Leicestershire 222 v Gloucestershire 108-1
An opening partnership of 96 between Cameron Bancroft and Chris Dent put Gloucestershire into a strong position at tea on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground.
The visitors trailed by just 114 runs with nine wickets in hand at the interval, having picked up the two wickets they needed to polish off the Foxes' first innings quickly after lunch. Lewis Hill cut a short wide delivery from Josh Shaw straight to Jack Taylor at point, before Clint McKay's lofted off-drive was well held by George Hankins at short extra cover, again off the bowling of Shaw.
With the pitch, green-tinged throughout the first day, beginning to flatten, Bancroft and Dent found batting a rather more straightforward prospect than their Leicestershire counter-parts – though to what extent that was down to less effective bowling was a matter of debate.
The Foxes may also have been unfortunate to have several vociferousclose leg before appeals turned down, but they did not help themselves by failing to hold their catches, wicketkeeper Lewis Hill being particularly culpable when he grassed a simple chance given by Bancroft when he edged a Ben Raine delivery on 21.
Bancroft went on to double that score before edging Neil Dexter to Hill shortly before tea.
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