Northants pair in control of Gloucestershire

LV County Championship Division One, Bristol
Close, first day: Northants 381-6
Northants 4pts, Gloucestershire 2pts
Match scorecard
Jon Lewis & Craig Miles
Jon Lewis presents Craig Miles with his county cap before the start of play

Gloucestershire teenager Craig Miles was forced to undergo a long day in the outfield on his debut as Northants took control at Nevil Road.

At 16 years and 295 days old, Miles became the youngest player to figure for Gloucestershire since the war.

But, although claiming his first wicket, Northants recovered from 125-5 to end the day well on top on 381-6.

Chief aggressors were Niall O'Brien (123no) and skipper Andrew Hall (90) in a 181-run sixth-wicket stand.

Swindon-born Miles, who completed his education close to Nevil Road at Bristol's Filton College, is the fourth youngest player in Gloucestershire's history.

"I am delighted to see another academy player make his way into the first XI," said academy director Owen Dawkins.

"Craig has worked hard to deserve his opportunity and has already turned out some very good performances this year."

Miles bats right-handed, although his main talent is as a right-arm medium-pace bowler.

Gloucestershire bowling coach Stuart Barnes said: "It's a great opportunity for Craig. He possesses many attributes for fast bowling.

"He's tall, moves the ball laterally and thinks well. And I'm sure he will do well for us in years to come."

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