Cricket: Roland-Jones hoping to make headway

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones (right) celebrates a wicket (pic John Walton/PA)

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones (right) celebrates a wicket (pic John Walton/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones is hoping to pick up more wickets on day two of their County Championship Division Two clash with Gloucestershire.

Roland-Jones (2-15) gave the home side some cheer with a late brace on day one, as Gloucestershire closed on 59-2 in reply to Middlesex's 172.

And having worked his way back from injury, he is hoping to help Stuart Law's side to more success on Tuesday.

He said: "I'm happy to chip in, obviously. I've been shy of wickets of late, so it's nice to get going and fingers crossed we can make some early headway tomorrow from the off.

"The wicket had a decent grass covering when we turned up this morning, so we were expecting to get out there in tough conditions. I think the guys battled hard up front and made them work for their wickets.


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"It was just frustrating during that middle period that we couldn't quite string too much together. But there's still plenty in that wicket, so if we can come out and get a few early tomorrow morning, things could look very different."

Captain Dawid Malan (28) top scored for the hosts, as John Simpson (27), Nick Gubbins (26) and Sam Robson (23) also made starts.

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Josh Shaw claimed a season's best haul of 4-33 for Gloucestershire, though, as their attack made run scoring difficult.

Roland-Jones added: "It's something for us to learn from - really drying up that scoring rate and knowing there are enough good balls out there to make it count."

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