Monday, 12 September 2011

Glos beat Leics to keep promotion hopes alive

Gloucestershire 394 and 54 for 0 beat Leicestershire 135 and 311 (f/o) by 10 wickets 

The Jessop Tavern View has decided to respond to recent (parental) criticism regarding 'having given up on the blog' by hitting back with a bumper series of two posts summarising the recent Leicestershire match and the in progress Northants match. First up, a thumping 10 wicket win over the hapless Leicestershire at Bristol.

This was a solid performance which lead to a good win over a crap side. High points included David Payne's career best match figures of 9-96 and yet more all round contributions from the mighty Will Gidman. It is hard to believe that a man let go by Durham has now scored 977 runs and taken 45 wickets in his first season of Championship cricket. Great stuff and surely the signing of the season. Praise must go to King John for having the vision to bring him in and back him to succeed.

It looks unlikely that Glos will manage to achieve promotion next week. We will need to win against 2nd placed Northamptionshire and then have the Surrey result go in our favour as well. The boys must be congratulated for continuing to fight for promotion when other, this blog included, had given up on our prospects several weeks back. The win against Glamorgan and Leicestershire have at least given us a shot going into the last game of the season. You can't ask for much more than that from a youthful side.

Videos from the match below:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4