Clydesdale Bank 40: Gloucestershire V Worcestershire - Gidman brothers guide Gladiators to 109 run win - Match Update
An all-round outing by Will Gidman helped Gloucestershire script a crushing 109-run victory over Worcestershire in a Group A Clydesdale Bank 40 match, at County Ground, New Road on Sunday June 10, 2012.
Gidman, the 27-year-old left-handed top-order batsman, scored his maiden limited-overs half century, 76 runs off 98 balls. He was well complemented by skipper Alex Gidman with an audacious 59 in the middle overs as Gloucestershire amassed an imposing total
of 238 for 6 in their stipulated 40 overs.
The Buckinghamshire-born all-rounder later bagged figures of 2 for 10 from six overs, which went a long way in dismissing the opposition for 129 all out. Only James Cameron (35 runs from 56 balls) resisted against Gloucestershire bowlers. The other notable
performances from the hosts were Gareth Andrew (23), David Lucas (17) and Shaaiq Choudhry (16), while the rest of the batsmen fell for single digit scores.
James Fuller, Will Gidman, David Payne, Jack Taylor and Ed Young all claimed two wickets apiece. Gidman was the most economical bowler as well, conceding just 10 runs in six overs, at an economy rate of less than 2 an over.
Earlier, the tourists, after opting to bat first, went off to a slow start losing opener Hamish Marshall and Benny Howell inside nine overs, with 50 on the board. It was the Gidman brothers who underpinned Gloucestershire’s innings with contrasting half
centuries. While the younger Gidman played a painstaking 98-ball 76-run knock, the elder brother plundered two sixes and three fours in his 50-ball 59. With the skipper at the crease, the visitors scored 64 runs in the last seven overs, setting a challenging
target of 239 for the home side.
Jack Shantry led Worcestershire's bowling with figures of 4 for 37 in 7 overs, while Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell claimed one wicket apiece.
This was Gloucestershire’s third victory of the season in five games and keeps alive their chances of qualifying for the CB 40 semi-finals. Netherlands are leading the points table with five wins in eight outings, Middlesex stand at number two with three
wins and a no result after six games, followed by Gloucestershire. With a fifty percent win rate in six games, Worcestershire find themselves fourth on the standings.