Northamptonshire 2XI wrapped up a comprehensive 285 run victory with a day to spare against Gloucestershire 2XI in Rockhampton. 

Northamptonshire started the day 202/5, already leading by 397 runs as they looked to maximise the chase for Gloucestershire. 

The 2XI ended up adding another 70 runs to the target, thanks to Gareth Berg’s 33 from 29 with Northamptonshire ending on 272 all out. 

Gloucestershire were restricted to just 134 in their first innings, so two strong batting efforts from Northamptonshire meant the hosts needed an unlikely 467 to win.

Gloucestershire’s openers made a positive start, scoring at just over 5 an over for the first 8 overs until Jack White trapped Tom Lace LBW to remove the 25-year-old for 17. 

White continued his fine form this season with two more wickets, brilliantly bowling Joe Phillips and William Naish in the 12th and 14th over respectively to reduce Gloucestershire to 66/3. 

Once again Northamptonshire’s bowling proved too strong as Gareth Berg and Bailey Wightman joined the attack. 

Berg trapped Smale LBW while Wightman claimed three wickets in as many overs, removing O’Donnell, Young and Shaw, using his extra pace and bounce to his advantage as Gloucestershire stumbled to 115 for 7. 

Josh Shaw provided some hope for Gloucestershire as he smashed 55 off of just 35 deliveries but he quickly fell after his half century, attempting to swing Alex Russell over the legside but instead found Wightman on the boundary who took a good catch to remove the dangerman. 

Alex Russell wasn’t finished there as he removed the final two batsmen in the 38th over to secure victory. First bowling Luke Charlesworth round his legs, then three balls later beating an advancing van Meekeren to give Harry Gouldstone an easy stumping.

Jack White finished with figures of 3/30, Alex Russell 3/38, and Bailey Wightman 3/18 from 6 overs. 

Gareth Berg also bowled effectively, as he finished on 1-14 along with George Weldon gaining more valuable overs on his return from injury. 

Thank you to Rockhampton CC and their ground staff for their hard work and preparation over the last three days.