How­ell hero­ics go to waste af­ter down­pours

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

» 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

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