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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Gloucs win C&G Trophy
C&G Trophy final, Lord's: Worcestershire 236-9 lost to Gloucestershire 237-2 by eight wickets

Gloucestershire won their sixth Lord's final in as many years as they brushed Worcestershire aside by eight wickets in the C&G Trophy.

Phil Weston overshadowed Vikram Solanki's ton with an unbeaten 110 as Gloucs chased 237 with 37 balls left.

Weston and Craig Spearman (70) put on 141 for the first wicket to set up a repeat of last year's win over Worcs.

It took a superb 115 from Solanki for Worcestershire to post 236-9 after Jon Lewis had reduced them to 8-3 early on.

Solanki, a Champions Trophy squad member for England, added 194 for the fourth wicket with David Leatherdale (66).

But their efforts could not prevent Gloucestershire prolonging their love affair with headquarters. Since 1999, the one-day specialists have farmed four C&G Trophies and two B&H Cups.

Worcestershire were forced onto the back foot from the outset by Lewis, who answered his captain's call after Gloucestershire had inserted their opponents.

In helpful conditions, Lewis put the ball in the right spot and the Worcestershire top-order sealed their own fate.

Stephen Moore, Graeme Hick and Ben Smith scored one run between them with all three failing to get a handle on Lewis's away-swing and seam movement.

Vikram Solanki
Solanki got his team out of trouble with a fine century

Moore and Hick were caught behind without scoring before Smith fell to a Mike Hussey catch in the gulley that was pouched with fingers flush to the ground.

The triple strike was a fine advertisement of Lewis's prowess just days after he was put on standby for England's tour of South Africa later this year.

It also left Worcestershire facing embarrassment, but their blushes were spared by Solanki and support act Leatherdale.

The fourth-wicket pair showed great heart to drag Worcestershire out of the mire, gradually cranking up the run-rate as the innings progressed.

The first 50 runs used up 123 balls, but the ensuing two fifties came off just 58 and 52 deliveries respectively.

Solanki, trying to launch Martyn Ball out of the ground, perished to a stumping to end a patient, mature 136-ball knock that included 14 boundaries.

Leatherdale soon followed to James Averis, who picked up a hat-trick spread over two overs to return 4-23 as Worcestershire threw the bat at the death.

The recovery was admirable if nothing else, but it was soon put into perspective by Gloucestershire's dynamic opening pair.

Weston, against his former team, and Spearman propelled Gloucestershire to 51-0 after nine overs. By comparison, their opponents were 9-3 at the same stage.

The only chance to break the first wicket was spurned by Leatherdale, who dropped a sitter when Kiwi Spearman was on 56.

Although Spearman eventually fell to Ray Price, with Hussey following to Gareth Batty for 20, there was no stopping Weston.

He raced to his century off 125 balls with 12 fours and a six, seeing Gloucestershire home with Chris Taylor for a richly deserved win.

It was a painfully familiar scenario for Worcestershire skipper Steve Rhodes after last year, and he will take both losses into his retirement at the end of the season.

Gloucestershire: CM Spearman, WPC Weston, MEK Hussey, CG Taylor, APR Gidman, MW Alleyne (capt), SJ Adshead, MCJ Ball, THC Hancock, J Lewis, JMM Averis.

Worcestershire: VS Solanki, SC Moore, GA Hick, BF Smith, DA Leatherdale, AJ Bichel, AJ Hall, GJ Batty, SJ Rhodes (capt), MS Mason, RW Price.

Interview: Gloucestershire's Jon Lewis

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