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Will Gidman: Took match figures of 10-43 and hit a first innings century as Gloucestershire put Leicestershire to the sword at Bristol Will Gidman had Gloucestershire members reaching for the record books after batting and bowling his side to victory by an innings and 138 runs inside three days in a one-sided LV= County Championship contest against Leicestershire at Bristol.
Enjoying outstanding form at the end of the season, the all-rounder became the first Gloucestershire player to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match for 36 years.
Having claimed career-best figures of 6-15 and registered 143 in the first innings, Gloucestershire’s in-form all-rounder took 4-28 to finish with remarkable match figures of 10-43 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 261 in their second innings as they fell to their fourth innings defeat in five matches.
Having seen off the new ball the previous evening, Ned Eckersley picked up where he left off to raise a half-century from just 47 balls after Leicestershire resumed on 60-1 on Thursday morning.
Tom Smith soon accounted for Eckersley though, the slow left-armer extracting turn to bowl him for 84.
Having played second fiddle in a stand of 130 in 33 overs with Eckersley, Robson was one run short of a maiden first-class fifty when Gidman located his outside edge and Gareth Roderick took a routine catch behind the stumps to reduce the visitors to 155-3 shortly before lunch.
Comical Gloucestershire made further inroads after the interval, Smith pinning Foxes captain Matthew Boyce lbw for 19 before Craig Miles then had Josh Cobb caught at the wicket for six and Shiv Thakor was run out for 17 by Benny Howell’s throw following a comical mix-up.
Smith then returned at the Pavilion end to remove James Sykes, who was drawn onto the front foot and caught behind for six as the visitors subsided to 218-7.
Gloucestershire took the new ball after tea and Will Gidman struck almost immediately to remove Ben Raine in the act of driving, Michael Klinger making a difficult catch appear straightforward at third slip.
Gidman bowled Matthew Hoggard for a duck in his next over from the Ashley Down Road end, at which point he had taken 9-39, eclipsing his previous best match figures of 9-114.
He bagged his 10th wicket in emphatic fashion, clean bowling Ollie Freckingham for 30 to bring matters to a premature conclusion.
Gloucestershire’s fourth win of the campaign yielded a maximum 24 points, while rock-bottom Leicestershire took just two.
0 View comments England women sealed their Ashes success with a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third NatWest Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street.
After restricting Australia to 91 for seven England coasted home, following an unbeaten stand of 78 between Lydia Greenway and Natalie Sciver, with 22 balls to spare.
England regained the Ashes with a five-wicket victory at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday and Saturday’s result confirmed a 12-4 scoreline, and a fifth successive win, in the multi-format series.
We’ve done it: England captain Charlotte Edwards lifts the Ashes trophy Champagne moment: England celebrate winning the Ashes Moment to savour: Edwards enjoys lifting the Ashes trophy, left, and posing for the cameras Captain Charlotte Edwards was awarded the trophy on the field after victory to spark England’s second Ashes celebrations of the summer following the men’s 3-0 Test series win.
Greenway hit an England record 80 from 64 balls in Southampton and was required to play a match-winning role again after the top-order fell cheaply for the second successive game.
When Edwards was bowled by Holly Ferling, England were 14 for three in pursuit of their modest target.
Fine innings: England’s Lydia Greenway scored 35 runs Winning runs: England’s batsman Natalie Sciver celebrates after her team claims victory over Australia But Greenway produced another guiding hand with 35 from 34 balls, while Sciver added 37 from 44 balls.
Durham-born spinner Danielle Hazell returned England’s best figures (two for 20) as Australia were kept under wraps with the bat.
The tourists lost six for 40 in the middle stages of their innings with Hazell locating the stumps of Alex Blackwell and Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry before she had scored.
Phil Jaques hit an unbeaten 151 for Yorkshire on the third day of the Division One match against Durham.
Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Phil Jaques hopes Yorkshire’s resilience against their championship title rivals Durham shows they are the “real deal”.
The former Australia opener Jaques shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 257 with the New Zealand import Kane Williamson as the Division One leaders fought back strongly after being asked to follow on at North Marine Road.
The antipodean alliance has strengthened the chances of maintaining a 21.5-point advantage over their second-placed opponents when stumps are drawn on Saturday.
“We put ourselves under pressure and that might not be such a bad thing with the lead-in we have got,” said Jaques, who closed on 151 not out.
“The way we have responded shows we’re the real deal, hopefully.
We have played some really good cricket to get into the position we are in and we don’t want to let that go.” Durham, whose youthful collective have registered five individual Championship bests in the past fortnight alone, followed their highest first-class score against Yorkshire by claiming the final seven home wickets for 63 in glorious batting conditions.
It was a monumental effort, even if some of the damage was self-inflicted by a Yorkshire team intent on commemorating their 150th anniversary with silverware.
An attack lacking its spearhead Graham Onions, who has a fractured finger, was given impetus when Ben Stokes’s first delivery of the morning a well-directed yorker culled Williamson’s first innings at 84.
Next ball Gary Ballance turned to leg and comfortably lost the uphill effort to make good Jonny Bairstow’s plea for two as Chris Rushworth relayed the ball to the wicketkeeper Phil Mustard.
With only the tail for company after that hapless run-out, Bairstow fell for 82 when he squeezed a return chance to the leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Yorkshire were all out in the first over of a half-hour delay for lunch.
Not for the first time, Durham had over-performed with honours but were hampered when a side strain to Mark Wood, their best exponent of reverse swing, rendered him unable to bowl second time around.
Jos Buttler: In fine form at Bristol Jos Buttler contributed 68 as Somerset moved into the YB40 semi-finals by beating Gloucestershire by 12 runs at Bristol.
The hosts won the toss and opted to field but failed to find an early breakthrough – former England stars Marcus Trescothick and Craig Kieswetter putting on 105 for the opening wicket.
Craig Miles eventually removed the former for 50 and was soon on a hat-trick having sent Nick Compton back to the pavilion with a golden duck to his name – only for Buttler and James Hildreth (34) to seize the initiative.
Both men selected their shots carefully to take Somerset towards 200 and despite a trio of quick wickets for Tom Smith, Buttler carried his bat to help the visitors post 258-9 from their 40 overs.
Gloucestershire’s reply began solidly as their top five batsmen all passed 30 – but the craft of Alfonso Thomas struck at crucial times as he removed Chris Dent (31) and Ian Cockbain (39).
Alex Gidman was another to begin promisingly as he moved smoothly to 41 only to have his stumps disrupted by Jamie Overton and with wickets falling at an alarming rate, Thomas’ excellent variations at the death denied Gloucestershire.
Chris Tremlett was left out by England but made his point to the selectors with career-best figures for Surrey against Durham.
Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images Surrey look certain to remain rooted to the foot of Division One in the County Championship after Durham took control of their match at Chester-le-Street, despite Chris Tremlett taking eight for 96.
His career-best figures will cause further embarrassment to the England selectors, who have come under fire for leaving him out of the team for the final Test at The Oval and preferring Chris Woakes.
But they also reflected the lack of support on a pitch which Durham’s new generation proceeded to exploit.
In the absence of three frontline seamers, the youngsters reduced Surrey to 97 for six in reply to 421 before bad light halted play at tea-time.
The left-armer Jamie Harrison and the 20-year-old debutant Usman Arshad took two wickets each and Mark Wood bowled Hashim Amla for 14 with his first ball.
Wood came on for the 13th over and seemed to surprise Amla with his pace.
The South African maestro played back and the ball skidded through his defence to hit off and middle.
The Bradford-born Arshad, a Durham academy product, struck with his eighth and 12th balls in first-class cricket.
Zander de Bruyn played back against the brisk medium-pacer and chopped the ball into his stumps, then Gary Wilson edged to Phil Mustard.
In eclipsing his previous best of six for 44, Tremlett also recorded the fifth best figures in 18 seasons of first-class cricket at the Riverside ground.
They were the third best in the country this season, behind Steve Magoffin’s eight for 20 for Sussex against Somerset and Alan Richardson’s eight for 37 for Worcestershire against Gloucestershire.
Having taken all five wickets to fall on the first day, Tremlett had to wait 35 minutes on the second before he had Harrison, the nightwatchman, caught at second slip.
He rested after one more over, at the same time as umpire Mark Benson left the field after receiving a call regarding a family emergency.
He was replaced by a local league umpire, Philip Raine, who stood at square-leg while Michael Gough officiated at both ends until the ECB reserve list umpire Paul Baldwin arrived in mid-afternoon.
Tremlett’s chances of taking all 10 were dashed when, with two needed for the fourth batting point, Paul Collingwood shaped to drive Jade Dernbach and was bowled for 36.
Arshad resisted for 18 overs in making 15 before Tremlett claimed two more wickets through edged catches, then the last man Chris Rushworth guided Tim Linley to first slip, leaving Mustard unbeaten on 45.
Both Surrey openers were out with the total on five, Harrison striking first when the left-hander Rory Burns pushed forward and edged to Mustard.
Michael Richardson then held a good catch to his right at third slip to get rid of Arun Harinath off Rushworth and it became 20 for three when Vikram Solanki offered no stroke and was lbw to Harrison.
After Amla’s exit De Bruyn and Steven Davies went for their shots and added 47 before Arshad’s double strike.
Davies was unbeaten on 36 at the close.
0 View comments Kevin Pietersen’s half century was a rare highlight of a painfully slow day’s cricket as England batted for survival at The Oval.
Resuming on 32 for none, Alastair Cook and Joe Root registered their first 50-plus opening stand of the series until the England captain was first man out.
Root, Jonathan Trott and Pietersen followed him but Ian Bell and Chris Woakes steered England to 247 for four at stumps.
Michael Clarke attempted to rattle Pietersen with some sledging but the England batsman responded with: No one in your team likes you.
You re captain and no one likes you.
More to follow Starc contrast: The Australia bowler successfully appeals for Pietersen’s wicket Join the dots: The red marks signify balls from which Pietersen did not score – and there were a lot of them Slow going: Pietersen salutes his fifty, in which the runs did not exactly flow Trapped: Jonathan Trott is hit on the pad by Mitchell Starc and our Hawk-Eye (below) shows it was out Big appeal: Starc pleads with the umpire to give Trott out Trotting off: The England No 3 trudges back to the pavilion Mr Sledge: Pietersen and Clarke (with his back to camera) also had a go at each other during play Shouting match: Pietersen (right) smiles as Clarke says a few words Crossing paths: Clarke (right) and Pietersen are at it again Words: Pietersen (right) argues with Clarke (left) as the players walk off for tea Pietersen and Clarke Rare boundary: The unusually subdued Pietersen hits out Poor decision: Joe Root goes to sweep Nathan Lyon Uprooted: Joe Root cannot believe it as he is out sweeping Nathan Lyon to Shane Watson Watchful: Joe Root played himself back into some form, hitting a half century Celebration: The Australians show their joy at Cook’s dismissal First down: Alastair Cook trudges off after being caught behind Chasing a wide one: Cook could have left the Harris delivery well alone Just made it: Pietersen scrambles home as the ball hits the stumps Silver service: Kevin Pietersen receives a commemorative engraved bat from ECB chairman Giles Clarke after becoming England’s leading run scorer One Deity: Trott may have had a difficult series but one fan’s opinion of him is very positive Cricket United: Friday was Cricket United day at The Oval and Andrew Strauss (centre), Mike Gatting (left) and Surrey’s Richard Gould (right) help mark it by unveiling a flag and everyone was asked to wear a blue item of clothing Blue day: Weather forecaster Lucy Verasamy and ex-England captain Michael Vaughan also supported Cricket United on day three at The Oval
Steve Smith of Australia celebrates after reaching his maiden century during day two of the fifth Ashes Test Steve Smith was thrilled to hit his maiden Test century as his 138no helped Australia into a commanding position after two days of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.
Smith reached three figures with a brilliant six back over Jonathan Trott’s head, with Australia declaring on 492-9 before England reached stumps 32-0 in reply.
“It feels really good,” he told Sky Sports Ashes.
“It was nice to start off the day on 66 and put in a partnership with Watto (Shane Watson) yesterday, he played very well as well.
I was very happy to get a score today.” “I said to Hadds (Brad Haddin) before the start of that over ‘what do you reckon about just trying to hit him over his head?’.
“It ended up in the right spot and I got a hold of it in the end so I was happy with that.
“I knew I’d got enough of it to go over the top, I was just hoping I had enough to go for six and it felt pretty good.
“I’ve worked pretty hard over the last year or so on a few things and I’m pretty happy with where my game is at,” he said.
“Obviously a big score was what I was looking for and to get one out here today was very pleasing.
“I’m close to where I want to be.
There are a few things I need to still tinker with with but I’m getting there.”
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Nottinghamshire’s Luke Fletcher celebrates the wicket of Adam Lyth of Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.
Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images To describe Luke Fletcher as something of a throwback is not intended to be derogatory.
The burly, rather ungainly Nottinghamshire bowler may not look very much like a professional athlete, but he is the sort of old-fashioned county seamer on whom a captain can depend to keep running in all day, and in doing so he nearly saved Chris Read from embarrassment here.
Nearly, but not quite.
The groundsman had left plenty of grass on the pitch, and on a humidly cloudy morning, the Nottinghamshire skipper’s decision to put Yorkshire in was just about understandable.
Nor did it prove entirely unjustified as the pitch, though far better than it looked and pleasingly pacy, gave the bowlers a little help all day.
But the sight of Fletcher, deep into his 25th over and with career best figures of 5-66 to his name, leaving the field with cramp was indicative of how hard and how successfully the Yorkshire batsmen battled.
It was also indicative of the strength of their batting line-up.
The return of Jonny Bairstow, discarded by England, together with the availability of New Zealand international Kane Williamson, enabled the championship leaders to announce a formidably strong side.
Alex Lees had gone early caught behind, driving wildly at a Harry Gurney delivery that bounced and swung away, and when Phil Jaques was leg before to a Fletcher delivery that swung in and brushed the pad firmly on its way through to Read behind the stumps, Yorkshire were 61-2.
They were scoring their runs quickly, however, and Adam Lyth and Andrew Gale continued to do so.
The left-handed Lyth was dropped by Samit Patel at third slip off Andre Adams on 33, and made Notts pay with a series of nicely timed drives and glides through the off-side.
A score of 124-2 off 31 overs at lunch was not what Read must have hoped for.
He will have felt better when Fletcher, bustling in from the Radcliffe Road End, made a double strike soon after the break.
The ball that dismissed Gale was a beauty, shaping back in through the air before leaving the left-hander off the pitch, but the following delivery, well wide of off-stump, was nothing special.
The Yorkshire supporters were unimpressed to see Williamson prod unconvincingly well away from his body and edge a catch to third slip.
Lyth was joined by Adil Rashid in adding 65 for the fifth wicket, and was nearing what would have been a fine century when he played at a delivery slanted across him by Fletcher and edged a catch behind.
Rashid also passed 50 before Fletcher pinned him leg before, and Bairstow, coming in at eight after driving up from London, was in danger of running out of partners at the close.