October 3, 2022
Recent Match Report – Warwickshire vs Glocks 2022

warwickshire 274 (Sibley 120, Briggs 65, Gohar 5-64) and 58 for 5 leads Gloucestershire 255 (Taylor 71, Yadav 5-90, Briggs 3-79) by 77 runs

Warwickshire made a nightmarish start to their second innings at the end of the second day and slipped deep into relegation problems and gave Gloucestershire hope of their first championship win of the season.

A team that won the championship last season on the back of gritty, earnest cricket, headed for relegation with a frenzied batting performance against Gloucestershire’s new bowlers, which saw them close to 58 for 5, only 77 ahead. Without Alex Davis’ 41 not out, they would have been in worse shape.

Considering the shenanigans at Chelmsford and to a lesser extent the Ageas Bowl, it should be underlined that this is a challenging, but reasonable September surface, which provides great incentive for new-ball bowlers, slow bowlers. For slow motion and some uneven bounce. A raised eyebrow more than a slap on the wrist. It makes for extremely watchable cricket, even if the end of day three is on the cards.

Warwickshire sporting director Paul Farbrace, who is stepping down at the end of the season, said: “This last hour was very tough. There have been some crazy sessions and crazy hours elsewhere in the country this week and today was our turn. But Alex Davies showed some real fighting to get it up close and, provided we can score more runs and get to at least 150 tomorrow, we can still be fine. Anything above that and the pressure starts to swing to the other side. gives. “

Gloucestershire’s return to Division One has been a tumultuous experience, but the Bristol crowd were delighted as Tom Price apart from himself, surprisingly Ajit Singh Dale was handed the new ball at Ashley Down’s end, his first three. Took four wickets in the overs. and must have watched in amazement as he carried his fast-moving medium to a series of four slips.

Price, a 22-year-old who cut his cricket teeth at Great and Little Tue CC in the Cherwell League, now has only 25 wickets at 21.08 for the season and has declared himself his breakthrough player of the season, following Gloucestershire’s travels. No other Gloucestershire bowler has taken more than 15 wickets apart from left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, who has had a strong season in adverse conditions, and Ryan Higgins, who has not been seen since Cheltenham and is returning to Middlesex. .

With Kent and Somerset’s matches concluding in the middle of the final round, a Warwickshire defeat could well sink them into the bottom two. The relegation draft will also reach Yorkshire, who are up against the leaders at the Kia Oval. There are indications that there will be a lot left to play in the final week.

Price’s most meaningful moment arguably only came with his second delivery. Dom Sibley had batted for six-and-a-half hours after scoring an unbeaten 120 in Warwickshire’s first innings, but he ducked the second ball for the second time as Price pulled back a lbw decision to win. Hugh later said that it was the dismissal that gave him hope – “that was the rock we couldn’t get over on the first day” – but he felt he had bowled better the first time around.

Rob Yates dragged against David Payne before Price could take the challenge again. He won another lbw decision in his second over, when Sam Hahn, perhaps determined to avoid the torturous manner of his first innings, went across the leg to try to work the ball through the leg side.

In his next over, the captain, Will Rhodes, went to the wicketkeeper as Price put a seam on him. Jayant Yadav was so hurt by a zero off his third ball – another keeper’s catch for James Bracey – that he completely blew the umpire to death for six seconds before leaving the field. The umpire lived to tell the story – and would probably tell it officially.

Warwickshire did not identify the surface as a seam bowler’s paradise, on the contrary. He bowled only 20 overs in his 74.3 overs on the field, relying on the combined spin efforts of Yadav (5 for 90) and Danny Briggs (3 for 79) to help Gloucestershire 255 runs. Claimed out. Slight lead of 19 runs in the first innings.

Gloucestershire’s familiar failures came to the fore once again as they lost half their side for 95. Ben Charlesworth got a snotter from Ryan Sidebottom, who was otherwise costly but had some weak top-order dismissals against the spinners. Briggs defeats Miles Hammond’s forward attempts and knocks him to the ground, and Yadav, who is in his first spell in county cricket at age 32, bowls Bracey as he hits a straight, well Had closed his eyes on the flight that took off. Bracey started the season with 177 against Yorkshire, and briefly encouraged talk of an England return, but he has struggled largely since then.

A stand of 90 in 23 overs before Jack Taylor and Graeme van Buren recover, Van Buren largely hands the backfoot, and Yadav eventually hunts down his mine, turning one to hit the stumps as he Was back to cut. Taylor’s 71 off 106 balls was a generally free-spirited affair, a 50-over innings in the case of a championship relegation, laced with five sixes, three of them fielded against Yadav and two on the mound stand at deep midwicket. Pumped in. Briggs. They love him in Bristol, but the prospect of some happy chatter in the gap at tea ends when he leaves Briggs to slip off the last ball of the session.

It was still a Warwickshire game. His lead was 73 runs with three wickets. Get the job done and the match was as good as theirs. He counted without Gohar, one of the most unsung overseas players and one of the most deserving. His batting is always agile and sometimes unconventional. By the time Yadav bowled him while attempting a reverse sweep, his 55 from 82 balls had reduced the lead to 19 and he may have a part to play with the ball if Gloucestershire are to taste victory. could.

David Hopes writes for ESPNcricinfo on county cricket @davidkhopps

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