Vitality Blast - 30 August 2019
Gloucestershire won by 3 wickets
Venue: The Bristol County Ground
Sussex Sharks v Gloucestershire
Graeme van Buuren hit the final ball of the match for six as Gloucestershire squeezed past Sussex by three wickets to secure a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast.
His side needed six off the final over but were restricted to four runs off the first five balls by Reece Topley, but van Buuren smashed the last delivery over the longest boundary on the ground at deep mid-wicket to finish unbeaten on 37 from 20 balls.
Gloucestershire looked to have a chase of 164 under control when captain Michael Klinger, fresh from Thursday’s unbeaten hundred against Kent, was helping take his side to 103 for 2 in the 13th over. But Klinger (48) was caught behind off left-arm spinner Delray Rawlins and in his next over Rawlins, who had earlier top scored with 69 in Sussex’s 163 for 8, bowled Ryan Higgins for a duck.
With Will Beer picking up Jack Taylor for a single, Gloucestershire were 115 for 5 and needed 48 off the last five overs. Ian Cockbain got them closer with 37 off 25 balls before he was caught at long-on in the 18th over.
Gloucestershire took 12 off the penultimate over from Chris Jordan but Topley appeared to have given Sussex a chance until van Buuren swung with mighty effect off the last ball. It was Sussex’s second successive defeat at Hove, but they had already secured home advantage in next week’s quarter-finals.
van Buuren spoke about Gloucestershire's momentum moving forward:
"I'm just glad I was able to get us over the line. Sussex are a quality side so to beat them will give us confidence going into the quarter-finals. We have also won the last five games so we definitely have some momentum and we're looking forward to the next challenge, and it's at home which is obviously what we wanted to make sure of by winning these last two games."
Sussex had earlier made 163 for 8 after being put in, a slightly disappointing outcome after they had reached 111 for 2 in the 12th over thanks to a stand of 108 from 60 balls between Luke Wright and Rawlins.
They came together in the second over after the hosts had lost Phil Salt (1) and Laurie Evans (1), who was run out by Miles Hammond’s direct hit from backward point after hesitating slightly in backing up Wright’s call for a single.
Left-hander Rawlins had a reprieve when Tom Smith dropped a straightforward chance at point off van Buuren when he had scored just a single. He made the most of his fortune, using his strong wrists to whip the ball into the gaps and matching his captain when it came to the big hits as well.
They took 20 off Josh Shaw’s first over and it was a surprise when Wright heaved across the line at the former Yorkshire paceman and lost his leg stump for 41. Rawlins fell for 69 when he was caught and bowled off a high full toss from Andrew Tye in the 14th over, having hit eight fours and two sixes in 41 balls faced.
Sussex could only score 43 in the remaining six overs as wickets fell regularly. David Wiese made 26 but the outstanding Andrew Tye conceded just 11 runs in his four overs and David Payne backed him up with 3 for 36 including the wickets of Wiese and Ollie Robinson in his final over.
TURNING POINT: Delray Rawlins was going well on 69 when Andrew Tye caught him off his own bowling and Sussex struggled for impetus after that.
SHOT OF THE MATCH: For coolness under pressure, nothing could beat Graeme van Buuren’s six off the last ball to win the game.
UNSUNG HERO: On a flat pitch to only concede 11 runs was an outstanding effort by Gloucestershire seamer Andrew Tye.
WHAT’S NEXT: Both sides have home quarter-finals to look forward to.
Sussex elected to bowl.
Christopher Dent | Miles Hammond | James Bracey | Gareth Roderick | Tom Smith | Ryan Higgins | Ben Charlesworth | Jack Taylor | Matthew Taylor | David Payne | Shannon Gabriel |
Philip Salt | Luke Wells | Thomas Haines | Stiaan van Zyl | Delray Rawlins | Ben Brown | David Wiese | Chris Jordan | Will Beer | George Garton | Oliver Robinson |
|Sussex win by 8 wickets||Gloucestershire second innings|
243 all out
|Sussex second innings|
74 - 2
|Gloucestershire First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|James Bracey||Caught Ben Brown Bowled Chris Jordan||61||148||123||7||0|
|Chris Dent||Caught Chris Jordan Bowled Tom Haines||7||72||47||0||0|
|Gareth Roderick||Bowled David Wiese||0||14||7||0||0|
|Miles Hammond||Caught Delray Rawlins Bowled George Garton||16||91||64||1||0|
|Tom Smith||Caught Ben Brown Bowled Chris Jordan||0||10||7||0||0|
|Ben Charlesworth||Caught Ben Brown Bowled Chris Jordan||28||104||70||2||0|
|Ryan Higgins||Caught Philip Salt Bowled David Wiese||22||39||36||3||0|
|Jack Taylor||Caught Chris Jordan Bowled Ollie Robinson||26||55||43||5||0|
|David Payne||Not Out||22||55||37||5||0|
|Matt Taylor||Bowled Will Beer||4||30||18||0||0|
|Shannon Gabriel||Caught David Wiese Bowled George Garton||1||21||16||0||0|
|Extras||1b 10lb 2nb 0p 0w||13|
Fall of wickets
|Sussex First Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Philip Salt||Caught James Bracey Bowled David Payne||64||106||83||11||0|
|Luke Wells||Caught James Bracey Bowled David Payne||42||186||122||6||0|
|Tom Haines||Caught James Bracey Bowled Tom Smith||22||65||47||4||0|
|Stiaan van Zyl||L.B.W. Matt Taylor||28||106||84||3||0|
|Delray Rawlins||Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled David Payne||10||30||24||2||0|
|Ben Brown||Caught Miles Hammond Bowled Ben Charlesworth||24||105||75||3||0|
|David Wiese||Caught Ben Charlesworth Bowled Ryan Higgins||67||130||97||9||1|
|Chris Jordan||Caught Gareth Roderick Bowled Ben Charlesworth||6||8||7||1||0|
|Will Beer||Hit Wicket Bowled David Payne||40||80||76||6||0|
|George Garton||Not Out||1||15||9||0||0|
|Ollie Robinson||Caught Jack Taylor Bowled Ryan Higgins||6||10||10||1||0|
|Extras||7b 7lb 46nb 0p 0w||60|
Fall of wickets
|Gloucestershire Second Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|James Bracey||Caught Ben Brown Bowled David Wiese||18||59||40||2||0|
|Chris Dent||Caught Ben Brown Bowled George Garton||72||143||103||12||0|
|Gareth Roderick||Caught Tom Haines Bowled David Wiese||8||11||7||1||0|
|Miles Hammond||Caught Chris Jordan Bowled Delray Rawlins||10||57||45||1||0|
|Tom Smith||Caught Will Beer Bowled Ollie Robinson||23||60||62||3||0|
|Ben Charlesworth||L.B.W. Ollie Robinson||15||73||60||1||0|
|Ryan Higgins||Caught Ollie Robinson Bowled Chris Jordan||27||74||51||2||0|
|Jack Taylor||Caught Ben Brown Bowled Chris Jordan||10||35||24||1||0|
|David Payne||Caught Chris Jordan Bowled Delray Rawlins||13||61||41||2||0|
|Matt Taylor||Not Out||28||61||45||3||0|
|Shannon Gabriel||Bowled Delray Rawlins||2||10||9||0||0|
|Extras||4b 7lb 6nb 0p 0w||17|
Fall of wickets
|Sussex Second Innings||How out||Runs||Minutes||Balls||4s||6s|
|Philip Salt||Not Out||30||79||54||1||0|
|Luke Wells||Caught Ben Charlesworth Bowled David Payne||2||21||21||0||0|
|Tom Haines||Caught James Bracey Bowled Matt Taylor||10||32||35||2||0|
|Stiaan van Zyl||Not Out||30||26||30||3||0|
|Extras||0b 0lb 2nb 0p 0w||2|
Fall of wickets