Gloucestershire stride towards promotion with victory over Worcestershire

Gloucestershire took a significant step towards regaining their Specsavers County Championship Division One status for the very first time in 14 years by completing a victory over Worcestershire at New Road.
The visitors resumed in the face of a disciplined bowling by the Worcestershire assault after a nervy closing session Tuesday evening on 54-4 in pursuit of 115.
However, on day three nightwatchman Josh Shaw and Miles Hammond found batting much easier and success was procured over 50 minutes along with 13.3 overs of the start of the day. Hammond ended unbeaten on Shaw 38 and 35 not out in an unbroken partnership worth 74.
Gloucestershire may now need a couple of bonus points in their home game against Northamptonshire – based on the results of matches featuring marketing contests Sussex and Durham.
Gloucestershire batted a lot more positively on day three and Shaw set the tone with a drive for four off Ed Barnard.
Hammond lived a confident lbw shout in one of those few scares of the morning on 17 until Shaw completed the hit with a cover drive to the boundary off Adam Finch.
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