Bracey dominates opening day in Newport
14 May 2019
On the day County Championship cricket returned to Newport, James Bracey forged the way for Gloucestershire’s success collecting 152 runs in a splendid batting performance.
This, his third first-class century against Glamorgan, comes just one week after scoring an unbeaten 113 against Essex at Chelmsford.
BACK-TO-BACK CENTURIES!!!— Gloucestershire Cricket🏏 (@Gloscricket) May 14, 2019
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He reached his 100 off 145 balls with 1️⃣7️⃣ 4's 💪🏻#GoGlos 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/NJatfQA5WK
At the end of the day’s play, Gloucestershire reached 360/6, a terrific score brought about by the batting excellence of Roderick and Bracey.
Gloucestershire had early success with Dent and Bracey after Miles Hammond was caught out at slip on the third ball of the morning by Kieran Bull. Once 50 was reached, both Dent and George Hankins were dismissed in quick succession bringing Gareth Roderick to the middle.
Roderick continued to prove his worth as a top order batsman, adding consistency and patience alongside Bracey. The fourth wicket partnership, which lasted 53 overs, added 199 runs and allowed Gloucestershire to frustrate the Glamorgan bowlers who were struggling for a breakthrough.
Bracey demonstrated the type of performance that Head Coach Richard Dawson was hoping for heading into the game and the switch to four-day cricket seemed to have no affect at all on the 22-year-old.
Gareth Roderick finished on 88, with 12 fours, adding to the side’s ever-growing number of boundaries. Benny Howell contributed 35 off 49 while Ryan Higgins (25*) and Graeme van Buuren (21*) assured there would be no more casualties on the first day.
Gloucestershire will be pleased to have recovered so well from the loss of early wickets and will be heading into the second day full of confidence with the seventh wicket partnership already on 46 and a pitch that is expected to turn later in the game.
James Bracey, who scored 154, said “I was very pleased with my innings, perhaps I would have been more than pleased to have scored the other three runs to beat my previous career best, but it set up a good total for us.
We now need to kick on in the morning and get as many as we can, and hopefully only bat once in the game”.