Cham­pi­onship run is ended

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

Glouces­ter­shire suf­fered their first Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Sec­ond Di­vi­sion de­feat since Au­gust last year as Glam­or­gan moved to the top of the ta­ble with a four-wicket vic­tory at Bris­tol.

Michael Ho­gan added fig­ures of four for 22 to his three first in­nings wick­ets to bowl out the home side for 161 from an overnight 41 for two.

Glouces­ter­shire lost their last five wick­ets for 16 runs af­ter lunch.

James Bracey and Benny Howell each made 33, but a tar­get of 188 from 49 overs made the vis­i­tors clear favourites.

So it proved, Mar­nus Labuschagn­e con­tin­u­ing his pro­lific sea­son with 82 and Billy Root con­tribut­ing 31 as Glam­or­gan reached 188 for six with 6.5 overs to spare. They took 20 points to Glouces­ter­shire’s six and over­take Lan­cashire at the sum­mit of Di­vi­sion Two by a sin­gle point, hav­ing played one more game.

Head coach Richard Daw­son said: “We played some re­ally good cricket and didn’t have much luck with the ball.

“Labuschagn­e bat­ted re­ally well. The way he goes about his work is busy. He is a great runner be­tween the wick­ets and al­ways putting the bowler un­der pres­sure.

“It took two very good balls to get him out, We’re dis­ap­pointed, but it’s not even July and we are right in the hunt for the top three places. Now it’s how we re­act to the de­feat.

“On day two we didn’t play as well as we have done af­ter get­ting our­selves in a great po­si­tion with the bat. We weren’t sharp enough and made too many er­rors, but we will learn from that and move on.”

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