Marnus Labuschagne’s one-man present falls quick as Gloucestershire maintain their nerve
Unbeaten 93 takes Glamorgan to the brink of stiff run-chase at Cardiff
Gloucestershire 179 for six (Phillips 44, Douthwaite 3-28) beat Glamorgan 175 for 9 (Labuschagne 93*) by 4 runs
Marnus Labuschagne’s very good unbeaten 93 off 56 balls could not cease Gloucestershire from beginning their Vitality Blast marketing campaign with a four-run win over Glamorgan
Glenn Phillips’ 44 and 30 from Benny Howell off 15 balls noticed Gloucestershire put up 179 for six in Cardiff which at all times appeared like being a difficult complete. And regardless of Labuschagne’s effective innings on his Blast debut, Glamorgan fell simply quick in opposition to some tidy Gloucestershire bowling.
Glamorgan weren’t helped by batting second and the very fact there have been no floodlights out there at Sophia Gardens because the skies darkened.
Gloucestershire received the toss and selected to bat, and Glamorgan opened with spin at each ends. Andrew Salter cleaned up Miles Hammond in his first over. Ian Cockbain then skied to Timm van der Gugten at mid-on off the bowling of Ruaidhri Smith for 16 as Gloucestershire reached 34 for two from their first six overs.
Gloucestershire struggled within the first powerplay, however Phillips acquired the scoreboard shifting with consecutive sixes after which a 4 off Salter. However simply when Gloucestershire appeared like they had been getting going, Chris Dent was caught fantastically by Kiran Carlson on the duvet boundary for 20 from the bowling of Dan Douthwaite.
Phillips was the mainstay of the Gloucestershire innings as they went previous 100 within the thirteenth over. However he fell in need of 50 to the part-time spin of Labuschagne when Nick Selman took a effective catch on the mid-wicket boundary.
Labuschagne adopted in Selman’s path with one other boundary catch to dismiss Jack Taylor, however Gloucestershire completed with a flourish as Smith’s 18th over went for 16.
David Lloyd’s effective type continued as he began Glamorgan’s reply with a quickfire 28 which included two sixes earlier than he was clear bowled by Josh Shaw. Selman quickly adopted Lloyd again to the pavilion and when Colin Ingram was clear bowled by Shaw for only a single Glamorgan had been 46 for 3 from the primary powerplay.
Labuschagne and Chris Cooke rebuilt the innings to take Glamorgan to 80 for 3 on the midway stage and Cooke was dropped on the midwicket boundary within the eleventh over. However he wasn’t so fortunate when he was caught by Hammond from the bowling off Tom Smith for 26, leaving Glamorgan’s chase within the arms of Labuschagne.
He did go to the sport’s first half-century from 36 balls, however Carlson fell for 14, Douthwaite was lbw first ball and Salter was run out for a duck attempting to maintain Labuschagne on strike.
Labuschagne gave it all the things, however he wanted 19 from the final over and could not discover the boundary sufficient regardless of a six from the final ball as Ryan Higgins held his nerve.