Howell heroics go to waste after downpours
» BENNY Howell’s bowling heroics were in vain as only 15.3 overs were possible in the Vitality Blast match between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan at Cheltenham College.
Howell took five for 18 before the rain ended the game with Glamorgan on 96-8, and he said: “The catching, which was very good, really helped me.
“I managed to get the ball in the right areas.
“We were looking good to win the match, but the weather came at the wrong time.”
The home side won a crucial toss and invited Glamorgan to bat first.
The Welsh side got off to a solid start thanks to David Lloyd, who struck a series of boundaries off David Payne and Matt Taylor.
However his partner Jeremy Lawlor holed out to long-on in the third over off Payne, who claimed a rarely seen T20 wicket-maiden.
Colin Ingram continued the onslaught initially, despatching Ryan Higgins for four and six in the fourth over and after launching AJ Tye for six over square-leg into the hospitality marquee, he was caught at cover from the next delivery as Glamorgan ended the powerplay on 44 for two.
Only one more delivery was possible before a rain break, and David Lloyd was caught at third man off Howell for 21.
After a 40 minute delay, Gloucestershire continued to pile the pressure on Glamorgan as Owen Morgan was run out without facing, leaving the Welsh side on 44-4.
Chris Cooke despatched a series of shots to the boundary before Howell bowled him off the inside edge, before also dismissing Billy Root leg before in his next over.
In his fourth and final over, Howell struck twice to remove Dan Douthwaite and Graham Wagg, both caught on the leg-side drive by Jack Taylor, as he finished his allocation with five for 18.
But another big downpour brought proceedings to a stop once more and the match was abandoned.
Gloucestershire will hope for better luck against Middlesex at Cheltenham today (Thursday).
Benny Howell celebrates capturing the wicket of Dan Douthwaite at the College Ground
Chris Cooke is bowled by Benny Howell