LiveNatWest T20 Blast: Gloucestershire v Essex as it happened

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Summary

  • 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

5:35pm

5:18pm

Gloucestershire win an incredible game by six wickets, Dent finishing unbeaten on 55 from 23 balls.

5:17pm

Slower ball by Salisbury but Dent swats it away down the leg side again to win it for Gloucestershire with two balls to spare

5:16pm

Massive hit for six by Dent to bring up his half-century over deep mid-wicket. Two needed from three balls now.

5:15pm

Dent gets another two, this time down to long on. Eight needed off four balls.

5:14pm

Full toss, Dent doesn't hit it cleanly but scampers two to long off

5:13pm

Salisbury to bowl the last over and a big roar goes up from the crowd.

5:13pm

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.

5:12pm

Another swing and a miss from Rouse.

5:11pm

Rouse makes contact this time, striking the ball nicely down the ground. Gloucestershire need 12 to win off eight balls

5:11pm

Full toss by Napier misses everyone and gives Gloucestershire a much-needed boost

5:10pm

Adam Rouse plays and misses at the next one.

5:10pm

Wide from Napier.

5:09pm

Cockbain attempted the late cut but missed the ball. Gloucestershire on 163-4 now, still needing 21 to win off 11 balls.

5:08pm

Cockbain b Napier 27
 

5:08pm

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.

5:06pm

Dent hits his fourth maximum, clipping Salisbury away off his legs. Vital for Gloucestershire with 27 now needed

5:03pm

Bopara's last over goes for 13. Gloucestershire on 145-3, requiring 39 to win off 18 balls.

5:02pm

That's the 50-run partnership between these two now.

5:01pm

Slower ball by Bopara, picked by Cockbain as he launches the ball into the tents

5:00pm

Fortuitious boundary from Cockbain off Bopara. Inside edge and it goes behind for four.

4:59pm

Sixteen off that over. Just what Gloucestershire needed. They are on 132-3, requiring 52 to win off last four overs.

4:57pm

Dent goes big again off Ten Doeschate this time, sweeping it into the stand on the leg side

4:55pm

A really good over by Napier with just four off it. Gloucestershire on 116-3 off 15 overs

4:51pm

Dent does it again, this time sweeping into the tents. Gloucestershire on 112-3 off 14 overs.

4:50pm

Smith drops one short and Chris Dent takes the invitation to smash the ball away for six on the leg side

4:48pm

Two runs off Ten Doeschate's over and this seems to be getting away from Gloucestershire now. They are 95-3 off 13 overs.

4:45pm

Good catch by Salisbury running round from short third man after a big top edge from Klinger.

4:44pm

Klinger c Salisbury b Ten Doeschate 45

4:43pm

Phillips makes impression on his return to the attack, going for just three runs. Gloucestershire on 93-2 off 12 overs

4:41pm

Howell looked for the boundary on the leg side but could only find Bopara at deep mid-wicket. Gloucestershire 90-2.

4:40pm

Howell c Bopara b Phillips 16

4:38pm

Better over by Gloucestershire takes them to 90-1 off 11 overs.

4:38pm

Howell comes down the wicket then waits for the ball before pulling it for four off Bopara

4:37pm

Big swish of the blade by Howell and he top-edged it behind for four

4:36pm

Bopara and Ten Doeschate varying their pace well and Gloucestershire's batsmen are struggling to time the ball at the moment.

4:35pm

Boundaries drying up suddenly for Gloucestershire, who are on 79-1 at the halfway stage.

4:31pm

Good over by Bopara with just two runs off it as well as the wicket. Gloucestershire on 72-1 off nine overs.

4:30pm

Howell comes in at three for Gloucestershire

4:29pm

Well taken by Bopara, who had to go slightly to his right around shoulder height after Gidman hit it straight back.

4:29pm

Gidman c&b Bopara 27. Gloucestershire 71-1 in ninth over.

4:27pm

Gloucershire on 70-0 off eight overs. Intriguing finish in prospect

4:27pm

Ten Doeschate beautifully cut away by Klinger for four.

4:25pm

Not a convincing shot by Gidman, edging through vacant slip area for four off Ryan Ten Doeschate

4:23pm

Nine off Bopara's over. Gloucestershire on 56-0.

4:23pm

Gidman hoists the ball away off Bopara down to the deep mid-wicket boundary

4:22pm

Klinger and Gidman have now put on 50 for the first wicket, Gidman on 17 and Klinger on 30

4:20pm

Good over by Salisbury with just three off it and Gloucestershire finish their powerplay on 47-0.

4:16pm

Seven off that over and Gloucestershire are on 44-0 off five overs.

4:15pm

Straight ball by Napier, but Klinger clipped it away behind square leg clinically

4:11pm

Klinger crashes the ball over the covers from Salisbury at the end of the fourth over. Gloucestershire on 37-0 off four overs.

4:09pm

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.

4:07pm

Good over for Gloucestershire. They are on 29-0 off three overs.

4:07pm

Gidman follows his captain's example and hits Phillips all the way down the ground

4:05pm

Klinger goes down the ground off Phillips for a maximum

4:05pm

Six off the over. Gloucestershire on 13-0 off two overs.

4:04pm

Big stride by Michael Klinger, who hits Graham Napier straight over his head for four.

4:01pm

Gloucestershire take seven off the first over.

3:59pm

Tim Phillips opens the bowling for Essex and his second ball is cut away for four by Alex Gidman.

3:46pm

Tim Phillips the other not out batsmen on one.

3:46pm

Nineteen off that last over in the end, Essex finishing on 183-7. Ten Doeschate, hitting an unbeaten 26 off eight balls.

3:43pm

Smashed away off the back foot behind point by Ten Doescate.

3:43pm

Full toss by McCarter and Ten Doeschate hits it straight down the ground.

3:42pm

Big swing by Ten Doeschate and he edges it over and wide of Rouse for four

3:40pm

Eight off Taylor's over despite that six. Essex on 164-7 with one over left, to be bowled by McCarter.

3:39pm

Ryan Ten Doeschate comes down the wicket and hits Taylor straight down the ground

3:38pm

Greg Smith attempted the reverse sweep but it went straight in the air to Taylor at short third man

3:37pm

Smith c McCarter b Taylor 1. Essex 156-7

3:36pm

Another good over by Howell, who finishes with 4-26. Essex 156-6 with two overs left.

3:35pm

Essex 155-6

3:35pm

This time Payne takes the chance at deep mid-wicket and Howell finally has his man.

3:35pm

Bopara c Payne b Howell 51

3:34pm

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

3:32pm

Foakes attempted the sweep but it hit his pads right in front of the stumps. Essex 150-5

3:32pm

Foakes lbw b Howell 23

3:31pm

Ten off the over from Smith. Essex on 150-4 off 17 overs.

3:30pm

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

3:29pm

Short ball by Smith and Foakes pulls it away for four

3:28pm

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

3:26pm

Bopara flashes at one outside off stump and it flies just over wicketkeeper Adam Rouse

3:26pm

Injury here to umpire Steve Gale after Bopara crash the ball straight and it hit his knee. He gets up and play continues.

3:24pm

Payne back into the attack and greeted by a six into the tents on the leg side by Bopara.

3:22pm

Another good over by Taylor with six off it, but Essex still well placed at 124-4 with five overs left.

3:19pm

Nine off a decent over by McCarter. Essex 118-4 off 14.

3:16pm

Not convincing by Ben Foakes, edging McCarter away for four with no slip

3:15pm

Nine off Dent's over. Essex on 109-4 off 13.

3:14pm

Short ball by Dent, punished by Bopara with four through the covers

3:13pm

Essex on 100-4 after 12 overs after Howell's over.

3:11pm

Foster sweeped the ball to deep square leg where McCarter took the catch, Essex 97-4 in the 12th over
 

3:10pm

Foster c McCarter b Howell 7
 

3:09pm

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.

3:08pm

Good over by Taylor, going for just six. Essex 93-3 off 11 overs

3:05pm

Essex on 87-3 at the halfway stage and looking set for a big total.

3:04pm

Lovely sweep shot by Bopara off Smith

3:02pm

Seven off Taylor's first over. Essex 79-3 off nine overs

3:00pm

Fine cut by Bopara off Jack Taylor runs down for four

2:58pm

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

2:58pm

Velani c Cockbain b Howell 34

2:57pm

Full toss by Howell and Velani smashes it well over the square leg boundary

2:56pm

Bopara was on four at the time

2:56pm

Difficult caught and bowled chance for Howell as Ravi Bopara smashed it back to him but he couldn't gather

2:55pm

Smith returns to the attack and goes for just five runs. Essex 64-2 off seven overs

2:52pm

Velani looking very good on 25 not out

2:51pm

After the wicket, McCarter went for 16 in his first over. Essex finish the powerplay on 59-2

2:50pm

Velani takes a step down the wicket and hoists it over the top between mid-on and mid-wicket

2:49pm

Great shot by Velani, crashing McCarter over the covers

2:48pm

Wide by McCarter outside off-stump that missed everyone

2:48pm

Graeme McCarter finds a wicket from his first ball. Pettini pulled it away cleanly but Howell made an excellent high catch on the boundary.

2:47pm

Pettini c Howell b McCarter 26. Essex 43-2

2:45pm

Another lovely cut shot by Velani for four. Essex on 43-1 off five overs

2:44pm

Nice cut by Velani goes runs to the boundary behind point off Benny Howell

2:42pm

Eleven runs off Payne's second over. Essex on 34-1

2:40pm

Wide one this time by Payne, Pettini flashes outside off stump and hits the ball behind point

2:40pm

Not a bad ball by Payne but Pettini rocked back and hit the ball powerfully towards deep mid-wicket

2:38pm

Expensive over from Dent and Essex are on 23-1 off three

2:38pm

Much more control from Pettini as he sweeps Dent to the boundary

2:38pm

Pettini never got hold of it particularly well after coming down the wicket but enough for four in front of square

2:37pm

Chris Dent comes on and Velani comes down the wicket to his second ball to drive down the ground

2:35pm

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

2:33pm

Short ball by David Payne, pulled away by Pettini.

2:32pm

First over gone. Essex 5-1

2:31pm

Streaky shot by Kishen Velani, with the ball going wide of Klinger at slip and beating Graeme McCarter to the boundary

2:30pm

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

2:30pm

Westley st Rouse b Smith 0. Essex 1-1

2:28pm

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.

2:18pm

2:11pm

Essex: Pettini, Velani, Westley, Bopara, Foakes, Ten Doeschate (c), Foster (wk), Phillips, Napier, Salisbury, Smith.

2:10pm

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.

 

2:05pm

2:02pm

2:00pm

Gloucestershire have won the toss and will bowl first

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