Royal London Cup - 25 July 2021
Lancashire won by 6 wickets
Venue: Bristol County Ground
Gloucestershire v Lancashire
Danny Lamb claimed career-best figures of 5-30 to inspire Lancashire to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Gloucestershire in a one-sided Royal London One Day Cup contest at Bristol.
Lancashire won the toss, inserted the hosts on a drying pitch beneath leaden skies and, with Preston-born seamer Lamb to the fore, dismissed Gloucestershire for 171 in 48 overs. Only lower-order resistance from Matt Taylor, who top-scored with 51 not out, and George Scott, who contributed 43 runs to a swashbuckling eighth-wicket alliance of 69 in 16 overs, prevented an even heavier defeat.
Keaton Jennings registered a patient 47 to afford the reply solid foundations, while Josh Bohannon, Luke Wells and Rob Jones all weighed in with useful cameos before Steven Croft and George Balderson helped Lancashire attain their target with 6.2 overs to spare. Gloucestershire's most effective bowler, Josh Shaw took 4-36 in a losing cause.
Gloucestershire were on the back foot from the very outset, openers George Hankins and Ben Charlesworth falling inside five overs to new ball bowlers Liam Hurt and Tom Bailey respectively. Any prospects of Graeme van Buuren and Tom Lace redressing the balance were dashed when their stand, worth 41, was terminated by the advent of Lamb, who claimed three wickets in 11 balls as the home side lurched from 56-2 to 63-5 in the space of three calamitous overs. Lamb induced Lace to miss-hit a drive to mid-off for 15, van Buuren became the latest batsman to play himself in and then surrender his wicket cheaply when slicing to point for 17, and Jack Taylor was pinned inside his crease as Lamb took a wrecking ball to the top and middle order.
Introduced from the Pavilion end at the mid-point of the innings, England Under-19 slow left armer Jack Morley made an instant impression, bowling debutant Ben Wells with his first ball, then hurling himself low to his right to take a startling return catch and send back Tom Smith on his way to incisive figures of 2-22 from 10 overs.
Deep in trouble at 89-7 in the 29th over, Gloucestershire were indebted to Scott and Matt Taylor, these two carrying the fight to the red rose county and at least restoring a semblance of respectability. Between them, they amassed 10 boundaries, more than the rest of their team-mates combined, and the visitors breathed an audible sigh of relief when Scott edged a catch behind off the returning Lamb and departed for an 84-ball 43.
Matt Taylor went to 50 in the grand manner, hoisting Bailey high over deep square leg to register his third six, and finished unbeaten on 51, made from 64 balls, while Lamb bowled Shaw to claim his first List-A five wicket haul and wrap up an innings which never quite recovered from the loss of early wickets.
Forced to set attacking fields in pursuit of early wickets, Gloucestershire made a breakthrough in the eighth over, Scott taking off at point to hold a marvelous catch and send back Bohannon for 24 off the bowling of Shaw with the score on 36. Smith took an equally thrilling catch at deep point as Luke Wells succumbed to Shaw for 31, but Jennings proved unmovable in his role of anchor, the former England opener chiseling 47 from 84 balls and raising 51 for the third wicket with Jones to usher Lancashire to within sight of victory.
The returning Shaw denied Jennings a half century and then accounted for Jones as the visitors experienced a slight wobble, but Croft and Balderson calmed any nerves in an unbroken stand of 41 for the fifth wicket.
Gloucestershire's Matt Taylor said:
"There is no doubt we were on the wrong end of the conditions today and, had we won the toss, we would definitely have bowled first. But we cannot use that as an excuse. We lost early wickets and never really recovered from that. I don't usually get to bat for so long in one-day games and probably doubled my average with that knock, but 171 was not enough and there was no escaping that.
"Josh Shaw has been in great form in white ball cricket this summer and he bowled really well, but we couldn't take as many early wickets as we needed to build pressure. We've got another home game against Worcestershire here on Tuesday and it's up to us to change the momentum."
Lancashire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Ben Charlesworth | George Hankins | Tom Lace | Graeme van Buuren | Jack Taylor | George Scott | Ben Wells | Tom Smith | Matthew Taylor | Daniel Worrall | Joshua Shaw |
Keaton Jennings | Joshua Bohannon | Luke Wells | Robert Jones | Steven Croft | George Balderson | George Lavelle | Daniel Lamb | Tom Bailey | Liam Hurt | Jack Morley |
|Lancashire win by 6 wickets|
|Gloucestershire First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Extras||0b 8lb 2nb 0p 8w||18|
Fall of wickets
|Lancashire First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Extras||0b 7lb 0nb 0p 5w||12|
Fall of wickets
|Graeme van Buuren||7||0||29||0|