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  • T20 Match 10

    We felt the need to rest three of our front-line players for this match, so it was always going to be a tough challenge.
    Ian Cockbain, Gareth Roderick and Ryan Higgins made way for Lawrence Connelly, James Bracey and Matt Taylor.
    Graeme van Buuren has recovered from injury, but requires another game off to be fully match fit.
    Chris Dent took the captaincy reins for the game.

    We asked Hampshire to bat first and thanks to an aggressive 87no from Sam Northeast and a more sedate 37 from opener James Vince, they posted a good score of 156/7.

    Considering the circumstances, we were happy with that, but when we were 70/6, it looked far out of reach.
    However, the determination of Bracey, Benny Howell and Ferisco Adams saw us fall just short in the end.

    Hampshire - 156/3 (S.Northeast-87no, J.Vince-37)

    Gloucestershire - 151/7 (B.Howell-40no, J.Bracey-32, F.Adams-31)

    Win to Hampshire by 6 runs.


    • T20 Match 11

      Another heartbreaker!

      Having put Somerset in to bat, they proceeded to pile on 186/3, thanks to an anchoring knock of 86no from Ben Duckett and a nice half century from Angelo Mathews.

      Following the early dismissal of Miles Hammond, a big second wicket partnership between Benny Howell and Ian Cockbain got us on track to pursue the win.
      Cockbain played a fine captain's innings of 69no and with a few overs to go, aall looked great, especially as we bat down to Ryan Higgins at number 10.
      And then a late collapse to see defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.

      Somerset - 186/3 (B.Duckett-86no, A.Mathews-60)

      Gloucestershire - 169 (I.Cockbain-69no, B.Howell-46, J.Overton-3/36, R.van der Merwe-3/36, L.Gregory-3/37)

      Win to Somerset by 17 runs.


      • FC Match 11 - Away v Derbyshire

        Our T20 campaign is interrupted by a first class encounter at Derbyshire.
        Graeme van Buuren will be wanting a strong finish to the season, as his contract renewal is on the line!


        I.Cockbain (capt)
        G.van Buuren
        G.Roderick (wk)


        L.du Plooy
        H.Hosein (wk)
        L.van Beek

        We have lost the toss and will be in the field.


        • Derbyshire have unearthed a talented young opening batsman by the name of Aaron Supple.
          In his debut match he scored two half centuries and in this match (just his second), he looked very classy in scoring his maiden first class century.
          The Derbyshire top five is very good now, and with Leus du Plooy and George Warner providing good support for Supple, they posted a useful 333 all out.
          Oliver Robinson was again the pick of our bowlers, taking 5/89. It is real concern that Ryan Higgins and Ferisco Adams seem to be out of form.

          Miles Hammond and Benny Howell got our reply off to a good start, and then later in the innings, Gareth Roderick and Adams played their part in getting us through to 276 all out.
          Logan van Beek impressed for the home side with figures of 5/84, while Ravi Rampaul ably assisted with 3/38.

          With a lead of 57, Derbyshire would be looking for a declaration at some stage to put us under pressure on the final day.
          However our bowlers were very tight, and despite good knocks from Billy Godelman, Wayne Madsen, du Plooy and Warner, could only muster 253/7 before declaring and leaving us 310 to chase for victory.
          Robinson again stood out with 3/62.

          What Derbyshire had failed to take into account was the expected wet weather, so with 3 hours lost to rain on Day 4, there was no real opportunity for either side to win.

          Derbyshire - 333 (A.Supple-131, O.Robinson-5/89)

          Gloucestershire - 276 (G.Roderick-67, M.Hammond-52, L.van Beek-5/84, R.Rampaul-3/38)

          Derbyshire - 253/7 declared (G.Warner-70no, B.Godelman-65, O.Robinson-3/62)

          Gloucestershire - 63/2

          Match drawn.

          Still third on the points table with three FC games remaining later in the season.


          • T20 Match 12

            Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.
            Ben Duckett got his side off to a good start and then later on James Hildreth saw to it that the momentum was kept going.
            Spinner Mark Watt was the best of our bowlers with 3/28, as the visitors compiled a very useful total of 176/5.

            We kept up with the required run rate, but at 78/5, hopes were fading.
            Then Anthony Hunt and Gareth Roderick came together to take us to within one run of victory, at which point Roderick was run out.
            Hunt scored the winning run in the 19th over.

            Somerset - 176/5 (J.Hildreth-52, B.Duckett-40, M.Watt-3/28)

            Gloucestershire - 177/6 (G.Roderick-53, A.Hunt-40no)

            Win to Gloucestershire by 4 wickets.


            • T20 Match 13

              The news came through that Ferisco Adams had been called up to the South African T20 squad, so Indian overses reserve player Abrar Kazi came into the side.

              Kent won the toss and decided to bat first.
              Daniel Bell-Drummond and Hugh Rodgers got the innings off to a fast start after the early departure of Matt Renshaw.
              Once Bell-Drummond was dismissed, Sam Billings helped Rodgers to keep up the good scoring rate.
              The home fans seemed happy with their team's score of 175/6, and indeed it would pose a huge challenge for us.

              Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain and Benny Howell al got themselves established, but failed to kick on.
              However, the required rate was kept well under control and Kazi and Ryan Higgins saw us through with four balls to spare.
              It might have been different if Higgins hadn't been dropped with 26 runs still to get, but we've had our fair share of tough luck, so that's life!

              Kent - 175/6 (S.Billings-52, H.Rodgers-51, D.Bell-Drummond-41)

              Gloucestershire - 176/7 (M.Hammond-37, B.Howell-36, B.McCarthy-3/29)

              Win to Gloucestershire by 3 wickets.


              • Come on Graham! 2 wins from the last 3 Championship games and you'll be there I reckon

                Any chance of qualifying going into the last T20 game?


                • T20 Match 14

                  Well what a way to bring our T20 campaign to a close.
                  Our highest ever score, but only good enough to tie the match at Sussex.

                  Sussex batted first and put up an imposing 188/7.
                  Harry Finch, Sam Bishop and Michael Burgess were the main contributors, while Mark Watt claimed four wickets.

                  We got off to a horrific start and at 74/5 we looked dead and buried.
                  However, Gareth Roderick got good support from Anthony Hunt and Ben Charlesworth to get us back in the game.
                  Going into the final two overs, we were odds on to win, but needing two runs from the final ball, we could only manage the one.
                  Jofra Archer was the best of the Sussex bowlers with 3/37.

                  Sussex - 188/7 (H.Finch-46, M.Burgess-43, S.Bishop-34, M.Watt-4/39)

                  Gloucestershire - 188/8 (G.Roderick-56, J.Archer-3/37)

                  Match tied.


                  • Originally posted by DaveRobbo View Post
                    Come on Graham! 2 wins from the last 3 Championship games and you'll be there I reckon

                    Any chance of qualifying going into the last T20 game?
                    Wasn't sure. In hindsight it doesn't look as though we did.


                    • FC Match 12 - Home v Leicestershire

                      This could be a tough one!

                      Graeme van Buuren has been dropped despite the pitch looking to take turn later in the game. We've rewarded Mark Watt with another start, following his good performances in the T20's. Ben Charlesworth also gets another chance, but this time back in the middle order, which is where he usually plays.
                      Ferisco Adams has returned from international duty.


                      I.Cockbain (capt)
                      G.Roderick (wk)


                      P.Rattee (wk)

                      We have won the toss. Based on the fact that Leicestershire didn't want to bowl first and that we were initially undecided, we're going to bat first.


                      • The decision to bat first against top-placed Leicestershire proved to be a good call, as after one session of comfortable batting conditions, the pitch slowed down and became increasingly difficult.
                        Miles Hammond and Benny Howell set things up nicely for us with a century opening stand.
                        However, despite solid contributions from Ian Cockbain and Anthony Hunt as well, the visitors bounced back to have us at 271/7.
                        Hammond was cruelly dismissed on 98, just short of what would have been his third FC hundred of the season (remembering he scored five last season).
                        Thankfully, Ferisco Adams and Ryan Higgins added what would prove to be useful runs, Adams taking an aggressive approach for his 83.
                        All out for a great total of 398 and considering the pitch situation, Leicestershire were already up against it.
                        Of the visiting bowlers, Gavin Griffiths was the pick of the bunch with 3/94, while Arron Lilley bowled 40 overs to finish with 3/113.

                        After Harry Dearden fell early, the Leicestershire top order fought back, with a lovely innings from the promising youngster Morris West being the highlight.
                        As had happened with Miles Hammond, West too was denied his century, trapped in front for 98.
                        The innings then fell away and ended at 288 all out.
                        Ryan Higgins finished with 3/70 and we had a handy first innings lead of 100.

                        Batting was getting really tough now and only a determined captain's knock from Ian Cockbain was holding us together.
                        Gavin Griffiths and Dieter Klein were bowling with ferocity and Arron Lilley was very difficult to negotiate on the now sharply turning pitch.
                        When Cockbain was dismissed for 49, we were 127/7 and the match could well have gone either way.
                        Again, our all-rounders, Ferisco Adams and Ryan Higgins, dug us out of our predicament, and we were able to declare early on Day 4 at 221/8.
                        Griffiths and Klein finished with three wickets each, while Lilley took 2/38 from his 28 overs.

                        Leicestershire needed 331 to win, with pretty much all of Day 4 to achieve the runs.
                        Morris West again stood out amongst the top order and it was a relief when Higgins had him LBW for 54.
                        At 130/6, our job was almost done, but wicketkeeper Paul Rattee had other ideas.
                        With stubborn support from Lilley and Griffiths, Leicestershire progressed through to 250/7.
                        Could they possibly pull off an unlikely come from behind win?
                        But no! A beautiful ball from Higgins moved late and got the edge of Ratte's bat and Gareth Roderick safely snaffled the catch.
                        The last couple of wickets fell quickly afterwards and victory was ours!
                        Oliver Robinson, Higgins and Mark Watt all took three wickets.

                        Gloucestershire - 398 (M.Hammond-98, F.Adams-83, G.Griffiths-3/94, A.Lilley-3/113)

                        Leicestershire - 298 (M.West-98, R.Higgins-3/70)

                        Gloucestershire - 221/8 declared (G.Griffiths-3/58, D.Klein-3/64)

                        Leicestershire - 271 (P.Rattee-69, M.West-54, R.Higgins-3/52, O.Robinson-3/71, M.Watt-3/74)

                        Win to Gloucestershire by 60 runs.


                        • FC Match 13 - Home v Kent

                          The pitch for this game looks like it could be kinder to the batsmen.
                          It might to be hard work for the seamers, with the sun likely to be beating down throughout.
                          Perhaps the spinners might get a lot of work.

                          Despite this, we've retained the same playing eleven for this important game.


                          I.Cockbain (capt)
                          G.Roderick (wk)


                          J.Taylor (ex-Gloucestershire)
                          S.Billings (wk)

                          We've won the toss and will bat first.


                          • Another good toss to win. Perhaps things are destined to go our way.

                            Miles Hammond and Benny Powell laid the platform for a big score, with an opening partnership of 194 runs.
                            Hammond went on to score a big hundred, but Howell got a ripsnorter of a yorker on 96.
                            Half centuries from Ian Cockbain, Tom Hellawell and Ben Charlesworth all helped in allowing us to declare at 511/5.

                            Of course, the concern was that the pitch would not worsen, but we needn't have worried, as Kent slumped to 105/5, courtesy mainly of three quick wickets to Oliver Robinson.
                            Ex-Gloucestershire player, Jack Taylor, had done little for Kent this season, but today he chose to rub it in our faces.
                            Taylor and Sam Billings put on 156 for the sixth wicket before part-time spinner Charlesworth trapped Billings in front for 89.
                            Taylor continued on to make 91, as we dismissed our visitors for a respectable 320.
                            Oliver Robinson finished with 4/98.

                            We spurned the chance to enforce the follow-on, instead preferring to let the pitch deteriorate a bit further, then setting up a chase that might entice some false strokes from the Kent batsmen.
                            Batting had indeed become tougher, as we struggled to score much over 2 runs per over.
                            We declared at 110/3, once Howell had reached his 50.
                            Kent would require 303 to win, as they ventured forth 40 minutes before lunch.

                            However, batting was the toughest it ha been for the whole match, and we ran through the Kent line-up to have them all out for 107 before the tea break!
                            Ryan Higgins has had a disappointing season with the ball, but he was the star today with 5/40.

                            Gloucestershire - 511/5 declared (M.Hammond-162, B.Powell-96, T.Hellawell-76, I.Cockbain-69, B.Charlesworth-62no)

                            Kent - 320 (J.Taylor-91, S.Billings-79, O.Robinson-4/98)

                            Gloucestershire - 110/3 declared (B.Howell-50no)

                            Kent - 107 (R.Higgins-5/40)

                            Win to Gloucestershire by 194 runs.

                            So a three-way race for the two promotion spots going into the final game!


                            • FC Match 14 - Away v Durham

                              Well, we're off to Durham for the most important match of my time in charge.
                              The bad news is that it looks as though there are going to be weather interruptions throughout the second day.

                              One change to our playing eleven, with pace bowler David Payne replacing spin bowler Mark Watt.


                              I.Cockbain (capt)
                              G.Roderick (wk)


                              N.Eckersley (wk)

                              We've had good fortune with the toss recently (it all evens out though). We won the toss and will bat first against a pretty mean attack.
                              I'm really surprised that Durham are as low as they are on the points table.


                              • Good luck Graham. A very good toss to win. Hopefully you can nullify the influence of Stokes and your strong seam attack can rip through their brittle, albeit long, middle/lower order.

                                Leicestershire and Glamorgan wouldn't happen to be playing against each other?