So this evening Gloucestershire visit the Rose Bowl for..... a 20/20 match, shock horror. Looking out the back door now the weather is going to be fantastic, warm and sunny. Hopefully the Royals will bathe not only in sunshine but victory this evening also, as the Gladiators come into the match on a bad run of form and probably about 85% effort. They do however have a boost with the signing of Aaron Redmond at the top, taking thier Kiwi quota to 3, their overseas contingent to 2 and ours to, umm, 0. Still no Christian obviously, though two further days have elapsed on his injury since the last blog. I don't know where Razzaq is, so don't ask me ok? The apparently 'half baked' Simon Jones will get another chance this evening after his horror first two overs on Tuesday. This does however make the batting rather reliant on the top 5, as Dawson will be at 6 and Pothas at 7 with the bowlers from 8 down. Lumb is in desparate need of runs, whilst Slug wouldn't mind a few more to boost his new found image as a genuine allrounder. McKenzie is deserving of his place this time after a quickfire half century on Tuesday, whilst I'd like to see Vince bat at 3. Given the fact that Lumb or Adams will be out in the first two overs, Vince will have plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the powerplays, not that it really stops him anyway from scoring freely. A big game for Dawson I feel, as a batting average of 0.5 isn't really going to cut it when he's only bowled 3.4 overs for 24 runs in two games. Cork and Wood should bowl better than they did agaisnt Sussex and Surrey (that's a given, surely?) whilst Briggs will be hoping to sneak under the radar again. I think that's everyone, past and present, alive and removed. The likely team:
Lumb, Adams, Ervine, Vince, McKenzie, Dawson, Pothas (wk), Cork (c), Wood, Briggs, Jones
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