Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Glos scrape to unlikely win

T20: Gloucestershire 134-8 (19.5 overs) beat Northamptonshire 133 (20 overs) by two wickets

Gloucestershire defied the odds as a much changed side scraped past group-leaders Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

The bowling again was the highlight for the Shire, as they bowled Northants out for just 133, but the batting again struggled and despite only chasing six-and-a-half per over, Glos managed to lose eight wickets and scrambled to their target with one ball to spare.

The big positive, aside the meaningless result, was that Grant Hodnett made 60 from 46 balls. He is another player to have worked hard over the winter and again showed why his is worthy of a place in the 1st X1; his main rival, Kadeer Ali, made 21 not out, but his form recently that has shown Hodnett to surely be ahead of him in the pecking order.

Jon Lewis and Steve Kirby were both rested, but recent signing Gemaal Hussain again stepped up to the mark and followed up his debut at Worcester with another great spell, his 3-22 and wickets for James Franklin and Ian Saxelby meant the Shire could return home with a half smile on their faces.

6 comments:

  1. At last, a 20/20 win for us.

    It seems that Grant Hodnett shares the view that he should be picked more for the side, judging by what he has said to the Beeb.

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  2. When We're Bobbin'24 June 2009 at 21:51

    My favourite quote in the article:

    'Wouldn't it be nice to spoil their party? We don't like Somerset'!

    At least he talks like a Glos player should!

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  3. Hodnett's been given a bit of rough ride and I hope he's played at Beckenham! We can do T20 with a weakened side - how does that work?

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  4. Who's turning up on Friday to see Glos 'B' demolish Somerset?

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  5. lol fair play to Hodnett, lets just hope he backs it up with runs!

    We're not overly keen on Somerset, but I can reel off many teams that I dislike far more: Glamorgan, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Kent, Surrey - at least Somerset are Westcountry and are a genuine county club (i.e. non-test match ground, of which Glamorgan used to belong until they sold their soul for money).

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  6. You have to dislke Somerset; they're our rivals, and to do the double over them would be fantastic.

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