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A few ups but mostly downs in the FP t20

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The Friends Provident t20 has been a frustrating time for both me and Gloucestershire.

By losing to Essex on Thursday night we haven't qualified for the quarter finals. We have flattered to deceive all the way through, beating a lot of very good teams in our group but ending up at the bottom of the table.

Our problem has been no real consistency. We will take a lot from this year’s T20 and come back stronger over the next few years. We are a young side that is getting better.

Still, that said, we are going to give it everything in our last two matches.

Twenty20 cricket is all about momentum and rhythm, which are two things we just haven’t had in our campaign. We were really kippered midway through when we lost four on the spin.

From my point of view, this T20 season has been really disappointing, I had a nasty back spasm about eight or nine weeks ago, which meant I missed the game against Surrey where we beat them by 10 wickets.

The annoying thing was that I was only out for four or five days but with us beating Surrey so convincingly, quite rightly I couldn’t get back in the team after that, which is fair enough as our bowlers did so well.

These are the risks when you leave a space for someone to grab. This meant I missed the next three games. As a player you don’t like to miss any cricket. Hopefully though we can finish the campaign strongly now.

We have a massive local derby against Somerset on Friday and then finish with Surrey at Bristol on Sunday.

With so much cricket still coming up, which will make or break our season in regards to the championship and CB40, our coach John Bracewell has decided to rotate the squad to keep us as fresh as possible.

I was rested last night but will come back for Somerset. This means it will be a great opportunity for some of the younger players to get some valuable playing experience and show everyone just how good they are.

Steve Kirby

A lack of momentum has been a real problem in the Friends Provident t20 this season, both for me and Gloucestershire

Somerset is a huge game for us - we are expecting about 7,000 people so we want to put on a real show for our supporters, even if we are out of the competition. Especially when it’s against our closest rivals.

From a professional point of view, you want to win any game you play, regardless of where you are in the table. For Somerset they will want to beat us to make sure they get the home quarter final. For us it’s a chance to beat the old enemy and get some bragging rights for another year.

Somerset have some big players, like Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego. I know them both well from Lions duty and would love to get one over both of them. If I did I would never mention it to them...

Kiesy is one of the most devastating batsmen in the country right now. He is a fantastic player and deserves all the success he has had recently as he works very hard. The only shame is he plays for Somerset and not for Gloucestershire.

I have had some success against him before and have my thoughts on how to get him out, not that I am going to write them in this blog as things like that have a tendency of biting you on the bum. I am looking forward to that battle though as these are the reasons I love playing this game.

The next time we speak we will be preparing for a massive month ahead which will make or break our season.

We are well poised in the championship and in the CB40 and this is something we are all really looking forward to getting stuck into.

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