Thursday, August 13, 2009

Glos beaten again in Derby

pro40: Somerset 119-2 beat Glos 116 by eight wickets

Gloucestershire suffered another defeat to Somerset at Bristol this year, as their local rivals completely dominated the pro40 fixture.

The day went downhill after winning the toss, and the Shire never played with enough discipline to compete; a paltry 116 was another dreadful effort with the bat that was picked off with arrogance by Marcus Trescothick.

A good cricket wicket was exploited well by Somerset and Alfonso Thomas reduced Glos to 0-2 before shot selection totally immune to the scoreboard plunged the Shire further into trouble and at 51-7 there was no coming back.

Will Porterfield continued his miserable form by chipping a simple catch up to mid-off and Hamish Marshall had actually lead a recovery with his 23 before offering up an easy chance of his own; Chris Taylor played a one-day shot and was caught off a ball he should have left as all the batting was again exposed against the swinging ball.

Steve Adshead made 36 and shared 51 with Jon Lewis - who's hard hitting was the only bright point for the home fans on a gorgeous evening, but when Kadeer Ali spilled the simplest of chances it summed Gloucestershire's miserable cricket up in one moment.

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  1. This, as well as the defeat against Sussex, does leave us up against it in Division 1, and we'll have to fight with more gust and skill than on display here to survive relegation.

    After an excellent start to the One-day season, in getting to the Semi-Finals of the FPT, things have gone sharply downhill. While progress in the four-day game appears to have been promising, Bracewell has his work cut out to replplicate the glory days of his earlier spell in charge.

  2. I got there after work, when the score was 51-6, literally seconds before the seventh wicket fell.

    From what I saw on the TV highlights, I agree that the batting was dreadful. However, I would say that there were other bright points; in particular Lewis and Kirby bowled well.

    Mind you, that first over from Franklin was a disaster piled on a catastrophe - why wasn't Kirby given the new ball? Franklin's 1-38 in four overs wouldn't be acceptable in 20/20, let alone Pro40.

    By the way, just how much money did we waste on the floodlights? The light was still playable when the match finished...

  3. From watching a replay, Lewis and Kirby were being touted as the dangermen in the Sky box and flabberghasted that Franklin opened up!

    Surely the quickest bowlers have always got to take the new ball!?!

    I couldn't find any mention of floodlight hire on the club's accounts, perhaps Sky bring them in!?


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