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Page last updated at 18:02 GMT, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 19:02 UK

Leics trio put Glos on back foot

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Leicestershire 332-8
(Leics 3pts, Glos 2pts)
19-22 August 2009

Josh Cobb
Josh Cobb hit 72 from 86 balls after being recalled by Leciestershire

Veteran Paul Nixon and teenagers James Taylor and Josh Cobb hit half-centuries to help Leicestershire gain a first-day advantage over Gloucestershire.

Nixon (57) shared an opening stand of 51 with Greg Smith before adding 103 for the third wicket with Cobb.

Cobb's 72 came from just 86 balls, but when he fell to Richard Dawson (2-82), the hosts slipped from 175-2 to 182-5.

However, Taylor (76no) took them to 332-8 at stumps with help from James Benning (37) and Wayne White (23).

After the home side won the toss, Smith, dropped at slip off Jon Lewis on eight, hit seven fours in his 32 before being trapped lbw by Steve Kirby (3-64).

Boeta Dippenaar followed soon after, bringing 19-year-old Cobb and 38-year-old Nixon together for a stand that the youngster dominated.

Cobb's half century came from just 62 deliveries, with seven fours and one six. But, having suitably celebrated his 19th birthday just two days earlier, his excellent knock came to an end when he was caught at leg-slip off former England off-spinner Dawson.

Nixon was then caught at slip off James Franklin three overs later and, when Tow New was caught behind off Dawson for a duck, the home side were in trouble.

But teenager Taylor, first with Benning and then with White, continued his fine form to give the hosts the upper hand at the close.

Meanwhile, Leicestershire have revealed that they are in talks with former Essex batsman Will Jefferson, who has been released by Nottinghamshire, with a view to signing him for next season.

Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It was one of those tosses when you looked at the wicket you were desperate to win it, bat first and bat once.

"Leicestershire did that and I was very pleased with the way our bowlers stuck to the task, we bowled very straight, we forced them to drive down the ground on a very benign wicket at this stage.

"It will turn quite a bit as the game progresses and probably become a bit variable, so we've hung in there pretty well and I was very pleased.

"When both teams came off the field, I think that the batting team would have felt they hadn't got out of the wicket as much as they needed."

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