LV= Insurance County Championship - 21 September 2021

Gloucestershire won by 7 wickets

Venue: Bristol County Ground

Gloucestershire v Durham

Day Two

Zafar Gohar ran through Durham for a second time in two days with six for 51 as Gloucestershire romped to a seven-wicket win over Durham at Bristol.

After his first innings five for 50 and a merry 30 that earned a batting point, Gohar’s left-arm spin wrecked Durham’s second innings too, after they trailed by 78, as the visitors were swept away for only 131.

It left just 54 to be knocked off in the sunshine and with 12 to win Gohar was sent out to seal victory, only to fall for a third-ball duck sweeping Liam Trevaskis to deep square.

Soon after, Gloucestershire closed out an eighth victory – their most in a campaign since 1998 and the most wins of any county this summer.

Gloucestershire ended the season in second in Division Two of the LV= Insurance Championship and effectively eighth in the country.

It was just a third defeat of the season for Durham and their first since May.

They again had little answer to Gohar. He began by beating Alex Lees’ inside edge to trap him lbw and won another leg before against Scott Borthwick, the left-hander trying to defend on the back foot but beaten by sharp turn out of the footholds. David Bedingham also fell lbw, misreading the flight and beaten on the inside edge.

Paul Coughlin was two from 20 balls when he swiped and miscued to cover and when Graham Clark played for turn and was bowled, Gohar had 10 wickets in a match for the third time.

His 11th scalp was one of the more bizarre of his career. Trevaskis, on 3, sweetly timed a sweep but directly into the helmet of the ducking Tom Lace at short leg. The ball rebounded gently into the gloves of James Bracey.

Graeme van Buuren finished Durham off in 10 balls. Matty Potts played outside the line and was lbw for 14 before Chris Rushworth had a good old mow to leg, missed and was bowled for a five-ball duck.

In the morning, Gloucestershire were seven down and only eight ahead but George Scott made 21 and Tom Price 16 to increase the lead before Gohar began a memorable day by striking five boundaries from No. 10 to gain an extra point.

The only bright spot for Durham was Trevaskis completing a maiden first-class five-for as Price’s wicket gave him five for 78.


Day One

Pakistan spinner Zafar Gohar took his second consecutive five-wicket haul as Gloucestershire edged the opening day against Durham at Bristol with the visitors bundled out for 140 before the hosts closed 146 for six. Gohar, the left-armer from Lahore, took six for 43.

Pakistan spinner Zafar Gohar took his second consecutive five-wicket haul as Gloucestershire edged the opening day against Durham at Bristol with the visitors bundled out for 140 before the hosts closed 146 for six.

Gohar, the left-armer from Lahore, took six for 43 to bowl his side to victory at Cardiff last week and followed up with five for 50 back at Nevil Road.

It was a disaster for Durham having won the toss, losing six for 31 in 12 overs after lunch.

The day began in pleasant sunshine but play was suspended after only five balls as a helicopter burred overhead.

Sadly, it was the emergency services who landed on the outfield and the South Western Ambulance Service said “the Air Ambulance landed to support their response to an emergency incident at a nearby residential address”.

After a 20 minute delay, David Payne struck twice in two balls. He swung one back from a full length to trap Michael Jones lbw for 6 and next ball had the left-handed Scott Borthwick squared up and edging to first slip.

Alex Lees took Gohar for three consecutive boundaries in his first over but the left-arm spinner had his man in the over before lunch. Lees, on 40, missed with an attempted sweep and as the ball cannoned away of his pad it caught the back of his bat and looped to slip.

Gohar had Daniel Bedingham also held at slip but in far more conventional fashion as he prodded forward and Durham took lunch in trouble at 78 for four.

After the break, Paul Coughlin, for nine, and Liam Trevaskis, first ball, both swept Gohar to deep square before Ben Raine, with only No. 11 Chris Rushworth for company, charged and poked him to point.

Gloucestershire’s other left-arm spinner, Graeme van Buuren, also enjoyed success with three for 28. Ned Eckersley chipped a catch to cover for 20, Matt Potts drove a catch straight back to the bowler before perhaps the delivery of the day bowled Graham Clark with one that spun past his outside edge.

In reply, Gloucestershire were well placed at 93 for three as van Buuren, who made 62, shared a stand of 51 with Tom Lace but neither could get through to the close and when Ryan Higgins fell in the final over of the day, Durham were back in the match.

It was a disaster for Durham having won the toss, losing six for 31 in 12 overs after lunch. The day began in pleasant sunshine but play was suspended after only five balls as a helicopter burred overhead. Sadly, it was the emergency services who landed on the outfield and the South Western Ambulance Service said “the Air Ambulance landed to support their response to an emergency incident at a nearby residential address”.

After a 20 minute delay, David Payne struck twice in two balls. He swung one back from a full length to trap Michael Jones lbw for 6 and next ball had the left-handed Scott Borthwick squared up and edging to first slip. Alex Lees took Gohar for three consecutive boundaries in his first over but the left-arm spinner had his man in the over before lunch. Lees, on 40, missed with an attempted sweep and as the ball cannoned away of his pad it caught the back of his bat and looped to slip. Gohar had Daniel Bedingham also held at slip but in far more conventional fashion as he prodded forward and Durham took lunch in trouble at 78 for four.

After the break, Paul Coughlin, for nine, and Liam Trevaskis, first ball, both swept Gohar to deep square before Ben Raine, with only No. 11 Chris Rushworth for company, charged and poked him to point. Gloucestershire’s other left-arm spinner, Graeme van Buuren, also enjoyed success with three for 28. Ned Eckersley chipped a catch to cover for 20, Matt Potts drove a catch straight back to the bowler before perhaps the delivery of the day bowled Graham Clark with one that spun past his outside edge.

In reply, Gloucestershire were well placed at 93 for three as van Buuren, who made 62, shared a stand of 51 with Tom Lace but neither could get through to the close and when Ryan Higgins fell in the final over of the day, Durham were back in the match.



Scorecard

Durham won the toss and elected to bat.


Gloucestershire
Christopher Dent | Miles Hammond | James Bracey | Tom Lace | Graeme van Buuren | George Scott | Ryan Higgins | Oliver Price | Thomas Price | Zafar Khan | David Payne |


Durham
Alex Lees | Michael Jones | Scott Borthwick | David Bedingham | Edmund Eckersley | Graham Clark | Paul Coughlin | Liam Trevaskis | Benjamin Raine | Matthew Potts | Christopher Rushworth |


Gloucestershire win by 7 wickets
 
Durham second innings
131 all out
Gloucestershire second innings
54 - 3

Durham First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Extras 1b 9lb 0nb 0p 0w 10
Total 140

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
25 25 72 77 109 118 124 125 140 140

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
David Payne 8 2 13 2
Ryan Higgins 7 3 22 0
Zafar Gohar 15 2 50 5
Tom Price 8 2 17 0
Graeme van Buuren 7 0 28 3


Gloucestershire First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Extras 7b 5lb 0nb 0p 0w 12
Total 218

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
0 30 42 93 127 146 148 174 174 218

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Chris Rushworth 12 6 17 1
Matthew Potts 2 0 13 0
Liam Trevaskis 33 12 78 5
Ben Raine 16 6 39 3
Paul Coughlin 6 3 26 1
Scott Borthwick 5 1 33 0


Durham Second Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Extras 4b 0lb 8nb 0p 0w 12
Total 131

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
22 30 30 39 49 59 71 87 125 131

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
David Payne 11 3 23 0
Ryan Higgins 12 1 40 1
Zafar Gohar 23 7 51 6
Graeme van Buuren 3 0 6 2
Ollie Price 3 0 7 0


Gloucestershire Second Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Extras 4b 1lb 4nb 0p 0w 9
Total 54

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
37 42 45

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Chris Rushworth 5 0 26 2
Liam Trevaskis 4 0 23 1