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Lewis and Kirby inspire Glos win

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, Bristol:
Gloucestershire 191-4 beat Nottinghamshire 189 by six wickets


Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis crushed any hopes of a late order Notts revival at Nevil Road

Gloucestershire breezed into the last four of the Friends Provident Trophy as they beat Nottinghamshire in their delayed quarter-final at Bristol.

Pacemen Jon Lewis (4-34) and Steve Kirby (3-33) did most of the damage at Nevil Road, bowling Notts out for 189.

The home side stumbled at 68-3, but an 85-run fourth-wicket stand from acting skipper Craig Spearman (50no) and Chris Taylor 40) set up a six-wicket win.

Gloucester now meet Sussex at Hove in the semi-final on 5 July (1200 BST).

The original tie between Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire should have been played on 23 May.

But Nevil Road was staging an England v West Indies one-day international the following day - and the ECB granted special dispensation to delay the game.

Gloucestershire had it to do without Alex Gidman, after suffering the shock of losing their skipper in the warm-up with a back spasm.

But they were always on top after reducing Nottinghamshire's to 9-3 inside the first seven overs.

Alistair Brown and Alex Hales both fell to Kirby, who produced some quick deliveries in a five-over opening spell of 2-15.

At the other end, Lewis's first five overs cost just six runs and he had Wagh brilliantly caught above his head by Snell, selected as a batsman, rather than his usual wicketkeeping role, at mid-wicket.

They might then have plunged into trouble themselves at 68-3 when Will Porterfield, back from World Twenty20 duty with Ireland, was caught behind off Samit Patel for a breezy 36.

FP TROPHY SEMI-FINALS
Lancashire v Hampshire (Old Trafford, 1045 BST)
Sussex v Gloucestershire (Hove, 1200 BST)
Games to be played Sunday 5 July

Ryan Sidebottom, also fresh from Twenty20 duty, had already removed Steve Snell with a lifter, while Luke Fletcher had sent back the dangerous Hamish Marshall.

But Spearman, resuming his old role, led from the front as Gloucestershire reached their target with more than 12 overs to spare.

He and Taylor employed sensible shot selection during their stand of 85 in 16 overs. And, by the time Taylor was caught at cover, driving at Patel, Gloucestershire needed only 37 with 21 overs in hand.

Spearman hit the winning runs, by which time he had faced 66 balls and collected six boundaries. But it was the impressive Kirby who was voted man of the match for his morning burst.



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