Ravichandran Ashwin helped his county team Worcestershire to a 189 run victory over Gloucestershire, as he took his first five wicket haul in county cricket in the second innings of the match.
Worcestershire declared on 295 for 8 in the second innings, setting Gloucestershire a target of 400 runs. In reply, they only managed 211 runs with the Indian spinner Ashwin doing the bulk of the damage. He ended with figures of 5 for 68, ably supported by Joe Leech who ended with figures of 3 for 50. Here is the moment Ashwin took his fifth wicket – a classic flighted delivery which the batsman top edged to hand out an easy catch in the outfield.
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Ashwin and Leech wreaked havoc on the Gloucestershire batting line-up early, when both bowled in tandem to dismiss the top three batsmen for just 51 runs during the chase. No more wickets were lost till the end of play on the second last day, but the duo combined to pick up two more wickets in quick succession on the resumption of play the next morning. With the score reading 75 for 5, Gareth Roderick stitched together a 71 run stand with Phil Mustard to to take the score to 176.
However, the remaining wickets fell in a heap after Patrick Brown dismissed Mustard. Ashwin went on the clean up the tail to bring up his first five wicket haul, in what is turning out to be a highly productive county stint for the ace Indian spinner.