Norwell nets five in Gloucestershire win
Liam Norwell claimed five wickets as Gloucestershire moved off the bottom of the LV= County Championship Division Two table with a 207-run victory inside three days against Northamptonshire at Bristol.
The 20-year-old seamer followed up his 3-23 in the first innings with 5-51 to bowl Northamptonshire out for 224 in their second knock that featured half-centuries from David Sales and Andrew Hall.
The visitors were set an unlikely target of 432 after dismissing Gloucestershire for 311 in the morning session from an overnight 286 for six. Will Gidman failed to add to his 52 as Hall finished with 5-50.
Gloucestershire took 20 points from their third championship win of the season and have one game left to further improve their position, while Northamptonshire had to settle for three in their final fixture.
The pitch aided the seamers throughout the first three days and that continued to be the case as Gloucestershire added only 25 for the loss of their last four wickets.
Hall claimed the last three after David Willey removed Gidman, but it was too late to prevent Northamptonshire facing a near impossible task.
Opener Stephen Peters fell lbw to the fourth ball of his side's second innings, leg before to Gidman without a run on the board, and it was 51 for two when Niall O'Brien edged Norwell to wicketkeeper Jonathan Batty.
Just before lunch Kyle Coetzer was bowled by Norwell and, although Sales batted effortlessly for his 55, he too had his stumps disturbed by the young pace bowler to make it 80 for four.
A stubborn partnership of 78 between Hall and Rob Newton, who made 44, ended when the latter pulled a short ball from Norwell straight to Ian Cockbain at midwicket.
James Middlebrook and David Murphy went cheaply to Benny Howell and Norwell respectively and by tea the result was all but decided with the visitors on 184 for seven.
Hall fell for 56 immediately after the break without a run added, bowled by Howell, who finished with 2-37 having made a handy contribution with his medium pace to a Gloucestershire side lacking a specialist spinner.
Jack Brooks was taken in the slips off James Fuller for 22 after a defiant stand of 39 with Willey and the game ended when Luke Evans was out for a duck, caught by Cockbain off Anthony Ireland.
Norwell took six wickets in an innings on debut against Derbyshire at the start of last season, but was then plagued by back trouble.
He recently claimed 6-52 in a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Leicestershire at Grace Road and Gloucestershire will hope for more of the same next summer.