|Scorecard:||Gloucestershire v Scotland XI|
|Event:||Scotland in England 1924|
DateLine: 30th January 2013
Gloucestershire were not quite at full strength for this match at Bristol yesterday, but they had the best of play. Batting first, they made 222 before their innings was declared, with nine men out.
Sinfield, whose period of qualification expires next July, showed promising form in making 50 out of 94 in eighty minutes. He made some neat strokes, particularly on the off side.
Later, Robinson and Rogers added 87 in forty five minutes. Both forced the game, the latter hitting one 6 and five 4's. Mills and Dennett also got runs quickly.
The visitors bowling lacked variety, but Watt and Scobie met with success . Their fielding was good, Kerr and Groves making brilliant catches, but the batting proved uneven.
Groves showed the best form, though the most profitable stand was made by Hole and Weir, who raised the total from 41 to 103. The former was out in the last over of the day, after a stay of ninety minutes.
Scotland finished up 79 behind, with three wickets in hand.
With the object of forcing a win at Bristol yesterday Gloucestershire's second innings was closed when eight wickets had fallen for 111, but this course just failed to effect its purpose. As they had previously dismissed their opponents for 167, this meant that Scotland again needed a similar number to win with two and a half hours left for play.
Kerr and Groves led off by putting on 67 for the first wicket in fifty minutes. Both showed excellent form, their defence being as sound as their scoring strokes were sure.
The batting which followed did not reach the same standard, though when the fifth wicket fell at six o'clock only 42 were needed. At that stage Mills and Dennett bowled so well that when stumps were drawn the visitors had one wicket in hand and were 20 short of the desired number.
There was nothing outstanding in Gloucestershire's second innings, most of the men treating the bowling rather cheaply. Sinfield again met with success, and so did Hammond.
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