County Championship: Bowlers skittle Leicestershire for 169

Craig Miles
Gloucestershire's Craig Miles has picked up 46 County Championship wickets this summer
LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Gloucestershire 218 & 321: Howell 102, Noema-Barnett 61, Klinger 60; Shreck 5-82
Leicestershire 215 & 169: Ali 41; Miles 3-27
Gloucestershire won by 155 runs
Gloucestershire 20 pts, Leicestershire 4 pts
Match scorecard

Gloucestershire bowled out Leicestershire for just 169 to wrap up a convincing 155-run win at Cheltenham.

Set 325 for victory, Craig Miles (3-27) removed Angus Robson and Ned Eckersley in consecutive balls early on.

Wickets continued to tumble as the visitors slumped to 87-6 before Aadir Ali (41) and Ben Raine put on 54.

However both fell in quick succession, as Raine was run out backing up and Ali was caught off Jack Taylor (2-25), before the rest of the tail folded.

Any hope Division Two's bottom-side Leicestershire had of saving the game were ended when Raine was dismissed in the most unfortunate circumstances for 21.

Having recovered slightly to 141-6, Ali launched a drive which was deflected onto the stumps by off-spinner Taylor and Raine was out of his crease.

Leicestershire have now lost eight out of their 11 games, while Gloucestershire sit mid-table but 64 points off a promotion place.

Gloucestershire coach Richard Dawson:

"I thought it was a very good performance. We lost Ian Cockbain to injury before the start of the second day but the boys stepped up and performed really well. It was outstanding.

"We dug in and made it hard for the opposition to get us out. As a result, they had to put in a long bowling stint in our second innings, so we took the opportunities when they came.

"We did nothing different today than we have done all season. It was a good all-round team performance and I'm pleased with that."

Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove:

"It was probably the best day to bat on the wicket, so it was a bit disappointing that we couldn't get a better result than we have.

"It's frustrating. The bowlers have been fantastic and you cannot fault them. But the batters have let them down and we have got to address that situation and look inside the group to see what is there.

"At the moment we are not getting too many partnerships and that is a problem for us. We need to give the bowlers more of a break and that means batting for 120 overs rather than 50 or 60."

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