As England battled to win the Ashes, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club turned out a strong First XI at Cleeve CC’s Meeting House Lane ground, for the Twenty20 benefit match for Chris Taylor.
Chris Taylor called the toss correctly and elected to bat first. England Lion Steve Kirby opened the batting with Ian Saxelby, but Kirby was soon on his way back to the pavilion for just 4.
When Saxelby soon followed, the visitors were struggling on 20 for 2. Beneficiary Chris Taylor soon redressed the balance and in partnership with Kadeer Ali, they smashed the home bowling attack across all parts of the ground. Taylor completed a rapid 50 before Jamie Haswell bowled him. Kadeer soon followed, top scoring with 58 before Rob Woodman showed his class with an unbeaten 57 in just 8 overs. Gloucestershire finished on a very competitive 192 for 5.
Cleeve’s response started slowly, with Ian Saxelby bowling sharply. Craig Miles also had the home batsmen dancing in the crease before James Ball decided to take them on. James Ball batted 10 fours and one massive six, before ex-England International Richard Dawson clean bowled the 16 year old youngster for 57. Cleeve fielded six teenagers in the side, but were unable to threaten the required total being bowled out in the final over for 130. Dawson, Ali and Adshead took 3 wickets apiece.
Gloucestershire CCC: 192 for 5
Cleeve CC: 130 all out
Gloucestershire won by 62 runs.
For more information on Chris Taylor's benefit year, visit www.christaylor2009.co.uk