The last of this round’s Friends Provident matches was played today which saw Gloucestershire over their rivals Nottinghamshire.
Notts were boosted by the return of Ryan Sidebottom after England’s recent exit from the ICC World Twenty20 but his chance to bowl at Gloucestershire would have to wait as the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.
They didn’t start well with three quick wickets falling, two to Steve Kirby and one, the first of four, to Jon Lewis. Nottinghamshire continued to lose regular wickets and it wasn’t until the arrival of Chris Read that they looked like posting anything respectable. His 57 helped his side avoid complete embarrassment, and, supported ably by Mark Ealham and Andre Adams, 33 and 30 respectively, Notts crept up to 189 all out.
Gloucestershire never looked under pressure in reply although and even a couple of wobbles losing Hamish Marshall and Steve Snell didn’t cause them too many problems and they romped home with 12.3 overs to spare, Craig Spearman finishing unbeaten on 50.
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