Som v Gloucs, FLt20 Midlands/West Group, Taunton June 29, 2012

Marshall and Howell lead Gloucs rout


Gloucestershire 141 for 1 (Marshall 66, Howell 55*) beat Somerset 140 for 8 (Muralitharan 2-20) by nine wickets

Hamish Marshall led from the front with 66 as Gloucestershire romped to a shock nine-wicket win over Somerset with 5.2 overs to spare in the Friends Life t20 clash at Taunton.

A packed crowd of more than 7,000 saw the hosts fall to their first T20 defeat this season, having been restricted to 140 for 8 after winning the toss, Albie Morkel top-scoring with 33. Spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (2 for 20) and Ed Young (1 for 18) bowled their eight overs for a combined total of 38 runs, while Ian Saxelby and James Fuller claimed two wickets each.

Marshall and Benny Howell (55 not out) then made the total look even more inadequate, with an opening stand of 115 in 12.1 overs. Marshall raced to a half-century off 35 balls - with seven fours - before pulling a catch to midwicket, having added two sixes. By then the game won.

Howell looked equally at ease as the pair scored at will against an off-colour Somerset attack, reaching his 50 off 36 balls, with eight fours and a six.

Skipper Marshall had earlier set the tone for Somerset's unusually poor batting effort by taking a fine running catch to dismiss Richard Levi for seven off the first ball of the second over. Kevin O'Brien holed out to deep square off James Fuller and it was 39 for 3 when Nick Compton was caught behind off an inside edge to give Saxelby a wicket.

Jos Buttler was dropped on 1 by wicketkeeper Jon Batty off Liam Norwell, but James Hildreth was caught behind sweeping at Muralitharan to make it 47 for 4. Buttler (23) could not find any fluency and lost his patience to be stumped by Batty advancing to Young after a stand of 33 with Morkel. Arul Suppiah was bowled by the wily Murali and at 83 for 6 Somerset were in deep trouble.

Morkel hit two big sixes before lofting a catch to long-off and only a poor 18th over from Fuller, in which he was warned for a beamer and conceded 18 runs, gave the home side even the faintest hope.

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  • Simon on July 2, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Sorry for the rant and dodgy argument, have had 3 hours sleep in 2 nights. Losing the plot.

  • Simon on July 1, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    By contrast, how many times have we seen on T20 scorecards 'Bowler x, 2 overs, 10 runs', Bowler A, 4 overs 40 runs'. This is totally wrong in a context of T20, how it can ever happen is contrary to all rational thought. You try out all your bowlers, if someone strangles the batting they need 4 overs, regardless of who they are or how old they are, Pollard was the best example, he always seemed to get spanked for 40 but always got 4 overs. In T20 it shouldnt matter what part of the innings, or what type of a bowler, the captaining needs to be thoroughly LIBERAL and pragmatic in its approach. The likes of Waller, Dibble and Gregory if they have a great spell they should bowl out INSTEAD of the senior bowlers. It needs to be fluid and unexpected - but each bowler with a strict adherence to bowling to a particular area and to a particular field setting strategy, and if they are particuarly talented then there should be a plan B or even C to a batsman. Too much emphasis on fitness and skill

  • Simon on July 1, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    I argued that Trego should lose the No.3 spot, and he did, but instead of dropping him to 7, he was dropped altogether. He stopped doing at 3 what he was supposed to do, but he is a great T20 player and DOES hit the ball a long way. Instead Suppiah retained his spot because he ALSO bowls spin. Durston IS a great one day cricketer, Phillips IS a supremely accurate bowler, HUSSAIN MIGHT replicate his form for Gloucs, Kirby IS combative and reliable, Dibble DOES bowl great line and length etc. etc. The question is how do they perform, not how might they perform. And only when a player finally changes his 'typical performance'' should he be dropped. Selection of the team needs to be more CONSERVATIVE and less OPTIMISTIC. And the averages are there to be examined to get this info!

  • Simon on July 1, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    2) TO LIBERAL WITH OUR TEAM SELECTION. What I mean is, it appears we pick players because the wrong question is asked - So and so can/has/might/can also do this that or the other. THIS IS WRONG. It should be So and so IS/DOES do this or that. Whats that phrase, great sides are hard to get into and hard to fall out of. Kieswetter is the perfect example for England, everyone knows that Bairstow and Buttler are more gifted batsman, BUT Kieswetter owns that shirt, and until he loses it, Flower is reluctant to give it to someone who MIGHT do this or that. Looking at Somerset. Suppiah can also bowl spin / he might do what he did against Glamorgan and get the world record. WRONG QUESTION Waller does take wickets in T20s, he should be in possession of the shirt. Secondly, how many times did Pollard get spanked for 40 in T20s, because he's the big name and he might do well. WRONG Trego does get wickets and does swing the ball. Overseas players leap frog consistent somerset performers.

  • Simon on July 1, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    WHAT IS GOING ON!!!! (With reference to our second defeat to Worcs). These are my thoughts 1) WE NEVER BOWL ACCURATELY TO FIELDS and 2) WE ARE TOO LIBERAL (read optimistic) IN OUR TEAM SELECTION.........both are management issues. 1) BOWLING ACCURATELY TO FIELDS. There is never any sign that we read the pitch or batsman and bowl to a strategy and a field, for years I've watched decent deliveries smacked to empty boundaries, and watched our batsman strangled by a proper formulated field/bowling strategy. We need a proper coach for this. We have great players but they need to be forced to bowl accurately to pre defined areas and to pre arranged fields. Our fitness is great, our skills are great, but we enter games lacking proper strategy. The bowling is never rigid enough to a set field to strangle the opposition properly. By contrast if we get beaten, invariably its because we get done over like this.

  • Mark on June 30, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Of course, I meant "a lot of the young players".

  • John on June 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple/Munkeymomo - You pick up on points I'd recently mentioned, Re Trego - I too had wondered what had happened re his batting. He always used to be a huge threat but has recently seemed inhibited. To be fair to Suppiah he has done better with the ball recently and vs Glamorgan he helped Somerset get home. Re Alfy , yes it's puzzling how he seems to be leaking runs. I was bigging up Kirbys recent performances but he was expensive today. So in a desperate attempt to tempt fate the other way I'd say the lot of them are rubbish. BTW I see the Eng women are playing up your way next week - not sure if that's of interest?

  • Mark on June 30, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Imesh, he has played a lot of county cricket in England over many years and has been an incredibly popular visitor. Gloucestershire are priviledged to have him on their books. A lot of the year players will tell their grandchildren that they played in the same side as him.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Murali Rocks. He is still the greatest spinner in the world.

  • Anthony on June 29, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    One day we might play you guys in the championship again, now that would be a treat! Be fantastic if we won that after our bowlers hot footed it down the m5 not all that long ago!

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