JOHN BRACEWELL was right. He said all season that the Royal London Cup was the competition for us and a quarter final place looks increasingly likely.
With two matches this week before we go to press Gloucestershire’s fate may be known by the time you read this.
The rain-affected game against Leicestershire showed the increased confidence with which the team are playing. It also showed the change in fortunes of left arm swing bowler David Payne. In a tremendous opening burst he took four wickets against Leicester, reducing them to 31-4. Few teams recover from a score like that.
A Duckworth-Lewis target of 131 was achieved thanks largely to a stand of 80 between captain Michael Klinger and Will Gidman.
Rain prevented a result in the game at Chelmsford against a strong Essex team. Sharing the points was perhaps the best we could have achieved there and with three wins behind us the league table points to a coveted quarter final place.
This is the time when rumours abound about players moving county. It is inevitable because players can move if their existing contract has come to an end. One thing is certain. Gloucestershire want to keep all their best players.
Cricketers, like employees in so many other walks of life have appraisal interviews. At Gloucestershire this is happening now. All good appraisals are two-way with each party making points that will take the individual and the club forward.
These appraisal interviews may not settle matters of movement in or out of the club, but they could point the way.
It is not just cricket matters that bring about player movement, family happiness counts as well, and so it should.
Those of us who have moved across the country for either cash, promotion or domestic happiness are best placed to understand the position of an out-of-contract cricketer who receives a better offer. Let us hope our players find that offer comes from Gloucestershire.
Looking at some county league results two teams stand out – Tetbury and Langford.
They head their respective leagues. Not long ago the Tetbury club was struggling, but they are rapidly emerging from that dark period. Langford are actually in Oxfordshire but entering the county league by way of the CDCA they are carrying all before them.
Saturday’s result again featured Findlay-Wilson. Is this the same player involved in the county age-range sides? I suspect it is.
Cirencester Town first XI are still battling it out at the top of Division One, being in second place behind the unbeaten Cheltenham Civil Service. For all sorts of reasons they deserve promotion.
This should help them keep the emerging young players, of whom there are so many at the club. Keep going lads, no one will be more pleased than Phil Carter and Dick Tugwell (both bus pass holders) if they are no longer needed to make the numbers up.
There is sad news concerning a Cirencester cricketer of the 1950s. Frank Goodale, a talented wicket keeper-batsman has passed away. I remember Frank keeping wicket for Cirencester Old Grammarians, as well as the town club, and on Sundays for Colesbourne CC.
In the Colesbourne team he joined Gordon Saunders, a quick bowler, and the young Henry Elwes. Henry’s innings were usually violent but brief. Slow bowler Jack Hitch and batsman Jim Barnfield, also of the Cirencester club, would also play for Colesbourne.
Frank always wore his Cirencester cap, which in those days was green, purple and white. He was an all-round good egg and was a pleasure to play with and against.
It will not have escaped your notice that football is upon us. This means Mrs Light is seeing very little of me. There are three days of Gloucestershire cricket to be watched this week and two Forest Green football matches. Happily, she will be accompanying me to some of them.
I have asked her as the Rev Penny to intervene on our behalf. “Not possible,” she says. “You can pray for a good game, but God does not take sides.”