Gloucestershire v Worcestershire

Vikram Solanki's competition best score of 92 was not enough to save Worcestershire from defeat by a single run in a thrilling Twenty20 clash at Bristol .

Gloucestershire skipper Jon Lewis held his nerve with the visitors requiring just three off the last three deliveries and conceded only a leg bye off the last.

That meant Worcestershire finished on 180 for five in reply to Gloucestershire's

181 for seven in which Chris Taylor top scored with 61 off 37 balls.

Solanki, released from the England one-day squad to play in the match, hit two sixes and eight fours in his 61-ball innings and looked to be turning the game his side's way.

But the required run-rate remained high and when man-of-the-match Solanki was out in the 18th over it set up a nerve-tingling finish.

Former Gloucestershire player Roger Sillence had the game in his hands as he faced Lewis' final three deliveries.

But he failed to make contact with the bat and a scampered leg bye off the last was not good enough.

It was Worcestershire's second defeat in two games. For Gloucestershire, mauled by Somerset in their first fixture, the result was marred by injuries to Taylor, Craig Spearman and Alex Gidman as they finished with three substitute fielders.

The home side had been given a blistering start by Ian Harvey after winning the toss and the 50 came up in only the fifth over.

But Harvey was caught at leg-slip off a well-timed glance to give Sillence the first of two wickets.

Discarded by Gloucestershire at the end of last season, the tall seamer took revenge by removing another danger man in Spearman, lbw for 12 with the total 56 for two in the sixth over.

The next sequence of big hits came from the diminutive Taylor, who blasted three successive sixes over mid-wicket off Daryl Mitchell, who still managed to bowl his four overs for 34.


Twenty20 Cup, 2006, Midlands/West/Wales Division
Gloucestershire v Worcestershire
County Ground, Bristol
29 June 2006 (20-over match)

Result: Gloucestershire won by 1 runs
Points: Gloucestershire 2, Worcestershire 0

Toss: Gloucestershire
Umpires: NL Bainton and JH Evans
Gloucestershire innings                                         R   M   B  4 6
IJ Harvey             c Moore            b Sillence            40  15  17  5 2
CM Spearman           lbw                b Sillence            12  20  13  2 0
APR Gidman            c Davies           b Batty               16  21  18  0 1
CG Taylor             c Vincent          b Price               61  42  37  5 3
MA Hardinges                         c & b Batty                2   3   8  0 0
DO Brown              c Moore            b Batty               15   5   8  1 1
*J Lewis              c Mitchell         b Price                7   2   4  0 1
+SJ Adshead           not out                                  11  15  11  0 0
ID Fisher             not out                                   9   3   5  1 0
Extras                (b 2, lb 3, w 1, nb 2)                    8
Total                 (7 wickets, 20 overs)                   181

DNB: MCJ Ball, CG Greenidge.

FoW: 1-45 (Harvey), 2-56 (Spearman), 3-91 (Gidman),
     4-93 (Hardinges), 5-129 (Brown), 6-137 (Lewis),
     7-164 (Taylor).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Khan                         4      0     41      0 (1nb)
Sillence                     4      0     37      2
Mitchell                     4      0     34      0
Price                        4      0     26      2 (1w)
Batty                        4      0     38      3

Worcestershire innings (target: 182 runs)                       R   M   B  4 6
L Vincent             c sub              b Greenidge           18  20  11  2 1
GA Hick               c Harvey           b Greenidge            0   1   2  0 0
*VS Solanki           c sub              b Fisher              92  63  61  8 2
BF Smith              c Taylor           b Fisher               1   6   3  0 0
SC Moore              st Adshead         b Ball                27  27  24  2 0
RJ Sillence           not out                                  22  20  13  1 1
GJ Batty              not out                                  13  10   6  2 0
Extras                (b 1, lb 5, w 1)                          7
Total                 (5 wickets, 20 overs)                   180

DNB: DKH Mitchell, +SM Davies, RW Price, Z Khan.

FoW: 1-1 (Hick), 2-53 (Vincent), 3-60 (Smith), 4-126 (Moore),
     5-157 (Solanki).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Greenidge                    3      0     27      2
Lewis                        3      0     33      0 (1w)
Harvey                       4      0     36      0
Fisher                       4      0     37      2
Ball                         4      0     25      1
Hardinges                    2      0     16      0
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