Daw­son crit­i­cal of bats­men af­ter loss

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GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE head coach Richard Daw­son pointed the fin­ger at his bats­men af­ter Sussex com­pleted a com­pre­hen­sive eight-wicket win at Bris­tol.

Glouces­ter­shire were all out for 200 in the first in­nings and con­ceded a first-in­nings lead of 170, and af­ter be­ing all out 244 in their sec­ond in­nings Philip Salt and Sti­aan van Zyl staged an un­bro­ken third-wicket stand of 41 as Sussex suc­cess­fully chased down a mod­est vic­tory target of 74.

Daw­son said: “It is ob­vi­ous that we didn’t bat or bowl well enough but the game was ef­fec­tively lost in the first in­nings.

“We knew the ball would seam around on the first day, but our shot se­lec­tion left a lot to be de­sired.

“Again, in the sec­ond in­nings, the mode of dis­missal was dis­ap­point­ing. We’ve been pretty good at putting de­cent first-in­nings scores on the board at Bris­tol this sea­son, but we didn’t ex­e­cute that part of our game as well as we could have on this oc­ca­sion.”

Any lin­ger­ing hopes that Glouces­ter­shire, who re­sumed on 197-6, might re­trieve a par­lous sit­u­a­tion were dashed when their last four wick­ets yielded only 46 runs more as they were dis­missed for 243 in their sec­ond in­nings. Chris Jor­dan and Del­ray Rawl­ins claimed two wick­ets apiece to pre­vent the tail wag­ging and raise the prospect of an in­sid­e­the-dis­tance vic­tory.

Sussex progress was not al­to­gether smooth there­after, Luke Wells hook­ing a short­pitched de­liv­ery from David Payne straight to Ben Charleswor­th at deep back­ward square leg with 13 on the board.

Tom Haines fol­lowed him back to the pavil­ion soon af­ter lunch, caught by James Bracey at sec­ond slip off the bowl­ing of Matt Taylor for 10.

But Salt calmed any nerves, play­ing the per­cent­ages in an as­sured in­nings of 30 not out from 54 balls, while van Zyl posted an iden­ti­cal score, pro­vid­ing post-lunch ac­cel­er­a­tion to has­ten the end.

There was a sil­ver lin­ing of sorts for the home side, who suc­cess­fully wiped out a run rate of mi­nus-four to at least avert the threat of be­ing docked penalty points.

Glouces­ter­shire’s avowed in­ten­tion to dig in and make Sussex work hard for vic­tory on the fi­nal day lasted just four balls as Jack Taylor aimed a loose drive at a wide de­liv­ery from Jor­dan and was caught at the wicket in the very first over.

That er­ror of judg­ment was com­pounded when Ryan Higgins de­parted in iden­ti­cal fash­ion, flash­ing hard at another wide de­liv­ery from Jor­dan and edg­ing a catch be­hind as Glouces­ter­shire ef­fec­tively ran up the white flag of sur­ren­der.

Within the space of 12 balls and 15 min­utes, Glouces­ter­shire had con­trived to hand Sussex the game on a plate, their last re­al­is­tic prospect of set­ting a test­ing target hav­ing re­turned to the pavil­ion in high dud­geon.

It was left to the un­her­alded pair of Payne and Matt Taylor to serve up tail-end re­sis­tance in the form of an ob­du­rate ninth­wicket stand of 38 in 13 overs.

Frus­trated in his at­tempts to bring about a swift con­clu­sion, Sussex cap­tain Ben Brown called upon five dif­fer­ent bowlers.

Rawl­ins came up trumps, lo­cat­ing Payne’s out­side edge to pro­vide the lithe Jor­dan with an op­por­tu­nity to take a fine one-handed slip catch low to his right.

He con­cluded the in­nings in his next over, clean bowl­ing the swing­ing Shannon Gabriel and leav­ing Taylor high and dry on 28 not out.

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Glouces­ter­shire head coach Richard Daw­son

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