Saturday, April 16, 2011

Glos in familiar territory

Day 3, Close: Gloucestershire 188 & 42-0 need another 343 runs to beat Glamorgan 202 & 370-9dec. (PTS: Glos 3, Glam 4)
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For the past two seasons, Gloucestershire have faced having to bat four sessions to save the match in the fourth innings here at Cardiff. The squeezed home two years ago and failed so miserably last year. Tomorrow they cannot afford to fail.

Were Gloucestershire to fail in making it to 5pm it would be a crushing psychological blow. Batting will not be easier anywhere else this season.

This pitch is so docile. There is nothing on offer for the seamers. And nothing on offer for the spinners. It is still in pretty solid conditon. It's flat and pretty slow and there was no trouble in Dean Cosker making 26 not out for Glamorgan, partially against the new ball.

They have an excellent opportunity to put down a confidence marker tomorrow. Particularly Ian Cockbain - the most organised of the youngsters on show so far. He could cement his place at the top of the order for a while with runs tomorrow.

There was only a slim hope of Gloucestershire being able to bowl out Glamorgan. After two early wickets, there was hope but it was so easy to bat. The second new ball hardly threatened either. I did say this last year but Gloucestershire should be ok.

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  1. Just a note to say keep up the good work! I somehow doubt tommorow will bring anything other than a loss but we live in hope. Rellay enjoying the youngsters this season - a breath of fresh air so far.!

  2. I am totally aware of what it is not being able to afford to fail. Maybe I´m not an expert on cricket, but I am in soccer. I travelled to Argentina a month ago and I learned everything there is to learn about that sport. I was staying in one of those Buenos Aires apartments near the Boca stadium (Boca is the team that has more fans cheering for it). They lost one week and the following one they could not afford to lose because otherwise people would be redibly sad.
    It is a big responsability!


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