The Gloucestershire Growlers had to settle for the runners-up spot in the South West T20 Cup as they suffered a 32 run defeat to Surrey at Frimley CC.
Playing in their first ever final, the county’s Visually Impaired team – which was only formed in 2012 – finished on 158-4 in reply to the home side’s imposing total of 190.
In a rain affected match, Growler captain John Gribbin won the toss and put Surrey into bat. In the first 10 overs, openers Stuart Ralph and Lois Turner picked off the visiting attack with relative ease, scoring at 10 an over.
Turner reached 50 just after the drinks break. Shortly afterwards the Growlers made a breakthrough when Ralph was caught behind off the bowling of Rob Rennell. Sheona Page spearheaded a brief Growler fightback, taking two wickets in one superb over, but the hosts went on to post an intimidating victory target of 191.
The Growler reply began steadily, but the dismissals of Ed Hastings for 18 and Mike Tasker for 12 left them on 97 -2 and well below the required rate. Despite a third successive T20 Cup 50 from Gribbin and 23 from Mark James, Gloucestershire fell well short of the victory mark, finishing on 158-4.
Supported by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board, the Growlers are part of the BCEW South and West Development League and play their home games at Hatherley and Reddings CC in Cheltenham.
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Growlers T20 Final Squad
Jon Gribbin (C)
Ed Hasting (VC)