Sunday, May 15, 2011

Poor batting sees Glos lose again

CB40: Glamorgan 155-6 beat Gloucestershire 154-9 by four wickets (PTS: Glam 2, Glos 0)

It was cloudy and cold in Cardiff. The pitch was slow and scoring was difficult. Not the best afternoon for a one-day game and the Welsh public did not turn up in any numbers.

But had Gloucestershire squeezed out another 30 runs, the entertainment may have been a little more enjoyable. As it was, 154 was never enough, even on a slow pitch.

Gloucestershire didn't give themselves a chance to make a useful score by losing too many wickets. Dean Cosker did produce two special deliveries to bowl Kane Williamson and Kevin O'Brien but the other wickets were poor cricket.

The chief culprits were Ian Cockbain, who ran himself out, and Chris Taylor, who got frustrated and holed out to long-off when well set. He may have taken 65 balls for his 24 but he was in and could have hung around to the batting powerplay. It was irresponsible cricket from Taylor.

Had Gloucestershire made a few more they would have had a great chance. Batting was not easy. Gareth Rees showed the way with a controlled half-century that won the game. Aside from three reverse sweeps he was prepared to graft out the runs.

Will Gidman did graft for Gloucestershire but he ran out of time. Had he led the innings, Gloucestershire may have had a base to build around. Food for thought.

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