Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire

The Steelbacks and Gladiators thrilled the crowds in a 5 over per side thrash after heavy rain delayed the start of their Twenty20 Cup match. Rain started to fall at around 4.40 and this resulted in most of the out field being water logged, luckily the entire wicket was dry underneath extensive network of covers..

After the showers had paced the grounds staff were left with the bog task of dying out the pitch in order for the teams to play a shortened game. After about an hour of work the pitch was ready for play.

The toss was made just after 7pm which was won by Gladiators captain Mark Alleyene and he elected to field first hoping to restrict the Steelbacks to a low total. Once the game had started the crowd was rewared with an explosive start. Steelbacks opener Graeme Swann attempted to hit the first ball for a six but could only find the hands of Martyn Ball who take an excellent catch. The drama continued with the next ball as David Sales was dropped for no score.

The fans had bearly found their ways to their seats before Sales walked back to the dressing rooms after finding Ball in the out field, at the end of the first over the Steelbacks found themsleves 2-2.

The arival to the wicket of South African pair Martin Van Jaarsveld and Johann Louw started to steady the Steelbacks sinking ship. The pair put together a stand of 37 runs before Jaarsveld was caught by Craig Spearman for 27. Louw went next ball and the Steelbacks ended their 5 overs 42-5.

The Gladiators got off to a slow start and found themselves 2-1 at the end of the first over after Steven Adshead was caught by Geoff Cook of Carl Greenidge for nought. Tim Hancock was next to go but the arrival of Chris Taylor saw him hit 26 to win the game.


Twenty20 Cup, 2004, Midlands/West/Wales Division
Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire
County Ground, Northampton
8 July 2004 (20-over match)

Result:
Points:

Toss: Gloucestershire
Umpires: NG Cowley and JF Steele
Northamptonshire innings                                        R   M   B  4 6
GP Swann              c Ball             b Lewis                0   0   1  0 0
*DJG Sales            c Ball             b Lewis                1   3   3  0 0
M van Jaarsveld       c Spearman         b Averis              27  17  14  3 1
J Louw                c Smith            b Averis              13  16   9  1 0
BJ Phillips           not out                                   1   2   1  0 0
JW Cook               c Ball             b Averis               0   0   2  0 0
U Afzaal              not out                                   0   0   0  0 0
Extras                                                          0
Total                 (5 wickets, 5 overs)                     42

DNB: TW Roberts, +TMB Bailey, CG Greenidge, JF Brown.

FoW: 1-0 (Swann), 2-2 (Sales), 3-41 (van Jaarsveld), 4-41 (Louw),
     5-41 (Cook).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Lewis                        1      0      2      2
Alleyne                      1      0      9      0
Ball                         1      0     11      0
Smith                        1      0     13      0
Averis                       1      0      7      3
Gloucestershire innings (target: 43 runs)                       R   M   B  4 6
CM Spearman           not out                                   2   0   0  0 0
+SJ Adshead           c Cook             b Greenidge            0   0   0  0 0
THC Hancock                              b Phillips            28   0   0  0 0
CG Taylor             not out                                   9   0   0  0 0
Extras                (lb 3, nb 2)                              5
Total                 (2 wickets, 4.1 overs)                   44

To Bat: MA Hardinges, *MW Alleyne, ID Fisher, MCJ Ball,
        JMM Averis, J Lewis, AM Smith.

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Greenidge                    1      0      1      1
Brown                        1      0     14      0
Swann                        1      0     15      0
Phillips                     1      0      5      1
Louw                         0.1    0      6      0
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