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- Gloucestershire win by six wickets
- Chris Dent scores 55 not out off 23 balls, including five sixes.
- Gloucestershire score 47-0 in their powerplay
- Ravi Bopara, dropped on four, 19 and 47, scored 51 off 35 balls in Essex's 183-7
- Essex scored 59-2 in their six-over powerplay
- Gloucestershire have won the toss and will bowl first
- Essex are top of the South Group and have already secured a home quarter-final
- Gloucestershire cannot qualify from the group
Gloucestershire win an incredible game by six wickets, Dent finishing unbeaten on 55 from 23 balls.
Slower ball by Salisbury but Dent swats it away down the leg side again to win it for Gloucestershire with two balls to spare
Massive hit for six by Dent to bring up his half-century over deep mid-wicket. Two needed from three balls now.
Dent gets another two, this time down to long on. Eight needed off four balls.
Full toss, Dent doesn't hit it cleanly but scampers two to long off
Salisbury to bowl the last over and a big roar goes up from the crowd.
Full toss by Napier, Rouse doesn't get much on it and Dent sends him back as the ball runs to square leg so no run. Gloucestershire need 12 to win off last over.
Another swing and a miss from Rouse.
Rouse makes contact this time, striking the ball nicely down the ground. Gloucestershire need 12 to win off eight balls
Full toss by Napier misses everyone and gives Gloucestershire a much-needed boost
Adam Rouse plays and misses at the next one.
Wide from Napier.
Cockbain attempted the late cut but missed the ball. Gloucestershire on 163-4 now, still needing 21 to win off 11 balls.
Cockbain b Napier 27
Superb scoop shot by Dent for another boundary. He's now on 41. Gloucestershire, on 163-3, need 21 to win off the final two overs.
Dent hits his fourth maximum, clipping Salisbury away off his legs. Vital for Gloucestershire with 27 now needed
Bopara's last over goes for 13. Gloucestershire on 145-3, requiring 39 to win off 18 balls.
That's the 50-run partnership between these two now.
Slower ball by Bopara, picked by Cockbain as he launches the ball into the tents
Fortuitious boundary from Cockbain off Bopara. Inside edge and it goes behind for four.
Sixteen off that over. Just what Gloucestershire needed. They are on 132-3, requiring 52 to win off last four overs.
Dent goes big again off Ten Doeschate this time, sweeping it into the stand on the leg side
A really good over by Napier with just four off it. Gloucestershire on 116-3 off 15 overs
Dent does it again, this time sweeping into the tents. Gloucestershire on 112-3 off 14 overs.
Smith drops one short and Chris Dent takes the invitation to smash the ball away for six on the leg side
Two runs off Ten Doeschate's over and this seems to be getting away from Gloucestershire now. They are 95-3 off 13 overs.
Good catch by Salisbury running round from short third man after a big top edge from Klinger.
Klinger c Salisbury b Ten Doeschate 45
Phillips makes impression on his return to the attack, going for just three runs. Gloucestershire on 93-2 off 12 overs
Howell looked for the boundary on the leg side but could only find Bopara at deep mid-wicket. Gloucestershire 90-2.
Howell c Bopara b Phillips 16
Better over by Gloucestershire takes them to 90-1 off 11 overs.
Howell comes down the wicket then waits for the ball before pulling it for four off Bopara
Big swish of the blade by Howell and he top-edged it behind for four
Bopara and Ten Doeschate varying their pace well and Gloucestershire's batsmen are struggling to time the ball at the moment.
Boundaries drying up suddenly for Gloucestershire, who are on 79-1 at the halfway stage.
Good over by Bopara with just two runs off it as well as the wicket. Gloucestershire on 72-1 off nine overs.
Howell comes in at three for Gloucestershire
Well taken by Bopara, who had to go slightly to his right around shoulder height after Gidman hit it straight back.
Gidman c&b Bopara 27. Gloucestershire 71-1 in ninth over.
Gloucershire on 70-0 off eight overs. Intriguing finish in prospect
Ten Doeschate beautifully cut away by Klinger for four.
Not a convincing shot by Gidman, edging through vacant slip area for four off Ryan Ten Doeschate
Nine off Bopara's over. Gloucestershire on 56-0.
Gidman hoists the ball away off Bopara down to the deep mid-wicket boundary
Klinger and Gidman have now put on 50 for the first wicket, Gidman on 17 and Klinger on 30
Good over by Salisbury with just three off it and Gloucestershire finish their powerplay on 47-0.
Seven off that over and Gloucestershire are on 44-0 off five overs.
Straight ball by Napier, but Klinger clipped it away behind square leg clinically
Klinger crashes the ball over the covers from Salisbury at the end of the fourth over. Gloucestershire on 37-0 off four overs.
Big appeal for a catch behind by Foster as Klinger swung at Matt Salisbury's delivery but he stood his ground and the umpire was unmoved.
Good over for Gloucestershire. They are on 29-0 off three overs.
Gidman follows his captain's example and hits Phillips all the way down the ground
Klinger goes down the ground off Phillips for a maximum
Six off the over. Gloucestershire on 13-0 off two overs.
Big stride by Michael Klinger, who hits Graham Napier straight over his head for four.
Gloucestershire take seven off the first over.
Tim Phillips opens the bowling for Essex and his second ball is cut away for four by Alex Gidman.
Tim Phillips the other not out batsmen on one.
Nineteen off that last over in the end, Essex finishing on 183-7. Ten Doeschate, hitting an unbeaten 26 off eight balls.
Smashed away off the back foot behind point by Ten Doescate.
Full toss by McCarter and Ten Doeschate hits it straight down the ground.
Big swing by Ten Doeschate and he edges it over and wide of Rouse for four
Eight off Taylor's over despite that six. Essex on 164-7 with one over left, to be bowled by McCarter.
Ryan Ten Doeschate comes down the wicket and hits Taylor straight down the ground
Greg Smith attempted the reverse sweep but it went straight in the air to Taylor at short third man
Smith c McCarter b Taylor 1. Essex 156-7
Another good over by Howell, who finishes with 4-26. Essex 156-6 with two overs left.
This time Payne takes the chance at deep mid-wicket and Howell finally has his man.
Bopara c Payne b Howell 51
Bopara dropped for third time, Payne missing the chance as he brings up his half-century with a four. Again it was off the bowling of Howell
Foakes attempted the sweep but it hit his pads right in front of the stumps. Essex 150-5
Foakes lbw b Howell 23
Ten off the over from Smith. Essex on 150-4 off 17 overs.
Rouse appeals for a catch behind from Foakes off Smith down the leg side but a wide is given to bring up the 50-run partnership
Short ball by Smith and Foakes pulls it away for four
Wide ball by Payne and Bopara frees his hands to find the boundary behind square. Expensive over, which puts Essex on 140-4 with four overs left
Bopara flashes at one outside off stump and it flies just over wicketkeeper Adam Rouse
Injury here to umpire Steve Gale after Bopara crash the ball straight and it hit his knee. He gets up and play continues.
Payne back into the attack and greeted by a six into the tents on the leg side by Bopara.
Another good over by Taylor with six off it, but Essex still well placed at 124-4 with five overs left.
Nine off a decent over by McCarter. Essex 118-4 off 14.
Not convincing by Ben Foakes, edging McCarter away for four with no slip
Nine off Dent's over. Essex on 109-4 off 13.
Short ball by Dent, punished by Bopara with four through the covers
Essex on 100-4 after 12 overs after Howell's over.
Foster sweeped the ball to deep square leg where McCarter took the catch, Essex 97-4 in the 12th over
Foster c McCarter b Howell 7
Bopara dropped again off the bowling of Howell on 19, this time by Jack Taylor at short third man following a reverse sweep. Should've been taken.
Good over by Taylor, going for just six. Essex 93-3 off 11 overs
Essex on 87-3 at the halfway stage and looking set for a big total.
Lovely sweep shot by Bopara off Smith
Seven off Taylor's first over. Essex 79-3 off nine overs
Fine cut by Bopara off Jack Taylor runs down for four
Velani smashed the ball down the ground but Cockbain made a superb catch low to his right on the long-on boundary. Essex 72-3 off eight overs
Velani c Cockbain b Howell 34
Full toss by Howell and Velani smashes it well over the square leg boundary
Bopara was on four at the time
Difficult caught and bowled chance for Howell as Ravi Bopara smashed it back to him but he couldn't gather
Smith returns to the attack and goes for just five runs. Essex 64-2 off seven overs
Velani looking very good on 25 not out
After the wicket, McCarter went for 16 in his first over. Essex finish the powerplay on 59-2
Velani takes a step down the wicket and hoists it over the top between mid-on and mid-wicket
Great shot by Velani, crashing McCarter over the covers
Wide by McCarter outside off-stump that missed everyone
Graeme McCarter finds a wicket from his first ball. Pettini pulled it away cleanly but Howell made an excellent high catch on the boundary.
Pettini c Howell b McCarter 26. Essex 43-2
Another lovely cut shot by Velani for four. Essex on 43-1 off five overs
Nice cut by Velani goes runs to the boundary behind point off Benny Howell
Eleven runs off Payne's second over. Essex on 34-1
Wide one this time by Payne, Pettini flashes outside off stump and hits the ball behind point
Not a bad ball by Payne but Pettini rocked back and hit the ball powerfully towards deep mid-wicket
Expensive over from Dent and Essex are on 23-1 off three
Much more control from Pettini as he sweeps Dent to the boundary
Pettini never got hold of it particularly well after coming down the wicket but enough for four in front of square
Chris Dent comes on and Velani comes down the wicket to his second ball to drive down the ground
Apart from the one poor ball a good over from Payne, who beat the bat a couple of times. Just four off it. Essex 9-1
Short ball by David Payne, pulled away by Pettini.
First over gone. Essex 5-1
Streaky shot by Kishen Velani, with the ball going wide of Klinger at slip and beating Graeme McCarter to the boundary
That was the first ball faced by Tom Westley and his back foot was raised as he missed the ball, Adam Rouse whipping the bails off
Westley st Rouse b Smith 0. Essex 1-1
The teams are out. With spin playing a big part in Friday's game against Surrey here, it is no surprise that captain Michael Klinger has decided to open with Tom Smith.
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Essex: Pettini, Velani, Westley, Bopara, Foakes, Ten Doeschate (c), Foster (wk), Phillips, Napier, Salisbury, Smith.
Will Gidman has been rested by Gloucestershire today. The team is: Klinger (c), A Gidman, Dent, Cockbain, Marshall, Howell, Rouse (wk), J Taylor, Smith, Payne, McCarter.
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Gloucestershire have won the toss and will bowl first