Vitality Blast - 23 August 2019
Gloucestershire won by 25 runs
Venue: Bristol County Ground
Gloucestershire v Somerset
Michael Klinger marked probably his last innings at the Bristol County Ground with a match-winning 74 to lead Gloucestershire to a vital 25-run Vitality Blast win over arch-rivals Somerset.
The home side posted 189 for four after losing the toss in front of an 8,000 crowd, Klinger leading the way with 8 fours and a six in his 52-ball innings, while Miles Hammond hit 56 from 43 deliveries. Max Waller was the pick of the Somerset attack, bowling his four overs for 25 runs.
In reply, Somerset could manage only 164 all out, Babar Azam contributing 44, James Hildreth 40 and Tom Lammonby 31. Tom Smith claimed three for 19 and Graeme van Buuren two for 27.
The victory strengthened Gloucestershire’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, while leaving their arch-rivals with much to do over their last three group matches.
Fresh from receiving a presentation from club officials to mark his seven years of service before the game, Klinger quickly gave their innings momentum, hitting 3 fours from successive balls in the second over, sent down by Jerome Taylor.
Soon opening partner Hammond was joining in as 54 came from the six overs of power-play. By the halfway point in their innings, the hosts were well placed at 84 without loss.
Hammond reached a 39-ball half-century and hit the first six of the game off Roelop van der Merwe before being caught at wide long-on in the same over, the 13th, with the total on 105.
Klinger went to his fifty off 38 balls and the 15th over, bowled by van der Merwe, saw James Bracey smack 2 sixes in succession. He perished for 20, but Jack Taylor ensured Gloucestershire of a meaningful score with 23 off 10 balls.
Klinger departed to a standing ovation in the final over, raising his bat to all sides of the ground as he walked off.
"I hope it doesn't prove to be my last appearance here because it would be great to get a home quarter-final. We have a lot to do for that to happen and if this is my final innings at Bristol it was a great way to end.
I knew I still had it in me to score runs in T20, but it hasn't been happening for me in this season's competition up to now. Hopefully, tonight will lead to a strong finish.
Our spinners did a fantastic job for us. I thought Somerset batted really well in the first half of their run chase, but we managed to peg them back and clinch a really important win."
Somerset’s reply had reached 20 in the third over when Tom Banton was caught at long-on off David Payne, having just hit the left-arm seamer for six. By the end of the power-play the visitors had 59 on the board, Babar and Hildreth scoring quickly with classical stroke-play.
Barbar played a textbook 29-ball innings, featuring 6 fours, before being beaten by a turning delivery from Smith in the tenth over and stumped by Bracey. At halfway Somerset were 91 for two.
Smith struck again to remove Eddie Byrom off a skyer in the 12th over and when Hildreth was brilliantly stumped by Bracey off a leg-side wide from van Buuren a Somerset slump set in.
Craig Overton fell to a big shot off van Buuren and Tom Abell to a reverse sweep off Smith, who finished four accurate overs to a rousing ovation from home fans.
With five overs left, Somerset required 59. Tom Lammonby hit sixes off van Buuren and Andrew Tye to keep his side’s hopes alive, finding a lively partner in van der Merwe, who contributed a breezy 17 before falling to Ryan Higgins, leaving 29 needed from 13 balls.
It proved too much as Tye claimed two wickets in the 19th over and Higgins wrapped things up with the third ball of the last.
THE TURNING POINT: James Bracey’s superb leg-side stumping to send back James Hildreth, who was threatening to win the game for Somerset.
UNSUNG HERO: Tom Smith … A role Gloucestershire’s left-arm spinner has filled so many times. Looks innocuous, but is often deadly in the middle overs.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl.
Michael Klinger | Miles Hammond | James Bracey | Ian Cockbain | Ryan Higgins | Jack Taylor | Graeme van Buuren | Tom Smith | Andrew Tye | Christopher Liddle | David Payne |
Thomas Banton | Mohammad Azam | James Hildreth | Thomas Abell | Edward Byrom | Thomas Lammonby | Roelof van der Merwe | Craig Overton | Timothy Groenewald | Jerome Taylor | Max Waller |
|Gloucestershire win by 25 runs|
|Gloucestershire First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Miles Hammond||Caught Babar Azam Bowled Roelof van der Merwe||56||48||43||6||1|
|Michael Klinger||Caught Edward Byrom Bowled Tim Groenewald||74||78||52||8||1|
|James Bracey||Caught Babar Azam Bowled Tom Lammonby||20||16||12||0||2|
|Jack Taylor||Caught Craig Overton Bowled Tim Groenewald||23||15||10||2||1|
|Ryan Higgins||Not Out||1||3||1||0||0|
|Ian Cockbain||Not Out||6||2||2||0||1|
|Graeme van Buuren|
|Extras||0b 5lb 0nb 0p 4w||9|
Fall of wickets
|Roelof van der Merwe||4||0||40||1|
|Somerset First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Tom Banton||Caught Andrew Tye Bowled David Payne||10||10||7||0||1|
|Babar Azam||Stumped James Bracey Bowled Tom Smith||44||36||29||6||0|
|James Hildreth||Stumped James Bracey Bowled Graeme van Buuren||40||35||29||4||0|
|Edward Byrom||Caught Andrew Tye Bowled Tom Smith||5||6||6||0||0|
|Tom Abell||Caught James Bracey Bowled Tom Smith||2||7||5||0||0|
|Craig Overton||Caught Ryan Higgins Bowled Graeme van Buuren||1||3||3||0||0|
|Tom Lammonby||Bowled Andrew Tye||31||25||17||2||2|
|Roelof van der Merwe||Caught Ian Cockbain Bowled Ryan Higgins||17||19||15||1||0|
|Tim Groenewald||Bowled Andrew Tye||0||6||2||0||0|
|Jerome Taylor||Not Out||1||5||3||0||0|
|Max Waller||Caught Tom Smith Bowled Ryan Higgins||0||4||2||0||0|
|Extras||0b 3lb 2nb 0p 8w||13|
Fall of wickets
|Graeme van Buuren||3||0||27||2|