Glamorgan look set for a quarter-final spot in the Twenty20 Cup after beating Gloucestershire.
Glamorgan took a significant step on the road to the Twenty20 Cup quarter-finals with a rousing 32-run win over one-day rivals Gloucestershire.
In driving rain and under gloomy skies Glamorgan's biggest Twenty20 crowd -around 4,000 - were warmed by the county's third win out of four.
Having been asked to bat first Glamorgan made 162-7, with David Hemp top-scoring with 43 from 35 balls, before bowling Gloucestershire out for 130 with five balls remaining. It was Glamorgan's third one-day victory over Gloucestershire this season.
Glamorgan join Worcestershire on six points, but top the table on run rate. A Glamorgan win tonight at New Road or a Gloucestershire victory over third-placed Warwickshire will confirm a last-eight place for the Welsh county.
Robert Croft's side suffered a setback before the match when Matthew Elliott pulled out with flu. By contrast, Gloucestershire gave debuts to their latest overseas signings Mike Hussey and James Franklin.
The home side started slowly, scoring just six from the first three overs, including the loss of Ian Thomas. Matthew Maynard and Michael Powell gave the innings impetus by taking 39 off the next three overs.
The innings reached another hiatus when Maynard and Powell were out within three balls from James Averis. Powell looked in good form before falling to an attempted lap over the wicket-keeper's head.
Hemp and Wallace gave Glamorgan's stop-start innings another kick-start with both left-handers striking fine extra-cover drives for four, putting on 46 in five overs.
And after Wallace was one of three catches in the deep by Ian Fisher, Darren Thomas displayed his adept use of the reverse sweep.
Glamorgan's innings was given an extra boost by Gloucestershire conceding 23 extras, including 11 wides.
Under darkening skies and persistent drizzle Gloucestershire were reduced to five for two in the second over.
Craig Spearman skied a catch to mid-off off Andrew Davies while Steve Adshead edged a lifting delivery from Darren Thomas behind.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as conditions worsened. Gloucestershire went from 35-2 to 69-5. Wharf grabbed the crucial wicket of Hussey, who lost his middle stump, while Adrian Dale, who has been out of favour, dismissed Chris Taylor and Mark Alleyne.
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