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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 July, 2004, 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK
Gloucs set up final re-match
C&G Trophy semi-final, Bristol:
Gloucestershire 247-5 (46.1 overs) beat Yorkshire 243-6 (50 overs) by five wickets

Gloucestershire's Craig Spearman
I'm not the prettiest, but I know what I can and cannot do
Craig Spearman
An unbeaten 143 from Craig Spearman helped Gloucestershire to a comfortable five-wicket win over Yorkshire in the C&G Trophy semi-final at Bristol.

Spearman hit his runs off just 122 deliveries to set up a repeat of last year's final against Worcestershire.

Darren Lehmann's unbeaten 80 helped Yorkshire post what looked to be a reasonably challenging total of 243-6.

But Spearman dominated the visitor's attack, clattering four sixes and 14 fours in his brilliant innings.

Yorkshire chose to bat first after winning the toss under cloudy skies at the County Ground.

But they never quite cashed in on some promising opportunities during their innings.

Opener Matthew Wood made 32 off 38 balls before lofting a Jon Lewis delivery down to short third man where Martyn Ball was waiting.

Michael Lumb was next to go for 34, edging a cunning Mark Alleyne delivery to wicketkeeper Steve Adshead.

Yorkshire were 90-2 at this stage, and seemingly well-placed with Michael Vaughan and Lehmann at the crease.

The England captain, however, lacked fluidity and was bowled by Lewis after creeping to 30, while Anthony McGrath could only muster 15 in 81 minutes before being caught by Chris Taylor off Ball.

Lehmann was making hay, and the scoring rate soared when he was joined by former Gloucestershire favourite Ian Harvey who hit a quickfire 20 off 10 balls.

The home fans were delighted - and relieved - to see his innings end when he hit a wayward full toss from the expensive James Franklin straight to Mike Hussey.

Nevertheless, 243-6 looked to be a fair score.

But Spearman set about Yorkshire from the start, taking out most of his vitriol on the unfortunate Tim Bresnan, who saw his first two overs blasted for 26 runs.

Philip Weston provided 16 in support before lifting one to Lehmann off Matthew Hoggard - Yorkshire's best bowler by some distance.

Hussey provided some belligerent support with 35 off 42 balls, but after he was bowled by McGrath, it was up to Gloucestershire's batsmen to provide support for Spearman.

Matt Windows and Taylor helped the score along, and when Franklin was out with the score on 233, the task was simple.

Spearman hit the winning runs, appropriately enough with a boundary, to secure yet another trip to Lord's for Gloucestershire.


Gloucestershire: C M Spearman, W P C Weston, M E K Hussey C G Taylor, M G N Windows, M W Alleyne (Capt), S J Adshead (Wkt), J E C Franklin, M C J Ball, J Lewis, A M Smith.

Yorkshire: I J Harvey, M J Wood (Capt), M P Vaughan, D S Lehmann, A McGrath, M J Lumb, R J Blakey (Wkt), T T Bresnan, R K J Dawson, C E W Silverwood, M J Hoggard.




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