Cockbain denies Hampshire

Division Two clash at Bristol ends in a draw

Last updated: 9th August 2012  

 144175510a Hamish Marshall

Hamish Marshall: Gloucestershire batsman top scored with 75 on day one


Neil McKenzie: led Hampshire's reply to the home side's total of 271

 Benny Howell Gloucestershire July 2012

Benny Howell: helped put on 51 for the first wicket

Ian Cockbain Gloucestershire

Ian Cockbain: Scored 112 on the final day at Bristol

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Ian Cockbain helped himself to a century as Gloucestershire's LV=County Championship Division Two clash with Hampshire at Bristol ended in a draw.

The hosts began the day on 102-4, however, Hampshire opted for a safety first policy with three of their seam bowlers carrying injuries.

The visitors needed early breakthroughs in the morning session. But 40 had been added before Dan Housego, on 37, was caught behind off a thick edge, pushing at a wide ball from Sean Ervine.

That was Hampshire's only success before lunch, which was taken on 179-5, with Cockbain unbeaten on 57, having reached his fifty off 116 balls, with six fours.

Richard Coughtrie (25) fell lbw to James Tomlinson with the total on 229 and Hampshire's hopes of a win were raised when Tomlinson's next ball saw him gain another leg-before verdict against Paul Muchall.

The impressive Cockbain looked on course to better the 127 he scored against Middlesex at Uxbridge last season before playing on to a delivery from Simon Katich to make it 269-9.

By the time David Payne was last man out all hope of a decisive outcome had long gone. Both sides took eight points from the game, leaving Hampshire still well in contention for promotion and Gloucestershire facing an uphill battle to mount a challenge.

Day three

Gloucestershire still have plenty to do if they are to avoid defeat at the hands of Hampshire on the final day at Bristol.

The home side staged a spirited recovery to bowl the visitors out for 276 and restrict them to a first-innings lead of five runs, only to slump to 102-4 at the close, just 97 runs to the good.

South African batsman Neil McKenzie was bowled by David Payne six runs short of a hundred to spark a collapse in which Hampshire lost six wickets for 58 runs and were dismissed for 276 in 87 overs.

Benny Howell and Rob Nicol made the most of improving conditions and a flatter pitch to raise 51 for the first wicket as Gloucestershire continued to prosper in the final session.

But Hampshire evened things up before the close, David Balcombe locating Nicol's outside edge and Simon Katich taking a fine catch at second slip before Howell wasted his earlier good work by driving loosely at a wide delivery from Ervine and being snaffled by McKenzie at first slip for 36.

Experienced campaigners Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall then departed in quick succession, both falling to David Balcombe, as Gloucestershire slipped to 72 for four, although Dan Housego and Ian Cockbain negotiated the last 12 overs without further mishap.

Day Two

Neil McKenzie's unbeaten 52 helped Hampshire reach 104-2 in reply to Gloucestershire's first-innings total of 271 at Bristol.

The former South Africa international stood firm against the home side's youthful seam attack, hitting nine fours on a rain-interrupted second day in which 63 overs were lost to bad weather.

Following the early loss of skipper Jimmy Adams for nine, McKenzie shared in a second-wicket partnership worth 79 with Bilal Shafayat (20).

Former Hampshire player Benny Howell finally broke the stand, having Shafayat held by New Zealander Rob Nicol at second slip off his 14th delivery.

Gloucestershire were then frustrated by the rain, which caused play to be abandoned for the rest of the day.

They had resumed in the morning at the crease, though their last two wickets were only able to add six runs to their overnight total. Richard Coughtrie fell to James Tomlinson for 26 and then Kabir Ali dismissed David Payne (eight).

Day One

Hamish Marshall and Ian Cockbain produced a fifth-wicket stand of 125 to boost Gloucestershire's total on the opening day of the County Championship match with Hampshire at Bristol.

Despite 51 from Dan Housego, the hosts were in trouble at 85-4 after losing the toss before Marshall (75) and Cockbain (51) dug in with a determined partnership spanning 34 overs that took their side to a first batting point.

Hampshire, who were hit by a shoulder injury to Dimitri Mascarenhas after he had taken 1-24 from 12 overs, then hit back and by the close Gloucestershire had reached 265-8.

There were two wickets each for David Balcombe and Kabir Ali, while James Tomlinson gave little away in returning 1-33 from 19 overs.

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