County Championship: Jack Taylor inspires Gloucestershire win

Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor scored 120 against Derbyshire in June, but his batting fortunes have been mixed
LV= County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Northants 246 & 160: Levi 64; Miles 5-28
Gloucestershire 372: Taylor 156; Stone 4-91, Kleinveldt 4-129 & 38-1
Gloucestershire won by nine wickets
Gloucestershire 23 pts, Northants 4 pts
Match scorecard

Gloucestershire sealed a two-day win over Northants following an astonishing century by Jack Taylor at Cheltenham.

After scoring only eight runs in his last six innings, he made 156 off 125 balls, hitting five sixes and 15 fours.

Taylor put on 113 with Benny Howell (36) and 104 with Craig Miles (41) as the home side totalled 372, 126 ahead.

Despite Richard Levi's 64, Northants then crumbled to 164 all out, Miles taking 5-28, before Gloucestershire raced to 38-1 to win by nine wickets.

After 14 wickets fell on the first day, Hamish Marshall and Ian Cockbain were soon sent on their way by Olly Stone (4-91) as the home side were reduced to 108-6.

Happier times for Gloucester at Cheltenham
Gloucestershire enjoyed only their third win in their last 26 County Championship games at their July festival base at Cheltenham College.

However, Cockbain's downfall brought Taylor to the crease and the Northants attack were powerless to contain the 23-year-old, who struck the ball to all parts before being last out just over three hours later.

Northants opener Stephen Peters then completed a pair when Miles bowled him in his opening over and a procession of Northants wickets continued until Levi and fellow South African Rory Kleinveldt came together.

They added 48 before Kleinveldt (37) was also bowled by Miles, who ended the innings by having Levi caught by Chris Dent.

Dent went for a duck as Gloucestershire began their second innings, but Michael Klinger and Will Tavare knocked off the runs in six overs.

Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor:

"We were in a bit of trouble when I went in, but I usually play my best when counter-attacking, so I set out to be positive from the start.

"After the last few games I was due a few runs and it was good to get back on the horse again with a decent innings.

"We all love playing at Cheltenham, so to make a hundred here is special.

"I know our record at the festival in recent years hasn't been too good, so it's great have contributed to a win here."