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Gloucestershire battle back to beat Hampshire in Royal London One Day Cup

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

Benny Howell on the sweep

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JACK Taylor proved the star of the show as Gloucestershire beat Hampshire to make it two Royal London Cup wins in a row.

Will Tavare fully justified the decision to call up an extra batsman to stiffen the top order, making a valiant 77 as Gloucestershire posted 233 after being inserted on a green-tinged pitch.

Hampshire appeared to be cruising at 150 for three in the 35th over, only to suffer a dramatic collapse and lose seven wickets for 48 runs in the space of 15 overs as they were dismissed for 198.

And it was off spinner Taylor who did most to turn the tide in Gloucestershire’s favour, claiming four for 38 in 9.2 overs.

Gloucestershire’s total appeared inadequate when openers Jimmy Adams and James Vince raised 65 in 11 overs.

Vince was caught at the wicket off Gidman for 27 and Adams was pinned by Taylor for 48, but Hampshire were still in control of their own destiny while Adam Wheater and Sean Ervine remained at large.

From a position of strength, Hampshire inexplicably imploded, suffering three eminently avoidable run outs in the space of six overs to give Gloucestershire a scent of victory.

Ervine was run out for 23 by Tavare’s quick pick up and throw from mid-wicket in pursuit of a single, while Matt Coles was bowled without scoring by Benny Howell, who finished with 1-33 from 10 tidy overs.

Chris Dent immediately applied the squeeze, sending down three overs of slow left arm spin for just eight runs at a crucial juncture of the innings and then running out Liam Dawson.

Tom Alsop was dismissed in almost identical fashion in the next over, driving to mid-off and setting off in pursuit of a single only to be run out by Craig Miles.

Gloucestershire really fancied their chances when Chris Wood fell leg before to Taylor for five in the act of sweeping in the very next over.

Will Gidman returned to bowl Danny Briggs for five and Will Smith then lost his off stump to Taylor for 47 as the home side completed a rapid turnaround in fortunes.

Earlier Tavare had shone with an impressive run-a-ball 77 on his limited overs debut.

He arrived in the middle with the home side in a spot of bother on 51 for three in the 12th over, Hamish Marshall, Michael Klinger and Ian Cockbain having succumbed to new ball bowlers James Tomlinson and Matt Coles.

By the time he departed 30 overs later, caught at the wicket by Adam Wheater in the act of slogging slow left armer Briggs, Gloucestershire were 186 for six and had given a total to defend.

He shared in stands of 49 and 42 with Dent and the returning Gareth Roderick for the fourth and sixth wickets respectively.

Forced to keep his natural attacking tendencies in check, Benny Howell batted with maturity to score 43 not out from 54 balls in difficult circumstances before finally running out of partners.

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