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Umpires: n L Bainton and n A Mallender


Gloucestershire Gladiators v Glamorgan Dragons at Bristol on 2nd July 2010


scorers: K t Gerrish and A K Hignell


After their defeat the previous evening at The Rose Bowl and a late night journey back home, the Glamorgan Dragons were straight back into action the following afternoon against the Gloucestershire Gladiators. After opting to bat first, the Dragons lost both Jim Allenby and Mark Cosgrove during the first six overs, thanks to some smart wicket-keeping by Steve Snell. Firstly, he swooped low to his right to pouch an outside edge from Allenby before deftly kicking the ball onto the stumps to run out Cosgrove as he tried to scamper a single. Unlike the previous night, the Dragons middle-order then made con- tributions but , once again, nobody went on to play a major innings, with Mark Wallace – promoted up the order after his confidence-boosting innings the night before – making a quickfire 34 before becoming Snell’s third victim as he dived low to his left. The keeper also ended Jamie Dalrymple’s cavalier innings, whilst some towering blows by Tom Maynard came to an end when the youngster was caught on the mid-wicket boundary. Their innings also had a tame finish with just five sin- gles in the closing pair of overs as they ended on 153/7. With light drizzle falling, the re-start was delayed by fifteen minutes, and with the Gladiators knowing that rain could prematurely terminate their innings, their batsmen went out eager to make a brisk start in order to get ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score. William Porterfield – leading the side in the absence of Alex Gidman who had been injured in the warm-ups – gave his team a perfect start as he raced to fifty from 22 balls with a series of sweetly-timed boundaries and improvised blows as the Dragons attack, handicapped by the wet ball, failed to contain the rampant batsmen. Chris Ashling in particular came in for a caning from the Irishman as he was despatched for 26 in an over with Porterfield striking him for five fours and a six en route to his rapid fifty. Aaron Redmond – one of three New Zealanders in the Gladiators cosmopolitan side – also played some deft, inventive strokes as the openers added 94 from 46 balls before Allenby ended Porterfield’s run spree as he yorked the Gladiators acting captain. Soon afterwards, Robert Croft dismissed Redmond, but it had no bearing on the result as the damage had already been done, with fellow Kiwis James Franklin and Hamish Marshall being able to quietly work the ball around, besides lofting a trio of balls for six as the Gladiators marched to victory with 27 balls in hand. This resounding defeat was another blow for the weary Dragons in their quest for a quarter-final place, but their travels were not over as they were faced with another motorway journey the following day prior to their vital encounter with the Surrey Lions at The Oval with Jamie Dalrymple’s team needing a victory to keep alive their hopes of being in the top four.


*J W M Dalrymple c Snell B J Wright G P Rees


FOW:


Extras Total


R D B Croft D A Cosker C P Ashling H T Waters


M J Cosgrove +M A Wallace T L Maynard


Glamorgan Dragons innings J Allenby


c Redmond b Dawson b Kirby


c Redmond b Ireland b Kirby not out not out


(2lb, 8w)


Bowling Croft Kirby


Ireland Franklin Lewis


Dawson Redmond


11, 28, 85, 102, 138, 149, 150. o M R W


4 4 4 3 4 4 1


0 0 0 0 0 0 0


24 17 31 20 36 30 17


1 3 2 0 0 1 0


Toss - Glamorgan Dragons won and elected to bat (7 Wickets, 20 Overs)


run out (Snell) c Snell


c Snell


b Ireland b Kirby


14 34 36 38 10 4 3 1


153 10 3


J E C Franklin not out H J H Marshall not out C D J Den C G Taylor


R K J Dawson +S D Snell J Lewis


A J Ireland S P Kirby


94, 111. Bowling


Cork Croft


Waters Ashling Cosker Allenby


(2 Wickets, 15.4 Overs) 154


2.3 2 3 4


o M R W 4 4


0 0 0 0 0 0


23 27 23 35 30 34


1 1 0 0 0 1


Result - Gloucs Gladiators won by eight wickets (5lb, 6w) 11 *W T S Porterfield


Gloucestershire Gladiators innings A J Redmond


lbw b Croft


b Allenby 65 29 16


33


154


Ben Wright, who made a career-best century in the Championship match against Gloucestershire at Cardiff.


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