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Gloucestershire eased into the Twenty20 Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Glamorgan in front of a packed Bristol crowd.

The Dragons could make only 114 for six after winning the toss, Jimmy Maher top scoring with 26. Mark Hardinges (2-16) and Ben Edmondson (2-21) led a tight Gloucestershire bowling display.

In reply, the Gladiators reached 117 for four in the 18th over, with Kadeer Ali (29), Alex Gidman (28 not out) and Hamish Marshall (24) never extended in chasing such a modest target.

The result assured Gloucestershire of second place behind Warwickshire in the Midlands, Wales and West group and condemned Glamorgan to finish bottom.

But it was a low-key affair for the big crowd.

Glamorgan's innings lost momentum after a quick start which saw Richard Grant (16) and Robert Croft (21) take 27 off the first three overs.

Anthony Ireland conceded all but one of those runs on his way to expensive figures of one for 42.

But once Croft was caught off Edmondson with the total on 33 in the fifth over the Gloucestershire bowlers exerted a stranglehold and 38 came off the next 10.

Hardinges removed Grant and Damien Wright, while Edmondson sent back Maher and David Hemp was run out by a direct hit from Chris Taylor at backward point attempting a quick single.

Mark Wallace hit three fours in his 17 to boost the meagre total in the closing

overs, but with the sun shining for once on this season's competition, the Gladiators looked clear favourites at the halfway stage.

The visitors' scoring rate may have been modest, but it was too much for Gloucestershire's new main scoreboard, which ceased functioning in the opening overs.

Craig Spearman soon had his middle stump uprooted by Wright when the home side replied and it was 40 for two when Marshall was caught off a skier at third man.

But Kadeer and Taylor (20) calmed any nerves with a third-wicket partnership of 44 and, although both perished near the end, Gloucestershire always had matters under control.

Skipper Gidman came in to settle matters, making his runs off just 15 balls, including a six over long on, to earn the man-of-the-match award.
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