Gloucestershire v Worcestershire: Mitchell forces hosts to follow on

Daryl Mitchell
Daryl Mitchell has now carried his bat through an entire innings three times for Worcestershire
LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Close, day two: Worcestershire 395 v Gloucestershire 156 & 10-1
Gloucestershire 2pts, Worcestershire 7pts
Match scorecard

Promotion-chasing Worcestershire continued to dominate on day two at Cheltenham as they forced Gloucestershire to follow on.

Skipper Daryl Mitchell carried his bat for an unbeaten 167 as the visitors were all out for 395.

And they then bowled Gloucestershire out for 156 after Mitchell McClenaghan (2-21) removed both openers.

Asked to bat again 239 in arrears, the home side lost Michael Klinger for five as they reached the close on 10-1.

Highest scores carrying bat for Worcestershire
186 - T Curtis v Glamorgan,Cardiff 1991151 F Peason v Warwickshire, Worcester 1921
167 - D Mitchell v Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 2014141 G Turner v Glamorgan, Swansea 1977
154 - F Pearson v Surrey, Dudley 1912

Having made only four before being caught behind off newcomer McClenaghan in the first innings, Gloucestershire captain Klinger managed to better that by one before falling in similar fashion to Charlie Morris.

Earlier, Mitchell batted through an entire Worcestershire innings for the third time in his career, after previously making 70 not out against Sussex in 2007 and an unbeaten 133 against Warwickshire two years ago.

Having resumed on 102 not out, he added a further 65 to his score before running out of partners, hitting a six and 24 fours in his 456-minute innings.

When Gloucestershire replied, only Ian Cockbain (25) and Will Gidman (18) reached double figures among the home side's top six as they were reduced to 68-8.

And it took a ninth-wicket stand of 54 between Tom Smith (41 not out) and Craig Miles (29) to prevent them from being bowled out for under 100.

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell:

"The players are a bit down in the dressing room and I wouldn't expect anything else.

"We didn't bat well enough and I want them to be more accountable.

"There is a lot to do, but we have shown spirit with backs to the wall before this season."

Worcestershire bowling coach Matt Mason:

"The day was set up for us by the fantastic way Daryl Mitchell batted with the tail.

"Then it was great to see Mitchell McClenaghan running in and bowing genuinely fast.

"It was a quality opening spell, well supported by Charlie Morris, and things went from there."

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"With the exception of Craig Miles and Tom Smith, both of whom bowled and batted well, this was an exceptionally poor day for Gloucestershire.

"They bowled sloppily at times to the Worcester tail in the morning, and then the batting at the top of the order was simply not good enough against a fast and accurate attack.

"Hamish Marshall was unlucky, being run out without facing a ball while backing up, but for skipper Michael Klinger, it was particularly galling being dismissed twice in a day without reaching double figures."

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