Ottis Gibson reacts to his first win in charge
“It was a good four days. It was tough cricket, especially yesterday when the game was there for us.”
“I thought it was good pitch. It offered a little bit of spin yesterday afternoon and today. I’m very proud of the way the lads stuck at it. Hopefully we can carry on like that.”
On winning his first game: “Of course, I’m delighted,” he said.
“But, at the same time, I’m also pleased for the squad. They’ve been through a lot in recent months and so on. To start the season with a win is a great thing for everybody concerned.
“The fans, also, who travelled down from Yorkshire to watch us play. Fantastic.
“I’m very pleased with how things turned out. But it’s the first game of 14. So there’s a long way to go.”
5.46pm YORKSHIRE WIN!!! Six-wicket win with 10.5 overs to spare. Brook 56 no, Duke 17. Malan earlier with 65 was also key. 22 points in the bag and a winning start to the season.
5.42pm Brook has just reached his fifty off 45 balls with 9×4s. 205-4. Just six runs required. Excellent.
5.39pm Just 20 runs required now in the best part of 13 overs. 191-4. Brook 39 and Duke 12.
5.06pm WICKET Malan caught on the deep mid-wicket fence off Gohar’s bowling for 65. Yorkshire 146-4 in the 39th over. 65 more to win.
4.49pm Malan reaches his fifty off as many deliveries with 7×4s and 1×6s. Superb. 128-3 now, 83 to win.
4.36pm WICKET Hill chips Singh Dale to mid-wicket, falling for a crucial 36. 111-3 with 100 more to win in a little under 28 overs. That breaks a stand of 81 with Malan, who is 41 not out and now joined by Brook.
4.06pm The final session of the opening round is upon us. Yorkshire 59-2 in its early stages, needing 152 more in 35 overs. Hill has 19 and Malan 12.
Tea Report Yorkshire will require another 157 with eight wickets in hand to beat Gloucestershire in the final session of their LV= Insurance County Championship fixture at Bristol.
The visitors have reached tea at 54-2 aving lost Adam Lyth and James Wharton, to seamers Matt Taylor and Ajeet Singh Dale.
Gloucestershire’s second innings was wrapped up 25 minutes after lunch for 359, setting a target of 211 in a minimum of 60 overs. There are a minimum of 37 overs remaining.
James Bracey finished with a superb career best 177 but fell to Steve Patterson to end the innings. The Yorkshire captain finished with four wickets.
Lyth then top-edged a pull at Taylor and was caught at long-leg before Wharton was bowled through the gate by Singh Dale, leaving the score at 30-2 in the 17th over.
George Hill is unbeaten on 19 and Dawid Malan 11.
3.43pm – Tea Yorkshire will begin the final session of this fixture on 54-2, needing 157 more in 37 overs to beat Gloucestershire and secure an opening round win. Hill 19 and Malan 11.
3.18pm WICKET Wharton bowled by Singh Dale for 11. Yorkshire are 30-2 in the 17th over. Malan in to join Hill.
3.09pm Yorkshire have moved to 22-1 in the 15th over. Hill 10, Wharton 4. 211 target.
2.48pm WICKET Lyth has top-edged a pull at Taylor’s left-arm seam and is caught by Gohar running in from long-leg. Yorkshire 11-1 in the 10th over chasing 211 in 60.
2.16pm Yorkshire’s pursuit of 211 has started. 3-0 after one over. Lyth and Hill opening again.
2.09pm Rob Key has been named as the new Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket.
“It is an absolute honour to take up this role. The chance to have an impact and make a difference is an opportunity given to very few, and I will give it everything I have to try shape the next great era of English Men’s cricket,” he said.
2.04pm WICKET Yorkshire need 211 in 60 overs to win the opening game of the season. Patterson gets Bracey caught at short cover by Hill for an excellent 177. 359 all out.
1.47pm WICKET Rauf gets Shaw caught behind with the first ball of his second over after lunch. It’s 335-9, a home lead of 186.
Lunch Report James Bracey has continued to hold firm as Gloucestershire bid to spoil Yorkshire’s pursuit of a fourth day LV= Insurance County Championship victory in Bristol.
The England Lions left-hander has advanced from 112 overnight to an unbeaten 153 at lunch, with Gloucester’s second innings having reached 333-8 at lunch.
That represents a lead of 184 with a minimum of 68 overs remaining in the day.
Gloucester started the day on 253-6 and have lost wickets to Haris Rauf and Steve Patterson – both in as many overs.
Rauf ended a 104-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Bracey and Pakistan spinner Zafar Gohar (40), who edged to Adam Lyth at second slip.
Patterson then trapped Matt Taylor lbw, leaving the score 316-8 in the 104th over, a lead of 167.
Rauf has troubled Bracey with the short ball this morning, striking him on the helmet with a short ball and forcing him to glove a looping chance which fell just short of onrushing keeper Harry Duke.
Yorkshire will still have high hopes of an opening round win in good batting conditions. But the final two wickets must be taken fairly sharpish.
Josh Shaw (11) will begin the afternoon unbeaten alongside Bracey.
1.01pm – Lunch Gloucestershire have advanced to 333-8 in their second innings, a lead of 184. Bracey 153 and Shaw 11. Minimum of 68 overs remain in the game.
12.39pm Bracey has reached 150 off 297 balls, shortly after surviving a huge appeal for caught behind against Rauf. Bess into the attack now, bowling to Shaw. 326-8, a lead of 177.
12.22pm WICKET Two in two overs, Patterson gets Taylor lbw for 1. It’s now 316-8, with Gloucestershire leading by 167.
12.16pm WICKET Rauf gets his compatriot Gohar superbly caught by Lyth at second slip head high. That flew. Gohar falls for 40. 315-7, a Gloucestershire lead of 166. That breaks a 104 stand with Bracey, who remains unbeaten on 147. Taylor joins him at the crease.
12pm Haris Rauf has come into the attack to try and break the home resistance. Gloucestershire are 307-6, leading by 158.
11.24am Gloucestershire have enjoyed a productive start to the day moving to 274-6, a lead of 125. Bracey 119 and Gohar 31.
11am We’re up and running here in Bristol, where Zafar Gohar has edged an early boundary against Fisher to third-man. Gloucestershire are 257-6, leading by 108. Bracey at the other end on 112.
9.24am As lovely a cover drive as it was yesterday to get off the mark for Haris, let’s hope there is no need for a repeat. A couple of wicket celebrations would be handy, though!
Good morning from the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol.
The sun is shining ahead of day four in the South West, which Yorkshire will begin in the ascendency.
Gloucestershire at 253-6 in their second innings, leading by 104.
Yorkshire’s is by no means an unassailable position, however.
Gloucester have James Bracey at the crease unbeaten on 112, and if they can get the lead up to around 200 by lunch time, then they will be confident of turning the tables.
It could be key that Yorkshire have a new ball only four overs old this morning.
There will be a live stream on offer when play gets underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.