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Live Blog: Lancashire v Gloucestershire, Day Four

Live Blog: Lancashire v Gloucestershire, Day Four

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Gloucestershire 2nd innings 247 all out.
Hassan Ali has done it!! Ajeeet Dale feathers an end behind and Lancashire have won!!

What a finish - there were 23 balls left.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 247-9, Warner 10 Dale 6, trail by 57 runs. 4 overs left.
Saqib Mahmood bowling around the wicket with short leg and two leg slips but to no avail as another over is completed.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 243-9, Warner 10 Dale 2, trail by 61 runs. 5 overs left.
Hassan Ali is trying everything he can here to get this final wicket but Glos last pair survive another over.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 242-9, Warner 10 Dale 1, trail by 62 runs. 6 overs left.
Jared Warner sees off an over from Hassan Ali and Ajett Dale gets a single from the first ball of Saqib Mahmood's over to put Warner back on strike.

Warner twitches a bit as if to play at the next delivery but it goes past the edge. There are four slips now waiting for a chance but Warner survives the over.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 237-9, Warner 6 Dale 0, trail by 67 runs. 8 overs left.
Ajeet Dale fences at Saqib Mahmood but the ball just falls short of the slips!

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 237-9, Warner 6 Dale 0, trail by 67 runs. 10 overs left.
WICKET!! How big is this? Tom Lace has been bowled by Saqib Mahmood for 71.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 233-8, Lace 67 Warner 6, trail by 71 runs. 13 overs left.
Three overs slip by with a huge appeal for lbw by Matt Parkinson turned down the only close call.

I think every appeal from hereon will be huge and loud!

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 231-8, Lace 65 Warner 6, trail by 73 runs. 16 overs left.
We have started the last hour where a minimum of 16 overs will be bowled with Matt Parkinson on at the Pavilion End and Hassan Ali coming in from the Brian Statham End.

Lace and Warner have been together for 22 overs now are surrounded by fielders when Parkinson bowls and the tension is palpable.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 228-8, Lace 65 Warner 5, trail by 76 runs.
Oh no, dropped catch! Tom Lace attempted to cut Saqib Mahmood but his edge flew chest high to second slip where Steven Croft couldn't hang on.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 218-8, Lace 62 Warner 2, trail by 86 runs.
The tension builds as each over ticks by. There are a minimum of 23 left.

Saqib Mahmood returns to the attack in place of Matt Parkinson. Meanwhile Warner has now scored 2 off 54 balls. 

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 215-8, Lace 60 Warner 1, trail by 89 runs.
More stout defence by Glos' Tom Lace and Jared Warner and James Anderson and Matt Parkinson get us under way in this final session of the match.

Jimmy's current figures read: 21-6-23-2.

3.40pm, TEA Day 4
Gloucestershire 2nd innings 214-8, Lace 60 Warner 0, trail by 90 runs.
Tom Lace and Jared Warner have held out to reach tea so we will have a minimum of 32 overs left after the break for Lancashire to get the remaining two wickets they need for victory.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 206-8, Lace 57 Warner 0, trail by 98 runs.
What a cracker from Hassan Ali! The fast bowler bowled consecutive bouncers at Josh Shaw and then with the following delivery knocked back off and middle stumps with a really quick delivery with the batsman rooted to the crease. Unplayable.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 163-7, Lace 27 Shaw 17, trail by 141 runs.
Tom Lace and Josh Shaw are fighting hard for their side. They've added 36 runs so far and played some nice shots.

Dane Vilas is rotating the bowling in the hunt for a wicket with Saqib Mahmood and Hassan Ali into the attack with the new ball.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 127-7, Lace 15 Shaw 0, trail by 177 runs.
Matt Parkinson strikes again!

This time Parkinson floats one up to Zafar Gohar and it grips and turns into the batsman's leg stump. Cracking delivery and Lancs need three more wickets.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 123-6, Lace 14 Zafar 0, trail by 180 runs.
Well what do you know? Maybe that field worked because if might have just preoccupied Miles Hammond who was late on his shot to an Anderson seamer that nipped back and hit his pads!

He's gone lbw for 50 and Lancashire have their afternoon breakthrough!

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 122-5, Hammond 50 Lace 13, trail by 181 runs.
Into the afternoon with Jimmy Anderson and Matt Parkinson starting with the ball for Lancs.

Meanwhile Miles Hammond has reached his half-century off 147 balls.

Anderson is bowling to a field containing short mid-off, short extra cover, short cover, short point and one wide slip (about third slip area). Funky!

1.00pm, LUNCH Day 4
Gloucestershire 2nd innings 116-5, Hammond 45 Lace 12, trail by 188 runs.
We finally saw some wickets fall during a morning session of this match with Matt Parkinson taking two in two deliveries and very nearly snaring a third.

But Miles Hammond and Tom Lace have dug in since to take Gloucestershire safely through to lunch without further loss.

There are a minimum of 64 overs left to be bowled in this match.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 113-5, Hammond 42 Lace 12, trail by 191 runs.
Lancashire continue to probe away for another wicket but apart from a few big lbw appeals from Matt Parkinson there has not been many close calls in last twenty minutes or so.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 95-5, Hammond 35 Lace 1, trail by 209 runs.
Drama as Parkinson nearly has a third wicket!

Tom Lace, on a pair, drove the leg spinner to a deepish mid-off where Dane Vilas made a great diving attempt at a catch but couldn't hang on.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 86-5, Hammond 29 Lace 0, trail by 218 runs.
Lancashire have a double breakthrough!

Matt Parkinson gets two in two, finding some nice drift and turn to find the edge of Graeme van Buuren's bat, caught at slip by Luke Wells.

And the leg spinner then bowls Ryan Higgins first ball!

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 82-3, Hammond 28 van Buuren 14, trail by 222 runs.
Forty minutes into the final day and both Hassan Ali and Jimmy Anderson have had the batsmen playing and missing but without reward.

Miles Hammond has just scored his first runs of the morning while Graeme van Buuren has demonstrated fantastic judgement by leaving a Hassan delivery was oh so close to off stump.

Anderson is now having a rest after his spell of 5-3-5-0 with Saqib Mahmood taking over while Matt Parkinson is coming on at the Brian Statham End to replace Hassan.

Gloucestershire 2nd innings 67-3, Hammond 24 van Buuren 3, trail by 237 runs.
Jimmy Anderson and Hassan Ali are opening the Red Rose attack this morning in sunny and, once again, very windy conditions.

Gloucestershire have it all to do today with seven second innings left and a deficit of 237 runs to overcome as Lancashire look to close out a second successive victory and make it two wins from two games at the start of this Division One campaign.

Red Rose skipper Dane Vilas isn’t underestimating the task ahead.

“It’s a really good wicket but there’s a bit more rough out there for the spinners,” he said. “They’ve got some good players who can handle the pressure situations so it’s going to be a tough ask. But saying that, the way we bowled in the first innings was excellent.

You can read the rest of Dane's thoughts on the game in our match report by clicking here.

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