Sunday, 17 April 2011

We hate to say we told you so

Day 4: Glamorgan 202 & 370 for 9 dec beat Gloucestershire 183 and 195 by 189 runs.

Points: Glamorgan 20, Glos 3.

Well, we did say that batting 4 sessions to save a match would be difficult....

It's hard to know exactly what to make of this defeat. Obviously it is extremely disappointing to have got ourselves into a position this morning from which we probably should have got the draw. However, there isn't too much shame in being blown away by the second new ball and some very sharp fielding from Glamorgan (the run out of Coughtrie, backing up too far at the non strikers end, was brilliant work). Then again we did lose our final 6 wickets for 31. But the top order did show some fight and we were handicapped by having one of our batsmen unable to bat. But the pitch was pretty lifeless and Glamorgan's Charlie Wagg was pretty much unable to bowl in the entire match. You see what I mean. It is hard to know exactly what to make of this particular loss. Although, having said that, perhaps I am just comparing this defeat to that suffered in Cardiff last year.

Again we have seen enough from the youngsters (Saxelby's 5 for, Cockbain again showing genuine potential) to feel that the investment in youth this season could well be worth it. We need to make sure that we give these kids enough time and a consistent run in the team. We also need to factor in that, as much as the batting display here was inadequate, we do have O'Mish and Williamson to come in to this team and add quality to the batting. Just a cheeky question, but if Taylor continues his form from the second innings, what happens to the skipper when it comes to making room for the two kiwis? (sorry, Irishman and a kiwi)

The Jessop Tavern View therefore remains upbeat. The kids are alright, and heck, at least we're not Somerset!

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