Gloucestershire v Surrey

Surrey reached the Twenty20 Cup semi-finals for the fourth successive year as they overcame Gloucestershire by 80 runs at Nevil Road.

A third-wicket partnership of 139 in 12 overs between Mark Ramprakash and Rikki Clarke powered the Brown Caps to 224 for five in 20 overs after being put in to bat by Gloucestershire skipper Alex Gidman.

That enabled them to surpass Surrey's previous best total in the competition of 221 for eight against Sussex at Hove two years ago.

But Gloucestershire were left to rue twice dropping Clarke after they had reduced Surrey to 80 for three.

First David Brown spilled Clarke on 32 at long on off Gidman and the Surrey skipper had added only seven to his tally when Mark Hardinges put down a kier off his own bowling.

After that double setback Gloucestershire were powerless to stem the flow of boundaries from Clarke and Ramprakash in front of an 8,000-capacity crowd.

Ramprakash, who was unable to field because of a back spasm, raced to 85 from 50 balls with 10 fours and three sixes before falling to a fine catch by Gidman at cover in the final over from Ian Harvey.

Clarke remained unbeaten on 79 from just 42 balls with five sixes and four fours for the 2003 holders and 2004 runners-up.

Gloucestershire missed the presence in their attack of skipper Jon Lewis, who was unable to play because of his inclusion in England's squad for the second Test with Pakistan at Old Trafford.

Surrey had scored freely from the start of their innings but the loss of three wickets in the first eight overs kept Gloucestershire in the hunt before the Ramprakash-Clarke onslaught.

Alistair Brown (11) edged Harvey to slip, James Benning (29) sliced Gidman to short third man and Mark Butcher (five) perished on the midwicket boundary off spinner Martyn Ball.

But, after Clarke's double let-off, Surrey moved into overdrive and posted a total Gloucestershire never seriously threatened to overhaul.

The home side needed big contributions from openers Craig Spearman and Harvey, who has made three hundreds in the competition, to have any realistic hope of reaching the last four for the first time since 2003.

But Spearman made only 13 before top-edging a hook shot off Azhar Mahmood to square leg and Harvey (23) chopped Anil Kumble onto his stumps.

With Mark Hardinges and Hamish Marshall both being run out, the victims of some fine Surrey outfielding, Gloucestershire's challenge was to all intents and purposes over as they slumped to 81 for five.

Spinner Nayan Doshi hastened Gloucestershire's decline by removing Chris Taylor, David Brown, Martyn Ball and Ian Fisher in successive overs to complete his third four-wicket haul of the season in the competition.


Bristol: Monday 24 July 2006 (20-over match) (1-day match)

Result: Surrey won by 80 runs

Toss: Gloucestershire
Umpires: T E Jesty, A A Jones

Teams:

Gloucestershire C M Spearman, I J Harvey, M A Hardinges, C G Taylor, A P R Gidman, D O Brown, S J Adshead, M C J Ball, I D Fisher, H J H Marshall, J M M Averis

Surrey J G E Benning, A D Brown, M R Ramprakash, Azhar Mahmood, R Clarke, M A Butcher, J N Batty, T J Murtagh, I D K Salisbury, A Kumble, N D Doshi

Surrey Runs Balls 4s 6s
JGE Benning c MA Hardinges b APR Gidman 29 16 6 0
AD Brown c CM Spearman b IJ Harvey 11 6 1 1
MR Ramprakash c APR Gidman b IJ Harvey 85 50 10 3
*MA Butcher c ID Fisher b MCJ Ball 5 5 1 0
R Clarke not out 79 42 5 5
Azhar Mahmood c CG Taylor b IJ Harvey 0 1 0 0
+JN Batty not out 1 1 0 0
Extras (b 4, lb 3, nb 2, w 5) 14
Total (Close, 20 overs) 224  

Did not bat:
TJ Murtagh, IDK Salisbury, A Kumble, ND Doshi

Fall of Wickets:
1-16 (16 AD Brown, 5 mins), 2-72 (56 JGE Benning, 20 mins), 3-80 (8 MA Butcher, 4 mins), 4-219 (139 MR Ramprakash, 38 mins), 5-219 (0 Azhar Mahmood)

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
JMM Averis 4 0 36 0 (1w)
IJ Harvey 4 0 42 3 -
MA Hardinges 4 0 50 0 -
APR Gidman 3 0 26 1 (1w)
MCJ Ball 2 0 22 1 (2w)
ID Fisher 3 0 41 0 (1w)

 

Gloucestershire Runs Balls 4s 6s
IJ Harvey b A Kumble 23 21 4 0
CM Spearman c JGE Benning b Azhar Mahmood 13 6 1 1
MA Hardinges run out 5 4 1 0
HJH Marshall run out 18 15 3 0
CG Taylor c sub b ND Doshi 10 11 1 0
*APR Gidman not out 25 19 2 1
DO Brown st JN Batty b ND Doshi 15 10 0 2
+SJ Adshead st JN Batty b IDK Salisbury 9 6 2 0
MCJ Ball b ND Doshi 2 6 0 0
ID Fisher st JN Batty b ND Doshi 7 6 1 0
JMM Averis c AD Brown b A Kumble 10 9 2 0
Extras (b 0, lb 6, nb 0, w 1) 7
Total (All out, 18.5 overs) 144  

Fall of Wickets:
1-20 (20 CM Spearman, 12 mins), 2-40 (20 MA Hardinges, 7 mins), 3-58 (18 IJ Harvey, 7 mins), 4-71 (13 HJH Marshall, 6 mins), 5-81 (10 CG Taylor, 5 mins), 6-98 (17 DO Brown, 5 mins), 7-113 (15 SJ Adshead, 3 mins), 8-116 (3 MCJ Ball, 3 mins), 9-132 (16 ID Fisher, 5 mins), 10-144 (12 JMM Averis, 7 mins)

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
Azhar Mahmood 3 0 19 1 (1w)
TJ Murtagh 4 0 45 0 -
A Kumble 3.5 0 20 2 -
IDK Salisbury 4 0 29 1 -
ND Doshi 4 0 25 4 -
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