Recent Match Outline – Gloucs vs Glamorgan South Group 2021


Unbeaten 93 takes Glamorgan to the brink of stiff run-chase at Cardiff

Gloucestershire 179 for 6 (Phillips 44, Douthwaite 3-28) whip Glamorgan 175 for 9 (Labuschagne 93*) by four runs

Marnus Labuschagne‘s superb unbeaten 93 off 56 balls couldn’t stop Gloucestershire from starting their Vitality Blast crusade with a four-run win over Glamorgan

Glenn Phillips’ 44 and 30 from Benny Howell off 15 balls saw Gloucestershire post 179 for 6 in Cardiff which all the time seemed like being a challenging complete. And despite Labuschagne’s fine innings on his Blast debut, Glamorgan fell just short against some tidy Gloucestershire bowling.

Glamorgan weren’t helped by batting second and the fact there were no floodlights to be had at Sophia Gardens as the skies darkened.

Gloucestershire won the toss and chose to bat, and Glamorgan opened with spin at both ends. Andrew Salter cleaned up Miles Hammond in his first over. Ian Cockbain then skied to Timm van der Gugten at mid-on off the bowling of Ruaidhri Smith for 16 as Gloucestershire reached 34 for 2 from their first six overs.

Gloucestershire struggled in the first powerplay, but Phillips got the scoreboard moving with consecutive sixes and then a four off Salter. But just when Gloucestershire seemed like they were getting going, Chris Dent used to be caught superbly by Kiran Carlson on the cover boundary for 20 from the bowling of Dan Douthwaite.

Phillips used to be the mainstay of the Gloucestershire innings as they went past 100 in the 13th over. But he fell short of 50 to the part-time spin of Labuschagne when Nick Selman took a fine catch on the mid-wicket boundary.

Labuschagne followed in Selman’s path with another boundary catch to dismiss Jack Taylor, but Gloucestershire finished with a flourish as Smith’s 18th over went for 16.

David Lloyd’s fine form continued as he started Glamorgan’s reply with a quickfire 28 which included two sixes before he used to be clean bowled by Josh Shaw. Selman soon followed Lloyd back to the pavilion and when Colin Ingram used to be clean bowled by Shaw for just a unmarried Glamorgan were 46 for 3 from the first powerplay.

Labuschagne and Chris Cooke rebuilt the innings to take Glamorgan to 80 for 3 at the midway stage and Cooke used to be dropped on the midwicket boundary in the 11th over. But he wasn’t so fortunate when he used to be caught by Hammond from the bowling off Tom Smith for 26, leaving Glamorgan’s chase in the hands of Labuschagne.

He did go to the game’s first half-century from 36 balls, but Carlson fell for 14, Douthwaite used to be lbw first ball and Salter used to be run out for a duck trying to retain Labuschagne on strike.

Labuschagne gave it everything, but he needed 19 from the final over and couldn’t find the boundary enough despite a six from the final ball as Ryan Higgins held his nerve.

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