Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire

Ian Harvey produced a splendid all-round performance to ease favourites Gloucestershire to victory in a tense and hard-fought contest at the County Ground, Bristol, today.

Gloucestershire won the toss and duly inserted the visitors who got off to a steady start in the first six overs, losing just Jeff Cook early on. Skipper Mike Hussey then played one of the more remarkably subdued innings of the tournament, content to just nudge the singles whilst his partners played the more extravagent shots.

Harvey did the damage, picking up three wickets including that of Hussey, who failed to find the fence once in an innings of 32. It was left to Ben Phillips to provide the acceleration at the death with three fours and a six in a bright and breezy 29 to carry Northants on to 128-5.

If Harvey with the ball was a thorn in Northamptonshire's side, with the bat he was a pain in the neck, crashing seven boundaries in his 41 from just 27 balls. Harvey shared an opening partnership of 60 with Craig Spearman, but when their partnership was broken, the home side seemed to lose their way for a while.

Jason Brown nipped a couple out with his gentle off-breaks to leave the home side vulnerable at 89-5, But Alex Gidman and Mark Alleyne, both undefeated on 21, saw Gloucestershire safely home with just three balls to spare.


Twenty20 Cup, 2003, Midlands/West/Wales Division
Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire
The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground, Bristol
19 June 2003 (20-over match)

Result: Gloucestershire won by 5 wickets
Points: Gloucestershire 2, Northamptonshire 0

Toss: Gloucestershire
Umpires: G Sharp and JF Steele
Man of the Match: IJ Harvey

Northamptonshire innings (20 overs maximum)                     R   M   B  4 6
RA White              c Taylor           b Lewis               21  28  24  1 1
JW Cook               c Gidman           b Lewis               10  11   9  2 0
*MEK Hussey           c Windows          b Harvey              32  52  40  0 0
PA Jaques             c Windows          b Harvey              15  15  17  1 0
DJG Sales                                b Harvey               4   5   8  0 0
BJ Phillips           not out                                  29  18  20  3 1
GP Swann              not out                                   2   4   2  0 0
Extras                (b 5, lb 1, w 9)                         15
Total                 (5 wickets, 20 overs)                   128

DNB: +TMB Bailey, A Nel, MJ Cawdron, JF Brown.

FoW: 1-15 (Cook), 2-41 (White), 3-69 (Jaques), 4-78 (Sales),
     5-109 (Hussey).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Lewis                        4      0     25      2 (3w)
Smith                        4      0     28      0 (1w)
Alleyne                      4      0     20      0 (2w)
Ball                         4      0     21      0
Harvey                       4      0     28      3 (1w)

Gloucestershire innings (target: 129 runs from 20 overs)        R   M   B  4 6
CM Spearman           c Brown            b Nel                 24  21  21  1 2
IJ Harvey                                b Brown               41  32  27  7 0
JN Rhodes             c Phillips         b Cawdron              4   7   8  0 0
CG Taylor             st Bailey          b Brown                4   3   3  1 0
MGN Windows           lbw                b Swann                6  11  12  0 0
APR Gidman            not out                                  21  27  26  1 0
*MW Alleyne           not out                                  21  17  21  2 0
Extras                (lb 3, w 3, nb 2)                         8
Total                 (5 wickets, 19.3 overs)                 129

DNB: +RC Russell, MCJ Ball, J Lewis, AM Smith.

FoW: 1-60 (Spearman), 2-71 (Rhodes), 3-73 (Harvey),
     4-78 (Taylor), 5-89 (Windows).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Cawdron                      4      0     29      1 (1w)
Nel                          4      0     23      1 (1w)
Phillips                     4      0     36      0 (1nb)
Brown                        3.3    0     18      2
Swann                        3      0     11      1 (1w)
Cook                         1      0      9      0
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