GLOUCESTERSHIRE V SURREY - NatWest T20 Blast - 6
Surrey 151-9 (20 overs). Gloucestershire 152-4 (19 Overs).
Gloucestershire won by 6 wickets.
Gloucestershire increased their lead at the top of the T20 Blast South
table courtesy of a six wicket victory over Surrey at the Brightside
Ground, Bristol. Having won six of their opening nine games in the
competition, they opened the gap to four points, over second placed
Glamorgan, thanks to competition best figures from Andrew Tye and an
unbeaten 73 from Ian Cockbain.
Batting first, Surrey lost their first wicket in the
third over when England's Jason Roy (11) pulled a short ball from Matt
Taylor to Benny Howell at mid wicket. Taylor helped himself to career
best T20 figures in each of his previous two games and certainly
bowled well early on as Surrey struggled to get going.
The visitors kept wickets in tact during the first
half of their innings, but progressed slowly with both Aaron Finch and
Dominic Sibley finding life increasingly difficult.
The former was second out, for 31, at 65 for 2 in
the 10th with Rory Burns departing for a single, at 73 for 3 in the
Sibley (32) struck one or two lusty blows before
holing out to Tom Smith off the excellent Tye, who would finish with 3
for 16 off four overs.
Surrey's middle order showed signs of recovery as
brothers Sam and Tom Curran struck 20 and 16 respectively.
Taylor picked up the valuable wicket of Tom, at 118
for 6 and when brother Sam departed, run out, at 148 for 8,
Gloucestershire once again found themselves in a strong position.
Two wickets in Tye's final over left Surrey on 151
for 9 with Taylor weighing in with 3 for 31 off his allotted overs.
Having struck Sam Curran's first two balls of the
innings, for boundary fours, Hamish Marshall pulled the fourth ball of
the innings to Tom Curran at mid wicket to leave Gloucestershire on 10
However, captain Michael Klinger is always happy to
take up the challenge and he, along with Cockbain, set about the task
in hand with great purpose. Helped by one or two mis-fields, the
second wicket pair ran well between the wickets and progressed
Jade Dernbach, who had not bowled a ball since
taking a hat trick in the Royal London Cup final against
Gloucestershire last September, conceded 11 runs off his first over as
Gloucestershire kept themselves ahead of the required run rate.
Unfortunately, any hopes captain Klinger had of
leading his side to victory, from the crease, were dashed when Finch
took the most audacious one handed catch at mid on, off the bowling of
Tom Curran, to leave Gloucestershire on 49 for 2 in the sixth over.
Cockbain and Chris Dent punished anything too full or wide with
Cockbain posting his half century off 32 balls with five fours and a
six. They added a match-winning 78 for the third wicket before Dent
was stumped by Ben Foakes off the bowling of Gareth Batty for 39.
Gloucestershire pushed on regardless and despite the
loss of Benny Howell (13), reached their target with six balls to
Surrey captain Gareth Batty said: "I think it was a
combination of things tonight. We didn't get enough runs and we didn't
field as well as we might have done. But Gloucestershire played well
too, so take nothing away from them.
"We felt anything around 165 or above was a good
score and a score that would give us a real chance. But we didn't get
there and it was always going to be hard to defend.
"we are not far away, that's the good thing and we
will go again in the next game. We just need to start building some
partnerships with bat and ball and to field better than we did
Gloucestershire Ian Cockbain said: "I thought we
bowled really well. everyone contributed and that was great. It was
good that Andy picked up three wickets cheaply too.
"When we batted, it was about being a bit patient, I
suppose. It wasn't a wicket on which you were going to score quickly
straight away. The ball wasn't coming on that well.
"You have to be patient and thankfully we were and
we batted well with some decent partnerships. Obviously, we are very
pleased with another win because it keeps the momentum going."