Roderick defies broken finger to end Kent challenge


Gloucestershire385 (Bancroft 206 *, Dent 59, Stevens 3-50, Milne 3-91) and 294 for 9 dec (Roderick 78 *, Bancroft 72, Stevens 5-77) drew with Kent386

Not even a terribly harmed finger might avoid Gareth Roderick from keeping Kent at bay on the last day of Gloucestershire’s Specsavers’ County Championship video game in Bristol.

The day started with Gloucestershire’s main site declaring Roderick would miss out on the rest of the season after suffering a considerable finger injury whilst keeping wicket on day 3.

However, when the host county discovered themselves in an area of trouble in mid-afternoon, Roderick grabbed his pads, gloves and bat and appropriately held up Kent’s push for triumph.

By the time captain Phil Mustard stated, bringing the match to an earlier than set up end, Roderick was 78 not out, Gloucestershire were safe and Kent were delegated question what may have been.

It had actually been anything however an effective start to the day for Gloucestershire. Kent, desperate for early wickets, left an enduring mark on Gloucestershire’s leading order, thanks to experienced all-rounder Darren Stevens. The 41- year-old returned Chris Dent (41) with the really first ball of the day and after that caught captain Mustard lbw, 3 balls later on. When James Bracey left in the very same way, Gloucestershire were 91 for 3. With the news of Roderick’s most likely no-show, that, successfully, was 91 for 4. Or so we believed.

First innings batting hero Cameron Bancroft, and George Hankins, offered some break and took the hosts to 146 prior to the latter edged Mitch Claydon to Sam Billings and though Bancroft and Jack Taylor made it through to lunch and beyond, there was even more difficulty ahead.

Bancroft left for 72, at 186 for 5 and Taylor, who was dropped at 2nd slip on 9, at 163 for 4, followed the Australian back to the structure a lots runs later on when Matt Coles had him captured behind by Billings for27 It worsened, for Gloucestershire, prior to it enhanced, with Kieran Noema-Barnett, driving Stevens to mid off where sub fielder Imran Qayyun took a comfy catch.

From that point, the pressure fell on the shoulders of Roderick. With Josh Shaw offering strong assistance, the 26- year-old searched in valuable little difficulty or pain as Kent had a hard time for the break through.

By the time Stevens assisted himself to a 5th wicket in the innings, that of Shaw, for 2, Gloucestershire were almost house and dry at 249 for 8. Roderick passed his 50 off 76 balls, with 8 fours, and continued to assist himself prior to the gamers shook hands with 26 overs still staying.

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