Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gloucestershire v Worcestershire, LVCC2, Day 1, Cheltenham, 17/07/13

It really is one of the highlights of the summer to spend some time at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival and, in sweltering heat, this visit was no different.
It really matters little that we're talking about two struggling Division 2 sides, because a lively track, a fast outfield and a fine setting make the admission fee worthwhile.
The last time I was here I saw a Robert Croft hatrick and on today's visit I saw another hatrick, this time by Gloucestershire's James Fuller a the home side ripped through the Worcestershire top order to leave them 22 for 6.

Glos in control early on

Joe Leach...impressive

Worcestershire's Gareth Andrew does some hitting during a recovery
In fairness, Leach and Andrew got their heads down, to stage a recovery as Worcestershire eventually made 182.
In reply, Gloucestershire progressed serenely to 83 without loss by the close.

drinks on a sweltering day

James Fuller field on the boundary at Cheltenham..... of the most enjoyable parts of the domestic season

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