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  • #91
    FC Match 4 - Home v Derbyshire

    With poor weather likely to affect the start of this game, we've made two changes to our playing eleven.
    Out of form Ryan Higgins and spin bowler Mark Watt drop out, with David Payne and Matt Taylor coming in.


    Gloucestershire

    M.Hammond
    B.Howell
    I.Cockbain (captain)
    G.van Buuren
    T.Hellawell
    A.Hunt
    G.Roderick
    F.Adams
    O.Robinson
    D.Payne
    M.Taylor


    Derbyshire

    T.Latham
    B.Godelman
    W.Madsen
    L.du Plooy
    G.Warner
    C.MacLeod
    H.Hosein (wk)
    L.van Beek
    S.Sharif
    R.Rampaul
    H.Qadri



    Surprisingly, Derbyshire have not taken up the option of bowling first.
    We won the toss and made that choice.

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    • #92
      Not sure what to say about that Glamorgan match, 1400 runs in 2 and a half innings! Madness. You're looking good this season

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      • #93
        We got off to a great start, having Derbyshire reeling at 22/3, but then a huge 247 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Billy Godelman and rising star George Walker turned the tables.
        Despite centuries to both Godelman and Warner, our bowlers fought back to have the visitors all out for 381.
        The opening pair of Ferisco Adams and Oliver Robinson were the most successful of our bowlers.

        Although we lost both openers early in our reply, most other batsmen made solid contributions, with half centuries to Ian Cockbain, Tom Hellawell, Gareth Roderick and Oliver Robinson.
        We declared at nine down to put Derbyshire back in 40 minutes before tea on Day 3.

        There were no heroics from the visitors second time round, with only a defiant 66 from George Warner holding us up.
        With Ferisco Adams bowling out of his skin for 5/23, Derbyshire were dismissed for 157, giving us just over two sessions to chase down victory.

        We lost two quick wickets to have some fans worried, but Benny Howell and Graeme van Buuren both scored unbeaten 50's to see us through to victory.


        Derbyshire - 381 (B.Godelman-143, G.Warner-118, F.Adams-4/92, O.Robinson-3/104)

        Gloucestershire - 386/9 declared (I.Cockbain-68, T.Hellawell-68, G.Roderick-62, O.Robinson-55)

        Derbyshire - 157 (G.Warner-66, F.Adams-5/23, O.Robinson-3/28)

        Gloucestershire - 156/2 (B.Howell-68no, G.van Buuren-61no)

        Win to Gloucestershire by 8 wickets.



        We're top of the table for now.
        However, the news has come through that Ferisco Adams has been called up for South Africa, so our pace attack is going to be less lethal,
        as reserve overseas player Abrar Kazi is a spin bowler.

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        • #94
          FC Match 5 - Away v Lancashire

          Indian all-rounder Abrar Kazi comes in for Ferisco Adams, while Ryan Higgins returns in place of Matt Taylor.
          With batsmen Ben Charlesworth, Chris Dent and James bracey all showing good form in the second team, there is added pressure on the incumbents to keep performing.


          Gloucestershire

          M.Hammond
          B.Howell
          I.Cockbain (captain)
          G.van Buuren
          T.Hellawell
          A.Kazi
          A.Hunt
          G.Roderick (wk)
          R.Higgins
          O.Robinson
          D.Payne


          Lancashire

          A.Davies
          R.Jones
          H.Hameed
          D.Vilas (wk)
          S.Croft
          K.Boxer
          S.Sutton
          T.Bailey
          R.Patel
          R.Gleeson
          M.Parkinson

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          • #95
            Second-placed Lancashire batted first, but were soon in trouble at 31/3.
            It was due to opening batsman Rob Jones carrying his bat through the innings to finish on 92no, plus a half century from veteran Steve Croft and a handy knock from young all-rounder Sam Sutton, that Lancashire posted 242 all out.
            David Payne was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4/23.

            We were likewise in early trouble at 27/3, but thanks to a stronger batting line-up, we were able to build a handy first innings lead before declaring at stumps on Day 2.
            Ian Cockbain's 68, plus another century from Tom Hellawell were the main reasons for our batting recovery.
            We declared at that point because of the poor overhead conditions expected on Day 3 and felt that it was our best chance to bowl our opponents cheaply in their second innings.

            In our wildest dreams we couldn't have believed that Lancashire would be dismissed so cheaply in their second innings, but they did.
            None of the batsmen were able to resist for long in the face of the ball moving around, although Rob Jones was the seventh wicket to fall.
            Ryan Higgins made a welcome return to form with 5/15!
            A win by an innings and 8 runs.


            Lancashire - 242 (R.Jones-92no, S.Croft-58, D.Payne-4/23)

            Gloucestershire - 322/7 declared (T.Hellawell-116no, I.Cockbain-69)

            Lancashire - 72 (R.Higgins-5/15)

            Win to Gloucestershire by an innings and 8 runs.

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            • #96
              FC Match 6 - Home v Northamptonshire

              Ferisco Adams has returned from South African OD duties and replaces the now unavailable Abrar Kazi.
              James Bracey gives Graeme van Buuren a rest.
              Spin bowler Nathan Sowter replaces pace bowler Oliver Robinson.


              Gloucestershire

              M.Hammond
              B.Howell
              I.Cockbain (captain)
              T.Hellawell
              J.Bracey
              A.Hunt
              G.Roderick (wk)
              F.Adams
              R.Higgins
              N.Sowter
              D.Payne


              Northamptonshire

              R.Newton
              L.Procter
              K.Coetzer
              A.Rossington (wk)
              R.Lavi
              J.Cobb
              K.Ewing
              V.Philander
              B.Hutton
              B.Muzarabani
              B.Sanderson



              We have won the toss and elected to bat first.
              Last edited by GrahamB; 06-13-2019, 07:20 AM.

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              • #97
                Without a doubt you are getting promoted this year, your FC team is so well balanced. The bowlers are performing well and you bat very deep. Good to see Higgins let loose under cloud cover again! The T20s will be interesting!

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                • #98
                  The pitch for the home game against Northamptonshire was completely devoid of any sign of life, and had the batsmen licking their lips.

                  We batted first and racked up a massive score, hoping that we might be able to obtain a handy first innings lead and then push on for a win.
                  Along the way, there were centuries to Miles Hammond and Ian Cockbain, plus half centuries to Benny Howell, Anthony Hunt and Ryan Higgins.
                  Vernon Philander regardless finished with the respectable figures of 4/124.

                  For the visitors, there were centuries to Richard Levi and Josh Cobb, plus half centuries to Kyle Coetzer and Adam Rossington, as they also went past 500.
                  David Payne was the best of the pacemen with 4/103, while spinner Nathan Sowter shouldered a heavy workload, finishing with 4/157.

                  There was no chance of anything but a draw now, but we declared with 45 minutes left to give our opening bowlers the chance of a cheap wicket.

                  The Northamptonshire openers played cautiously through to stumps and the draw was complete.


                  Gloucestershire - 552/8 declared (M.Hammond-169, I.Cockbain-106, A.Hunt-76no, B.Howell-56, R.Higgins-52, V.Philander-4/124)

                  Northamptonshire - 501 (J.Cobb-151, R.Levi-118, K.Coetzer-79, A.Rossington-54, D.Payne-4/103, N.Sowter-4/157)

                  Gloucestershire - 141/3 declared (T.Hellawell-63no)

                  Northamptonshire - 20/0

                  Game drawn.



                  We're still top of the FC table.

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                  • #99
                    FC Match 7 - Home v Durham

                    Just one change to the playing eleven, with Graeme van Buuren coming back in and James Bracey dropping back out.
                    This gives us two spinners for when the pitch starts to take turn later in the game.


                    Gloucestershire

                    M.Hammond
                    B.Howell
                    I.Cockbain (captain)
                    G.van Buuren
                    T.Hellawell
                    A.Hunt
                    G.Roderick (wk)
                    F.Adams
                    R.Higgins
                    N.Sowter
                    D.Payne


                    Durham

                    A.Lees
                    C.Steele
                    G.Clark
                    B.Stokes
                    M.Richardson (wk)
                    G.Harte
                    J.Weighell
                    B.Raine
                    M.Wood
                    C.Rushworth
                    M.Salisbury



                    We have won the toss and will bat first.

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                    • Brilliant! Was probably better for you not to get promoted last season after all - leaving everyone in your wake this year

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                      • Originally posted by DaveRobbo View Post
                        Brilliant! Was probably better for you not to get promoted last season after all - leaving everyone in your wake this year
                        Early days. Not counting my chickens yet.....

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                        • Well they say that pride cometh before a fall, and so hopefully our defeat against Durham will serve as a stark wake-up call for our lads.

                          On Day 1 our much vaunted batting line-up was ripped apart by the fearsome Durham pace attack. They have some real quality pacemen amongst Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, Chris Rushworth, Ben Raine, Matt Salisbury and all-rounder James Weighall.
                          The attack was relentless and skipper Ian Cockbain was the only one to put up a decent score, as we were bundled out for just 186.

                          Although Ryan Higgins and Ferisco Adams also showed their class, Ben Stokes had a field day against our other bowlers as he smashed 168 off 210 balls to steer Durham to a big first innings lead.
                          Despite the carnage, Higgins (5/82) and Adams (3/63) could leave the field with their heads held high.

                          We've been in desperate situations before and turned games around rather miraculously.
                          Thanks to our deep batting, we were able to recover from a shambolic 90/5 to score 322 all out.
                          Gareth Roderick and Ferisco Adams starred in the fightback, which at least gave us a faint sniff of possible victory.
                          Rushworth was the key destroyer for the visitors with four wickets.

                          Durham required a smallish total of 164 to clinch the win and the pitch had certainly become more difficult, taking sharp turn.
                          Higgins and Adams made early breakthroughs with the new ball, but a determined knock from Cameron Steel and another belligerent innings from Ben Stokes saw their side home.
                          Sadly our spinners, Graeme van Buuren and Nathan Sowter failed to pose much of a threat.


                          Gloucestershire - 186 (I.Cockbain-67, C.Rushworth-3/27, M.Wood-3/38)

                          Durham - 345 (B.Stokes-168, R.Higgins-5/82, F.Adams-3/63)

                          Gloucestershire - 322 (G.Roderick-83, F.Adams-73, C.Rushworth-4/71)

                          Durham - 168/3 (B.Stokes-75no, C.Steel-72)

                          Win to Durham by 7 wickets.



                          Despite the loss, we are still top of the points table.

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                          • FC Match 8 - Away v Glamorgan

                            Two changes to our playing eleven, with Ben Charlesworth replacing Nathan Sowter and Oliver Robinson replacing David Payne.
                            Ben has not let us down with his batting in the limited number of chances he has had for us, plus his part-time spin is worth another shot.


                            Gloucestershire

                            M.Hammond
                            B.Howell
                            I.Cockbain (captain)
                            G.van Buuren
                            T.Hellawell
                            A.Hunt
                            G.Roderick (wk)
                            F.Adams
                            R.Higgins
                            B.Charlesworth
                            O.Robinson


                            Glamorgan

                            J.Lawlor
                            J.Murphy
                            A.Copperfield
                            C.Ingram
                            K.Carlson
                            B.Root
                            C.Cooke (wk)
                            C.Hemphrey
                            M.de Lange
                            T.van der Gugten
                            L.Carey



                            We will be batting first.

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                            • Well guys - the bubble has well and truly burst now!

                              It was a 50/50 call as to whether or not to bat first at Glamorgan. We chose to bat.
                              However, there was more life in the pitch on Day 1 than we'd expected, and aside from dogged half centuries to Graeme van Buuren and Gareth Roderick plus a decent knock from Anthony Hunt, there was little else to enthuse about.
                              We were dismissed for a modest 243.
                              Marchant de Lange had fire in his nostrils and bowled superbly to finish with 5/68.

                              Turns out that Day 2 was the best time for batting and the hosts made us suffer big-time!
                              A big century to promising young Anthony Copperfield and another from Billy Root were the dominant contributions, as Glamorgan piled on a sizable first innings lead before declaring as the clouds rolled in. Kiran Carlson also played his part with a half century.
                              Ben Charlesworth picked up three victims with his part-time spin, but was a bit expensive for my liking.

                              It was a tough second dig for us, with overcast skies and a pitch taking a lot of turn.
                              Tom Hellawell shone through with his third FC century of the season, but despite defiant knocks from Benny Howell, Ian Cockbain and Charlesworth, we could only accumulate 312 all out.
                              Billy Root was a real handful and took 5/64.

                              Glamorgan only needed 52 runs for victory, and they were relatively untroubled in getting them.


                              Gloucestershire - 248 (G.van Buuren-74, G.Roderick-64, M.de Lange-5/68)

                              Glamorgan - 504/7 declared (A.Copperfield-174, B.Root-124, K.Carlson-65, B.Charlesworth-3/76)

                              Gloucestershire - 312 (T.Hellawell-115, B.Root-5/64)

                              Glamorgan - 54/1

                              Win to Glamorgan by 9 wickets.



                              We have dropped to third on the points table. Only the top two will promote, so we'd better recover our poise quickly.
                              If the physio could massage bruised egos, she'd be working overtime at present!

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                              • FC Match 9 - Home v Lancashire

                                We've decided to give young Ben Charlesworth a try as opening partner for Miles Hammond.
                                Therefore Benny Howell drops out and David Payne comes in, giving us a pace quartet.
                                Conditions are expected to be unsettled/cloudy/very cloudy throughout the four days.


                                Gloucestershire

                                M.Hammond
                                B.Charlesworth
                                I.Cockbain (captain)
                                G.van Buuren
                                T.Hellawell
                                A.Hunt
                                G.Roderick (wk)
                                F.Adams
                                R.Higgins
                                O.Robinson
                                D.Payne


                                Lancashire

                                K.Jennings
                                A.Davies
                                R.Jones
                                D.Vilas (wk)
                                H.Hameed
                                S.Croft
                                K.Boxer
                                T.Bailey
                                J.Leach
                                R.Patel
                                J.Anderson



                                Lancashire have opted to bowl first.

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