5 17 17 0 0
Ben Cox L.B.W. Liam Norwell 19 54 56 2 0
Joe Leach Caught Alex Gidman Bowled Liam Norwell 14 36 28 1 0
Shaaiq Choudhry Caught Chris Dent Bowled David Payne 30 49 35 6 0
Jack Shantry Caught Chris Dent Bowled Liam Norwell 6 17 11 1 0
Mitchell McClenaghan Bowled Liam Norwell 2 17 10 0 0
Charlie Morris Not Out 0 2 0 0 0
Extras 4b 8lb 2nb 0p 0w 14
Total 360

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
13 32 247 259 296 321 330 348 360 360

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
David Payne 20 3 67 2
Craig Miles 11 1 69 1
Liam Norwell 20 5 69 4
Mark Craig 21 3 85 2
Benny Howell 11 5 19 0
Chris Dent 9 1 39 1


Gloucestershire Second Innings

How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Chris Dent Caught Tom Kohler-Cadmore Bowled Shaaiq Choudhry 51 78 51 10 0
William Tavare L.B.W. Joe Leach 33 52 43 4 0
Gareth Roderick Caught Ben Cox Bowled Joe Leach 25 60 59 2 0
Alex Gidman Not Out 45 47 43 7 1
Hamish Marshall Not Out 14 14 17 2 0
Ian Cockbain
Benny Howell
Mark Craig
Liam Norwell
Craig Miles
David Payne
Extras 4b 6lb 0nb 0p 0w 10
Total 178

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
67 102 159

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Mitchell McClenaghan 6 1 29 0
Charlie Morris 6 0 24 0
Joe Leach 10 0 42 2
Jack Shantry 7 3 24 0
Shaaiq Choudhry 4 0 33 1
Alexei Kervezee 2 0 16 0





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