Vitality Blast - 11 September 2020

Gloucestershire won by 35 runs

Venue: County Ground, Northampton

Northants Steelbacks v Gloucestershire

Chris Dent continued his second-coming in T20 to help Gloucestershire claim a significant 35-run victory over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road to take over from their hosts at the top of the Vitality Blast Central Group.

Dent made 50 in 27 balls as Gloucestershire posted 185 for 6 before Northamptonshire, hitherto unbeaten, struggled to 150 for 6 as Graeme van Burren took 3 for 15 with his left-arm spin.

The Glosters, quarter-finalists in three of the last four seasons, are a coming force. After losing at home to Glamorgan in their first completed match they have now reeled off four successive victories but do have Somerset to play twice in their remaining four matches.

Northamptonshire boasted the best record in the competition at the start of the day but were missing Brandon Glover and Saif Zaib and were left to rue their decision to field first on a pitch that took some turn.

Dent took full advantage of first use of the wicket. His last match in the shortest format before this season came back in 2016 but with Australian Michael Klinger no longer at the club, a vacancy became available at the top of the order.

After a golden duck on his return against Glamorgan, Dent has now reached 200 runs in five innings - the fifth batsmen to reach the mark in this season’s competition.

He reached his sixth career T20 fifty in his 48th innings before pulling Graeme White to deep-midwicket. But he helped his side to a blistering start as Gloucestershire made 66 for 1 in the Powerplay.

Dent began by cutting Gareth Berg for four through cover-point and lifted Nathan Buck over extra-cover. Berg was lifted for six over deep-backward square as his two overs cost 27 runs.

Ben Sanderson fared even worse. Dent pulled him backward of square for a boundary and then smashed him over his head for six as the usually-dependable seamer conceded 49 in four overs.

After Miles Hammond fell fourth ball of the match, Dent and Iain Cockbain added 90 in just 35 balls. 

Cockbain also continued his fine form making 40 in 24 deliveries. He swept Josh Cobb backward of square for the game’s opening boundary and stepped away to slap Berg wide of long-off and then pulled him wide of long-on. He added a maximum over the same boundary off Sanderson. 

But Cockbain swung Luke Procter to Tom Sole at deep midwicket in the 10th over as Gloucestershire were constrained in the middle overs - Procter’s three costing only 17 and White taking 3 for 28 from his four.

In need of a strong finish to ensure their racing start wasn’t wasted, George Scott struck 21 from 14 balls, including heaving Buck over midwicket for six, to help add 41 from the final four overs. 

Van Burren then decided the match by taking out Northamptonshire’s top three in 10 balls.

Paul Stirling struck five early boundaries to give the chase a bright start. But having reached 32 in 19 balls, shuffled away to try and drive van Buuren over cover, missed, slipped out of his ground, and was smartly stumped by James Bracey.

Two balls later Cobb advanced and was bowled for a duck and a fourth failure in five innings. And when a beauty gripped and lured Richard Levi out of his crease to give Bracey a second stumping, van Buuren had put Gloucestershire on course for victory.

More left-arm spin, from Tom Smith, also proved difficult to get away as his four overs cost only 18 and saw Alex Wakely sweep to deep midwicket.

The margin of victory quickly became the only debate and Procter and White struck six late boundaries to limit some of the damage to Northamptonshire’s net run-rate.



Scorecard

Northamptonshire Steelbacks won the toss and elected to bowl.


Northamptonshire
Richard Levi | Paul Stirling | Joshua Cobb | Adam Rossington | Alex Wakely | Thomas Sole | Gareth Berg | Luke Procter | Graeme White | Nathan Buck | Ben Sanderson |


Gloucestershire
Christopher Dent | Miles Hammond | Ian Cockbain | Ryan Higgins | James Bracey | Jack Taylor | George Scott | Graeme van Buuren | Tom Smith | Matthew Taylor | David Payne |


Gloucestershire win by 35 runs
 

Gloucestershire First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Miles Hammond Caught Tom Sole Bowled Josh Cobb 0 4 4 0 0
Chris Dent Caught Ben Sanderson Bowled Graeme White 50 33 27 6 2
Ian Cockbain Caught Tom Sole Bowled Luke Procter 40 36 24 3 1
Ryan Higgins Caught Paul Stirling Bowled Graeme White 25 23 18 3 0
James Bracey Caught Ben Sanderson Bowled Graeme White 14 12 10 1 0
Jack Taylor Not Out 24 30 19 2 0
George Scott Bowled Nathan Buck 21 17 14 1 1
Graeme van Buuren Not Out 8 8 5 1 0
Tom Smith
Matt Taylor
David Payne
Extras 0b 0lb 2nb 0p 1w 3
Total 185

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
0 90 97 125 135 167

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Josh Cobb 3 0 21 1
Ben Sanderson 4 0 49 0
Gareth Berg 2 0 27 0
Nathan Buck 4 0 43 1
Graeme White 4 0 28 3
Luke Procter 3 0 17 1


Northamptonshire First Innings How out Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Richard Levi Stumped James Bracey Bowled Graeme van Buuren 20 31 19 2 0
Paul Stirling Stumped James Bracey Bowled Graeme van Buuren 32 23 20 5 0
Josh Cobb Bowled Graeme van Buuren 0 3 2 0 0
Adam Rossington Caught Chris Dent Bowled Ryan Higgins 29 39 32 2 0
Alex Wakely Caught Chris Dent Bowled Tom Smith 14 17 17 0 0
Tom Sole Caught Ian Cockbain Bowled David Payne 8 12 9 1 0
Luke Procter Not Out 20 17 13 3 0
Graeme White Not Out 20 11 9 3 0
Gareth Berg
Nathan Buck
Ben Sanderson
Extras 0b 1lb 2nb 0p 4w 7
Total 150

Fall of wickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
51 51 58 92 105 117

Bowlers

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
David Payne 4 0 35 1
Matt Taylor 4 0 44 0
Ryan Higgins 4 0 37 1
Graeme van Buuren 4 0 15 3
Tom Smith 4 0 18 1