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  • Gloucestershire under GrahamB (story)

    Seems it's a toss-up between Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire as to which is the weakest squad, so I''l go with Gloucestershire.

  • #2
    Prior to the season starting, we took the opportunity to sign South African all-rounder, Ferisco Adams, as our reserve overseas player.
    We also signed a youth batsman, Tom Hellawell, to shore up our batting.

    Gloucestershire supposedly has the weakest batting attack in Division 2. There are no star players, but to me, we have enough good batsmen to manage.
    We have two good openers in Chris Dent, who will be our captain, and Miles Hammond.
    All-rounder, Graeme van Buuren, has an average just over 40, while Tom Hellawell, keeper Gareth Roderick, James Bracey, Jack Taylor and Ian Cockbain all look to be solid performers.

    Our bowling attack is headed by Aussie Dan Worrall, Ryan Higgins, David Payne and Stu Whittingham.
    Graeme van Buuren is our key spinner, although batsman, Ben Charlesworth, could be a useful back-up. Tom Smith looked to have a promising future as a youngster, but never really delivered the goods. We're hoping that we might be able to change that.

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    • #3
      Quite difficult this season, they lost their 2 main seamers Miles and Norwell to Warwickshire last season, although Higgins and Bracey look great prospects and Dent is always goods for runs.
      Good luck Graham.
      Proudly supporting Nottingham Forest and Nottinghamshire CCC.

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      • #4
        We started off the season with a University match against Oxford MCCU.

        I took the opportunity to rest some key players and try out some of the fringe players.
        As a result, we were the only county side not to secure a victory against a University side.


        Gloucestershire - 319/5 declared (G.Hankins-105, I.Cockbain-101no, M.Hammond-65, B.Horne-3/107).

        Oxford MCCU - 231 all out (T.Smith-4/62)

        Gloucestershire - 251/3 declared (M.Hammond-117no, T.Hallawell-60no)

        Oxford MCCU - 231/2

        Match drawn.
        Last edited by GrahamB; 06-01-2019, 03:27 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MarksNotts View Post
          Quite difficult this season, they lost their 2 main seamers Miles and Norwell to Warwickshire last season, although Higgins and Bracey look great prospects and Dent is always goods for runs.
          Good luck Graham.
          Cheers.

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          • #6
            Our first County Championship Division 2 clash was against Derbyshire.

            Gloucestershire playing eleven for the FC match against Derbyshire - C.Dent (capt), M.Hammond, G.Roderick (wk), J.Bracey, T.Hellawell, G.van Buuren, J.Tayor, I.Cockbain, R.Higgins, D.Payne, D.Worrall.

            We did well to restrict Debyshire to a lowish first innings total, and then procedded to build a decent lead.
            However, the visitors dug in during their second turn at bat and were eventually able to declare.
            We initially set out with chasing the victory target in mind, but the loss of quick wickets made us abandon that idea and play for the draw


            Derbyshire - 236 all out (L.du Plooy-89no, R.Higgins-4/32, D.Worrall-3/64, G.van Buuren-3/94)

            Gloucestershire - 340 all out (J.Taylor-76, T.Hellawell-72, G.Roderick-54, T.Palladino-4/60, S.Sharif-3/55)

            Derbyshire - 307/5 declared (L.du Plooy-98no, C.MacLeod-64, D.Smit-57)

            Gloucestershire - 111/4 (T.Hellawell-40)

            Match drawn.
            Last edited by GrahamB; 06-01-2019, 03:30 AM.

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            • #7
              Higgins was one of my favourite English players on CC18.

              Being a RM, as soon as that good ol' English cloud cover hits let him loose!

              And also very handy lower order player! Good luck
              Last edited by bryce87; 06-03-2019, 01:35 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bryce87 View Post
                Higgins was one of my favourite English players on CC19.

                Being a RM, as soon as that good ol' English cloud cover hits let him loose!

                And also very handy lower order player! Good luck
                Thanks.

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                • #9
                  Our first OD match was against the strong Surrey side.

                  We looked as though we might get a score approaching 300, but we struggled towards the end of our innings due to some tight bowling.
                  Then a rampant partnership between Stoneman and Clarke took any winning hopes that we may have had out of our grasp.


                  Gloucestershire - 262/6 (B.Howell-71)

                  Surrey - 263/6 (R.Clarke-97, M.Stoneman-85)
                  Last edited by GrahamB; 06-01-2019, 03:30 AM.

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                  • #10
                    It doesn't get any easier for us in the OD competition, as we travel to Middlesex for our second match.

                    We got put into bat and struggled to get any momentum going at all. Our total was never likely to be enough and so it proved.


                    Gloucestershire - 158 (E.Bamber-3/33)

                    Middlesex - 162/4
                    Last edited by GrahamB; 06-01-2019, 03:31 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Finally success in the OD competition!

                      We won the toss and put Kent in to bat.
                      Using a new bowling strategy, we bowled them out for a low score.
                      When we batted, the conditions turned very cloudy, but we adopted a positive approach rather than a cautious one (keeping our competition run rate in mind).


                      Kent - 152 (T.Hellawell-3/23)

                      Gloucestershire - 156/5 (G.Roderick-55no, B.McCarthy-4/20)

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                      • #12
                        Back down to earth with a bump against Hampshire.

                        The Hampshire top order put our bowlers to the sword, as they amassed a big score.
                        In reply, we kept losing wickets as we tried not to let the required run rate get too far out of range. A late collapse made things look worse.
                        Now 1 win, 3 losses.


                        Hampshire - 308/5 (S.Northeast-78, T.Alsop-68, R.Rossouw-62)

                        Gloucestershire - 204 (M.Hammond-56, G.Hankins-53, K.Barker-4/26, B.Rankin-4/72)


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                        • #13
                          Our next OD match was a real thriller!

                          Batting first, we were in real trouble before Gareth Roderick and Jack Taylor put together a record stand to help us through to a respectable total.

                          Somerset were likewise in a real spot of bother before Lewis Gregory came in at number 8 and smashed a quickfire half-century to get his side back in contention.
                          With Ian Pickering playing a guiding hand, it looked for sure as though they'd steal the win, but in a dramatic finish, he was run out to leave the match tied.


                          Gloucestershire - 264/7 (G.Roderick-115no, J.Taylor-108, C.Overton-3/46)

                          Somerset - 264 (L.Pickering-62, L.Gregory-62)

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                          • #14
                            Be interesting to see how James Bracey develops. He is a great young talent in real life.

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                            • #15
                              Our next OD match was against a struggling Glamorgan side.
                              To take some pressure off Chris Dent, who has been in poor form so far this season, Gareth Roderick took over the captaincy role.

                              We batted first and put up what looked like it should be a winning score, Miles Hammond displaying his burgeoning potential with his maiden OD century.

                              However, Glamorgan were always in the hunt and we were a little worried until Benny Howell sparked a lower order demise.
                              Howell finished with career best figures.


                              Gloucestershire - 290/5 (M.Hammond-129, G.Hankins-65, C.Dent-53)

                              Glamorgan - 243 (J.Lawlor-64, J.Murphy-55, B.Howell-5/40)

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