Rampaging Gladiators rewrite the record books

James Fitzpatrick | cricket20

The Middlesex Panthers were blown away in dramatic style after the Gloucestershire Gladiators rewrote the record books during an amazing game at the Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground.

The Gladiators scored the highest ever domestic t20 total on the way to recording a 105 run victory as they Panthers were blown away with ease to remain rooted to the bottom on the Friends Life Southern Group.

Kevin O’Brien (119) and Hamish Marshall (102) smashed centuries, another first in t20 cricket, to help the Gladiators record an imposing total of 254-3 to help them record a comprehensive victory after the Panthers were restricted to total of just out for just 149-8.

O’Brien led the way smashing seven boundaries and eleven sixes to complete the 4th highest domestic t20 score in England and also the quickest (44 balls) before he was dismissed by Toby Roland-Jones (42-2) in the 16th over to end an opening stand of 192 with Marshall.

Kane Williamson (18) quickly followed before Marshall completed his own century which included eleven fours and four sixes; having hit three consecutive boundaries the Kiwis innings was brought to an end by Anthony Ireland (57-1) at the end of the 19th over.

With six balls remaining Chris Taylor (5) and Ian Cockbain (8) added 12 runs, including a boundary from the final ball of the innings to set the Panthers a mammoth run chase of 255.

Faced with a run rate of over 12 an over the Panthers got off to a poor start losing six wickets before John Simpson (38) and Tom Smith (36) shared a 7th wicket stand of 57 to add some respectability to the Panthers innings after they had been reduced to just 67-6.

With wickets falling around him Dawid Malan (32) offered some resistant’s at the top of the order with a spirited 32 as the home side’s dismal tournament plunged to new lows.
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