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Gloucestershire Cricket: County bowlers hit back against Surrey

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

James Fuller

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE showed plenty of spirit to hit back after a remarkable first day against Surrey at The Oval.

Wickets tumbled all day as the bowlers dominated the opening exchanges in the LV= County Championship Division Two clash.

Surrey won the toss and put the visitors in and they soon lost opener Chris Dent for one.

The in-form Will Tavare joined skipper Michael Klinger and they took the score to 59 before Klinger, who has been short of runs this season, fell for 24.

Tavare stood firm as wickets tumbled around him with Alex Gidman (13), Hamish Marshall (9) and Benny Howell (3) all falling cheaply.

Tavare was sixth out for 59 with the score on 130, having faced 124 balls and batted for 161 minutes. He hit six boundaries.

Only James Fuller with an unbeaten 17 provided any further resistance as Gloucestershire were dismissed for 168 in 56.4 overs with opening bowler Mattyhew Dunn taking five for 48 for Surrey.

Fuller was soon in action with the ball and Gloucestershire made an excellent start.

Rory Burns fell to Fuller with the score on eight and he followed up with the wicket of Dominic Sibley before Howell grabbed the key wicket of captain Graeme Smith for 14 with the score on 31.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals before Chris Tremlett joined Jason Roy with the score on 62 for six.

They steadied the innings and took Surrey to three figures without further loss.

Fuller was the most successful of the Gloucestershire bowlers with four wickets. Surrey had reached 118 for six at the close

Gloucestershire 168 (56.4, Tavare 59, Dunn 5-48) Surrey 118-6 (39)

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  • Erinoidground  |  May 14 2014, 5:02PM

    Another mediocre season ahead. When will Bracewell and most of this hapless bunch be shown the door? Investment in the product would be nice. Committee's words hollow as usual, embarrassment to the county.