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Gloucestershire skittle Surrey for just 88 to win Royal London Cup encounter


Chris Liddle and Tom Smith claimed three wickets each as Gloucestershire skittled Surrey for just 88 to win their opening Royal London One-Day Cup match at Bristol by 147 runs.

The home side were bowled out for 235 after winning the toss, having been 156 for one, with Chris Dent (72) and Gareth Roderick (74) the main contributors. Rikki Clarke finished with four for 43 and Tom Curran three of 26.

It looked a below par total. But Surrey turned in a hapless batting display, Jason Roy top-scoring with 19 as they were bowled out in only 24 overs.

Liddle finished with three for 17 and left-arm spinner Smith three for seven from two overs. Tightly as Gloucestershire bowled, it was an abject display by the visiting batting line-up.

The game was played in bright sunshine on a slow pitch. Surrey made a quick breakthrough when George Hankins chased a wide delivery from Clarke and edged through to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

The best batting of the day followed as, having taken time to assess the pace of the pitch, Dent and Roderick played with increasing freedom.

Skipper Dent was first to his half-century, off 62 balls, with 4 fours and a pulled six off Clarke, and Roderick soon followed, off 65 deliveries, having struck seven boundaries.

The pair were making batting look easy, Roderick having lofted Liam Plunkett over mid-wicket for six, when they fell in quick succession.

Dent skied a catch to mid-on off Clarke to end a stand of 152 in 25 overs and the next over saw Roderick miscue to mid-off to give Curran his first wicket.

The collapse that followed was a major surprise. Soon Gloucestershire were 171 for five, with Ian Cockbain bowled off stump by Gareth Batty and Jack Taylor stumped attempting to swing off-spinner Will Jacks into the leg side.

Benny Howell and Ryan Higgins added 43 for the sixth wicket before falling to Clarke and Curran respectively and there was little contribution from the tail as Gloucestershire were bowled out inside 48 overs.

Surrey looked strong favourites at halfway, but never recovered from losing Mark Stoneman to the third ball of their innings, bowled by Dan Worrall with a ball that nipped back off the seam.

It was the start of a sorry procession, Liddle removing three of the top five in Roy, Rory Burns and Foakes, while Jacks, on 17, dislodged his leg bail attempting to pull Worrall as Surrey slumped to 61 for five.

There was simply no resistance as Benny Howell had Ollie Pope caught behind down the leg side for 13, Clarke was bowled by Higgins and Smith polished off the tail by sending back Curran, Batty and Plunkett in the space of 11 balls.

The speed with which the match ended caught everyone by surprise and Surrey were left to reflect an opening group performance that was little short of embarrassing.

Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said: "I didn't see the end coming quite that quickly, but it was the sort of pitch that new batsmen found hard to get going on.

"We had one brilliant partnership between Denty and Rodders and it proved enough. The message to the bowlers was to make sure that when they took a wicket they put pressure on the man coming in.

"We bowled really well perhaps some batsmen played big shots too early without assessing the conditions. It's only one game, but the great thing is we have won with plenty still to work on."