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Gloucestershire must improve in T20 - Alex Gidman

Alex Gidman
Consistency is the hardest thing, says Alex Gidman

Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman knows his side have to improve quickly if they are to make an impact on this year's FP t20 competition.

Gloucestershire, who face Essex in Bristol in their next game, are bottom of the south group after two wins from seven of the scheduled 16 matches.

Gidman told BBC Radio Bristol: "We have to try to play better on Wednesday.

"We only have ourselves to blame if we don't perform and people don't come and watch us."

Gidman's comments came after their last Twenty20 match ended in a seven-wicket home defeat by Hampshire, who were set a victory target of just 69 runs.

"Consistency is the hardest thing," he added. "We know that we have to perform at our best to beat teams, you can't play badly in our league and win.

"There're some teams who are slightly stronger than us, who can get away with perhaps not playing to their full potential in every game, but we're not one of them.

"We have to find a way of trying to get a 90% performance every game we play to give ourselves a chance of winning. When we've done that we've either won or come very close.

"In the games we've played badly, we've been thrashed but when we've put a performance together we've competed and pushed teams pretty close."

I'm not going to make any rash decisions based on one performance. We have a few different options but we just have to keep going and try to pick up wins where we can

Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman

Despite Gloucestershire's indifferent form, Gidman ruled out sweeping alterations to the line-up for the Essex clash.

"We only have a small squad so we are not in a position to make a lot of changes in personnel. Although we have some good young players coming through, I'm not sure they are ready to deal with the type of situations they might come across in Twenty20.

"I'm not going to make any rash decisions based on one performance. We have a few different options but we just have to keep going and try to pick up wins where we can."

Gloucestershire will not be able to call on New Zealand all-rounder Ian Butler, who has suffered a recurrence of a long-standing back injury.

"It doesn't look too good," said Gidman. "I know that Ian is still struggling to walk let alone being able to run and bowl. He looks a little way away yet."



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