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(FPt20)Glamorgan Dragons v Gloucestershire Gladiators at the sWALeC stadium on 4th June 2010 Umpires: n G B Cook and M R Benson (tV replays – I Dawood)


scorers: A K Hignell, B Young and K t Gerrish


The Glamorgan Dragons launched their Friends Provident Twenty20 campaign with a six wicket victory against the Gloucestershire Gladiators under the SWALEC Stadium floodlights and in front of a bumper crowd of 7,242 – the most for a zonal game at the Cardiff ground. In the days leading up to the contest much had been made of Shaun Tait’s debut for the Dragons, but it proved to be another Australian-born cricketer, also in his first appearance in Twenty20 cricket for the Dragons who stole the headlines and the Man of the Match Award, as Jim Allenby took 3-23 and struck a combative half- century from 42 balls as the home side successfully chased 149 to win. After Robert Croft had opened the bowling with James Harris, Tait nearly struck with his second delivery as William Porterfield was dropped at backward point by Jamie Dalrymple. It was not too expensive a miss as with his fourth delivery Tait had the Irishman caught at cover by Gareth Rees. This proved to be Tait’s only wicket of the night, as Allenby removed the dangerous James Franklin with his first delivery, before three balls later bowling fellow Kiwi Ian Butler. Croft returned in his final over to dismiss Hamish Marshall – another New Zealander in the visitor’s ranks - as the Gladiators ended on 148/6 and by general consensus, twenty runs short of a winning total. Allenby then opened the innings with Mark Cosgrove, and after the early departure of his partner, Allenby kept a cool head in a partnership with Dalrymple which kept the Dragons up with the rate. The visitors were not helped by some shoddy fielding, with William Porterfield misfielding a pull for four before dropping the Dragons captain in front of a large contingent in the Grandstand. Dalrymple later holed out at deep square-leg and with Tom Maynard soon following, the Gladiators looked like taking the upper hand. They claimed another wicket as Allenby was bowled round his legs by Vikram Banerjee, but with 35 needed off 24 balls, Rees was joined by David Brown, with the pair using a mix of the inven- tive and the brutal to wrest the initiative away from the Gladiaitors. As befits a man with a double first in maths and physics, the inventive Rees got his angles right by cleverly nurdling Butler in successive balls to the third man boundary, before Chris Taylor dropped a massive skier from Brown. The former Gloucestershire man then rubbed salt into his old colleagues wounds by lofting Butler straight for six and behind point for four, before Rees settled things by driving Ireland for four as the Dragons eased to a six wicket victory with five balls to spare.


Gloucestershire Gladiators innings W T S Porterfield J E C Franklin *A P R Gidman H J H Marshall I G Butler C G Taylor Kadeer Ali +S D Snell J Lewis


c Rees c Tait


Extras Total


FOW:


Dalrymple Brown Allenby


Cosker


Harris Tait


Bowling Croft


4 3 4 2 1 2 4


A J Ireland V Banerjee


c Wallace c Maynard c Cosker


not out not out


(3b, 5lb, 1w)


o M R W 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


21 2 27 0 19 1 26 0 7 0


17 0 23 3


Toss - Gloucestershire Gladiators won and elected to bat


b Allenby b Allenby


b Allenby b Croft b Croft


b Tait


18 12


(6 Wickets, 20 Overs) 20, 61, 94, 94, 114, 123.


148


42 25 27 0 7


8 9


+M A Wallace J A R Harris R D B Croft D A Cosker S W Tait


Franklin Banerjee Gidman


Bowling Ireland Butler Lewis


* J W M Dalrymple c Ali T L Maynard G P Rees D O Brown


c Ali


Glamorgan Dragons innings M J Cosgrove J Allenby


b Banerjee 54 b Lewis


not out not out


b Gidman 2 32 14


11 21


b Butler


(1b, 7lb, 9w)


2.1 4 4 3 4 2


(4 Wickets, 19.1 Overs) 151 19, 85, 89, 114.


o M R W 0 0 0 0 0 0


17 47


17 1


19 1 22 0 21


1 Result - Glamorgan Dragons won by six wickets


0 1


17


142


Gareth Rees, who hit the winning runs against the Gloucestershire Gladiators, strikes a boundary against the Hampshire Royals at Cardiff.


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