Gloucestershire took a major step towards regaining their Specsavers County Championship Division One status for the first time in 14 years by completing a six-wicket victory over Worcestershire at New Road.


The visitors resumed on 54-4 in pursuit of 115 after a nervy final session on Tuesday evening in the face of some disciplined bowling by the Worcestershire attack.

But on day three nightwatchman Josh Shaw and Miles Hammond found batting a lot easier and victory was secured within 50 minutes and 13.3 overs of the start of the day. Hammond ended unbeaten on 35 and Shaw 38 not out in an unbroken partnership worth 74.

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Gloucestershire may now need only a handful of bonus points from their final home game against Northamptonshire – depending on the results of ongoing matches featuring promotion rivals Sussex and Durham.

Gloucestershire batted a lot more positively on day three and Shaw set the tone with a back-foot drive for four off Ed Barnard.

Hammond survived a confident lbw shout on 17 in one of the few scares of the morning before Shaw completed the victory with a cover drive to the boundary off Adam Finch.

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