Gloucestershire CCC relive lifting the Royal London One-Day Cup
Gloucestershire supporters can spend today reliving the occasion when their team shocked an all-star Surrey side to lift the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The date was September 19 2015. Lord’s played host to thousands of West country cricket fans, all eager to see whether Michael Klinger’s men could put one over on opponents featuring names such as Jason Roy, Kumar Sangakkara, Rory Burns, the Curran brothers and Jade Dernbach.
Gloucestershire won an exciting game by six runs. And from 11am their official website is screening the entire contest, as live, with Sky Sports commentary, on the ‘Match Centre’ feature.
Players and staff, as well as fans, will be keen to rekindle memories of one of the greatest days in the club’s history, not least Richard Dawson, for whom it meant a trophy at the end of his first season as head coach.
It was also an unforgettable day for Geraint Jones, who hit a priceless half-century to bring down the curtain on his playing career, and was chaired around the outfield by celebrating team-mates at the end of the game.
The former England wicketkeeper’s innings was not enough to earn him the man-of-the-match nomination. Nor was Dernbach’s hat-trick for Surrey and figures of six for 35 in Gloucestershire’s innings of 220 all out.
The award went to Jack Taylor for following up his important score of 35 off 26 balls with three for 43, including the key wicket of Sangakkara, who hit a full toss to substitute fielder Will Tavare, fielding at mid-on.
The Sri Lankan batting maestro had moved to 60 in a Surrey total of 143 for two off 34 overs, which appeared to have them well on course for victory.
Jones was off the pitch for a toilet break when the match-turning moment happened, but that did little to spoil the occasion for the 2005 Ashes winner.
While his memorable catch to dismiss Michael Kasprowicz and win the nail-biting Edgbaston Test in that series remained a career highlight, Jones was emotional after marking his last professional game with a Lord’s final victory.
Afterwards he said: “Since the knockout stages, I’ve been saying to myself, dare to dream, and who knows. My family were here and to finish this way is amazing.
“It is right up there with anything I have achieved because I was able to contribute to a great day for lads who have made my final few months in cricket so enjoyable
Skipper Klinger, dismissed for a duck after his match-winning century against Yorkshire in the semi-final, paid tribute to spinners Taylor and Tom Smith, who squeezed the life out of Surrey with combined figures of five for 85 from 20 overs.
“We knew it would be tough for them to score against our spinners,” he said. “Unfortunately for Surrey, they were without Zafar Ansari because of injury and having two specialist spinners to their one certainly helped us.”
Other key contributors for Gloucestershire on the day were Gareth Roderick, who hit 39, David Payne (two for 36), James Fuller (two for 34) and Benny Howell, who conceded just 29 runs from his eight overs.
It was a performance reminiscent of the great Gloucestershire one-day sides of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
To get details of how to watch it in full, supporters should go to the Gloucestershire CCC website at this link: