Westwood lifts Warwickshire

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Ian Westwood

Ian Westwood returned to form with an innings of 68

Ian Westwood and Jim Troughton made half-centuries to guide Warwickshire out of trouble in the LV County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire at Gloucester.

Replying to the home side's 420, Warwickshire slumped to 32 for three before Westwood and Troughton put on 100 in a patient partnership that occupied 44 overs.

Westwood, captaining Warwickshire for the first time in the absence of the injured Darren Maddy, was run out for 68, but Troughton was unbeaten on 55 as the visitors reached 151 for four at stumps on the second day.

Earlier, Chris Taylor had taken his overnight 72 onto 104 as Gloucestershire's last four wickets added an additional 86 runs.

Taylor and Mark Hardinges extended their partnership to 44 before Hardinges was bowled for 28 by a superb delivery from Neil Carter which nipped back off the seam and hit off-stump.

Taylor was moving confidently towards his second successive century until, on 98, he enjoyed a slice of luck when wicketkeeper Tony Frost dropped a regulation chance off Carter.

Taylor cover-drove the next ball for two, to complete his 16th first-class century but was out three overs later when he was bowled driving at a delivery from Chris Woakes. His 181-ball innings contained 13 fours and a six.

Jon Lewis and Matthew Gitsham ensured Gloucestershire secured maximum batting points as the last two wickets added 30 runs.

Woakes had Gitsham caught behind for 11 and the innings concluded when Carter claimed his third wicket as Lewis was caught at deep mid-off by James Anyon for 18.

Neil Carter

Neil Carter had four catches dropped

Carter finished with 3-124 and could count himself unlucky that four catching chances were spurned off his bowling.

When Warwickshire batted, Gloucestershire needed to use the new ball well on an easy-paced pitch and Lewis and Anthony Ireland did just that to claim three wickets in the first 10 overs.

Lewis made the breakthrough with the last ball of his third over when Navdeep Poonia played half-forward and was lbw.

Lewis then struck again with the first delivery of his next over when he knocked back Michael Powell's off-stump.

Jonathan Trott denied Lewis a hat-trick, but the Warwickshire batsman had only made seven when he edged a ball from Ireland to Marcus North at second slip.

Westwood and Troughton rebuilt the innings with a solid, but unspectacular partnership and Westwood's 112-ball half-century represented a return to form for Warwickshire's acting captain who had averaged just 12 in five previous matches this year.

Westwood survived a sharp chance to Taylor at backward point on 59 and was reprieved again four runs later when Alex Gidman spilled a low catch at midwicket.

However, neither miss proved costly for Gloucestershire as Westwood was run out by Will Porterfield's direct hit from short cover after Troughton had looked for a single off North.

Troughton and Frost batted out the final 19 overs of play, mainly against the spin-bowling of North and Gitsham, but there was little in the way of entertainment for a good-sized festival crowd.

The final session produced only 46 runs in 37 overs leaving Warwickshire still requiring a further 120 to avoid the follow-on.