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Match Drawn

Worcs vs Gloucs

Moore runs for Worcs

Batsman reaches season milestone as draw played out

Moore: milestone

LV County Championship - Division Two
New Road
Gloucestershire 444 (C G Taylor 137, S D Snell 127, M A Hardinges 82, S P Jones 5-92) v Worcestershire 214 (G A Hick 60) & 196-3 (S C Moore 84)
Worcestershire (8pts) drew with Gloucestershire (12pts)

Stephen Moore became the first batsman to complete 500 runs this season as Worcestershire drew their rain-interrupted County Championship clash with Gloucestershire at New Road.

Having been forced to follow on, the home side secured a fourth successive draw by making 196-3 in a much-improved second innings.

Moore made 84, hitting a dozen fours and a six after facing 113 balls, taking his haul for the season so far to 567.

Worcestershire began the final day on 189-9 in their first innings and picked up a batting bonus point before Simon Jones (18) fell to Matthew Gitsham - the leg-spinner taking his first Championship wicket.

Nevertheless, an elbow injury meant that Daryl Mitchell (11 no) was unable to open the home side's second innings with Moore, Vikram Solanki moving up from number three and making 44 before falling to Marcus North.

Ben Smith (21) fell cheaply as Worcestershire reached tea at 158 for two and Moore then fell to Anthony Ireland in the second over after the interval.

Graeme Hick (30 no) and Steven Davies (13 no) then avoided any further mishaps before the teams settled for a draw during a light shower at 4.50pm.

For bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire it was a frustrating final day in the field with five interruptions for bad light or rain.

Day three

Gloucestershire's under-strength bowling attack took the plaudits on Friday, overshadowing Graeme Hick's comeback as Worcestershire struggled on a rain-hit day.

Despite the absence of Jon Lewis and Steve Kirby, the visitors reduced Worcester to 189-9 - 106 short of the follow-on target - with opener Daryl Mitchell hindered by an injured elbow.

MItchell received a painful blow from Will Rudge and his retirement was followed by a flurry of wickets, before Hick struck 60 from 62 balls on his return to action from elbow surgery.

But the veteran fell to part-timer Alex Gidman, prodding a catch to short mid-wicket off the acting-captain's fourth delivery.

The medium pacers kept the batsmen in check - Steven Davies (32) playing on to Mark Hardinges before Gidman removed Gareth Batty with one that nipped back.

Rudge, expensive early on, came back to claim 3-60 with a couple of late wickets before Mitchell returned to delay the follow-on before bad light ended play.

Day Two

Gloucestershire added just 33 runs for their final four wickets to end a rain-hit second day at New Road all out for 444.

Resuming on 411-6, Gloucestershire added just four before century hero Stephen Snell's innings ended on 127 as he failed to add to his tally before becoming one of Simon Jones' five victims.

Mark Hardinges moved from 66 to 82 before being bowled by Jones - who also ended the innings by getting rid of last man Anthony Ireland for nought.

Jones recorded a second five-wicket haul in a week as he finished with figures of 5-92, but Worcestershire were unable to begin their reply due to the weather.

Day One

Chris Taylor and Stephen Snell hit hundreds to help rescue Gloucestershire from a disastrous start against Worcestershire.

The duo came together with their side in real trouble at 85-5 but turned the game around with an impressive stand of 222 in 53 overs.

Simon Jones dismissed both openers in his first full day of Championship action this season, getting Grant Hodnett caught at gully and then forcing Craig Spearman to jab one to short leg.

However, from then on the day was dominated by the visitors, Taylor taking three sixes off Gareth Batty before the spinner had his revenge by having him caught behind for 137.

Snell carried on right through until the close, the wicketkeeper making his maiden century in only his seventh Championship match.

By the close he was unbeaten on 127 alongside Mark Hardinges, who had made 66 to put on an unbroken partnership 104 for the seventh wicket.

Match Details

Date
14th May 2008
Toss
Venue
New Road, Worcester
Umpires
G I Burgess and G Sharp

worcs BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Solanki c Gitsham b North 44
Moore c Hardinges b Ireland 84
Smith c Ireland b Rudge 21
Hick not out 30
Davies not out 13
Extras 2w, 2lb 4
Total 53.2 Overs 196 - 3
Full Batting Card

gloucs BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Ireland 9 2 49 1
Rudge 14 3 54 1
Hardinges 3 0 15 0
North 10 1 37 1
Marshall 6 4 12 0
Gitsham 11.2 2 27 0
Full Bowling Card