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CRICKET: Gloucestershire’s season – A success or failure?

ParkLifeSport reporter Beth Smith provides an insightful review of Gloucestershire's season in all three cricket competitions.

The English Cricket season came to a close last week and Gloucestershire can be fairly happy with their efforts this season, especially in the County Championship.

County Championship:

Gloucestershire had a relatively successful Division Two campaign this season finishing fifth behind Middlesex, Sussex and the two promoted teams, Warwickshire and Kent. An area in which they excelled the most was their bowling.

They started their campaign strongly with an impressive victory against a Kent side chasing promotion to Division One. The rest of the season was a mixed bag of results with Glos picking up four more victories, four defeats, and five draws.

The stand out bowler was Ryan Higgins, who moved to Gloucester from Middlesex last October. He took 45 wickets this season and won Bowler of the year and Player’s player of the year at the clubs annual awards evening.

Club captain, Chris Dent impressed with the bat throughout the season and he received the award for best batsman at the awards evening.

One Day Cup:

It was a disappointing year in the One Day Cup for Gloucestershire. The biggest winner here was the three non-results that they had due to the weather. They definitely got the short end of the stick and it all but erased any hopes they had of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Their only victories came right at the start of the competition against Essex and Glamorgan. Opening batsman, George Hankins, impressed in the first two games, passing 50 in both games.

The victories were then followed by a defeat to Surrey and then a string of bad weather hit which resulted in three non-results.

Despite this, they managed some good performances especially from batsman Ian Cockbain who shown with the bat when everyone else was struggling.

He was voted as Glos’ best One Day performance of the season when he hit a spectacular century against Middlesex on the sixth of July.

The story could have been different if the weather hadn’t of affected three games. There were a possible six points up for grabs and that could have hindered their chances.

T20 Blast:

Gloucestershire always seem to shine in this tournament and this year was no exception. It was a bit tight this year with them just qualifying for the knock out stages. This year they finished fourth in the South group just ahead of Surrey.

This gave them a spot in the quarter-finals, however as they finished in the last qualifying place for the South group, they would have to play away from home. Not only that, but they would have to play the team that topped the North group, the eventual winners of the tournament, Worcestershire Rapids.

It’s been a theme in recent years that Gloucestershire always seem to do very well in the group stages, but never seem to get to Finals Day and this continues to be the case.

 

The Gloucestershire team and fans should be happy with the season they have had as they continue to improve in the County Championship edging closer to the top of the Division Two table with some brilliant performances. Therefore, this season has definitely been much more of a success than a failure.

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