» Worrall set to have scan on back injury
GLOUCESTERSHIRE face an anxious few days to discover the extent of a back problem that has kept overseas signing Dan Worrall on the sidelines.
The 27-year-old seamer has made just two Royal London One-day Cup appearances since arriving from Australia and is undergoing treatment for the injury.
Worrall had to fly home early from the county last season because of a foot injury and returned this year, having been under recent treatment for a hamstring problem.
Head coach Richard Dawson said: “Dan is seeing a specialist this week and we should know a lot more about the extent of his injury in the next few days.
“He had quite an injury-plagued season in Australia during our winter and it might be linked to that. At the moment we have no idea how long he will be out.”
Worrall missed Gloucestershire’s opening Specsavers County Championship clash with Derbyshire at Bristol and the past three Royal London Oneday Cup group games.
There is better news of winter signing Stuart Whittingham, whose Gloucestershire debut has been delayed by an abdominal strain.
The Scotland international seamer is due to play in a three-day second XI game against Glamorgan at Bristol CC, starting tomorrow, and should be ready for first-team selection after that.
The county’s Royal London One-day Cup hopes took a knock as they lost by 74 runs to Glamorgan at Bristol.
Chris Cooke’s career-best List A score of 161 guided Glamorgan to 331 for seven as he shared a fourth-wicket stand of 234 with Billy Root, who contributed 98.
Gloucestershire slumped to 26 for four as Marchant de Lange claimed three early wickets.
They were eventually dismissed for 257, Jack Taylor top-scoring with 75 from 70 balls and Marchant de Lange claiming three for 41.
Both sides face the prospect of elimination from the competition before the knock-out stage.
It was only Glamorgan’s second win in six matches, while Gloucestershire have three victories from the same number of games.
Dent said: “Glamorgan posted a decent total, but we felt that if we made a good start it was a target we could reach. Unfortunately, our top five batsmen played shots that weren’t in our game plan and it was difficult from then on.”
Jack Taylor hits out during his innings of 75 against Glamorgan