Vitality Blast - 20 August 2020

Gloucestershire won by 2 wickets

Venue: Bristol County Ground

Gloucestershire v Somerset

Gloucestershire 163-8 beat Somerset 161-7 by two wickets at the Bristol County Ground. 

Ian Cockbain played the starring role as Gloucestershire eliminated arch-rivals Somerset from the Vitality Blast with a thrilling two-wicket Central Group win at the Bristol County Ground. 

The visitors posted 161 for seven after winning the toss under cloudless skies, Lewis Gregory hitting 50 and Babar Azam 42. Tom Smith was the pick of the Gloucestershire bowlers with two for 25. 

In reply, Gloucestershire reached 163 for eight off the final ball of the match, Smith hitting a boundary off Ollie Sale. Cockbain had set up the victory with a brilliant 89 off 57 balls, including 9 fours and 3 sixes. 

The result meant a home quarter-final for the hosts, while Somerset were left to reflect on a bitterly disappointing campaign. 

They were given a brisk start to their innings by Babar and Steve Davies, who took the score to 53 by the end of the fifth over. 

Davies was timing the ball sweetly. But, having moved to 31 off 19 balls, he pulled a catch to deep mid-wicket off Josh Shaw. 

Gloucestershire then applied their customary mid-innings squeeze, taking pace off the ball with left-arm spinners Smith and Graeme van Buuren, well supported by the wily medium pace of Benny Howell. 

Somerset could score only 24 runs between the fifth and tenth overs, the last of which from Howell saw Will Smeed caught at mid-off. 

Smith removed Tom Abell to a catch at point in the 11th over and in his next claimed the big wicket of Babar, the Pakistan batsman giving a return catch, having faced 35 balls and hit 5 fours. 

Tom Lammonby reverse swept a catch to deep cover off van Buuren and Somerset were struggling at 105 for five. 

But Gregory supplied much-needed acceleration, hitting the first six of the innings in the 18th over and following up with another maximum over deep square off David Payne. 

The Somerset skipper also hit 4 fours in his 28-ball innings. But when he fell to the second ball of the final over, his team could add only two off the last four deliveries. 

Sale struck a major blow for the visitors by have Chris Dent caught at deep square off the final ball of the second over of Gloucestershire’s reply. 

Miles Hammond feathered a catch to wicketkeeper Davies off Josh Davey to make it 20 for two. That became 27 for three when James Bracey mishit a catch to mid-on to give Sale a second wicket. 

When Ryan Higgins holed out to deep mid-wicket off 19-year-old left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy, it was 50 for four and much rested on Cockbain, who was looking in dangerously good form. 

The first six of the innings was struck by van Buuren off Goldsworthy in the 12th over, but he then fell to a catch at short third-man off Josh Davey. 

Cockbain moved to a classy 35-ball half-century, with 7 fours. He and Jack Taylor both hit straight sixes off Goldsworthy as the 15th over went for 19 runs. 

Taylor then drove a catch to long-off to give Gregory a wicket. Cockbain cleared the ropes again off Sale and Howell hit Gregory for a straight six to leave 24 required from two overs. 

Another Cockbain six off Davey made Gloucestershire favourites, but the batsman then cross-batted a catch to long-on.  

The last over, bowled by Sale, began with 13 runs needed. Two Howell boundaries followed, but there was another twist then he was caught at long-off.  

Three runs were still required when Smith faced the last ball, which he smote over wide long-on for four to loud cheers from Gloucestershire fans in the flats adjoining the ground. 



Scorecard

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat.


Gloucestershire
Christopher Dent | Miles Hammond | Ian Cockbain | Ryan Higgins | James Bracey | Jack Taylor | Benny Howell | Graeme van Buuren | Tom Smith | Joshua Shaw | David Payne |


Somerset
Mohammad Azam | Steven Davies | William Smeed | Thomas Abell | Lewis Goldsworthy | Lewis Gregory | Thomas Lammonby | Roelof van der Merwe | Oliver Sale | Joshua Davey | Max Waller |


Gloucestershire win by 2 wickets
 

Somerset First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Steve Davies Caught Ryan Higgins Bowled Josh Shaw 31 22 19 5 0
Babar Azam Caught and Bowled Tom Smith 42 47 35 5 0
Will Smeed Caught Ian Cockbain Bowled Benny Howell 5 14 12 0 0
Tom Abell Caught Jack Taylor Bowled Tom Smith 3 6 4 0 0
Lewis Gregory Caught Josh Shaw Bowled David Payne 50 35 28 4 2
Tom Lammonby Caught Miles Hammond Bowled Graeme van Buuren 4 9 7 0 0
Roelof van der Merwe Not Out 17 24 12 0 1
Oliver Sale Run Out David Payne 2 4 4 0 0
Lewis Goldsworthy
Josh Davey
Max Waller
Extras 0b 1lb 2nb 0p 4w 7
Total 161

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
53 72 80 95 105 159 161

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
David Payne 4 0 38 1
Josh Shaw 2 0 13 1
Ryan Higgins 2 0 26 0
Graeme van Buuren 4 0 35 1
Tom Smith 4 0 25 2
Benny Howell 4 0 23 1


Gloucestershire First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Miles Hammond Caught Steve Davies Bowled Josh Davey 3 14 5 0 0
Chris Dent Caught Babar Azam Bowled Oliver Sale 4 8 9 1 0
Ian Cockbain Caught Tom Abell Bowled Josh Davey 89 67 57 9 3
James Bracey Caught Max Waller Bowled Oliver Sale 2 7 5 0 0
Ryan Higgins Caught Babar Azam Bowled Lewis Goldsworthy 4 15 9 0 0
Graeme van Buuren Caught Lewis Goldsworthy Bowled Josh Davey 15 15 13 0 1
Jack Taylor Caught Max Waller Bowled Lewis Gregory 12 14 8 0 1
Benny Howell Caught Lewis Gregory Bowled Oliver Sale 21 23 13 2 1
Tom Smith Not Out 4 9 1 1 0
David Payne Not Out 0 3 0 0 0
Josh Shaw
Extras 0b 2lb 0nb 0p 7w 9
Total 163

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
9 20 27 50 80 114 148 159

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Max Waller 4 0 27 0
Oliver Sale 4 0 32 3
Roelof van der Merwe 3 0 20 0
Josh Davey 3 0 24 3
Lewis Goldsworthy 4 0 41 1
Lewis Gregory 2 0 17 1