Walsh shocks struggling champions

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Gloucestershire ran up a total of 569 yesterday, a record in their games with Warwickshire going back 102 years, and their strike bowler Courtney Walsh then shocked the county champions with three wickets for 20 as well as a catch in the slips.

Warwickshire finished the second day at Cheltenham on 206 for 7, attempting to stabilise around Dominic Ostler, who finished unbeaten on 69. Gloucestershire were always looking to bat Warwickshire out of the game as Matt Windows scored 184 in seven and a half hours. Andrew Symonds hit 127 in a third of that time.

In all, 346 of Gloucestershire's runs came in boundaries over a glass- like outfield, but the wicketkeeper Mike Burns snapped up five catches. Gladstone Small benefited from two of them as 24 steady overs brought him four for 99.

On a flat, rather low pitch, Walsh found speed and lift in a 10-over spell that brought him 2 for 16. Returning as the light began to fade, he picked up another wicket in one over before giving way to an all-spin attack as the umpires conferred about calling it a day.

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