Leicestershire 103 for two (Patel 60*) path Gloucestershire 159 (Dent 50, Scriven 4-30)
Leicestershire’s bid to win promotion within the LV=Insurance coverage County Championship to go together with their first one-day closing for 22 years began impressively as they returned to red-ball motion on the Uptonsteel County Floor.
Gloucestershire, the aspect they bowled out for 125 right here final Tuesday to clinch their place within the Metro Financial institution One-Day Cup closing, fared scarcely higher, dismissed for 159 by Leicestershire’s seam assault regardless of Chris Dent’s half-century.
Leicestershire, who’ve a sport in hand however in all probability want a victory on this match to face a sensible likelihood of going up alongside runaway Division Two leaders Durham, had two gamers making their county debuts in wicketkeeper Ben Cox, who has joined initially on mortgage from Worcestershire, and 33-year-old Pakistan worldwide batter Umar Amin, signed for the final 4 matches of the season rather than Peter Handscomb, who has returned to Australia.
Bowl first seemed the plain selection for whoever received the toss however within the occasion it was the losers, Gloucestershire, who had the higher of the opening morning, going to lunch at 73 for 1.
Leicestershire would possibly argue that they have been unfortunate with the balls that did whistle previous the sting, whereas the guests benefited disproportionately from the final two overs of Wiaan Mulder’s opening spell as Ben Charlesworth picked up three fours from every, albeit a pair by way of third man and one other off an inside edge previous off stump. But one wicket was definitely fewer than house skipper Lewis Hill would have hoped for.
It was claimed by Scriven, who took over from Mulder on the Pavilion Finish and conceded solely three runs in seven overs. Within the midst of that was a superb supply that beat Charlesworth’s inside edge and clipped the off bail.
Mulder – 0 for 35 from 5 overs first up – had a way more efficient second spell, 2 for 7 from 9, both aspect of lunch, with each wickets coming after a change of ball instantly after the interval. The South African allrounder bowled Ollie Worth previous a defensive bat and beat Miles Hammond, one other of Gloucestershire’s predominant left-handers, with a fullish ball into the entrance pad.
These wickets arrange Leicestershire for a way more productive afternoon. Dent accomplished a 138-ball half century with a pleasant shot by way of the covers off Scriven for his seventh boundary solely to fall leg earlier than to the identical bowler with out addition.
Wright, in his 2 hundredth first-class match, picked up his 577th wicket by way of a misjudgement by James Bracey, who was bowled shouldering arms earlier than Zafar Gohar grew to become a primary sufferer behind the stumps for Cox, giving Scriven his third success.
Josh Shaw was dropped at first slip on 1 off Matt Salisbury however added solely seven earlier than he grew to become a debut lbw sufferer for Amin, leaving Gloucestershire 145 for 7 at tea.
Amin, who bowls medium tempo off a 5 or six-step run-up, has not performed worldwide cricket for 5 years and no first-class cricket since November final 12 months, but is a well-recognized determine to some within the Leicestershire dressing room. He has spent this summer time taking part in for Cavaliers and Carrington within the Nottinghamshire Premier League – alongside Leicestershire allrounder Rehan Ahmed and interim head coach Alfonso Thomas.
Half a dozen overs after tea, Gloucestershire have been all out. Harry Tector, on Championship debut for the county, was leg earlier than making an attempt to work to leg off Wright, who then had Zaman Akhter caught at second slip off the shoulder of the bat. Luke Charlesworth – youthful brother of Ben – lasted 5 balls on his first-class debut, falling leg earlier than pushing ahead as Scriven claimed his fourth wicket.
It left Leicestershire to face 24 overs earlier than the shut. They shortly misplaced the recalled Sol Budinger, bowled by way of the gate by Shaw, earlier than Hill edged Dom Goodman to gully for 21, however Patel, unfazed by surviving an opportunity to level on 46 off Akhter, went previous fifty for the seventh time this season to take his first-class mixture to 950.