Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Glos in 'unexpectedly resilient effort' shocker

Leicestershire 250 and 32 for 2 lead Gloucestershire 280 (Taylor 61*, Gidman 52, Freckingham 4-69, Williams 4-69) by two runs

Highlights from Day 1 at Grace Road:

Halfway through today's play, we were feeling pretty downhearted. Glos were struggling and the prospect of conceding a first innings lead was looking likely, with the boys 101/5 at lunch. We sent some negative tweets and pondered life at the foot of Division Two of the LVCC. It had been a similar story at the end of Day 1, another day, another promising start with the ball preceded yet another let off as the opposition lower order again scored valuable runs to take them to a vaguely respectable score. All part of the ongoing narrative of mediocrity from Glos' inexperienced side, lacking in star power.

However, in the afternoon and evening sessions, a remarkable turnaround occurred. The last five wickets managed to add a creditable 234(!) runs, with young Jack Taylor starring with an unbeaten 61. Benny Howell chipped in a useful 52 to go with his 5-fer yesterday, as did Will Gidman. Even number 11 Craig Miles did well in putting on 41 for the last wicket and helping take Glos to a second batting point. It led us to ponder whether both sides had tried to old school cricket trick of reversing the batting order, to lull the opposition into a false sense of security. You do wonder whether Glos would have done this deliberately though, as in our school days the tactic was generally only employed when you had bowled the opposition out for under 50, as opposed to after they had scored a reasonable total.

There was more good stuff to come, as the ever-reliable Will Gidman struck twice with the new ball, to leave Leics in a vulnerable position overnight, with a lead of just two runs. You wonder whether our flaky batting line-up is capable of chasing much above 150 to win from here, but to have put ourselves in such a good position does say a lot for the spirit in the side. We may lack quality and consistency, as exposed by a superior all-around Northants unti last week, but Corporal Klinger's side don't appear to lack for heart. Encouraging stuff and let's hope we can press home our advantage tomorrow and get a crucial first win of the season. Fingers crossed.

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1 comment:

  1. Optimistic stuff on the onedayers from THE SPORTING LIFE site

    By far the weakest section, then, is Group C. Somerset are outright favourites on the back of being drawn in this pool which, while understandable, is short enough to put us off. An increasingly impressive Middlesex will also have their backers at double-figure prices after back-to-back second-place finishes (but no semi-final) in the group stages of this competition.

    But their focus this year is clearly on a genuine tilt at the County Championship title, and that's also enough to put us off.

    Yorkshire are also a quality side but may be pre-occupied with securing top-flight survival in the Championship and could see their batting severely weakened by England call-ups.

    Gloucestershire are the side that appeal most in this group. They're a club with a proud one-day history and should see this competition as a real chance to impress.

    A solid squad are unlikely to be competing for Championship promotion with four of their first five YB40 games against Leicestershire, Unicorns (twice) and Glamorgan there is every chance they will be the early pacesetters in this section.

    While we don't expect them to win the tournament, they certainly look overpriced to win this group.