August 10, 2022
Recent Match Report – Gloux vs Warwickshire Group A 2022

warwickshire 265 for 2 (Sibley 106, Yates 87*) beat Gloucestershire 264 (Wales 76, Gohar 62, Miles 3-53) by eight wickets

An opening stand of 152 between Centurion Dom Sibley and Rob Yates paved the way for Warwickshire’s emphatic eight-wicket Royal London Cup victory over Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College.

After losing the toss, the home team scored 264 in 48.5 overs, Ben Wells and Zafar Gohar posted career-best List A scores, while former Gloucestershire seamer Craig Miles claimed 3 for 53. This total looked par on perfect pitch and a power outfield. So it was proved, as Sibley hit an unbeaten 106 off 107 balls and Yates hit 87, including 11 fours and a six, as Warwickshire raced to their target with 11.2 overs to spare.

Gloucestershire were relegated to several batting errors as they suffered a third loss in as many Cheltenham Festival fixtures despite an encouraging start.

Wales, making only his fifth List A appearance, timed the ball sweetly in icy conditions, sharing the opening stand of 48 in 7.2 overs with Chris Dent, who cut a ball from Miles to his own stump before Scored 23 runs.

Wells pulled Miles for six overs at midwicket as the hosts posted 63 for 1 in the powerplay of the opening ten overs before Marcus Harris was caught driving over Oliver Hannon-Dalby. Miles claimed his second wicket when James Bracey was caught off the leg-side by brilliantly diving wicketkeeper Michael Burgess for 78 for 3.

Wells hit his first List A fifty in 49 balls with the help of 6 fours and a six. Ollie Price had helped take the score to 126 when he fell for Stylish 36, lbw, making his debut against Indian left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya in Warwickshire. Jack Taylor hit Pandya for a six over midwicket and took a reckless catch to cover former teammate Liam Norwell and was dismissed for 22.

Wells’ 87-ball innings came to an end when he dropped a catch at deep cover off Rhodes, who also claimed the wicket of Tom Price, to score 217 for 7 at mid-on.

Tom Smith was swept by Pandya and Josh Shaw was caught at deep square off Hannon-Dalby, but Zahar extended the total with some brilliant strikes, reaching his half-century off 46 balls with 6 fours. He had some luck of late, dropped by Miles from his own bowling at 44 and given another life by Burgess, who failed to realize that he was short of his ground with a chance to run him out.

Warwickshire’s openers took a heavy toll on Dutch seamer Paul van Meeckeren, whose opening two overs at Chappell’s End cost 27 and included a six over midwicket by Yates. The half-century stand with Sibley capped in 7.1 overs and put the visitors in command. By the end of the tenth over they were scoring 69 runs without loss.

Yates scored fifty runs in 38 balls with the help of seven fours and one six. The 22-year-old left-handed batsman scored a century with successive fours off Van Meeckeren, whose second spell was also costly.

With his partner in flight, Sibley was able to score a more measured half-century off 58 balls with seven fours. None of the players appeared to be in the slightest of trouble. His opening stand became a List A record for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire, beating the 150 put together by Dennis Amis and Alvin Kalicharan at Moreton-in-Marsh in 1979, before attempting to sweep Ollie Price of Yates lbw. fell down.

Rhodes soon got involved in the run-fest, pulling Shaw at square-leg for six overs. The captain then scored 200 runs with a cracking back-foot shot through the covers from Tom Price, who replied that he was caught behind 40 runs to claim his first List A wicket.

Sibley, moving towards three points off 104 balls, launched a free hit off Price for six, which also hit 11 fours.

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