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Skipper leach strikes twice for seconds in Cheltenham friendly

Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach picked up the only two wickets to fall on a shortened second day in the Second Eleven three-day friendly with Gloucestershire at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

The all-rounder, who scored his maiden first class century in the LV = County Championship match against Gloucestershire at the nearby College Ground last summer, struck in successive overs.

He broke the opening stand of 96 between Benny Howell and Dan Housego in the 15th over by having the former trapped lbw for 67 made off just 51 balls with one six and 12 fours.

Leach broke through again in his next over with only five more runs when Housego (31) was caught at first slip by Richard Oliver.

But that was the end of Worcestershire's success as Cameron Herring (72) and Ian Cockbain (47) added an unbroken 125 for the third wicket.

Herring hit eight fours in his 112 ball knock and Cockbain four fours in his 142 ball innings.

Gloucestershire reached 226-2 by the close in reply to Worcestershire's 298 all out on the first day.

Leach finished with figures of 2-34 from nine overs.

Play did not get underway until 4.15pm and was limited to 59 overs because one of the bowlers run-ups was too wet for play to get underway any earlier.

Gloucestershire first innings: Howell lbw Leach 67, Housego c Oliver b Leach 31, Cockbain not out 47, Herring not out 72, Extras 9. Total 226-2.

Bowling: Cessford 11-1-48-0, Russell 7-1-26-0, Randhawa 15-3-40-0, Whiles 3-0-24-0, Leach 9-1-34-2, D'Oliveira 14-1-47-0. FOW: 96, 101.

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