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Jon Lewis boosts Gloucestershire's top-flight hope

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO, Grace Road:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Leicestershire 295, Gloucestershire 54-2
Glos 3pts, Leics 2pts
Match scorecard


Jon Lewis
Lewis has now taken 49 Championship wickets this season

Jon Lewis kept Gloucestershire's promotion hopes alive with four wickets on day one against Leicestershire.

Lewis took 4-42, while there were two wickets for Anthony Ireland, as the home side were dismissed for 295, with Tom New top-scoring with 63.

Nathan Buck then reduced the visitors to 10-2, getting rid of Will Porterfield and Chris Dent cheaply.

But Jonathan Batty (24no) and Hamish Marshall (19no) saw Gloucestershire to the close on 54-2, trailing by 241.

Earlier, Leicestershire who won the toss, looked set to post a below-par score as they stumbled to 36-3 and 167-6, despite 46 from Jacques du Toit and 43 from Paul Nixon.

They were pulled out of deep trouble by New's 99-ball innings which contained 11 fours, before he fell to Ireland (2-71).

Leicestershire were also helped by Claude Henderson's quick-fire 33, Nadeem Malik's 34 and a career-best 26 from Buck, to push them five short of a third batting point.

Buck then picked up two early Gloucestershire wickets to crown a memorable day for the teenager.



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