Cricket: Malcolm mauls Gloucestershire

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Derbyshire 521

Gloucestershire 139 and 136-2

CHRIS BROAD may not be the merriest and most exuberant character in county cricket but he hardly deserved to be barracked after falling to Devon Malcolm for nought in mid-afternoon yesterday. 'Get back to Notts' shouted one graceless observer who seemed unaware that only Broad and Dean Hodgson are keeping the Gloucestershire order afloat.

Broad was the middle man in a fierce spell by Devon Malcolm, who dismissed Bobby Dawson and Broad with the first and fifth ball of his seventh over and then had Mark Alleyne caught behind in his next.

Courtney Walsh, the Gloucestershire captain, had changed the order, perhaps to stiffen the middle and his side had made a reasonable start, their first target being 372 to save the follow-on. Hodgson cut and glanced well and was unlucky to play on to Simon Base after scoring 25 out of 40 runs in 10 overs.

Then came Malcolm. He has been bowling quick and straight for weeks now but the selectors have stuck to horses for courses in four Tests. Malcolm in this form would have had the Leeds crowd on their feet.

Tim Hancock struck a few blows before Malcolm provided Karl Krikken with a third catch while Simon Hinks was trapped leg-before by Allan Warner. Jack Russell and Courtney Walsh counter-attacked, Russell taking four boundaries off Malcolm but the tail was then swept away by Warner, 4 for 7 in 12 balls, playing Statham to Malcolm's Tyson, and by tea Gloucestershire were following on 382 behind while Warner had finished with 5 for 27, his best for Derbyshire.

With Malcolm resting, the second innings started quietly after a short drizzle until Hinks, opening up, was brilliantly caught at gully, high off a full-blooded cut, by Frankie Griffith, substituting for the injured Dominic Cork. Just before six o'clock on the second day the first spinner, Matt Vandrau, appeared. In the morning Vandrau had become the third Derbyshire player to score a career-best in the innings as another 113 were added for the last five wickets.

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