Vitality Blast - 19 July 2019
No Result - match abandoned
Venue: Cheltenham College
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Benny Howell made career best bowling figures on a day marred by the unforgiving rain that led to the opening T20 match against Glamorgan being abandoned.
Gloucestershire managed to pick up eight wickets before play was called off at Cheltenham College after 15.3 overs with Glamorgan 96/8.
David Lloyd batted with purpose to begin the match, finding the boundary twice in the first two overs. The third over brought about Gloucestershire’s opening wicket of the T20 campaign courtesy of David Payne, Andrew Tye catching Lawlor at mid on for naught.
Glamorgan’s danger man Colin Ingram entered the fray at number three and added 26 runs with David Lloyd before a quick flurry of wickets from Tye and Howell meant Glamorgan would resume after the rain delay with two batsmen yet to make a run.
Play resumed after approximately 40 minutes with Benny Howell bowling to Billy Root. It didn’t take long for Gloucestershire to mount more pressure on Glamorgan’s batting contingent as Michael Klinger ran out the Welsh side’s captain without a run.
At 50/4 after eight overs, Glamorgan needed to see Root and Cooke stay in the middle to at least control the damage being done by the home side’s bowling attack. Cooke seemed to be the man who was going to do just that, finding the boundary twice.
The man of the moment Benny Howell ensured that was not going to be the case, bowling Cooke for 16. Howell then picked up his third wicket in three overs, trapping Root lbw for 9.
His onslaught was completed in his fifth and final over as he struck twice to remove Dan Douthwaite and Graham Wagg, both caught on leg-side drive by Jack Taylor – one a stunning diving catch. He finished the day with career best numbers of five for 18 but another downpour brought proceedings to a halt and the match was abandoned shortly before 5pm.
Gloucestershire will be disappointed to go home with a single point considering the position they were in. Glamorgan on the other hand will likely be relieved to have salvaged a point. Gloucestershire return to T20 action next Thursday at Cheltenham when they take on Middlesex in front of another sold-out crowd.
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Miles Hammond | Michael Klinger | Ian Cockbain | James Bracey | Ryan Higgins | Jack Taylor | Benny Howell | Andrew Tye | Matthew Taylor | Tom Smith | David Payne |
Jeremy Lawlor | David Lloyd | Colin Ingram | Christopher Cooke | Daniel Douthwaite | William Root | Alun Morgan | Andrew Salter | Graham Wagg | Marchant de Lange | Michael Hogan |
|Glamorgan First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|David Lloyd||Caught David Payne Bowled Benny Howell||21||25||20||4||0|
|Jeremy Lawlor||Caught Andrew Tye Bowled David Payne||0||9||3||0||0|
|Colin Ingram||Caught Tom Smith Bowled Andrew Tye||17||13||12||1||2|
|Billy Root||L.B.W. Benny Howell||9||23||11||1||0|
|Owen Morgan||Run Out Michael Klinger||0||3||0||0||0|
|Chris Cooke||Bowled Benny Howell||16||11||13||2||0|
|Dan Douthwaite||Caught Jack Taylor Bowled Benny Howell||13||23||14||1||0|
|Graham Wagg||Caught Jack Taylor Bowled Benny Howell||10||15||14||0||0|
|Andrew Salter||Not Out||1||6||5||0||0|
|Marchant de Lange||Not Out||0||4||1||0||0|
|Extras||4b 4lb 0nb 0p 1w||9|
Fall of wickets