Thursday’s action saw Matt Taylor and Daniel Worrall complete 5-wicket hauls for Gloucestershire while Saqib Mahmood was England’s star man in the first One-Day international against Pakistan.
England vs Pakistan
After 7 members of the playing squad and support staff had tested positive for Covid, England were forced to name a new 18-man squad for this One-Day series with Ben Stokes captaining the side and Thursday’s team seeing 4 debutants – opener Phil Salt, wicket-keeper John Simpson, all-rounder Lewis Gregory and seamer Brydon Carse.
England would win the toss and elect to field first.
Imam-ul-Haq would be LBW to Mahmood first ball before captain Babar Azam would be caught by Zak Crawley off the same bowler two balls later without scoring. Mohammad Rizwan would be caught by Simpson off the bowling of Gregory (his first wicket in this format) before Saud Shakeel would be LBW to Mahmood for 5.
Sohaib Maqsood would be run out by James Vince for 19 before opener Fakhar Zaman would be caught by Crawley off the bowling of Matt Parkinson for 47. Faheem Ashraf would be caught by Simpson off the bowling of Mahmood for 5 before Hasan Ali would be caught by Dawid Malan off the bowling of Parkinson for 6. Shadab Khan would be caught by Malan off the bowling of Craig Overton for 30 before Shaheen Shah Afridi would be the final wicket to fall as he was caught by Stokes off Overton’s bowling for 12.
Salt would be the only wicket to fall in the England reply as he was caught by Maqsood off the bowling of Afridi for 7 with Malan (68 off 69 balls) and Crawley (58 off 50 balls) sharing an unbeaten 120 run partnership.
The teams meet again at Lord’s tomorrow before playing the final game of the series on Tuesday at Edgbaston.
Gloucestershire vs Middlesex
Resuming on 97/3, the visitors would move the score onto 201 before Steve Eskinazi would be caught by Oliver Price off the bowling of Daniel Worrall for 102 before Daryl Mitchell would be LBW to Matt Taylor for 73. Martin Andersson would be caught behind by James Bracey for a golden duck the following ball before Nathan Sowter would be caught by Miles Hammond off the same bowler without scoring.
Blake Cullen would be the third duck in a row as he was caught by Bracey off Taylor’s bowling before Ethan Bamber would be caught by Tom Lace off Worrall’s bowling for 3. Robbie White would be the last wicket to fall as he would be caught by J Taylor off the bowling of Worrall for 32 with the last 6 wickets falling for just 14 runs with both Worrall and Taylor taking 5 wickets each.
Points: GLO 20, MID 3
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Today’s fixtures – T20 Blast:
14:30 – Gloucestershire vs Middlesex (South)
17:30 – Worcestershire Rapids vs Birmingham Bears (North)
18:30 – Durham vs Derbyshire Falcons (North)
18:30 – Lancashire Lightning vs Northants Steelbacks (North)
18:30 – Notts Outlaws vs Yorkshire Vikings (North)
18:30 – Surrey vs Kent Spitfires (South)
19:00 – Hampshire Hawks vs Somerset (South)
19:00 – Sussex Sharks vs Essex Eagles (South)