CricInfo Championship: Gloucestershire v Hampshire at Cheltenham, 1-4 Aug 2001
Mark Easterbrook

Gloucestershire 2nd innings: Day Three: Stumps, Day Four: Lunch,
Hampshire 2nd innings: Day Four: Match Drawn,
Hampshire 1st innings: Day Three - Lunch, Day Three - Tea,
Live Reports from previous days


RAIN WASHES AWAY VICTORY HOPES IN CHELTENHAM

Rain washed away any hopes of a positive finish to the CricInfo Championship second division match between Gloucestershire and Hampshire at Cheltenham.

The visitors had reached 40-1 from 22 overs, after being set 350 to win, when wet weather arrived to rule out any play after 3pm.

A draw was already looking likely with Hampshire having shown no interest in the stiff target set by Gloucestershire captain Mark Alleyne.

Promotion-chasing Hampshire were initially given a minimum of 67 overs in which to record their sixth win of the campaign, but this was reduced by two overs when a shower delayed the resumption after lunch.

Ian Harvey provided Gloucestershire's sole success when, in the ninth over, he had Derek Kenway caught at long leg by Alastair Bressington.

Earlier, Gloucestershire had advanced their overnight 104-1 on to 245-6 declared.

Kim Barnett missed out on his second championship hundred of the season when, on 93, he swept Shaun Udal to Jason Laney at deep midwicket. His 161-ball innings contained 11 fours.

The search for quick runs then resulted in the loss of three wickets in four overs as Chris Taylor and Harvey gave further catches to Laney, off Neil Johnson and Udal respectively, and Jeremy Snape was caught by Will Kendall at short midwicket off Udal.

Alleyne and Jack Russell responded with an unbroken seventh wicket stand of 49 in eight overs before the declaration came a few minutes before lunch.

Udal finished as Hampshire's most successful bowler with 3-85 and a match return of 7-161.

Gloucestershire took ten points from the match, while Hampshire claimed eight to remain in the third promotion place.



HAMPSHIRE SET TOUGH TARGET BY GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Gloucestershire captain Mark Alleyne declared his side's second innings on 245-6 just before lunch on the final day of the CricInfo Championship Division Two match with promotion hopefuls Hampshire at Cheltenham.

That left Hampshire needing 350 to win from a minimum of 67 overs if they are to register their sixth success of the campaign.

After they resumed on 104-1 Gloucestershire lost Matt Windows in the second over when he cut a ball to wicketkeeper Adrian Aymes off Alan Mullally for 21.

Veteran opener Kim Barnett and Chris Taylor then put on 64 in 16 overs before Barnett was denied his second century of the CricInfo Championship season.

He had taken his overnight 70 onto 93 when he swept Shaun Udal to Jason Laney at deep mid-wicket.

The search for quick runs then resulted in the loss of three wickets in four overs as Taylor and Ian Harvey gave further catches to Laney, off Johnson and Udal respectively, and Snape was caught at short mid-wicket by Kendall off Udal.

Alleyne and 'Jack' Russell shared an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 49 in eight overs before the Gloucestershire skipper ended the innings.

Udal finished as Hampshire's most successful bowler with 3-85 for a match return of 7-161.



GLOUCESTERSHIRE EARN THE UPPER HAND AGAINST HAMPSHIRE

Alastair Bressington more than justified his promotion to the first team by bowling Gloucestershire into a position of strength on the third day of the CricInfo Championship match against Hampshire at Cheltenham.

The 21-year-old Bristolian claimed 3-56 as the visitors were bowled out for 230 in two sessions in reply to Gloucestershire's first innings 334.

He dismissed openers Kenway and White in the space of nine balls and returned in the afternoon to have Chris Tremlett caught at slip.

Ben Gannon then weighed in with 3-47 to raise Gloucestershire's hopes of forcing a second successive win at the Cheltenham festival.

Kim Barnett hit an unbeaten 70 and shared in an opening stand of 64 with Hewson, and at the close Gloucestershire were well placed at 104-1, an overall lead of 208.

Hampshire were indebted to Johnson and Laney, both of whom hit half-centuries to ensure the follow-on was avoided.

Zimbabwean left-hander, Johnson, was the more aggressive, crashing 14 fours in making 72 from 80 balls and sharing in a fifth-wicket stand of 68.

Mark Alleyne then claimed wickets with successive balls to turn the match in Gloucestershire's favour.

Johnson chipped to mid-off and Aymes was trapped on the front foot to spark a collapse that saw Hampshire's last six wickets fall for 69 runs.

Laney batted sensibly in making only his second half-century of the summer, but he was eventually left high and dry on 52* as Morris and Mullally succumbed to Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey.



HAMPSHIRE UNDONE BY GLOUCESTERSHIRE BOWLERS TO CONCEDE FIRST INNINGS LEAD OF 104

Mark Alleyne took two wickets in as many balls to put the skids under Hampshire on the third day of the CricInfo Championship match at Cheltenham.

Neil Johnson and Adrian Aymes both fell to the England A captain as the visitors were bowled out for 230 in reply to Gloucestershire's first innings total of 334.

Jason Laney and Alex Morris dug in to ensure the follow-on was avoided, but Ian Harvey returned to rip out the tail.

Alistaor Bressington and Ben Gannon had earlier taken two wickets apiece as Hampshire reached lunch on 93-4.

Zimbabwean left-hander Neil Johnson launched a fightback in the afternoon, smashing 72 from 80 balls and adding 68 for the fifth wicket with Laney.

He had harvested 14 fours when he mistimed a drive and lobbed to mid-off. Alleyne struck with his next ball to snare Aymes and Hampshire were in some discomfort on 172-7 when Sean Udal gloved a catch behind to become Gannon's third victim.

Laney was fortunate when being dropped by Matt Windows in the covers on 25 and he made good his escape to compile an 83 ball half century and see Hampshire past the follow-on figure.



BRESSINGTON AND GANNON LEAVE HAMPSHIRE IN TROUBLE AT CHELTENHAM

Alistair Bressington announced his return to first class action in emphatic fashion on the third day of the CricInfo Championship match at Cheltenham.

The 21-year-old Bristolian took two Hampshire wickets in nine balls to put the Second Division promotion hopefuls under pressure after 12 overs had been lost to rain.

Ben Gannon then chipped in with the wickets of Lawrence Prittipaul and Will Kendall as the visitors reached lunch on 93-4, still 241 runs in arrears.

Bressington, making his first championship appearance since taking five wickets on his first class debut against Glamorgan a year ago, impressed in a seven over burst which yielded 2-24.

He accounted for openers Derek Kenway and Giles White in successive overs to reduce Hampshire to 34-2. Both were caught by Russell, Kenway defending a short-pitched delivery and White swooshing down the leg-side.

Gannon replaced Bressington at the college lawn end to bowl the 16th over and struck with his fourth ball, trapping Prittipaul on the front foot to further undermine a Hampshire batting order already deprived of injured captain Robin Smith.

Neil Johnson and Kendal had added 35 for the fourth wicket when the latter was undone by a Gannon yorker which bowled him.

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