Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Glos gain credible draw

LVCC: Gloucestershire 403-5 drew with Derbyshire 402-8 (Pts: Glos 11, Derbys 10)

Gloucestershire bowled their way to an 11 point haul in their drawn county championship match at Chesterfield against Derbyshire.

A decent bowling performance in the afternoon and evening sessions saw the Shire claim two bowling points, but a frustrating 57 run stand for the ninth wicket denied them a third, as Derbyshire batted their way to a declaration as 400 was passed.

Steve Kirby was the pick of the bowlers as he charged in throughout several spells and bowled with pace and aggression. His attitude in the field was extremely credible, considering the state of the game, and thoroughly deserved his wicket.

There was a recovery by the Shire from the morning session, which had been a poor effort and saw just the one wicket fall, and had allowed Chris Rogers to set the platform for his 104.

I am confident that over four days, Glos could beat this Derbyshire team as Gloucestershire have played some good cricket in this match, and to take 11 points from the two days play possible has been a good return.


  1. When We're Bobbin'10 June 2009 at 01:49

    At least we're still top of the table! - it's a shame we missed out on a result, but no-one else in this round of fixtures got anything, so I guess nobody can complain too much. Was nice to see Hamish and Gidman performing when they got the chance to play some 'proper' cricket as well!

    Congratulations to the radio for a solid debut too!

  2. It was very encouraging; realistically Glos could only look to take 12 points from this game, and they took 11 of those possible 12. Good to see Hamish and Gidman firing too, next match if Saxelby has recovered from the mumps he's got to replace Ireland who was spraying it everywhere yesterday - in the morning session his economy was 6 and a half, he's not a high enough standard to remain in the first team - he's need more good consistency.

    Enjoyed listening on Monday, didn't manage to listen on Tuesday.

  3. If anything we strengthened our position because Middlesex only got 5 bonus points and the same applied to Kent who will both be up there come the end of the season I imagine.

    Given the time lost I'm happy with this, a bit annoying that Derbyshire declared when they did though because with another couple of overs we would surely have got the 3rd bowling point.

  4. Well to be fair, we had more than enough time to pick up the ninth wicket, but let the batsmen put on a 57-run stand: nos 9&10 scored 29 each! They knew Derby were always going to declare when they'd reached 400.

  5. Missing out on the thrid bowling point (and Anthony Ireland) was the only bad point in a good performance by Glos.

    It'll be interesting to see who is now the first choice spinner after a good display from Dawson.

  6. When We're Bobbin'11 June 2009 at 00:04

    ..and as far as bad points go, that's really scraping the barrel! - to get five batting points in a day (more or less) was a stunning performance, so losing out on one bowling bonus point doesn't seem to matter so much.

    It'll be interesting with the spinners - I don't see there being enough room for both of them, so maybe it'll be a case of Daws getting the place until his form drops off, or maybe we'll see rotations between them, one-day and four-day. In any case, the fact that we've got this type of healthy competition going is great for improving the team!


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