Sunday 19th June 2016, Hatherley & Reddings Cricket Club
Gloucestershire 84 all out (25 overs, Heidi Linegar 3-6, Graham Glover 3-30), Somerset 86-0 (5.2 overs, E Hossell 62 not out)
Somerset win by ten wickets
Somerset cruised through to the semi-finals of the British Blind Sport Cup after a ten wicket victory over Gloucestershire, dismissing the Regional League side for 84 before needing just 28 minutes to chase down the total to beat the hosts (and the weather).
It was a very overcast day in Cheltenham as Rob Crisp won the toss and decided to bowl first, a decision which paid dividends as Ed Hossell bowled home captain John Gribben for a duck with the fifth ball of the match, before Graham Glover trapped Sheona Page lbw in the next over to leave Gloucestershire at 2-2. David Williams and Adge Ahmed steadied the ship, putting on 20 before Ed Hossell’s wayward shy at the stumps from square leg was smartly diverted on target by Crisp to run out Williams for six, before Hossell was on target to run out Malcom Gardiner for one as the fourth wicket fell for 35.
This prompted Gloucestershire’s best partnership of the match as Ed Hastings joined Ahmed, as the pair batted together for nearly an hour. Hossell’s pace in particular bowling with the wind was causing problems, but the edges kept landing safe, and Hossell missed a run out chance from three yards, but importantly the two batsmen stayed in. Needing someone to break the partnership, Crisp turned to Heidi Linegar, who had Ahmed smartly caught by Tom Gray for a battling 24, which sparked the Gloucestershire collapse as 76-4 became 84 all out. Graham Glover removed Hastings for 17 thanks to a brilliant catch by Gray at mid on, before bowling new batsman Marc Gulwell for a duck three balls later. Linger mopped up the tail bowling Bob Henderson for one and Alan Davies for a duck, finishing with figures of 3-6 from her four overs.
After a quick turnaround in an attempt to beat the forecast rain, Ed Hossell and Rob Crisp set about the target with gusto, Hossell in particular launching into the attack, hitting fours all around the ground, even reverse sweeping a ball on leg stump to the fence, racing past his fifty in no time. Crisp at the other end was simply giving his opening partner the strike, but it was the captain who hit the winning runs, heaving the second ball of the sixth over through square leg for four to seal a comfortable victory. Crisp ended up on 16 from 10 balls whilst Hossell smashed a remarkable 62 from just 24 balls, including 13 fours.
About 45 minutes after the match had finished, the heavens duly opened as it turned into a horrible evening, not that Somerset would have minded after booking a semi-final clash against Lancashire. They travel to Manchester on July 9th looking for revenge from the drubbing they received in their opening league fixture of the season. Sussex and Warwickshire contest the other semi-final, with the final due to be played at Wormsley Cricket Ground in Buckinghamshire.