September 30, 2022
Recent Match Report – Gloux vs Somerset 2022

Gloucestershire 343 and 278 (Charlesworth 64, O Price 53, Hammond 53) draws for 7 December reversal 248 (Imam-ul-Haq 90, Rev 44*, t. value 5-75) and 0 for 11

Gloucestershire’s bid for the first LV= Insurance County Championship win of the season was foiled by the weather on the final day of the match against Somerset in Taunton.

The visiting team started the day with a lead of 278 for seven in their second innings total of 246 for five.

But soon rain was predicted for the first three days and the match was condemned to a draw at 3.10 pm, with Somerset 11 going without a loss in their second innings.

While Gloucestershire dominated the match from the opening morning, they took only 12 points, with two deducted for a slow over-rate, while their neighbors also took 12 points.

This puts Somerset seven points above second-placed Warwickshire, while their arch-rivals are doomed to relegation, 30 points at the bottom of the table with only two games to play.

With the weather forecast suggesting rain, Gloucestershire’s decision to bat at the start of the day was a surprise.

Captain Graeme Van Buren dropped a catch at fine leg off the first ball of the day, which was sent down by Josh Davey, and Jack Taylor dismissed Jack Brooks at mid-off in the second over.

It started to rain after David Payne hit two big sixes before the announcement came 15 minutes later.

An early shower delayed the start of Somerset’s innings by 15 minutes. While this was going on in a small crowd the hearts of the supporters of the house soon came into their mouths.

Iman-ul-Haq, so strong in the first innings, aimed a huge back-foot shot off only the third ball bowled by Payne, and survived a huge appeal for a catch by wicketkeeper James Bracey.

Further disappointment for Gloucestershire was when the rain returned, with only 3.5 overs bowled, Somerset openers Tom Lamonby and Imam scored six and five respectively.

Umpires Tom Lungley and Nigel Long decided that lunch would be held at 12.20 pm with the aim of resuming play at 1 pm.

But the rain intensified and the next announcement was the pitch inspection at 2.15 pm, which also turned out to be optimistic.

The tea was taken at 2.40, by which time the main object of interest seemed to be whether Gloucestershire would have time to fix the minus to over-rate.

Half an hour later it became clear that this would not happen and Somerset had great reason to be satisfied with the result.

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