Thursday, July 30, 2009

Changes for Glamorgan need to revive Glos

Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Bristol, LVCC, 11:00
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Gloucestershire have brought Steve Adshead, Ian Saxelby and Rob Woodman into the squad for the county championship match against Glamorgan at Bristol.

After three consecutive defeats, the Shire urgently require a more concerted batting effort if they are to resurrect their promotion challenge; the batting in the last three games has been the cause of defeat and, particularly at Cheltenham, nothing short of a disgrace with deplorable shot selection and basic errors being made.

The ball will swing again this weekend, with cloud forecast for the whole match, and unless the batsmen move their feet more positively in order to counter the swing, they will run into the same problems as they found at the festival.

Adshead will keep wicket in his first championship appearance of the season, in a change for Steve Snell that will come as no surprise to anyone - he has simply not scored any runs all year and thoroughly deserves to be dropped.

Bizarrely, the abandonment of the 2nd X1 match has perhaps allowed Hamish Marshall to keep his place in the side, given that he had no chance to fail.

Glamorgan are not a great side. They have a young, fragile batting line-up, and their bowling is headed up by an off-spinner well into the twilight years of his career; they are there for the taking if the Shire play proper championship cricket, and only a much improved determination with the bat will see them achieve this.

Gloucestershire from: Ali, Porterfield, Woodman, Marshall, Gidman (c), Taylor, Franklin, Adshead (wkt), Dawson, Lewis, Kirby, Saxelby, Ireland

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