Lancashire made to look second best

Croft - vital wicket
Croft - vital wicket
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A century from Michael Klinger helped Gloucestershire to an unlikely first innings lead over Lancashire on day two of the LV=County Championship game at Bristol.

By the close, Lancashire, were just 12 runs ahead in this Division Two contest - with all 10 second innings wickets intact.

Having crumbled to 72 for five before lunch, Klinger and Geraint Jones joined forces to add 167 for the sixth wicket, in 42.1 overs.

Klinger, who scored 93 in his first Championship innings of the summer, at Derby last week, and whose two unbeaten T20 innings’ have yielded 195 runs, played with genuine defiance on a wicket that gave Lancashire’s seamers plenty of early morning encouragement.

Resuming overnight on 15 for two, the 34-year-old Australian showed true character after Gloucestershire were plunged into early trouble.

Night-watchman Craig Miles, wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick and Ian Cockbain all departed before lunch, with Kyle Jarvis, Glen Chapple and Tom Bailey taking a wicket apiece.

That left the in-form Klinger and former Kent wicketkeeper Jones to provide an even keel for the host county. The pair did exactly that, adding 139 in the afternoon session as Lancashire failed to take a wicket between lunch and tea.

Klinger,who reached 50 off 115 balls, eventually departed to a spectacular one-handed catch by South African Alviro Petersen, at mid-on, off the bowling of Steven Croft for 102.

He struck 15 fours and one six after passing three figures for the first time in the Championship since June last year.

Jones, who took just 66 deliveries to reach his half-century, departed shortly after, at 246 for seven, bowled by the impressive Bailey for 88. His innings included 12 boundaries and lasted 12 minutes short of three hours.

On a wicket that provided the Lancashire seamers with ample encouragement, the pair batted with patience and application.

Both were particularly harsh on anything full and wide, but neither took any chances as Gloucestershire recovered their poise to edge in front of Lancashire’s first innings total of 275.

For the visitors, the final session was far more successful. They took the last five Gloucestershire wickets for 38 runs - with Bailey returning figures of four for 52 and Jarvis four for 67.

By the close, they were back in front courtesy of openers Karl Brown and Paul Horton who survived without too many problems against a Gloucestershire attack who will fancy their chances of making inroads on day three.

Brown, one of two first innings half-centurions, managed three singles off 38 balls, whilst Horton, who made only four first time around, was unbeaten on six.