LV County Championship - Division Two
Leicestershire 133 (T J New 54, A J Ireland 6-31) & 331 (M A G Boyce 85, H H Dippenaar 52, J Lewis 4-39) v Gloucestershire 393 (A P R Gidman 159, S D Snell 85) & 72-0
Gloucestershire (21pts) beat Leicestershire (2pts) by 10 wkts
Gloucestershire recorded their first LV County Championship win at Bristol since May 2006 with a 10-wicket triumph against Leicestershire on Saturday.
The visitors extended their second-innings total from an overnight 243 for six to 331 all out and the Gladiators then knocked off the 72 runs required for victory without losing a wicket.
Resuming on their overnight score of 243-6, the Foxes' tail wagged hard with Carl Crowe making an unbeaten 41 and adding 55 for the ninth wicket with Iain O'Brien.
James Taylor had earlier fallen for 35, caught behind trying to withdraw the bat from a short Anthony Ireland delivery, and Andrew Harris drove a sharp return catch to the same bowler.
O'Brien fell to a catch at second slip off Jon Lewis (4-39) for 39 and Steve Kirby ended the innings by cartwheeling the middle stump of last man Alex Wyatt.
That left Gloucestershire only 72 to win and they reached their target by 2.31pm on the final day thanks to openers Kadeer Ali (38 not out) and Will Porterfield (32no).
The 21 points gained gave the home side 53 from their first four Championship games, a remarkable effort considering they failed to win a single match in the competition last season.
Even in 2007, Gloucestershire's only home win came at Gloucester. They had not won in the Championship at their County Ground headquarters since beating Northants on May 12 2006, 17 games ago.
Leicestershire's batsmen restored some pride on day three against Gloucestershire at Bristol, although the Foxes are still staring defeat in the face.
Matthew Boyce and Boeta Dippenaar both notched half-centuries as Leicestershire reached 243-6 in their second innings, 17 runs behind overall.
That represented a marked improvement on the first innings when the visitors collapsed from 83-0 to 133 all out.
Boyce and Tom New put on 127 for the first wicket and number three Dippenaar chipped in with 52, but Jon Lewis claimed 3-27 as Gloucestershire took regular wickets in the evening session.
Earlier, the hosts had extended their first innings from 361-7 to 393 all out.
Steve Snell, resuming on 69, fell for 85 to AJ Harris (3-85), who took two of the final three wickets.
Alex Gidman's career-best 159 put Gloucestershire in a commanding position at stumps on the second day against Leicestershire at Bristol.
The hosts closed on 361-7 in their first innings, a lead of 228 having skittled Leicestershire for 133 on the first day.
Gidman shared stands of 82 with nightwatchman Steve Kirby (27) and 128 alongside Steve Snell as Gloucestershire, who had been 20-3 at one point on Wednesday, produced a disciplined batting effort.
The Gloucestershire skipper brought up his hundred from 174 balls, with 11 fours and a six, his 12th first-class century but first in the championship since July 2007.
He eventually departed when an attempt to cut off-spinner Carl Crowe (3-84) ended in the hands of HD Ackerman.
But Snell (69no) and Tom Stayt (30no) added an unbroken 67 for the eighth wicket before bad light ended play 13 overs early.
Anthony Ireland claimed 6-31 as Leicestershire capitulated to 133 all out on the first day against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Having been asked to bat, the Foxes initially looked in good shape as Matthew Boyce and Tom New batted throughout the morning session without undue difficulty.
After New had brought up his half-century from 93 deliveries, a change of ball produced a spectacular reversal in fortunes.
Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Barry Dudleston allowed the change because the original had developed a small lump on it.
Ireland's first delivery with the second ball clean bowled Boyce for 23 and New immediately followed, unluckily caught behind down the leg side off Tom Stayt for 54.
The departure of both openers with the score on 83 was the start of a spectacular meltdown that saw all 10 wickets fall for just 50 runs.
Ireland, the former Zimbabwe seamer, counted five of the top six among his haul, while Steve Kirby (1-39), Jon Lewis (1-22), Stayt (1-19) and Rob Woodman (1-4) picked up one apiece.
Gloucestershire recovered from 20-3 to reach stumps at 75-4 in reply, still 58 behind, with Alex Gidman (34no) and nightwatchman Kirby (4no) the unbeaten batsmen.