Vitality Blast - 25 June 2021
Gloucestershire won by 27 runs
Venue: Bristol County Ground
Sussex Sharks v Gloucestershire
Glenn Phillips scored an unbeaten 94 for the second game running as Gloucestershire beat Sussex Sharks by 27 runs at Hove to make it four successive wins in the Vitality Blast and stay top of the South Group.
The 24-year-old New Zealander led a superb recovery from 35 for four at the end of the powerplay to 162 for five against the previously unbeaten Sharks.
Gloucestershire’s seamers, led by Benny Howell who took four wickets, then did their bit to ensure Phillips’ efforts did not go to waste. Only Luke Wright (33) got the measure of conditions as Sussex were dismissed for 135.
Such a scenario looked unlikely when Gloucestershire made a poor start having been put in. Ollie Robinson, making his first first-team appearance since he was banned by the ECB for posting offensive tweets, had Miles Hammond (3) caught at long on off his third ball before Howell (4) was run out by Ravi Bopara’s direct hit from extra cover.
Tymal Mills had Chris Dent (16) caught behind and James Bracey (1) taken at mid-wicket in his first over but that was the last success Sussex enjoyed until Mills, who finished with three for 20, removed skipper Jack Taylor in the final over.
Taylor helped Phillips add 124, a new Gloucestershire T20 record for any wicket against Sussex, although it wasn’t until deep in the innings before they really cut loose when 82 runs were plundered in the final seven overs, including 25 off left-armer George Garton in his last appearance before he joins up with England’s one-day squad.
Phillips, who made an unbeaten 94 against Glamorgan on Thursday, didn’t hit his first six until the 12th over but added four more and seven boundaries, to take his competition aggregate to 266 runs while Taylor gave him excellent support with 38.
Glenn Phillips, who made 94 not out for Gloucestershire, said:
"We are going so well at the moment as a team, consistency is the key and hopefully we can keep it going. When I came in it was a tough situation and Jack [Taylor] and I knew we had to take it as deep as possible in our innings and try to get a competitive total.
"It was a used pitch which was quite tough to bat on and we knew that 150 would be a competitive total. We didn't know if it would be enough with their hitters but we bowled unbelievably well as a unit - it was a great win for us."
Sussex would still have fancied their chances of chasing at eight an over, but they never recovered from losing Phil Salt (11) and Travis Head (1) in David Payne’s opening burst.
Bopara (4) and David Wiese (6) also went cheaply and after skipper Luke Wright sliced a drive off Benny Howell to backward point for 33 in the ninth over Sussex’s race was effectively run.
Howell bowled outstandingly, finishing with four for 15 as the Sharks slumped to 78 for eight before Robinson (31) and Mills (27) hit career bests at the end to provide the 2,500 crowd with some entertainment.
Sussex Sharks won the toss and elected to bowl.
Philip Salt | Luke Wright | Travis Head | Ravinder Bopara | David Wiese | Delray Rawlins | George Garton | Will Beer | Oliver Robinson | Tymal Mills | Archie Lenham |
Miles Hammond | Christopher Dent | Benny Howell | Glenn Phillips | James Bracey | Jack Taylor | Ryan Higgins | Tom Smith | Daniel Worrall | Joshua Shaw | David Payne |
|Gloucestershire win by 27 runs|
|Gloucestershire First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Extras||0b 3lb 2nb 0p 6w||11|
Fall of wickets
|Sussex First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Extras||1b 0lb 0nb 0p 0w||1|
Fall of wickets