Hamish marshals Gloucestershire
Hamish Marshall followed up New Zealand compatriot Kane Williamson’s good work as an outstanding rearguard ensured Gloucestershire escaped from their LV= County Championship match against Derbyshire with an unlikely draw.
Williamson reached his century last evening at Derby as Gloucestershire closed on 219 for two following on.
There was still work to be done today, though, with the visitors only 37 runs ahead and Derbyshire knowing quick wickets could turn the tables.
But, after Williamson fell for 128, Marshall took up the mantle; he struck 90 and Ian Cockbain 63 not out as Gloucestershire reached 409 for four declared before the captains shook hands on a draw.
The second new ball, available after only eight overs, represented Derbyshire’s best chance of victory.
The home side thought they had made a breakthrough, but a loud appeal for caught behind was rejected when Marshall, who resumed on 32, was on 53.
Derbyshire were made to wait until shortly before lunch for their first wicket, which came when Jonathan Clare found Williamson’s edge and Tom Poynton took the catch. The 21-year-old Black Caps star faced 272 balls and hit 16 fours.
The score was 291 for three and, with a lead above 100, Gloucestershire would have had to collapse woefully for the match to reignite.
However, there were no signs of that, and attention quickly turned to Marshall’s efforts to reach his first century for the county in almost three years.
Yet he fell 10 runs short, trapped in front by Tim Groenewald, after which Cockbain and Will Gidman, who hit 33 not out, comfortably batted out the remainder of the overs.
Derbyshire’s efforts were best summed up by wicketkeeper Poynton being the only player not to bowl, with Gloucestershire’s declaration 10 minutes before the start of the final hour signalling the end of the Division Two encounter.