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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Gloucs vs Derbys

Gloucs denied by weather

Elements conspire against hosts at Bristol

Adshead: Nine victims

LV County Championship - Division Two
Derbyshire 124 (S P Kirby 4-59) & 361 (C J L Rogers 114, F D Telo 65, D J Pipe 62) v Gloucestershire 314 (M J North 87, C G Taylor 68, R Clarke 4-87) & 27-1
Gloucestershire (10pts) drew with Derbyshire (7pts)

Inclement weather wiped out the entire final day at Bristol, denying Gloucestershire the opportunity to chase 172 for victory.

The hosts were due to resume on 27-1 in their second innings, requiring a further 145 to defeat Derbyshire.

But persistent rain during the night and this morning left the County Ground sodden and umpires Rob Bailey and Neil Bainton abandoned the match as a draw at 4pm.

Day Three

Gloucestershire require a further 145 to claim victory in the the opening match of the season with nine wickets intact against Derbyshire at Bristol.

Wicketkeeper Steve Adshead claimed five catches to make it nine in the match as the visitors were bowled out for 361, leaving Gloucester 172 to win - rain and bad light ending play early with the hosts on 27-1.

Derbyshire began the day on 235-4 but lost skipper Rikki Clarke in the third over when he top-edged Anthony Ireland to Steve Kirby on the boundary.

But James Pipe and Graham Wagg (25) dug in for a stand of 68 before Adshead claimed another victim off the bowling of Ireland.

The visitors had moved on to 321-6 at lunch, Pipe passing 50 with eight boundaries, but he was next to go when he edged Jon Lewis to Adshead for 62.

Rain crept in for almost an hour and a half in the afternoon but the last three wickets fell for 19 runs as Gloucester sighted victory.

However, Ian Hunter made Kadeer Ali edge one to Clarke at slip before the rain returned and the hosts will have one eye on the weather on Saturday as they go in search of the win.

Day Two

Chris Rogers helped move Derbyshire into the lead with a century before Gloucestershire battled back at Bristol.

The Australian left-hander cracked 14 fours in his innings of 114, sharing a stand of 129 with another new recruit, Dominic Telo (65).

But with the visitors just ahead both batsmen fell to the off-spin of Marcus North. At close Derbyshire were on 235-4, giving them a lead of just 45.

Rogers, who made his career best score of 319 against the same opponents while playing for Northamptonshire, offered a low return catch to the bowler after Telo had been caught behind having made his eighth first-class 50.

North had already shown his value to Gloucestershire with the bat, top-scoring with 87 in a first-innings total of 314.

Steven Adshead (47) and Jon Lewis (29) both managed late contributions to forge the home side further ahead after they had resumed the day on 216-6.

New Derbyshire captain Rikki Clarke finished with figures of 4-87 and was on 22 not out at the end of the day.

Day one

Gloucestershire seamer Steve Kirby gave the England selectors a nudge with a superb display on the opening day at Bristol.

Kirby finished with figures of 4-59 as Derbyshire were bowled out for a dismal 124, allowing the home side to rack up a lead of 92 by the close of play with four first innings wickets in tact.

The visitors collapsed from 62-1, losing their last nine wickets in the space of 21 overs after losing the toss.

Anthony Ireland offer Kirby strong support by claiming 3-33 as opener Steve Stubbings top-scored with 36.

Gloucestershire then found themselves in trouble at 72-4, but Marcus North counter-attacked with a polished 87 and 68 from Chris Taylor enabled the home side to close on 216-6.

Match Details

16th Apr 2008
County Ground, Bristol
R J Bailey and N L Bainton