Glos face Durham in T20 quarter final after 4 wicket win over Middlesex

Glos face Durham in T20 quarter final after 4 wicket win over Middlesex

NatWest T20 Blast - 29 July 2016
Glos won by 4 wickets

Venue: Brightside Ground, Bristol

Jack Taylor smashed a career-best 44 off 23 balls to give Gloucestershire a four wicket win over Middlesex and secure top place in the NatWest T20 South Group.

They will now take on Durham at the Brightside Ground in the quarter final on Wednesday August 10.

Taylor finished the game with a six over cover off Steve Finn with three balls remaining as Glos extended their 100% record over Middlesex to nine matches.

To watch Jack’s post-match interview click below

The right hander – who was only playing because of an injury to Chris Dent  – came in with his side still needing 56 to win in 5.2 overs. But he took them to victory in style with a fearless display of powerful hitting that included four sixes and two fours.

Two of those maximums came in the 19th over – bowled by Toby Roland-Jones – which left 10 to win from the final over. Finn contributed to his side’s downfall with a no ball, a four and another no ball before the upper cut for six that won the game.

Earlier Glos lost the toss and allowed Middlesex to get off to a quick start with some uncharacteristically ill-disciplined bowling.

Nick Gubbins (29 0ff 15) was the main man to capitalise, putting on 52 with Stevie Eskinazi (29) before skying Andrew Tye’s first ball to wicketkeeper Phil Mustard, who was making his home debut.

The experienced Durham loanee made his class tell moments later when he stumped James Franklin for 5 off Benny Howell to make it 65-2 in the 8th. The New Zealander was the first of three victims for Howell (3-18) who finished the NatWest Blast group stages as the top wicket taker in the country. He delivered a double wicket-maiden in the 10th over to swing the momentum back Gloucestershire’s way and leave the visitors on 68-4 at the halfway stage.

Tom Smith went wicketless but was also impressive through the middle period, finishing with 0-22 from four.

Having taken a while to get going John Simpson (40 not out), Ryan Higgins (24) took the attack back to Glos late on. And with Roland-Jones (18 not out) joining in with the fun in the final over – bowled by Tye (2-42) – Middlesex finished on 157-5.

In reply Hamish Marshall (16) ensured his side got out of the blocks quickly before being run out by Roland-Jones in the third over with the score on 31.

Michael Klinger – who finished as the group stage top scorer failed to get going and survived one dropped catch before being caught by Finn at short third man trying to switch-hit Nathan Sowter (1-17).

When Mustard was bowled by Franklin (1-9) Glos were on 80-3 after 11. But with the competition’s second highest scorer, Ian Cockbain continuing his impressive form there was no need to panic.

In the fourteenth over Roland-Jones removed both Cockbain (42) and Howell (9) to leave Glos facing an uphill task.

But as the destructive Taylor moved up through the gears Glos eventually reached their target with three balls to spare.

Watch Jack hit the winning runs below:



Scorecard

Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.


Gloucestershire
Michael Klinger | Hamish Marshall | Ian Cockbain | Phil Mustard | Benny Howell | Jack Taylor | Graeme van Buuren | Tom Smith | Andrew Tye | Liam Norwell | Matthew Taylor |


Middlesex
Nicholas Gubbins | Stephen Eskinazi | James Franklin | George Bailey | John Simpson | Ryan Higgins | Ollie Rayner | Tobias Roland-Jones | James Harris | Nathan Sowter | Steven Finn |


Middlesex
156 - 5
Gloucestershire
162 - 6
Gloucestershire win by 4 wickets
 

Middlesex

How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Stevie Eskinazi Caught Liam Norwell Bowled Benny Howell 29 33 27 3 0
Nick Gubbins Caught Phil Mustard Bowled Andrew Tye 29 19 15 1 3
James Franklin Stumped Phil Mustard Bowled Benny Howell 5 12 9 0 0
George Bailey L.B.W. Benny Howell 1 6 7 0 0
John Simpson Not Out 40 46 32 2 2
Ryan Higgins Bowled Andrew Tye 24 32 22 1 1
Toby Roland-Jones Not Out 18 12 9 1 1
Ollie Rayner
James Harris
Nathan Sowter
Steven Finn
Extras 0b 2lb 3nb 0p 5w 10
Total 156

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
52 65 68 68 121

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Matt Taylor 3 0 30 0
Liam Norwell 2 0 28 0
Graeme van Buuren 3 0 14 0
Andrew Tye 4 0 42 2
Tom Smith 4 0 22 0
Benny Howell 4 1 18 3


Gloucestershire

How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Hamish Marshall Run Out Toby Roland-Jones 16 14 12 3 0
Michael Klinger Caught Steven Finn Bowled Nathan Sowter 13 32 16 1 0
Ian Cockbain Caught James Franklin Bowled Toby Roland-Jones 42 42 37 5 0
Phil Mustard Bowled James Franklin 5 10 12 0 0
Benny Howell Bowled Toby Roland-Jones 9 14 9 1 0
Jack Taylor Not Out 44 25 23 2 4
Graeme van Buuren Caught Nathan Sowter Bowled Ollie Rayner 12 12 8 0 1
Andrew Tye Not Out 1 12 2 0 0
Tom Smith
Liam Norwell
Matt Taylor
Extras 0b 7lb 4nb 0p 9w 20
Total 162

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
31 63 80 100 101 130

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Toby Roland-Jones 4 0 32 2
Steven Finn 3 0 33 0
James Harris 3 0 37 0
Ollie Rayner 4 0 27 1
Nathan Sowter 3 0 17 1
James Franklin 2 0 9 1





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