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Gloucestershire v Worcestershire
Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A
Alex Gidman led from the front as Gloucestershire moved into second place in Group A with a four-wicket Clydesdale Bank 40 win over Worcestershire at Cheltenham.
First the skipper claimed three for 20 from eight overs after winning the toss to help restrict the visitors to a modest 144 for seven, Phil Hughes top-scoring with an unbeaten 64.
Then after Gloucestershire had plunged from 51 without loss to 81 for five in reply, Gidman steadied the ship with an unbeaten 33 , sharing key a sixth-wicket stand of 47 with Ed Young, who made 28, as his side won with 12.5 overs to spare..
Spinners Moeen Ali (three for 33) and Brett D’Oliveira (two for 35) threatened to bowl Worcestershire back into the game, Moeen grabbing three wickets in his first three overs from the Chapel End to remove Benny Howell, Dan Housego and Ed Cowan.
But Cowan (29) and Hamish Marshall (26) had given the hosts a brisk start chasing down their modest target and Young’s confident 22-ball innings, which included the only six of the game off Moeen, helped Gidman see Gloucestershire home.
The tone of Worcestershire’s innings had been set by the very first ball of the match from Ian Saxelby, which Moeen Ali edged through to wicketkeeper Jon Batty,
Soon it was 21 for three as Vikram Solanki miscued a pull shot off Liam Norwell to James Fuller at mid-on and James Cameron was caught behind driving at Norwell for a duck.
Daryl Mitchell fell to a catch at mid-wicket off Gidman with the score on 48 and Neil Pinner needed two lives to reach 20 before being caught at the wicket to give Gidman his second success.
It was 89 for six when Gareth Andrew was caught low down in the covers by Hamish Marshall off Gidman and only three more runs were added by the end of the 30th over.
All the while Hughes was accumulating, while the wickets at the other end forced him to be cautious. He eventually reached his half-century off 93 balls, including 4 fours, with the total on 117 for six.
Ben Scott was bowled by Saxelby for 14 and Worcestershire’s total looked woefully inadequate on the small College Ground.
Norwell, making his List A debut, impressed with two for 21 from six overs, while Saxelby also bowled tightly to take two for 25 from seven overs.
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