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Gloucestershire's Porterfield dominates Worcestershire

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Gloucestershire 324-4
Glos 3pts, Worcs 1pt
Match scorecard

William Porterfield
Porterfield is playing in only his third Championship match of the season

William Porterfield hit a career-best 175 as Gloucestershire dominated day one of their Championship match with Worcestershire at Cheltenham.

Porterfield became Gloucestershire's first centurion of the season as they closed a rain-shortened day on 324-4.

The Ireland captain shared century partnerships with James Franklin (50 not out) and Alex Gidman (40).

Matt Mason finished with 3-68, including the wicket of struggling opener Jonathan Batty for one.

Batty fell in the fifth over of the day and soon after heavy rain caused a break in proceedings.

An early lunch was taken with the resumption coming at 1310 BST, and Mason soon picked up the wicket of Hamish Marshall with the score on 52.

Porterfield was dropped on 31 as Daryl Mitchell spilled a difficult chance above his head - a drop that was to prove costly as he reached his first century of the Championship season with a back-foot boundary through the off side.

It was clear to see what the ton meant to Gloucestershire as a team. Batting partner Alex Gidman raised both arms with clenched fists as if he had got the ton and then embraced Porterfield in mid-pitch.

Gidman contributed well as the hosts added 120 in 30 overs for the third wicket, before the Gloucestershire captain became Mason's third wicket of the day.

Franklin and Porterfield then shared a partnership of 115 for the fourth wicket, with Porterfield finally falling after miscuing Jack Shantry to mid-on

Porterfield's 175 came from 209 balls, including 26 fours and four sixes, and beat his previous best first-class score of 166, made for Ireland against Bermuda in the 2007 Inter-Continental Cup.

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