Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire
Levi Ton Inspires Northants
Friends Life t20 -
16 July 2013
Northants Won By 17 Runs
Richard Levi bludgeoned a century off the Gloucestershire attack to lead Northamptonshire to a comfortable 17-run Friends Life t20 victory at Cheltenham.
The powerful South African blasted 110 not out off 62 balls, with 15 fours and 4 sixes, as his side ran up 206-3 after losing the toss. Alex Wakely contributed 35 and Steven Crook a rapid 27 not out.
In reply Gloucestershire plunged to 21-3 as David Willey (4-32) claimed 3-5 from his first two overs. Alex Gidman, who blasted 49 off 19 balls, and Ian Cockbain (60) ensured respectability, but they closed on 189-6.
After taking a few deliveries to gauge the pitch, Levi cut loose with a series of meaty cuts to go with his trademark leg-side shots. He lost opening partner Kyle Coetzer to the first ball of the fifth over, caught by Gidman at mid-wicket off Tom Smith for 15 with the total on 31.
It was 49-1 at the end of the six overs of power play and with two runs added Cameron White, on ten, was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Dan Christian pulling a delivery from Benny Howell.
Wakely then helped Levi add 89 for the third wicket in 8.4 overs, hitting two straight sixes in an over off the left-arm spin of Chris Dent in his 24-ball innings, which helped take the score to 140-3.
The Northants skipper was annoyed with himself for giving a catch to long-off in the 16th over, giving Howell as second wicket. But there was no dislodging Levi, who moved to his century with his fourth six, hammered over mid-wicket off Dent in the 19th over.
Crook joined the party with two sixes of his own, one of them bringing up the 200 in the final over, bowled by David Payne. Left-arm spinner Smith escaped the carnage with creditable figures of 1-25 from his four overs.
Gloucestershire were left with a mountain to climb after Willey
sent back Hamish Marshall, Michael Klinger and Chris Dent to leave them 21-3 in the fourth over.
After ten overs the hosts had made only 65-4. But Gidman at least made a fight of it with 4 sixes and 4 fours as the only home player to match Levi’s power.
Cockbain played well without reaching the necessary tempo as the required run rate grew to more than 15 an over and got to fifty off 43 balls in the 19th over before being caught at mid-wicket. But by then the cause was lost.
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Michael Klinger | Hamish Marshall | Christopher Dent | Daniel Christian | Alex Gidman | Ian Cockbain | Benny Howell | Gareth Roderick | Tom Smith | David Payne | Miles Hammond |
Richard Levi | Kyle Coetzer | Cameron White | Alex Wakely | Matthew Spriegel | David Willey | Steven Crook | David Murphy | James Middlebrook | Lee Daggett | Mohammad Azharullah |