Housego and Gidman give hope of victory
HALF-CENTURIES from Dan Housego and Will Gidman have given Gloucestershire hope of earning a season-ending victory over Leicestershire later today.
All three results are possible on the final day of the season, but only thanks to a gritty knock from Houesgo and a superb blast from Gidman dug Gloucestershire out of a hole.
Having slipped to 136 for five in their second dig – effectively 76 for five thanks to a 61-run first-innings deficit – the pair rescued the visitors.
Housego carved out his highest first-class score for Gloucestershire, grafting 62 from 137 balls, helping Gloucestershire to eek out a useful second innings lead.
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Will Gidman capitalised on Housego's efforts, aggressively smashing 72 at nearly a run-a-ball to leave the game finely poised with Gloucestershire leading by 193 ahead of the fourth and final day.
With the hosts resuming on a first-innings score of 220 for five, Gloucestershire were indebted to another fiery spell of bowling from James Fuller as they allowed the hosts to add just 70 to their overnight score.
Fuller removed Wayne White for 25, Jigar Naik for six and teenager Shiv Thakor for 73, as 220 for five became 238 for eight.
Claude Henderson (34) and Nathan Buck (25) added useful late-order runs before the latter was trapped on his pads by Liam Norwell.
Fuller (4-51) returned to dispose of Henderson and ensure that Leicestershire were only given that 61-run lead.
Ed Cowan and Benny Howell went halfway to knocking that lead off, adding 39 for the first wicket before Cowan (19) was caught at the wicket off White.
Howell and Housego took Gloucestershire into the lead, before Henderson bowled the former for 35.
Housego and Alex Gidman combined for a partnership of 53 before White wreaked carnage in the 42nd over.
He conspired with wicket-keeper Ned Ecklersley to have Gidman (24), Hamish Marshall (0) and Ian Cockbain (0) all caught at the wicket as 132 for two became 136 for five, before Housego and Will Gidman steadied the ship