Apr 302013

County Championship Division Two, Leicester

Close, day one: Leicestershire 250, Gloucestershire 31-2

Leics 2pts, Glos 3pts

Match scorecard

Benny Howell’s five-wicket haul for Gloucestershire halted Leicestershire’s progress on day one at Grace Road.

The home side slumped to 52-5 with opener Michael Thornely out for a second-ball duck to Will Gidman (3-65).

Howell took 5-57 but Shiv Thakor (75), who scored a ton in last week’s draw with Kent, and Matthew Boyce (55) helped push the hosts to 250 all out.

Gloucestershire closed 219 runs behind on 31-2 with Ollie Freckingham and Robbie Williams taking a wicket each.

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