Royal London Cup - 12 August 2021

Gloucestershire won by 8 wickets

Venue: Beckenham

Kent v Gloucestershire

Chris Dent hit an unbeaten 112 as Gloucestershire cruised to an eight-wicket win over Kent Spitfires in the Royal London Cup at Beckenham, with 74 balls to spare. 

Graeme van Buuren added an aggressive 51 not out as Gloucestershire closed on 219 for two, leaving the visitors with an anxious wait to see if Lancashire would deny them a place in the quarter-finals by beating Essex at Old Trafford. 

Ollie Robinson made his highest List A score of 75 but Kent failed to build on a solid opening partnership and were restricted to 218 for nine. Van Buuren took three for 34, with James Bracey taking five catches. 

Gloucestershire began the day in sixth place in the table, but knowing they would qualify on points-per-game in third if they won and Lancashire lost or drew to Essex. 

The visitors won the toss and asked Kent to bat under unexpectedly cloudy skies. 

Robinson was dropped on 12 and 21 and Kent advanced to 61 without loss, but the hosts toiled after Tawanda Muyeye pulled Jared Warner to Tom Smith at midwicket for 30.  

Van Buuren then bowled Jack Leaning for 16 and had a disgruntled George Munsey caught behind off the next ball. Harry Finch bottom-edged the hat-trick ball for a single but fell in the next over for one, becoming Ollie Price’s maiden victim at county level when he was caught behind. 

Robinson then edged Van Buuren behind and Bracey claimed his fourth catch of the innings when Josh Shaw found Grant Stewart’s inside edge and was out for six. 

Darren Stevens gave Kent some hope with 40, but when he was caught by Bracey off Matt Taylor Kent were down to the bowlers, with six overs remaining. Harry Podmore made 19 but when he tried to accelerate he holed out to Taylor and Smith took a steepling catch. 

Warner bowled Nathan Gilchrist for five and it was left to James Logan and Matt Quinn, unbeaten on 17 and three respectively, to nudge the total towards something defendable. 

Just how defendable it was became clear as Gloucestershire marched to 72 without loss before Price was lbw to Leaning for 24 in the 12th over. Logan trapped Bracey lbw, attempting to reverse sweep for 23 and Muyeye was unlucky not to take his first Kent wicket when Dent was dropped on 70, but the Spitfires were doomed by failure to make any further inroads.  

A van Buuren six over midwicket sent a number of supporters to the exit and Dent reached his century with an edge through the vacant slip area for a single off Quinn, before cutting Stewart to the boundary for the winning runs. 



Scorecard

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.


Kent
Oliver Robinson | Tawanda Muyeye | Jack Leaning | Henry Munsey | Harry Finch | Darren Stevens | Grant Stewart | Harry Podmore | Nathan Gilchrist | James Logan | Matthew Quinn |


Gloucestershire
Christopher Dent | Oliver Price | James Bracey | Graeme van Buuren | Jack Taylor | George Scott | Ben Wells | Matthew Taylor | Tom Smith | Joshua Shaw | Jared Warner |


Gloucestershire win by 8 wickets
 

Kent First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Ollie Robinson Caught James Bracey Bowled Graeme van Buuren 75 120 102 5 0
Tawanda Muyeye Caught Tom Smith Bowled Jared Warner 30 64 48 2 1
Jack Leaning Bowled Graeme van Buuren 16 34 22 1 0
George Munsey Caught James Bracey Bowled Graeme van Buuren 0 3 1 0 0
Harry Finch Caught James Bracey Bowled Ollie Price 1 7 3 0 0
Darren Stevens Caught James Bracey Bowled Matt Taylor 40 53 55 5 0
Grant Stewart Caught James Bracey Bowled Josh Shaw 6 21 17 0 0
Harry Podmore Caught Tom Smith Bowled Matt Taylor 19 28 21 1 0
James Logan Not Out 17 30 19 0 0
Nathan Gilchrist Bowled Jared Warner 5 11 7 1 0
Matthew Quinn Not Out 3 7 6 0 0
Extras 0b 0lb 2nb 0p 4w 6
Total 218

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
61 109 109 112 136 161 180 199 211

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Josh Shaw 9 0 42 1
Matt Taylor 9 0 41 2
Tom Smith 10 0 41 0
Jared Warner 8 0 34 2
George Scott 2 0 17 0
Graeme van Buuren 10 0 34 3


Gloucestershire First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Chris Dent Not Out 112 136 108 12 0
Ollie Price L.B.W. Jack Leaning 24 49 47 3 0
James Bracey L.B.W. James Logan 23 31 28 2 0
Graeme van Buuren Not Out 51 57 44 5 2
Jack Taylor
George Scott
Ben Wells
Matt Taylor
Tom Smith
Josh Shaw
Jared Warner
Extras 3b 4lb 2nb 0p 0w 9
Total 219

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
72 113

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Matthew Quinn 5 0 26 0
Grant Stewart 5 0 35 0
Darren Stevens 4 0 24 0
Jack Leaning 7 0 41 1
Nathan Gilchrist 3 0 16 0
Tawanda Muyeye 6 0 16 0