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Middlesex stunned by Jon Lewis knock

CLYDESDALE BANK 40 - GROUP B, Cheltenham:
Gloucestershire 302-7 (39.5 ovs) beat Middlesex 299-8 (40 ovs) by three wickets
Match scorecard


Jon Lewis
Lewis faced just eight balls for his match-winning knock

Gloucestershire's Jon Lewis smashed 20 off the final over bowled by Tim Murtagh to win his side a Clydesdale Bank 40 thriller against Middlesex.

Chasing 300 to win at Cheltenham, the hosts looked out of it at 41-3.

But Chris Taylor (85) and Steve Snell (95) put on 158 for the fifth wicket before Lewis's fireworks got them home by three wickets with one ball left.

Earlier, Owais Shah hit an unbeaten 111, sharing 148 with John Simpson (82) as Middlesex racked up 299-8.

That looked like it would be enough as Murtagh removed dangermen Will Porterfield and James Franklin early on.

But, in the wake of Taylor, who hit eight fours in his 78-ball knock, and wicketkeeper Snell, who smashed four sixes and seven boundaries in his career-best 62-ball innings, Lewis saw Gloucestershire over the finishing line.

Needing 18 to win off the final over, Lewis and partner Richard Dawson scampered two off both of the first two balls before Lewis went into overdrive, hitting a four and then consecutive sixes to win the game.

Victory for Gloucestershire kept up the pressure on Group B leaders Yorkshire ahead of the pair's day/night meeting at Headingley on Wednesday, while Middlesex are now all but out of it.



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