40 overs. It’s a format of the game that Glammy have become strangely good at in the past two weeks. And when I say good, I mean alright. After all, it’s foolish to get carried away by wins over Gloucestershire and Lancashire. And let’s throw in the abandoned game with Essex for good measure.
Now third in the Group C table, it’s a position that only Blue can empathise with after shooting to the top of the Eurovision pile after Bulgaria awarded DOOOZE POINTS in the second round of voting. More importantly, the Unicorns have to do some to show up the Dragons this season. Don’t rule it out yet. Counting chickens and all that.
In between the gladiatorial triumphs against Essex and Gloucestershire, matters in the County Championship took precedence. And the Dragons are… third. This is consistency on a level that no-one anticipated. It follows the crushing defeat of a Kent team who haven’t managed a win since 1968. Tough times for Rob Key.
In downing the Spitfires (geddit?), Glamorgan racked up the first maximum haul of batting points since the halcyon days about this time last year when there were two back-to-back innings successes. Nothing breeds satisfaction quite like a huge innings victory. Even if Kent got within eight runs of forcing a 4th innings.
So, who were the stand out players alongside Jim Allenby in the past few games? Well, Gareth Rees anchored the win against Gloucestershire with an unbeaten 50 and Dean Cosker was the main protagonist in bundling them out for after James Harris bowled nice and tightly at the top of the innings.
For Gloucestershire, there is consolation in that they wouldn’t have had to pay to get over the bridge on their way home. It will have saved them from having to get their tails out from between their legs. I heard that Kent are still scarred from the bashing that Harris and Mark Wallace gave ’em mind.
Next up it is an extended stay in London. Someone better tell the lads that Buck House is orf the schedule as Queenie has gone overseas. But what is important is coming away from Lord’s and the Oval with wins in the LVCC and the CB40. And if Jim Allenby could put Gareth ‘Henning’ Berg in his place, t’would be good…