Lewis takes the fight to Warne for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire 210-9 - Hampshire 64-4

Ever since Mike Gatting had his off-stump trimmed by the perfect leg-break at Old Trafford 12 years ago, England have been attempting to come up with a plan to counteract the brilliance of Shane Warne. Graham Gooch, Michael Atherton, Robin Smith and Alec Stewart, four of England's finest batsmen, have all tried to get the better of the Australian legend, but sadly each failed.

But yesterday in a totesport league First Division match in Southampton Gloucestershire came up with a novel idea. The cunning plan is unlikely to catch on in Test cricket but it involved sending a tail-ender - John Lewis - up the batting order with the clear instructions to have an enormous slog at Warne.

And for 33 minutes it seemed to work. Lewis entered the fray when Matt Windows limped off with a hamstring injury, and immediately struck Alan Mullally for two fours. He then turned his attention to Test cricket's highest wicket-taker who he smashed for one huge six and two boundaries.

The benefits of Lewis' 28-ball innings of 40 were three-fold for Gloucestershire. The right-handers powerful strokeplay took the initiative away from Hampshire, angered Warne - the leg-spinner resorted to bowling Lewis a bouncer which he upper-cut for four - and stung Philip Weston into action.

Before the arrival of Lewis, Weston was struggling to get the ball away but the sight of his team-mate swinging his bat so freely at the Australian legend seemed to loosen him up. But the left-handed opener continued to show Warne respect and decided to get after the off-spin of Shaun Udal, which he twice struck down the ground for six.

The pair took 51 runs off six overs of spin before Warne gained his revenge by bowing Lewis. Gloucestershire continued to adopt their ultra-positive approach until Upul Chandana and Weston were stumped in consecutive overs from Warne and Udal.

The loss of these two was a set-back, but with 12 overs of their innings remaining Gloucestershire, on 150 for 4, were in a good position on a pitch where anything above 200 is difficult to chase. Chris Taylor and Steve Adshead scored useful runs, while Sean Ervine and Chris Tremlett took five cheap wickets.

Warne's captaincy has made Hampshire an exciting side to watch, but when he arrived home last night he must have questioned his decision to bowl 17 overs of spin. Tremlett and Ervine both went for less than four runs an over, as did Richard Logan, who bowled only six of his nine-over allocation.

Lewis did not allow his success with the bat affect the jon he is paid to to - bow - and in an excellent opening spell he dismissed two of Hampshire's most dangerous players. The Australian, Simon Katich, was trapped in front attempting to work one to leg and Sean Ervine edged a loose waft through to the keeper.

This brought Kevin Pietersen to the crease, and once again he failed to thrill an expectant crowd.

Batting here is sure to test the skill and patience of the England one-day star, but he will consider himself slightly unfortunate to have hit a full blooded cut-cum-drive straight to Chandana at deep gully.

Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
Life and Style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
Life and Style
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits