Gloucestershire's Hamish Marshall ends his three-year wait for a century
HAMISH Marshall compiled his first hundred for Gloucestershire in three years against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's.
The former New Zealand Test and one-day international batsman had last reached three figures for Gloucestershire in a County Championship Division Two match against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in May 2009 and he endured a torrid 2011 season, scoring a meagre 401 runs in 19 innings.
But the 90 he posted against Derbyshire at Derby in early May hinted at a return to his best form, an impression confirmed during the three-day contest against the students.
Marshall made hay against a modest bowling attack on a placid pitch, carving an unbeaten 102 from 123 balls in an innings adorned with 18 fours and two sixes as Gloucestershire raced to 234-3 declared in their second innings.
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But an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 146 between stand-in captain Marshall and Ian Cockbain was not enough to force victory on the final day as Cambridge, set 253 to win in 48 overs, reached the close on 189-5.
Seam bowlers Liam Norwell and David Payne confirmed their recovery from injury, taking eight wickets between them in the match to press their claims for a place in the team to play Northamptonshire in the Championship later this week.