Ian Cockbain, Tom Lace safe four-wicket win for Gloucestershire over Leicestershire
Cockbain scores a century and Lace 97 as fourth-wicket stand price 224 sees hosts house
Gloucestershire 275 (Dent 53, Wright 7-53) and 348 for six (Cockbain 117, Lace 97) beat Leicestershire 421 (Hill 121, Evans 102, Harris 62, Mike 54, Worrall 5-79) and 201 for 9 dec (Higgins 5-62) by 4 wickets
Ian Cockbain’s first County Championship century since 2014 and 97 from Tom Lace noticed Gloucestershire chase 348 to beat Leicestershire by 4 wickets at Bristol.
Cockbain and Lace arrived simply after lunch at 52 for 3 when successful the sport was fanciful however they performed calmly by means of to tea to depart 216 to win from 37 overs of the ultimate session.
Their intent was quick and so they prolonged their stand to 224. Lace could not see the chase by means of and Cockbain fell for 117 so it was left to George Hankins to strike the successful runs.
It was the fourth-highest Championship run chase in Gloucestershire’s historical past, a 3rd victory to take them high of Group 2 and a outstanding turnaround having conceded a first-innings lead of 146.
Leicestershire had been denied 22 overs on the third night by means of unhealthy gentle and rain and it denied them the possibility to completely shut the door on their hosts whereas giving them sufficient time to bowl them out once more.
The Foxes left themselves 82 overs within the fourth innings and when the highest three all fell cheaply, a primary win of the season was potential.
However Lace and Cockbain batted by means of the afternoon to boost prospects of saving the sport earlier than having a dip within the remaining session.
Cockbain flicked Alex Evans to superb leg for 4, pulled him over sq. leg for six after which pulled Chris Wright for 4 to boost a primary first-class half-century since April 2016 – this being simply his fifth sport since then.
He skipped at Callum Parkinson’s left-arm spin to elevate him over deep midwicket for six and flat-batted Wright over long-off for an additional most to deliver the goal right down to 100 from 17 overs earlier than pulling Wright for 2 to boost his century in 166 balls with 9 fours and three sixes. He lastly fell skying a catch to mid-off however by then the sport was successfully gained.
Lace initially led the resistance after lunch. He straight-drove Wright for 4 to go to a second fifty of the season and was on the cusp of a maiden century for Gloucestershire earlier than top-edging a pull from Parkinson to midwicket.
Leicestershire stumbled over their morning’s work in being bowled out for 201 and, with out the injured Dieter Klein, had been powerless to cease the Glosters’ night cost.