Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Morris Shines In Improved Bowling Display By County At New Road

Morris Shines In Improved Bowling Display By County At New Road

Worcestershire bowled better but without much luck on the second morning of the LV County Championship match with Gloucestershire at New Road as Alex Gidman completed his century for the visitors.

Bowling coach Matt Mason admitted the county attack had struggled to find the right line and length on the opening day as Gloucestershire closed on 181-2 in reply to Worcestershire's 194 all out.

But it was a different story this morning as Charlie Morris In particular and Joe Leach in particular induced several edges and false strokes.

Gloucestershire reached lunch on 287-5 from 74 overs – a lead of 93.

Morris was quickly into his stride from the New Road End and began with a maiden over to Gidman who resumed on 57.

He then had Gidman on 69 dropped at first slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

But two balls later Morris made a deserved breakthrough when Gareth Roderick on 98 hooked him into the hands of Shaaiq Choudhry at long leg with the total on 203-2.

Roderick's stand with Gidman was worth 161 in 38.4 overs.

Morris bowled with hostility, accuracy and pace in an opening spell of 6-1-12-1.

Gidman led a charmed life during the latter stages of completing the 22nd first class century of his career.

He top edged Leach over keeper Ben Cox for four and then in the same over edged just past skipper Daryl Mitchell at second slip for another boundary.

A thick edge for four off Leach moved Gidman onto 96 and he then clipped the same bowler through mid-wicket to the ropes to reach three figures off 165 balls with 17 fours.

Spinner Shaaiq Choudhry was introduced into the attack and struck with his fourth delivery when Hamish Marshall (15) fell to a sharp catch by keeper Ben Cox with the Gloucestershire total on 260-4.

Gidman lofted Choudhry for six over long on before Morris returned for a second spell at the Diglis End.

He again posed a threat and deserved his third wicket of the innings when Ian Cockbain (2) went for a back foot slash which flew to Tom Fell at third slip.

Morris has now taken 46 first class wickets this season – including four for Oxford MCCU against Nottinghamshire.