County Championship: Simon Katich holds Lancashire together v Gloucestershire
Simon Katich's fourth fifty in seven County innings helped Lancashire recover from a slow start against Gloucestershire.
Last Updated: 30/05/13 6:07pm
Katich has recovered from being hit on the head in the nets at Southampton last week as he made an unbeaten 73 from 108 balls as the Red Rose side reached 175-4 in the 48.4 overs of play possible.
It was a positive response from Glen Chapple's home side after they had slipped to 26-3 inside 12 overs following a quick start from Gloucestershire's bowlers.
Craig Miles struck the first blow when he squared up Stephen Moore with a fine delivery which the opener could only edge to Michel Klinger at slip.
Moore's departure for only four was followed three overs later by that of his opening partner Andrea Agathangelou, who was lbw on the front foot to the Northern Irish seamer Graeme McCarter when he had made 14.
McCarter then had Karl Brown taken at slip by Alex Gidman for just a single and at 26-3 Lancashire were in deep trouble before Katich and Ashwell Prince put together a stand of 64 for the fourth wicket.
Any hopes home supporters harboured that Prince and Katich would share another stand of major significance were dispelled two overs after lunch when the South African followed a ball from Liam Norwell and was caught by wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick for 29.
But Katich and Steven Croft stood firm against the Gloucestershire's predominantly seam attack - slow left-armer Ed Young did not bowl until the 40th over - and had taken the score to 175-4 when bad light and heavy rain stopped play at three o'clock.