Sunday, August 09, 2009

Glos suffer mauling at Horsham

pro40: Sussex 192-1 beat Gloucestershire 189 by nine wickets

Gloucestershire suffered a dreadful defeat by nine wickets against Sussex at Horsham.

The elation of Saturday's victory at Southend was quickly overshadowed by a dreadful one-day performance; the batting was blown away in two quick spell and the bowling replicated the poor effort at Hove in the Friends Provident semi-final.

Batting has been the downfall for the Shire on many occasions this season and once more a poor display set up a defeat as Glos were bowled out for just 189 - never enough on an excellent out-ground pitch with small boundaries.

A middle-order recovery provided the rapid contributions asked of it, but in order for this to yeild a big total, it requires one of the top three to guide the innings throughout and make a large score - this didn't happen, and a Yasir Arafat hat-trick fired Glos out for a well below-par total.

Luke Wright showed the Shire top order how to do it. He dealt almost exclusively in boundaries, striking the innings he is renowned for: his 95 from 62 balls soared the home side to victory with 13 overs still to be bowled.

The bowling simply had no answer to the onslaught and suffered complete humiliation with no-one able to stem the flow of runs that washed over the celebrations of the previous evening.

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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