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Friday, 20 July 2018 14:30:39 Europe/London

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In all corners of the globe, cricket fans are likely to see Gunn & Moore bats sold in cricket shops. GM bats are unmatched in quality, thanks to our storied history, astounding attention to detail and the world’s most advanced cricket bat-making facility.

All of those factored combined makes it easy to see why GM are able to sponsor players from a wide-ranging number of domestic and international teams, as players and punters alike marvel at the quality of willow that GM offer.

In New Zealand, Players Cricket has made a name for itself for being one of the leading cricket specialists in the world, let alone in their own country. The image they sent us not only showed off the incredible GM range, but also shows off their astounding appetite for providing cricket equipment at all levels of the game. It’s unfortunately an increasingly rare occurrence to find such an amazing array of bats on display, in such a wide-ranging array of models and grades, but Players Cricket is proudly bucking that trend in order to offer players everything they could possibly need.

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Players Cricket is a specialist cricket shop, online and in store, where cricketers have welcoming access to the latest in cricket products, bat workshop services and technology. Their expert cricket staff, select only the finest bats, pads, gloves, shoes, bags and helmets used by Blackcaps stars such as Ross Taylor to ensure they provide the premium and most complete cricket store experience in New Zealand. Their unique cricket bat workshop, offers state of the art craftsmanship and knocking in services to ensure all Players Cricket customers are fully catered for and prepared. One of those that continues to make full use of their GM bat is Taylor, a long standing member of Team GM, who just happens to hold the record for the most ODI centuries by a New Zealander.

The bats on display are shipped direct from the GM factory in Nottingham, where all GM bats are made in-house to be sent across the world. Astute Northern Hemisphere GM fans may even notice a bat they haven’t seen before on display. Blending over 130 years of expertise with the love of the game, all GM DXM English Willow bats are made by our own staff in our own factory in Nottingham, England. Gunn & Moore make the finest cricket bats in the World. Pick up a GM cricket bat and you will instantly know from the balance, finish and ultra-high quality presentation that this is English Design and Craftsmanship at its very finest. 

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Vitality Blast Round-Up 2

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:15:00 Europe/London

The fixtures come almost as quickly as the runs in the Vitality Blast with GM players once again providing a number of match-winning contributions all over the country this week.

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Graham Clark made the highest score of the week for GM, striking a boundary-laden 65, including seven 4’s and three 6’s as his Durham side beat the Birmingham Bears. Having been asked to bat first, Clark opened the batting and put on 126 for the first wicket, laying the platform for Durham to reach 220/6. Despite a partnership worth 110 for the fourth wicket, Durham’s total proved too much as Birmingham were only able to make 202/5 from their 20 overs.

A couple of days previously, Clark was again in the runs, this time his efforts were in vein as he was on the losing side against Yorkshire. Adam Lyth got his side off to a cautious start, making 17 from 19 balls, but on a tricky pitch, no player was able to take the game away from the bowlers, with the Vikings eventually making 157/6. Clark once again opened the batting and laid another terrific foundation, putting on 77 for the first wicket before Matt Fisher broke the partnership. Clark went on to make 39 before he too fell to Fisher, with the score 99/2. Unfortunately, Clark’s teammates were unable to make the most of the platform, stumbling their way to 147/6, 11 runs short of their target, with Fisher finishing with figures of 2/26.

Yorkshire made it two wins in a row against Worcester soon after, as they racked up 179/7, with Lyth making a quick-fire 21-ball 35 to get his side off to a rapid start. His teammates continued where he left off as they made their way to 179/7 from their allotted overs. Worcester’s reply saw them lose wickets in regular intervals, meaning that their innings lacked the fluency required to mount a serious challenge, even with their hard-hitting overseas batsman Travis Head in the middle order. Head managed 23 from 23 balls, but he was dismissed with the score 58/5 which left his side struggling to keep up with the run-rate as they eventually finished 12 runs short of their target.

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Derbyshire, meanwhile, suffered two defeats in a row this week, firstly at the hands of Nottinghamshire. Batting first, the Outlaws made 175/8 in a game reduced to 19 overs per side. The Derby innings was hampered by some fantastic bowling displays from the GM bowling cartel of Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher and Samit Patel. Gurney finished with figures of 2/30, including the wicket of Daryn Smit who made 15 before being trapped LBW. Patel also picked up a wicket, that of Wayne Madsen who laboured to 6 from 14 balls, before he too was out LBW, to finish with figures of 1/21. Though Fletcher didn’t pick up a wicket, his fantastic economy rate of just 4.56 helped restrict the batting line-up to just 139/9 from their allotted overs.

Alex Davies marked his return to the Lancashire side with a valuable 31 at the top of the order as the Lightning faced Derbyshire at Old Trafford. His efforts, along with Dane Vilas (11) and Jordan Clark (20*) saw the home side reach 157/8. Derby’s innings didn’t get off to the start they would have liked, losing Ben Slater in the first over for 5, before Madsen entered the fray, adding 34 runs with six 4’s. His efforts were supplemented by Smit’s 28, however they were unable to get their side over the line finishing 145/7, just 12 runs short of Lancashire. Vilas rounded off his display with the bat to take three catches and a stumping in the field.

In another rain-affected match, Gloucester hosted Somerset with only 11 overs per side available. Somerset posted a competitive 114/8, including 19 runs from their captain, Lewis Gregory. However, Ian Cockbain showcased his talents with a match-winning innings of 43* from just 22 balls, including four 4’s and two 6’s, as his side chased down their target with 5 balls to spare.

Elsewhere, Essex hosted Glamorgan in what turned out to be a dramatic run-chase. Essex had first crack at batting, beginning well with Westley (26) and Ryan ten Doeschate (43) laying a solid platform. However, a spectacular batting collapse saw them slip 117/3 to 167 all out with three run outs. Glamorgan suffered a collapse of their own, but unlike Essex, they were saved by their middle order who saw them home with a 4 off the last ball of the innings.

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Finally, Kent hosted Hampshire at the always high-scoring ground in Beckenham, as Kent plundered their way to 210/4, with Daniel Bell-Drummond making 46 at the top of the order before driving straight into the hands of James Vince. Hampshire’s chase couldn’t have got off to much of a worse start, as they lost 3 wickets in the first seven balls, reeling at 3/6. However, they were superb in their recovery efforts as they managed to reduce the deficit to needing 6 runs from the last ball. They were scuppered by a good Yorker, but their fightback at the end will have given them some positivity going forward in the competition.

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Vitality Blast Round-Up

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:02:29 Europe/London

This week saw the beginning of the Vitality Blast T20 competition in England. The most explosive and popular cricket tournament in England kicked off in fine fashion with a number of GM batsmen racking up early runs.

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The warm weather, flat pitches and fast outfields meant that quick runs were on the menu, typified by Northants batsman Ben Duckett who kicked off his campaign with a blistering 96, his highest score in the format, against Leicestershire. His innings came complete with 12 fours and 3 sixes before he was caught in the last over, as his efforts guided his side to 218/3. Incredibly, Duckett’s remarkable innings wasn’t enough, however, as Leicestershire’s batsmen all made fast starts to their innings to ensure they stayed up with the run-rate, before a thrilling finish saw them get over the line with two balls to spare.

Duckett continued his fine form just two days later as the Steelbacks hosted Nottinghamshire. The Outlaws batted first and posted an intimidating 219/6 from their 20 overs, with Samit Patel contributing 35 from 26 balls. Unfortunately, Northants were unable to match their efforts against Leicester as Duckett received little support on his way to 88, thrashing 13 boundaries, including 4 sixes. His wicket at 123/5 sparked a collapse in which they lost the final five wickets in under 5 overs to finish 161 all out with 2.3 overs to go, thanks largely to the efforts of Harry Gurney (3/30) and Luke Fletcher (3/21).

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Notts carried their strong performance into their next match against Leicester, with Patel’s 52 proving crucial as his side reached 199/8 from their allotted overs. Despite some lusty blows at the top of the order, Notts’ bowling attack proved too strong for the Foxes. Gurney, though wicketless, went at only 6 an over whilst Patel (1/19) and Fletcher (2/36) picked up crucial wickets to restrict Leicester to 180/9, 20 runs short of their target.

In another high-scoring affair, Yorkshire hosted Durham who saw the return of Ben Stokes as he returned from a hamstring injury. The Vikings were asked to bat first, and despite losing a wicket in the second over were able to rely on Adam Lyth who proved to be the glue holding the innings together, plundering 92* from 54 balls as he helped his side reach 200/3.

Yorkshire’s next match against the Birmingham Bears proved a much sterner test. Once again the Vikings batted first, this time however Lyth was unable to recreate the heroics of their first match, dismissed second ball without scoring. With their opener back in the pavilion, Yorkshire struggled to just 157/7.

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The Bears kicked their innings off by smashing 33 runs off the first over from Matt Fisher, which set the platform for Adam Hose to see his side home, making 51* from 33 balls as his side chased the target down with over 4 overs to spare.The reply was hampered by early wickets, but similarly to Lyth, Stokes held the innings together, finishing 90* in an innings which featured 5 sixes. However, he received very little support from his teammates as Durham whimpered to 156/4 from their 20 overs to give Yorkshire a comfortable start to the competition.

Elsewhere, Derbyshire hosted Lancashire in a comparatively low-scoring match. Having lost the toss, Derby got off to bad start, losing Ben Slater to a run out in the first over. Another wicket followed shortly afterwards, but Wayne Madsen ensured his side reached a competitive 161/4, finishing 76*. In the end, it proved to be nowhere near enough as Alex Davies and his opening partner put on 160 in 14.2 overs, losing a wicket just two runs short of the target. One ball later, the match was finished with Davies making an unbeaten 50 from 35 balls.

Lancashire made it two wins in a row a few days later when they hosted Northants who were hoping for their first win of the competition. Batting first, Levi and Duckett opened the batting for the Steelbacks but Duckett soon found himself walking back to the pavilion, caught by Dane Vilas for 10. Levi was the next man to go, but he had 40 to his name before he was caught and bowled by Jordan Clark in his only over of the innings. The rest of the Northants batting lineup struggled to get going as they slipped from 62/2 to 123/9. Lancashire’s reply got off to a poor start, losing their captain in the first over, however Alex Davies played superbly to once again make a half-century, finishing 64* as his side cruised to victory with 23 balls to spare, losing just one more wicket in the process.DbD

The final standout performance of the came from Kent’s opening batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond who struck 58 in his side’s successful chase. Somerset’s innings struggled to get going, losing three early wickets, before some middle order resistance helped them reach 159/6. Kent, in reply, whacked their way to their target with 21 balls remaining, thanks largely to Bell-Drummond, who struck four 4’s and two 6’s on course to a 101-run partnership for the second wicket.

 

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RLODC Final

Monday, 2 July 2018 14:53:07 Europe/London

The Royal London One Day Cup Final always has a special place in the English cricket calendar. The marquee final takes Place at Lords every year, showcasing the finest talent the County game has to offer.

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This year, James Vince’s Hampshire side faced Kent with both teams desperate to end their respective trophy droughts. It was Kent who won the toss and elected to field first, more on the notion that they prefer to chase than anything the pitch or weather suggested.

However, Hampshire proceeded to post a record total for an English domestic one-day final, thanks largely to Rilee Roussow’s 125. Hampshire’s superb opening partnership of 136 between Roussow and Tom Alsop had their fans dreaming of 400 and even after Alsop’s dismissal, James Vince’s arrival to the crease would have done little to brighten Kent’s day. As it turned out, however, the damage was done by Sam Northeast, Kent’s captain last year who moved to Hampshire to boost his credentials to play for England, rather than Vince who made 23 from 24 balls before he was caught at long-on.

Northeast’s arrival at 193/2, with 20 overs to go, meant that they were afforded the luxury of throwing caution to the wind, hoping to mirror England’s efforts at Trent Bridge a couple of weeks previously. However, when Roussow was eventually dismissed for a fantastic 125, his departure sparked somewhat of a collapse, as Hampshire slipped from 270-3 to 297-6 in under 5 overs including the wicket of Lewis McManus for 6. Unlike his teammates, Northeast remained steadfast to finish the innings 75*, with Hampshire reaching 330/7.

Kent’s reply saw GM’s Daniel Bell-Drummond open the batting with the competition’s top run-scorer Heino Kuhn. Kuhn had scored hundreds in his previous two matches in the 50-over format to get Kent to the final, however, his astounding run of form was suddenly halted when he ran himself out for 32.

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His replacement, Joe Denly, struggled to get going before he was caught by Vince for 12 from 23 balls. Fellow GM batsman Sean Dickson looked to support Bell-Drummond, but he too struggled to keep up with the run-rate before losing his wicket. His 30 runs from 41 balls got Kent to 158/3, but the wicket of Bell-Drummond for a superb 86 shortly afterwards in the 35th over seemed to seal Kent’s fate.

The win clinched Hampshire’s first Royal London One Day Cup title and their first One Day trophy since 2012. Kent on the other hand haven’t won a One Day trophy in 40 years despite this being their eighth appearance in a final, their last victory came in the 1978 B&H final.Captain Sam Billings attempted to kick-start their innings, but he was unable to find anyone willing to stick around with him. This was made particularly difficult by three more run outs, even more so when the last six batsman combine for just 26 runs. In the end, Billings was the last man out for well-compiled 75 but his side only managed 269, 61 runs short of their target.

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GM's County Round-Up 8

Friday, 29 June 2018 16:31:57 Europe/London

This week saw the County Championship move past the halfway mark of the season with the last round of fixtures before the Vitality Blast T20 tournament beginning. It was an extremely important week for England hopefuls, with only one more round of matches before the first Test Match against India in August.

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At Old Trafford, a high-scoring draw between Lancashire and Hampshire featured a trio of GM hundreds. The first of which was awarded to Hampshire captain James Vince who won the toss and elected to make first use of an excellent batting track.

As usual the free-flowing Vince did not disappoint, hitting boundaries with ease to bring up his second County Championship hundred of the year, moving past the 600-run mark for the in the process. Vince made 103, including 15 fours and a six, before losing his wicket with the score 187/3. Some middle and lower order resistance allowed his side to eventually reach 451 all out, despite Kyle Abbott’s three wickets.

Lancashire’s reply got off to a tricky start, reaching 70 for the loss of three wickets. However, Alex Davies remained stoic at the top of the order when he was joined by Dane Vilas, the two proceeded to add 138 runs for the fourth wicket, with Davies reaching his first Championship hundred of the year. Davies eventually fell for 115, but Vilas was ably supported by the all-rounder Jordan Clark as he reached his second ton of the year in a partnership worth 112. The score line read 320/5 when Vilas was eventually dismissed for a terrific 134. Clark, however, quickly began to run out of partners, before he was run out by Vince for 82. Two balls later the Lancashire innings was over, finishing 411 all out, 40 runs behind.AlexDavies

That left just a day in the match to force a result, however the pitch proved too good for any dramatic collapses, despite Clark’s efforts of 2/18. The draw means that both sides may be forced in a relegation battle as the two sides below them in the table have a game in hand.

An even higher-scoring match took place in Chelmsford as Essex hosted Somerset in a day/night game. Essex batted first and racked-up an enormous total of 517/5d thanks in no small part to Ryan ten Doeschate’s 173*, including a partnership worth 294. Dom Bess bowled a marathon spell of 35 overs on the trot (49 in total) to take 2/132, whilst Lewis Gregory toiled away to remove Tom Westley for 21.

The Somerset innings, whilst not featuring anything like the mammoth innings from ten Doeschate, was punctuated by a series of starts and 50’s, with nobody in the top six making less than 39. George Bartlett contributed 42 runs batting at number three, whilst Gregory and Bess provided some lower order resistance, making 22 and 35 respectively as Somerset finished 407 all out.

Essex’s second innings got off to a terrible start, losing Westley in the second over, and Gregory picking up a wicket just seven balls later to leave the hosts 1/2. Essex spent most of the morning on day 4 consolidating the early wickets, eventually declaring on 208/7d, with Bess picking up 3/81.Tendo

That left Somerset needing 319 from 50 overs, which at 64/1 after 10.2 overs looked rather doable. However, a flurry of wickets meant that they slipped to 116/5, forcing attention to turn from chasing a win to securing a draw. Gregory batted with superb concentration to help his captain guide his side to safety, finishing 15* from 90 balls.

The only result in Division One came from Scarborough as Yorkshire hosted high-flying Surrey. Yorkshire batted first but lost Alex Lees in just the second over. Adam Lyth followed in the twentieth over but by that point had 42 runs of Yorkshire's 51 to his name. A succession of middle order wickets suggested they might post a score well under-par, but their lower order allowed Yorkshire to reach 342 all out.

Rory Burns continued his outstanding season by making 59 at the top of the order, but bar Ollie Pope – who finished 69* - Surrey’s collapse at the end of the innings meant that they finished 75 runs behind Yorkshire, 267 all out.

Yorkshire would have been hoping to press home their advantage, but once again lost Lees early and Lyth shortly afterwards to leave them 8/1 in under five overs. The collapse didn’t stop there, however, as Surrey raced through the hosts batsmen to leave them reeling on 70/6. Despite the bowlers chipping in with some valuable runs, eventually Yorkshire finished 152 all out, a lead of 227.

Burns was the mainstay of Surrey's second innings but he fell agonisingly close to a third hundred of the season, caught by Lees for 97. However, the platform he laid down proved enough to get Surrey over the line as they finished 229/3 to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The final game in Division One took place at Trent Bridge as Nottinghamshire hosted Worcestershire. Notts surrendered their place at the top of Division One to Surrey a couple of rounds ago and were looking to close the gap, particularly as Surrey have a game in hand.

Worcester elected to field first, a decision they may have been ruing as they were unable to make a breakthrough until the 50th over. At 164/1, Samit Patel strolled out to the middle hoping to kick-start his Championship campaign, which he duly did by making his highest score of the season, making 76 before being bowled. Patel was involved in a partnership worth 146, but his wicket sparked a collapse of 4 wickets for just two runs. Normal order was resumed shortly afterwards though and the home side were afforded the luxury of declaring on 499/9.

With plenty of runs on the board, the Notts bowlers were set loose on a Worcester sided rooted firmly at the bottom of the table. Harry Gurney did the early lifting, removing both openers after a solid start before Luke Fletcher got in on the act, picking up numbers three and four. A further two wickets from Gurney meant he finished with figures of 4/97 to restrict Worcester to just 287 all out, with Fletcher finishing with 2/54.

Notts decided against enforcing the follow-on, hoping to quickly set Worcester a target whilst leaving enough time in the game to force a result. They did the first part of the equation well enough, scoring at 4.5 runs an over to reach 249/4d, with Patel making 71, to set Worcester an improbably 461 runs to win.

Once again, Gurney took the first wicket but unlike in the first innings, the middle order held steadfast to frustrate and deny Notts from breaking through. Gurney finished with figures of 3/91 and Fletcher 3/54 but even 115 overs wasn’t enough to secure victory as Worcester batted out the entirety of day 4 to finish 368/8, earning somewhat of an unlikely draw.

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In Division Two, Warwickshire continued their run of form with a convincing win against Durham at Chester-le-Street. Bating first, Jonathan Trott entered the fray with the innings precariously placed at 52/2. Trott looked in supreme control throughout his innings to finish with a superb 170*, his first hundred of the campaign, as his side 

Durham’s reply got off to a good start, with Cameron Steel reaching his second fifty of the year, but two quick wickets for two runs stifled the early good work as the innings repeatedly stopped and started as the hosts struggled their way to 297 all out.finished 424 all out.

Another 53 runs from Trott in the second innings allowed his side to declare on 185/9, setting Durham a target of 313 to win. Steel was unable to re-create his efforts in the first innings, this time falling in the sixth over as Durham stumbled throughout, but despite some fireworks from their bowlers, they were only able to reach 226 all out .

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In Cardiff, Ben Duckett’s first hundred of the year saw Northants leapfrog Glamorgan to eighth in the table. Batting first, Northants reached 281 all out thanks to their middle order digging them out of early trouble.

Glamorgan’s first innings saw them reach 254 all out, despite Nathan Buck’s 3/77, but the real turning point in the match was Duckett’s blistering 133 from 154 balls, including 22 boundaries, in Northant’s second innings. His efforts allowed his side to declare on 406/9, setting Glamorgan an unlikely target of 434. Nathan Buck took another two wickets, including the 200th of his career, as Northants ripped through Glamorgan to bowl them out for 200.

Elsewhere, Derbyshire hosted Leicestershire in a mid-table clash with both sides looking to remain within touching distance of the leaders. Having been asked to bat first, Billy Slater (46) and Wayne Madsen (80), who passed 14,000 runs in all forms of cricket along the way, were the star performers as Derby struggled their way to 245 all out.

Despite a fantastic start to their reply, Leicestershire came up against a fired up Duanne Olivier and Hardus Viljoen who restricted the visitors’ from 105/1 to 297 all out. Olivier picked up 2/85 whilst Viljoen took 3/59.

However, the game was lost in the second innings as Derby’s top order were reduced to 47/4 inside twenty overs. Only two batsman passed 13 runs for the home side as they were bowled out for 184. Chasing only 133, Olivier (2/37) and Viljoen (2/48) once again did their best to drag their side into the game, however they received little support as Leicester chased the total down in less than thirty overs.

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GM's County Round-Up 7

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:21:26 Europe/London

In the background of England’s record-breaking series against Australia, the County Championship continued this week as we reached the halfway mark of the season.

With English players eyeing the upcoming series against India in August, those in the squad looked to find some form, whilst those on the fringes looked to bank as much cricket currency they could muster to force their way into the squad.

A couple of those looking to make a name for themselves are the Surrey duo of Rory Burns and Ollie Pope. Burns in particular has been in the England opening batsman conversation for the last couple of years thanks to some remarkably consistent run-scoring, passing 1,000 runs for the past 4 seasons and was the first man this year to pass the 500 mark before the start of Surrey’s match against Somerset this week.

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Burns, having been asked to bat, continued his rich vein of form by reaching his first 50 of the competition to go along with his two hundreds in the earlier rounds of the season. When he was dismissed for 66, his Surrey side had already passed 150 for the loss of just two wickets.

By the time Pope came to the crease Surrey were 247/4 and looking to press home the advantage that Burns & co had given them in the early going. 20-year-old Pope continued the outstanding start to his career by notching his third hundred of the season, the fourth in his career, to overtake Burns as the leading batsman in Division One. Pope made 117 from 134 balls, including 19 boundaries to help Surrey reach their highest score of the season, finishing 459 all out.

Despite a solid a start from Somerset’s batsmen, a spectacular spell of 6 wickets in 3.5 overs from Ryan Patel ensured that Somerset were bowled out for 180. They were asked to follow-on and began cautiously before a top-order collapse saw them slip to 69/5, with only their stalwart James Hildreth providing any resistance. Somerset were eventually dismissed for 210 to give Surrey a victory margin of an innings and 68 runs, with more than four sessions in the match to spare.

It is the first time since 1958 that Surrey have won three games in succession by an innings and they went on to win the Championship that season as well and Surrey have now opened up a 13-point gap at the top of Division One, with a game in hand.

In Chelmsford, Nottinghamshire headed to Essex looking to make up for the last couple of results that saw them lose their spot at the top of the table to Surrey after a fast start. Having chosen to bat first, Notts were shown the way by New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor who made a brilliant 146 of his side’s first innings total of 380.

Without star bowler Jake Ball, who was away on England duty, Notts looked to the experienced duo of Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney to deny the defending champions from leapfrogging them in the table. Fletcher responded immediately, picking up two early wickets to leave Essex reeling on 26/3, with Gurney then chipping in with the ever-crucial wicket of Alistair Cook following a re-building partnership worth 54 runs.RossTaylor

Fletcher picked up a couple more wickets in the middle order to finish with 4/43. Essex meanwhile finished 206 all out, 174 runs behind the visitors. Slightly surprisingly, Notts declined to enforce the follow-on, instead electing to press home their advantage and put the game beyond doubt. Despite a less than ideal start, Notts eventually found their way to 266 all out, to leave the equation as 411 runs needed from 131 overs.

Essex’s chase got off to a terrible start, losing 3 wickets in 11 overs and a further one off the bowling of Samit Patel at the end of day three to leave the hosts 88/4. Notts required just the morning session of day 4 to race through Essex’s middle and lower order, with Patel, Fletcher and Gurney taking 2 wickets apiece in the innings to secure a comfortable victory.

Elsewhere, Worcestershire claimed their first win of the season against fellow strugglers Lancashire in a bottom of the table clash. Asked to bat first, Worcester were in trouble early having slipped to 81/5 before some middle order resistance saw them reach 247 all out, despite Jordan Clark picking up career-best figures of 4/43.

Lancashire’s reply was almost Worcester’s in reverse as they got off to a good start before slipping from 77/1 to 112/8 in 16 overs, eventually finishing 130 all out. Alex Davies made 43 at the top of the order, but his wicket signalled the start of Lancashire’s dramatic collapse.

Worcester made amends in their second innings, posting 484/7d, 62 of which came from Tom Fell, as they scored freely to ensure plenty of time in which to force a result. Once again, Jordan Clark was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/96.

Chasing a near impossible target of 602, Davies once again struck the ball with typical ease to race to 64, 56 of which came in boundaries. Though his dismissal didn’t spark a collapse akin to the first innings, his teammates lost their wickets regularly after getting a start, meaning that though there was hope, the reality of the situation became ever clearer as they were eventually dismissed for 399, a loss by 202 runs.

The final match in Division One saw Hampshire take on Yorkshire in a high-scoring day/night match in Southampton. Yorkshire batted first and posted 350 all out, with Kyle Abbott picking up a wicket to wrap up the innings.

Hampshire’s reply was aided by contributions of 35 runs apiece for James Vince and Abbott, but significant partnerships in the middle of the innings allowed Hampshire to reach 443 all out. Adam Lyth picked up the wicket of fellow GM player Abbott, finishing with 1/54.

Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time left in the match for a result as Yorkshire batted for all of the final day to secure a hard-fought draw.

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In Division Two, Sean Dickson continued his terrific run of form to score his second First Class hundred in as many matches as his Kent side took on high-flyers Warwickshire. On a pitch that seemed to get much easier as the game went on, Kent were bowled out for 197 in the first innings, before rolling through Warwickshire top order to leave them 61/7. Jonathan Trott provided the only real resistance of note, eventually finishing 51* in a total of 125, on a day where all 20 wickets fell.

Dickson’s second innings effort surpassed Yorkshire’s entire total as he scored a fantastic 133, including a 208-run partnership for the third wicket. Kent eventually declared on 446/8, setting Warwickshire a target of 519. A huge second wicket partnership saw The Bears reach 304/2, but after both centurions were dismissed, Kent continued to chip away with Warwickshire eventually falling short by just 73 runs.

In a thrilling match between Middlesex and Leicester, Dawid Malan’s side emerged victorious after chasing down the target of 381 with one wicket remaining and only 6.3 overs left in the match. After dismissing Leicester for 427, Malan himself made the most significant contribution in their first innings as he made a defiant 78* before his side slipped to 233 all out.

However, Middlesex’s bowlers did a fantastic job of restricting Leicester to just 186 all out, swinging the momentum of the match in their favour for the first time. Despite losing a wicket on just the third ball of the innings, they began to stubbornly rebuild enough to keep the chase in check, with the Middlesex bowlers able to knock the remaining runs off.

In Swansea, Derbyshire travelled to Glamorgan with both sides hoping to kick-start their campaign. The home side batted first and struggled their way to 283 all out, thanks largely to Andrew Salter’s 72*, his 8th First Class 50.

In reply, Derbyshire reached 90 for the first wicket, but lost opening batsman Billy Slater for 52 just one run later. Salter showed off his all-round ability by taking 4/105 in the innings to restrict Derby to 362 all out, which at 265/5 could have been far worse.

The home side made amends in their second innings, racking up 403/7d in just 82 overs, setting Derby a target of 325 runs in 63 overs. Derby’s chase was hampered with early wickets, meaning that in the end all they could do was scrap for a draw, eventually finishing 147/8 to share the points.

Finally, the exciting talent of Ben Duckett, who to this point has battled with indifferent form, showed why he earned a Test Match call-up a couple of years ago by playing some typically entertaining innings to set up an invaluable win for struggling Northants.

In the first innings, Duckett made 52 in 54 balls to get his side off to an electric start. Unfortunately his teammates were unable to keep the momentum going, slipping from 99/1 to 282 all out. Their bowlers, however, were able to race through Gloucestershire, bowling them out for just 62 in under 32 overs, allowing them to enforce the follow-on.

Gloucester were once again unable to mount much of a fightback, but did manage to get a lead in the match, but losing 3 wickets for 0 runs meant that they could only muster a lead of 30. Duckett was clearly in a rush, as he chased the target down by himself, finishing 32* in just 18 balls.

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Royal London One Day Cup Semi-Final

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:04:00 Europe/London

James Vince’s Hampshire side are through to the Royal London One Day Cup Final thanks to his chanceless 171 against Yorkshire.

Vince’s innings featured twenty boundaries and four 6’s on his way to back-to-back hundreds in the Royal London One Day Cup, in an innings that encapsulated all the talent Vince possesses, frequently striking boundaries with ease and rarely looking troubled by Yorkshire’s bowlers.

Vince entered the fray perhaps slightly earlier than he would have liked, coming to the crease in just the sixth over. However, if the Hampshire supporters were concerned, Vince very quickly put them at ease hitting an early boundary that indicated he was still very much in the form of his life.

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His 8th List A hundred was reached in just 83 balls, and he passed the 150 mark 29 balls later, before eventually falling for 171 to the bowling of Adam Lyth in the 46th over with the score 313/6. Some lower order boundaries from Lewis McManus ensured Hampshire got to 348/9 from their 50 overs, with Matt Fisher picking up 1/70 from his 10 overs.

In truth, Yorkshire’s reply stuttered too much early in their innings to mount a serious challenge, losing their first three wickets for just 47 runs. Adam Lyth was the first man gone for 11 in just the fourth over and he was joined shortly afterwards by two of his colleagues. Only one Yorkshire batsman passed 30 as they stumbled to 241 all out with over 6 overs to spare.

Hampshire will be joined by Kent in the final on 30 June 2018 at Lord’s thanks to Heino Kuhn’s fourth One Day Cup hundred of the campaign saw them home against Worcestershire.

Worcester won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision which at 48/4 they may have been ruing. The rebuild began with a partnership of 140, but two quick wickets saw them slip to 199/6. A terrific fightback saw them make a further partnership of 107 for the seventh wicket to finish 306/6 from their 50 overs.

Kent’s innings got off to a similarly sluggish start, as they lost Daniel Bell-Drummond in the first over, their captain in the third and Sean Dickson in the eighth to leave them 31/3. Kuhn, however, finally received some support from his colleagues as Kent began to rebuild and chip away at the total.

Some further lower order support allowed the chase to remain on track, before Kuhn fell just three runs short of the target with 3 balls remaining in the innings. He needn’t have feared however, as Harry Podmore immediately dispatched the next ball for 4 to see Kent home.

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GM's County Round-Up 6

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:13:37 Europe/London

Another Test Match series has been and gone and once again England finish with as many questions as they do answers.

There are still a some places up for grab, particularly in the batting line-up, which has again thrown the door wide open for someone to stake a claim in the County Championship before the next Test series against India starts in August.

Despite another change at the top of the order, England’s merry-go-round of opening batsman could well continue this summer. If a change were to happen, scoring 151 against a full-strength Hampshire side which featured 3 International bowlers, including Kyle Abbott, will have done Rory Burns no harm at all.

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Having won the toss and electing to have a bat, the Surrey captain may have been ruing his decision when he lost his opening partner and his number three in the first over. Burns, however, quickly settled in and began to repair the early damage by putting on 133 for the fourth wicket before he too was dismissed for a fantastic 151 from just 204 balls, in doing so becoming the first man to reach 500 Championship runs this season, to leave his side 282/4. Ollie Pope was the new man in and he continued his fine efforts this season until he was the penultimate man out for 41, helping Surrey to reach 368 all out.

If Burns made batting look easy, James Vince’s side made it seem near impossible, as only one Hampshire batsman passed 20 on their way to being bowled out for 135 inside 50 overs.

That left Burns with the option to enforce the follow-on, which he duly did. And, once again his bowlers did not let him down, with Hampshire only mustering an additional 40 runs from their first innings total, to lose the match within three days by an innings and 58 runs.

In Manchester, Lancashire took on defending champions Essex in a game where Jordan Clark’s 79 was the highest score in the match.

Lancashire were asked to bat and found themselves 59/5 before Clark began to steady the ship for the home side, striking 10 boundaries along the way as he dragged his side towards respectability before he was bowled with the score 193/7. Some lower order resistance allowed Lancashire to reach 301 all out, despite Sam Cook taking 3/65.

Essex’s reply started much better than Lancashire’s, with Tom Westley making 41 runs, 32 of which came in boundaries, and Ryan ten Doeschate adding 43 before he was run out by Dane Vilas. Once again, lower order runs proved crucial as Essex managed to give themselves a lead of one run.

Lancashire started their second innings hoping to press home an advantage big enough to upset Essex. What they got instead was a barrage of probing bowling which proved effective enough to leave the hosts 41/7 in just the 18th over. Their bowlers managed to save complete embarrassment by clawing their way to 105 all out.

Essex had a nervy start to their chase losing four quick wickets to leave them 41/4 but only lost one more, that of ten Doeschate for 19, to win the match by 5 wickets inside 30 overs.

Elsewhere, Somerset hosted high-flying Nottinghamshire in a match which featured the return of Dom Bess, fresh from his debut Test Match series against Pakistan.

Having elected to bat first, Somerset made a steady start before a flurry of wickets, including George Bartlett for 29, saw them slip to 176/4 before some strong middle and lower order performances got them to 392 all out, of which Bess made 34.

Notts’ reply got off to a dreadful start with the scoreboard at one point reading 28/5 with only Ross Taylor providing any resistance to the Somerset onslaught. Taylor was the last man out as his side were skittled for 134, of which the New Zealand batsman made 74.

Predictably, Somerset enforced the follow-on with hopes of wrapping the match up inside three days. What they found instead was a host of rejuvenated Nottingham batsman, epitomised by the first wicket partnership eclipsing their entire first innings total.

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Taylor this time was unable to match his first innings efforts, but he was backed up by Samit Patel who notched up the 55th half century of his career, helping his side surpass the deficit to eventually take a lead of 247.

Without their star bowler Jake Ball, who was unavailable due to his inclusion in England’s ODI squad, Notts’ attack lacked the star quality that had seen them rise to the top of Division 1. Their spinners were called upon early on a turning pitch, but despite often beating the bat, they were unable to break the back of Somerset who in the end only lost 4 wickets, including that of George Bartlett who did make 43. The result meant that Somerset leapfrogged Notts in the standings and now currently sit atop of Division 1.

In Division 2, Cameron Steele’s Durham side pulled off their second remarkable win of the season, by defeating Derbyshire despite being bowled out for 96 in the first innings.

Duanne Olivier was the pick of Derby’s bowlers, taking 5/20 from 16 overs in the first innings, ably backed up by Hardus Viljoen who picked up 3/30 as they bowled Durham out shortly after lunch on day 1. Derbyshire finished the day with a lead of 79, but a terrific fightback from the hosts bowlers meant they had also lost 8 wickets. They lost the final two wickets in the morning session of day 2 but did head into the second innings with a lead of 109.

Olivier and Viljoen picked up where they left off, picking up an early wicket each but Durham erased Derby’s lead for the loss of just three wickets, laying the foundations for an improbable chance of victory.  However, a flurry of wickets left them with a lead of 50 for the loss of seven wickets at the start of day 3. Lower order partnerships of 104 & 99 meant that they were eventually dismissed for 376, a lead of 267, despite Olivier picking up 5/105, finishing with match figures of 10/125.

Ben Slater got the Derby chase off to a good start but he was essentially left to himself and by the time he was dismissed for 68, he was the 8th wicket to fall and his side had only made 133 runs. The bowlers attempted a fightback, but the damage had already been done as Durham picked up Derby’s final wicket to leave 172 all out, a victory margin for Durham of 95 runs.

Jonathan Trott continued his fine form in the One Day Cup to help Warwickshire secure victory over Glamorgan at Edgbaston, securing their spot at the top of the table.

Having been asked to bowl first, the hosts decided to give Glamorgan a trial by spin, one in which the visitors were unable to answer as they were bowled out for 220 on the first day.

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However, Warwickshire’s hopes of only batting once in the match quickly dissipated when they found themselves 18/2 which brought Trott to the crease inside 10 overs. He quickly began to repair the early damage, reaching 57 before running himself out which sparked a collapse akin to Glamorgan’s as the home side slipped from 99/3 to 250 all out.

In the second time of asking, Glamorgan righted many of their wrongs from the first innings, this time making 323 as they dared to dream about a first victory at Edgbaston since 1988.

Unlike in the first innings, Warwickshire began serenely, reaching 119/2 when Trott once again joined the party, notching up his second 50 of the match before falling for 67. Trott had no need to worry though as his teammates picked up where he left off and, despite Andrew Salter taking a career-best 4/80, saw them home with about an hour to spare.

And finally, Gloucester hosted Kent in a high-scoring match which featured the visitor’s first Championship hundred of the season. That honour fell to opening batsman Sean Dickson who, along with opening partner Daniel Bell-Drummond, put on 124 for the first wicket before Bell-Drummond fell for 49. Dickson continued, however, and made a well-earned 117 before he fell with his side 216/2. Kent would put on another 370 runs to finish 582/9 declared.

Dickson’s side pressed home their advantage by rolling Gloucester out for just 240, allowing Kent to immediately enforce the follow-on in hopes of an early finish. Their hopes were not answered, however, as they instead received a procession of rearguard action from Gloucester batsmen as they looked to deny Kent a 4th successive victory. Despite being 219/6 at tea on the last day, the hosts thwarted Kent’s barrage to lose only one more wicket, finishing 322/7 to earn a hard-fought draw.

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Meet The Team - James Jones

Friday, 8 June 2018 08:54:37 Europe/London

Gunn and Moore (GM) has a proud and storied history of innovation and tradition. For over 130 years, GM has been at the forefront of cricket, representing some of the finest players the game has ever seen.

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These days, the helmet has increasingly become as important to a player as the bat. At all levels of the game, most wouldn’t even contemplate batting without one, and for colts around the country it’s mandatory to wear one.

Over the years, many of GM’s record breaking and trendsetting batters often played without a helmet at all. It is only on the last couple of decades that head protection has become the norm in player’s inventories. Some cricket fans have fond memories of the prototypical helmet used by some batters in World Series Cricket in the 1970s, which was essentially a motor bike helmet with the visor removed. From there, the relmet revolution began and a number of players began implementing the use of one into their game, often designing their own.

A number of high profile incidences in recent years has brought safety in cricket to the forefront of the mind for everyone involved in the game. Players are now more confident than ever in taking on the short ball, which is leading to an alarming amount of players being struck on both the helmet and the grille. The increased emphasis on safety means that brands are investing more than ever to ensuring these products are state-of-the art.

You don’t have to look too far back for infamous instances of players being struck in the grille; Ricky Ponting in the 2005 Ashes, Stuart Broad against India in 2014 and Craig Kieswetter being forced to retire after being struck live long in the memory.

All this brings us back to GM. Earlier this year GM recruited Dr James Jones from Progressive Sports Technologies, a consultancy company specialising in sports product research and development, where he was a Senior Researcher.

But to understand why bringing James in was so important to us, you’ll need to know more about him.

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He graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 with a Masters of Engineering (Medical Engineering), before moving to Loughborough University, studying at the University’s Sports Technology Institute where he earned his PhD in Robotic Footstrike Emulation.

After completing his PhD in 2013, he conducted some consultancy work in conjunction with Loughborough University and the International Cricket Council (ICC), to investigate potential new and innovative test methods for the testing of helmets in cricket, particularly concentrating on projectile testing.

Initially, it was an investigation into the helmets available on the market at the time, looking specifically at the gap between the peak and the grille itself; with the aim of assessing how the helmets performed when impacted with a cricket ball. In short, the conclusion was not particularly well.

A main finding of this investigation was that the ball could and would easily penetrate the gap and often the grille would have the potential to collapse onto the face. The aforementioned examples of Ponting and Broad perfectly illustrate that point.

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As a result of the findings, the ICC backed an investigation in conjunction with all of the major cricket brands, with the hope of further developing and enhancing the internationally recognised British Standard (BS) testing of protective headwear in cricket.

To achieve this, James was able to utilise top of the range test equipment; a compressed air cannon capable of firing a cricket ball at realistic speeds (i.e. up to 90mph/140kmph) which allowed significant developments to be made to the standard. Interestingly, the only measure of testing in the previous version was the ‘drop test’.

In essence, the drop test is when a helmet is dropped onto a metal anvil in the shape of a cricket ball. The helmet is dropped from such a height that creates an impact force comparable to a fast bowler’s delivery – assessing for the impact attenuation results of the helmet shell. However, the problem with doing this test alone is that it only tested shell of the helmet, which is very important, but unfortunately not the only place that cricketers get struck.

The objective was to implement the compressed air cannon into the new form of testing. The Facial Contact Projectile Test, assesses the risk of a cricket ball delivered by a bowler, causing injury by either contacting the face or causing the faceguard to contact the face after impact. This is now part of the standardised testing for all helmets, and all helmet brands have to go through stringent accreditation and BS testing before they are sold. All the major helmets will now pass that test before they are available on the market.

KieswetterJames then took all the cricket consultancy with him when he moved to Progressive Sports Technologies later that year, and over the 4 years he was there, he worked with all of the cricket brands helping to develop and design their cricket helmets in line with the new standard. They were able to utilise the available testing methodologies, to see how the products fared against the BS test. There, they ensured that helmets were up to task before the accreditation process.

Having joined GM in February 2018, James has stated that one of his key missions is to improve the design, comfort and safety of future helmets, which will be coming to a cricket shop near you soon. His plan, he says, is “to make our helmet the best available helmet on the market. I want it pass the British Standard, be the most comfortable, offer the best vision and look the best”.

Over the coming months, we will be teasing out more information about the new helmets, including images and videos of the testing that James created. To stay up to date, make sure you are following us on all social media platforms:

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Royal London One Day Cup Round-Up 3

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 11:18:18 Europe/London

They say form is temporary but class is permanent, and nobody embodied that more this week than former England star and Warwickshire stalwart Jonathan Trott who notched up back-to-back centuries against Durham and Leicestershire.

The first game saw Durham bat first and rack up 299/8 from their 50 overs, featuring a fantastic 111 including 12 boundaries from Michael Richardson, just his second century in List A cricket and his highest ever score in the format.

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Trott opened the batting for The Bears, and despite losing his opening partner in the second over and his number three partner shortly after, began to stabilise the innings with Ian Bell reaching his 50 from 68 balls and soon after brought up the 100-partnership with his England teammate.

Trott knocked the ball around to keep the scoreboard ticking over, hitting boundaries consistently to ensure his side were always ahead of the run rate. He brought up his 22nd List A hundred up with a single down the ground, only to be dismissed without adding to his tally, falling to a catch from Richardson.

Despite losing his wicket, his efforts with the bat made sure that Warwickshire didn’t lose the game and even with his side giving away a couple of late wickets, the result was never in doubt as they strolled home with 5 wickets and 7 balls remaining.

Trott’s next match once again saw his side needing to chase, this time against a more modest total of 207 in their match against Leicestershire.

Having won the toss, Leicestershire made poor use of an excellent batting track and despite being 135/3 half way through the innings, collapsed to 207 all out in just the 44thover.

 In reply, Trott was completely untroubled throughout, putting on 52 for the first wicket before he lost his opening partner. It would be the only wicket to fall as Trott trotted his way to 102* from 121 balls, reaching his 23rd List A hundred.

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Asked to bat first, Slater along with his opening partner put on 182 for the first wicket, before Slater was bowled for a well-compiled 94 from 117 balls and Derbyshire made 265/2 from their 50 overs.For Derbyshire, Ben Slater continued his fantastic one day form against Northants, following on from his 109* against Yorkshire in the previous round.

The Northants chase was in early trouble when Wayne Madsen picked up a wicket to leave the home side 5/1 before Ben Duckett replied with his first 50 of the season, eventually making 57 from 74 balls before he too fell with the score 118/4. Derbyshire’s overseas bowler Duanne Olivier raced through the lower middle order, picking up 3/31 from 7 overs as they dismissed Northants for 214, 51 runs short of their target.

In Derby’s next match, they faced a Lancashire side hoping to re-boot their one-day campaign. Winning the toss and electing to field first, Derby’s bowlers put plenty of pressure on Lancashire’s opening batsmen, restricting the typically fluent Alex Davies to making just 39 from 58 balls. Dane Vilas attempted to accelerate the scoring before falling for 32 from 27 balls, opening the door for all-rounder Jordan Clark to enter the fray to make his first 50 of the One-Day campaign before falling to Olivier, helping Lancashire reach 290/8 from their 50 overs. Olivier finished figures of 2/36 from 9 overs whilst Hardus Viljoen picked up 2/55 from his 10 overs.

Derbyshire’s opening batsmen were unable to recreate the partnership they put on against Northants, but they did still make three figures before Ben Slater fell for 46. However, a middle order collapse saw them fall from 100/1 to 170/6 and appeared to be heading for a bit of a thrashing before Viljoen decided to take matters into his own hands, whacking two boundaries and four 6’s on his way to 50*, ably supported by Olivier who also finished not out on 23. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and Derby finished 25 runs short of their target.

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In a high-scoring affair, Gloucester travelled to high-flyers Kent hoping to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the knockout stage. Having chosen to bat first, Gloucester got off to a terrific start with their opening batsmen putting on 132 for the first wicket before a slight wobble allowed Ian Cockbain plenty of time to make his first 50 of the year in an innings that included five boundaries and three 6’s before he was run out for 68. Gloucester made an imposing 322/8 from their allotted overs.

Daniel Bell-Drummond helped his side get off the starting blocks very quickly, making 40 from 35 balls, 32 of which came in boundaries, before he fell with the score on 66/1. His teammates picked up where he left off as they raced along, losing only two more wickets and winning with 3.3 overs to spare.

Elsewhere, Hampshire travelled to Swansea to face a struggling Glamorgan side as James Vince & co looked to assert themselves at the top of the South Group table. Glamorgan were asked to bat first and continuously lost wickets after making starts, eventually spluttering to 227 all out, with Brad Taylor picking up 2/51 from his 10 overs.

Hampshire’s innings didn’t get off the start they were looking for as Vince was forced to come to the crease in the third over. Vince made his intentions clear from the off, frequently advancing down the track to Glamorgan’s spinners, making a fluent 41 from 38 balls before he fell with the score 88/3. Hampshire lost another wicket quickly which brought Taylor to the crease. The 21-year-old made his third List A 50, his second of the year, to top score in the innings with an unbeaten 54 to win the game with over 6 overs to spare.

Surrey’s victory against Middlesex has kept their hopes of qualification alive after chasing down a modest total of 234, which featured Will Jacks’ first professiOlliePopeonal wicket.

The Surrey innings didn’t get off to the best of starts, with Jacks departing for 18 before Rory Burns took over to make a cautious 40 from 56 balls. Burns fell with the score 133/4, at which point Ollie Pope came to the crease and ensured Surrey got over the line as he made 57*, with 1.5 overs to spare.

Essex travelled to Eastbourne for their match against Sussex, but not even their bowling all-rounder Ollie Robinson could suppress Essex’s free-flowing run-scoring. Sussex made 281/7 from their overs, but a fine 88 from Tom Westley reminded everyone of his England credentials, before he was run out. The damage was already done, however, as his side chased the target down with 2 overs to spare.

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