Rain thwarts Podmore-inspired Panthers
Nineteen-year-old Harry Podmore took 3-13 in his second professional game as Middlesex were denied victory over Gloucestershire by rain in the T20 Blast.
Podmore was ably supported at Lord’s by James Harris (2-22) and ex-Gloucestershire man Daniel Christian (0-16), as the visitors were restricted to 105-6.
Benny Howell top-scored with 39, after Harris and Podmore removed the top three and stopped Gloucestershire setting any kind of platform.
However the rain began to fall as Gloucestershire’s bowlers were warming up and never looked like stopping before the 9.30 cut-off time for finishing.
Gloucestershire stand-in skipper Alex Gidman won the toss and elected to bat on the dubious looking Lord’s wicket, and that’s where the day peaked for the West Countrymen, until rain fell.
He was the first man out in the opening over, chipping Harris to Ryan Higgins in the deep.
The captain was quickly followed by Chris Dent and Hamish Marshall as the Gloucestershire innings false-started on the slow pitch.
The first boundary off the bat didn’t come until the seventh over, Ian Cockbain pulling Ravi Patel for four after they could only manage 19-3 in the first six.
Cockbain was starting to put together a partnership with Howell when he was the fourth man out, picking out Joe Denly perfectly on the square leg fence, and falling for 20.
The only partnership of substance was the 51 put together by Howell and sixth man in, Will Gidman.
Both men found the boundary a couple of times, with Howell hitting Neil Dexter for the innings’ solitary six as they took Gloucestershire past 80.
Howell’s innings summed up how difficult batting proved during the 20 overs, as he required three lives to score his painstaking 39.
Twice he skied shots that landed between three leg-side fielders, and he was also caught off a no-ball from Harris, before he fell to the impressive Podmore.
Unfortunately for Middlesex they were denied the chance to complete their second win of the season as the rain drew in and time ran out.