County Championship Division Two, Leicester
Close, day one: Leicestershire 250, Gloucestershire 31-2
Leics 2pts, Glos 3pts
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.