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Marshall shines for Gloucestershire

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/04/2016

Hamish Marshall hit his 27th first-class century as Gloucestershire recovered from a poor start to post 336-5 on the opening day of the County Championship match with Worcestershire.

The 37-year-old New Zealander went in with his side struggling on 57-3 and batted for the rest of the day to finish the day unbeaten on 123, having hit 15 fours in his 196-ball innings at the County Ground in Bristol.

Marshall received good support from opener Chris Dent (59) and fellow Kiwi Kieran Noema-Barnett, whose aggressive shot-making brought him a Championship-best score of 84 not out and contributed to an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 179 in 42 overs.

Worcestershire appeared to be taking a grip but control was wrestled from them by the experienced Marshall, who looked in good touch from the start and moved confidently to three figures off 172 balls, with 11 fours, never offering a chance.

Noema-Barnett was more aggressive. The powerful left-hander hit nine fours and a six over square-leg in moving to only his third half-century since joining Gloucestershire for the start of last season and had struck six more fours by stumps.

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