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Sunday, 14 July, 2002, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
All Alleyne at the top
Mark Alleyne
Alleyne's 93 came off just 83 balls
Norwich Union League D2, Southgate: Middlesex 194-8 (45 overs) lost to Gloucestershire 272-7 (45 overs) by 78 runs

Gloucestershire skipper Mark Alleyne set his side on the path to a resounding victory with a blazing 93 against Middlesex at Southgate.

The Gladiators totalled a formidable 272 for seven primarily on the back of Alleyne's knock, which came off just 83 balls and included seven fours and a six.

Alleyne was given great support by Kiwi opener Craig Spearman, who witnessed the loss of two early wickets before going on to hit a brash 78.

It was a victory target too demanding for the Crusaders, and despite a battling 53 not out from Paul Weekes they were never a serious threat.

The Gladiators, equal top in Division Two prior to the match, now stand alone at the apex with co-leaders Surrey not participating in this round of matches.

After losing the toss, Gloucestershire found themselves in trouble on nine for two with Kim Barnett and Ian Harvey back in the dressing room.

Fought back

But Spearman instantly fought back, Tim Hancock contributing just 22 to a third-wicket stand of 94 before becoming the first of Paul Weekes' two victims.

Spearman soon fell to Kenyan off-spinner Jamie Dalrymple with the score on 115 for four after hitting seven fours and three sixes.

A 114-run partnership between Alleyne and Alex Gidman (48) saw the Gladiators to 229 for five, and the captain lucked out seven runs short of a sixth ton in limited-overs domestic cricket in the dying balls.

Seven Crusaders batsmen reaching double figures but just one passing 30 told the tale as Middlesex struggled throughout their forlorn run-chase.

Both Andy Strauss and Sven Koening edged behind to Jack Russell off James Averis as Middlesex got off to a shaky start.

And they were deeper into the mire on 56 for four when Owais Shah went cheaply to Mike Smith and Aaron Laraman fell to Averis for 29.

Alleyne showed his all-round talents to remove Ed Joyce for 26, and though Weekes kept the innings alive with a five-boundary 53 Middlesex were always behind schedule.


Middlesex: A J Strauss (Capt), S G Koenig, A W Laraman, O A Shah, E C Joyce, A J Coleman, P N Weekes, D C Nash (Wkt), S J Cook, J W M Dalrymple, I Jones.

Gloucestershire: C M Spearman, K J Barnett, T H C Hancock, I J Harvey, M W Alleyne (Capt), R C Russell (Wkt), A P R Gidman, M C J Ball, M A Hardinges, A M Smith, J M M Averis.

Umpires: V A Holder and J F Steele

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