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Captain Michael Klinger hit his third first class century for Gloucestershire …

LV County Championship Division Two: Gloucestershire drew with Glamorgan

By Rob Iles

Captain Michael Klinger hit his third first class century for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan

A RISK-FREE strategy from Gloucestershire saw their County Championship game against Glamorgan at Bristol end in a tame draw.

Criticized in some quarters for not declaring early on the third day to force a result, Gloucestershire’s plan of building a lead of 100-plus and then bowling Glamorgan out cheaply was understandable, especially given the Welsh side were bowled out for 139 when chasing 154 for victory at Lancashire last month.

However, their cause was not helped by the loss of 21 overs on the third day due to rain and a batting collapse on the final morning for a first-innings lead of just 30 with Glamorgan eventually reaching 176-2 on a flat wicket before they declared and the teams shook hands at 4.50pm.

After only three wickets fell on the previous day, the final six in Gloucestershire’s innings fell for just 22 runs in 50 minutes with Michael Hogan taking five at the cost of 13 runs for a career-best 7-92 as they were bowled out for 478.

From the first ball of the day Hamish Marshall (27) wafted at a wide Hogan delivery and wicketkeeper Mark Wallace dived to his right to snap up a good catch.

James Fuller added nine to the total before he could only fend off a fierce bouncer by Hogan to Stewart Walters at second slip and Benny Howell (23) soon followed lbw to give the Glamorgan pace bowler a five-wicket haul.

Miles Hammond was caught behind off another short Hogan delivery to register a duck on his first class debut, Craig Miles (1) paddled a Dean Cosker delivery high and straight into the hands of Wallace and the Hogan-Wallace combination removed final man David Payne (2).

Glamorgan survived comfortably before lunch by reaching 41-0, and Will Bragg and Ben Wright added a further 27 after the interval until the latter was well caught down the leg side by Gareth Roderick as Gloucestershire finally made a breakthrough.

Bragg (71*) put on 52 with Walters (14), who was caught behind off Howell just before tea, and then an unbroken stand of 56 with Marcus North (33*) before the close of play.

Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger (142) had helped put Gloucestershire in a dominant position by hitting his third ton in three first class games for the club, sharing stands of 79 with Roderick (41), 180 with Dan Housego (82) and 132 with Alex Gidman (113), who has now scored back-to-back Championship centuries.

Murray Goodwin (108) and Jim Allenby (105) both hit tons in a 185-run stand to help Glamorgan recover from 85-4 in the first innings, before Miles took three wickets in seven balls on the second morning to complete a five-wicket haul for the third match in a row, although Wallace (94) helped them reach 448, along with Hogan (51), who became Hammond’s first Championship victim.

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