"GLOUCESTERSHIRE owe it to the rest of the LV County Championship Second Division to beat Derbyshire at Bristol this week.
Alex Gidman, who fears the north Midlands county are on the verge of
building an unassailable advantage in the race for promotion to Division
Unbeaten in seven games in the four-day arena this season and seeking to extend their unbeaten run at Nevil Road
today, Derbyshire currently lead second-placed Kent by 24 points and are
a further 10 ahead of Hampshire, who currently lie third.
A fifth victory in eight games for Wayne Madsen's much-improved
team would put them virtually out of sight at the halfway stage of the
campaign, leaving their nearest rivals to battle it out for second
But Gloucestershire will give the chasing pack renewed hope if
they become the first side to beat Derbyshire in the Championship this
Gidman said: "It is crucial that someone pegs Derbyshire back and that is what we must try to do.
"We need to do it for the sake of the rest of the division – if
they win in Bristol, they will be a long way clear and the rest of us
will all be playing for second place..."
Crikey...we have them worried eh?