T20 Blast bite-size preview: Gloucestershire

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Gloucestershire were fairly abject last season, coming last in their group with only three wins in 10. They were called the Gladiators then, but they were more mouse than Maximus, and they dropped the name.

<b>Brief Overview:</b> Oh dear. Gloucestershire were fairly abject last season, coming last in their group with only three wins in 10. They were called the Gladiators then, but they were more mouse than Maximus, and they dropped the name.

<b>Venue:</b> The County Ground in Bristol is where Glos ply their trade, though some games are also played in Cheltenham. County Ground was once owned by WG Grace. They kick off their T20 campaign in the South Division against Somerset, at home.

<b>Batsman To Watch:</b> All-rounder Chris Dent is the man on form at the moment, with a double ton and a bunch of fifties to his name in April alone. Though he averages just under 22 in T20s, he tend to add valuable cameos when required.

<b>Bowler To Watch:</b> Fast bowler James Fuller is the only proper paceman in the team, and has been on a good run of form in the County Championship so far. The South Africa-born paceman lent his services to Auckland in New Zealand's T20 contest earlier this year, taking a string of two-fers and 13 wickets in six games.

<b>Overseas Signings:</b> The club's only overseas signing (aside from New Zealander Hamish Marshall, who doesn't appear to count as such) is Australian batsman Michael Klinger, who is also the club's captain. He is expected to be their best batsman in the campaign, having played for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash earlier this year.

<b>Know Your Mascot:</b> Um… They don't appear to have one. How boring.

<b>Cricket365's Prediction:</b> Ninth in South Division.

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