County Championship: Gloucestershire on high towards Surrey on day two

Tom Lace


Tom Lace batted for almost three hours for his 65
County Championship Group Two, The Bristol County Ground (day two):
Surrey 220: Amla 56; Shaw 4-48
Gloucestershire 311-8: Dent 78, Lace 65, Bracey 54; Topley 4-64
Gloucestershire (6 pts) lead Surrey (3 pts) by 91 runs

Half-centuries from Gloucestershire’s top three batsmen secured a first-innings lead against Surrey in their County Championship game.

James Bracey (54), captain Chris Dent (78) and Tom Lace (65) all starred as the hosts closed on 311-8 at Bristol.

They lead by 91 after Surrey lost their final wicket with the third ball of day two to be bowled out for 220.

England’s Reece Topley edged left-armer David Payne behind to Bracey to give the seamer his third wicket.

Players paused after lunch for a two-minute silence to mark the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and also wore black armbands. Flags were also flown at half-mast in memory of the former two-time president of the MCC.

Topley took four wickets for Surrey,…