County suffer home defeat to Gloucs

Leicestershire versus Gloucestershire, Specsavers County Championship, Day 4:

SCORECARD | Available through ESPN Cricinfo HERE

INTERVIEW | Mark Cosgrove spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae at stumps, the interview is available HERE

HIGHLIGHTS | The highlights of the final day will be available HERE

RESULT | Gloucestershire (23 points) beat Leicestershire (4 points) by ten wickets

REPORT | by Harry Josephs

Liam Norwell took a career-best 8 for 43 as Gloucestershire completed a ten-wicket victory on the final day of the Specsavers County Championship game at the Fischer County Ground.

The analysis was the best recorded by any bowler in the second division this term. Norwell ended with match figures of 10 for 95, the third time the seamer has taken ten wickets in a first-class match – and the second occasion against Leicestershire this season.

For Leicestershire Mark Cosgrove passed the 1,000-run mark in first class cricket for a third year in succession with a pair of half-centuries in the game.

Leicestershire’s day got off to the worst possible start when Mat Pillans (0) edged to George Hankins at third slip.

Clint McKay replaced Pillans and struck a lovely cover drive from his first ball. However, only six runs could be added to Leicestershire’s overnight score before rain arrived.

Play resumed 20 minutes later after a very brief shower and within two balls McKay was dismissed, edging a Norwell delivery to keeper Gareth Roderick.

The final ball of Norwell’s over after the resumption saw Dieter Klein (0) caught at slip by Chris Dent. Leicestershire were bowled out for 160 leaving Gloucestershire requiring 15 runs to win. Lewis Hill was the unbeaten batsman for Leicestershire finishing 9 not out.

Gloucestershire openers Cameron Bancroft and Chris Dent saw their side home, Bancroft making 4 not out and Dent an unbeaten 11, including the winning runs.

After the game captain Cosgrove was in a reflective mood and acknowledged that County had not played anywhere near their best cricket in the match.

He said: “Obviously we haven't played our best game over the last four days, and today was another disappointing effort.

“It was an opportunity to play good cricket which we didn't take, but the season's not over, there are two more games to show we're good cricketers, and we have to turn it around quickly.”

Bowling figures for Leicestershire: McKay 2-1-4-0, Raine 1.3-0-11-0.

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