Gloucestershire Meteors v Hertfordshire (at Coalpitt Heath CC), May 15
Disability Super 9s Softball
Gloucestershire Meteors 128
Gloucestershire Meteors won by 4 runs
Gloucestershire Meteors disability softball team held on to beat Hertfordshire by 4 runs in their first competitive fixture of the season.
Having lost a wicket on the penultimate ball – and losing 5 runs as a result – Ben Lloyd successfully defended the final delivery to see his side home.
Earlier the home side won the toss and chose to field first.
They started well with top notch bowling and fielding typified by a brilliant boundary saving stop by Eve Chandler in the deep.
The visitors found their feet and fought their way to a creditable 124.
In reply, the Meteors opening partnership made a good start and were ably supported by the middle order pairs.
Hertfordshire’s bowlers improved as game went on to set up a nail biting finish but Lloyd’s resolute defence ensured a win for Gloucestershire.
Reflecting on the win, Meteors coach Tim Polley said: “The match was the best advert for disabled cricket that you could wish for. A brilliant effort by all the guys, the game was played in the best spirits.”
The Meteors next game is against Glamorgan at Frenchay CC on May 22.
Unfortunately Gloucestershire’s other softball disability side couldn’t match the Meteor’s achievements as they lost to Somerset by 209 runs at Taunton Deane CC.
Glouestershire Growlers v Metro Devils (at Highgate Wood CC), May 15
Visually Impaired South West T20 Quarter Final
Metro Devils 194/3 (20 overs)
Growlers 195/5 (19.1 overs)
Growlers won by 5 wickets
Gloucestershire’s Visually Impaired team made it through to the south west T20 semi finals with a five wicket win over the Metro Devils.
Elyse Bezuidenhout got the Growlers got off to a perfect start, obliterating the wicket of opener Brenda Caswell with the first ball of the innings.
The team were unable build on this and a below-par bowling performance saw the home team amass a gargantuan total of 194-3.
In reply Growlers captain John Gribbin and vice-captain Ed Hastings spearheaded the chase.
Ed nudged cheeky singles while Gribbin’s hefty hitting saw him reach a rapid 51 and therefore retirement.
Mike Tasker joined Ed at the crease and the pair built steadily up to the drinks break, with the team just ahead of the required rate of 9.7.
Ed then channelled the spirit of his retired captain, moving quickly to 50 with a flurry of boundaries. He retired after an unbeaten stand of 87 with Tasker.
All their hard work looked like it might have been in vain when four Growlers fell without troubling the scorers but the steely nerve of Bob Henderson and Tasker steered the team home.