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Recent Match Report – Leics vs Gloucs Group 2 2021

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Seamer’s career-best ensure visitors take strong position into final day

Leicestershire 421 and 125 for 3 lead Gloucestershire 275 (Wright 7-53) by 271 runs

Chris Wright‘s career-best 7 for 53 gave Leicestershire a chance to press for a first victory of the season as they took a lead of 271 over Gloucestershire by the end of day three. Wright almost single-handedly bowled the hosts out for 275 at Bristol, to take a first-innings lead of 146, before his side’s batters made 125 for 3 by the close.

It was a 14th first-class five-for for Wright, who turns 36 later this summer and is in the final year of his contract. His four wickets on the second evening brought about a collapse of 5 for 22 that put Leicestershire on top and he added three more on the third day. But the resistance started by Tom Smith and George Hankins on day two continued as Gloucestershire lasted another 38 overs.

Resuming 176 for 6 needing another 96 to save the follow-on, Gloucestershire lost Hankins in the eighth over of the morning, lbw to Wright when he appeared to be outside the line of off stump. Hankins’ slow trudge off suggested bat was involved too but he went for 37. The wicket gave Wright a third five-wicket bag for Leicestershire and ended a stand of 73 for the sixth wicket.

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