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RL Cup review: Gloucestershire earn improbable win at Middlesex

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An unbeaten sixth-wicket 192-run partnership by Ian Cockbain and Benny Howell earned Gloucestershire an improbable Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Middlesex in the South Group on Sunday,Sky Sports reports.

The visitors, chasing 257 to win at Lord’s, looked like suffering their second defeat in as many matches when they slipped to 65-5. But Cockbain, who finished with 108 not out from 123 balls, and Howell (86 not out off 71 balls), chased down the target with five balls and five wickets to spare.

Middlesex had also been indebted to a middle-innings partnership – 111 by Adam Voges (81) and Toby Roland-Jones (65) – but unlike Cockbain and Howell, they were unable to bat through the innings.

Middlesex, having elected to bat, had been reduced to 114-6 by Liam Norwell. The in-form 25-year-old, bowling his allotted 10 overs from the start, picked up his fourth five-for of this season for 36 runs.

Dean Elgar became the second Somerset batsman to score an unbeaten century in this season’s competition as his side beat Sussex by nine runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method at Hove.

Elgar made an unbeaten 131, his highest List A score, in Somerset’s 303-5 from 49 overs two days after Roelof van der Merwe had smashed 165 not out in the win over Surrey.

Chasing 165 in 20 overs after two rain delays, Sussex finished on 155-9. Laurie Evans smashed five sixes in 40 off 20 balls to give Sussex a chance, but their hopes effectively ended when he was caught at deep point off Lewis Gregory.

Mark Stoneman and Kumar Sangakkara guided Surrey to a comfortable victory at the expense of Glamorgan.

Having restricted the hosts to 239 from 48.3 overs after opting to bowl first at the SSE SWALEC, the visitors easily chased down the amended target – under the Duckworth/Lewis method – of 182 in 29 overs.

Opener Stoneman hit 74 while Sangakkara finished unbeaten on 81 as Surrey cruised to 183-2 from just 24 overs.

Earlier Jacques Rudolph, following on from the 121 he scored against Gloucestershire in the opening game, scored 57 from 65 balls, with nine fours, before he was bowled off the inside-edge by Sam Curran.

Tom Westley’s hard-hitting 93 runs from 98 balls helped set up Essex‘s 25-run victory over Hampshire, at Chelmsford. Westley shared partnerships of 103 with Alastair Cook for the second wicket and 60 with Varun Chopra for the third.

But the hosts were pegged back mid-innings and were grateful to Ashar Zaidi’s entertaining unbeaten 40-ball 72, which included four sixes, for seeing them to 304-7.

Behind the run-rate throughout, Hampshire were always in the game while James Vince (68) and George Bailey (67) were at the wicket – they shared in a stand of 91 for the third wicket. However, once they had been separated the challenge fell away.

In the North Group, Worcestershire rewrote the record books in completing a 42-run victory over Leicestershire Foxes at the Fischer County Ground as they hit their highest limited overs score against first class opposition in a 50-over encounter, their 361-8 surpassing the 320-8 scored against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in 2008.

The tone of Worcestershire’s innings was set by Moeen Ali, whose 90 at the top of the order came off 87 balls and included two sixes – although he was dropped on 22.

The hosts stayed in the hunt, reaching the final six overs needing 67 – but struggled to find boundaries and were dismissed for 319.

Shiv Thakor delivered a superb all-round performance as Derbyshire celebrated a club-record one-day run chase to beat Northamptonshire by six wickets.

Thakor scored 130 and shared a second-wicket stand of 168 in 28 overs with Billy Godleman (95) after taking 3-39.

The Falcons reached 309 for four with eight balls to spare in reply to the Steelbacks’ 307-7, which was built around Richard Levi’s 109 off 107 balls and Josh Cobb’s 56.

Our live Royal London One-Day Cup coverage continues with Yorkshire against Lancashire – live on Sky Sports 2 this Bank Holiday Monday, from 10.55am.

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