Gloucestershire 268-9 beat Surrey 140 by 128 runs
By Dom Mather
The Shire recorded a second one-day victory of the season as they brushed Surrey aside by 128 runs at Bristol.
Ian Saxelby starred with 4-31 after Will Porterfield's 74 from 84 balls set up the win.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat it was a stuttering start for Gloucestershire; Kadeer Ali and Hamish Marshall both fell early, caught behind off the very aggressive bowling of Andre Nel. But when Will Porterfield and skipper Alex Gidman joined forces in the middle the runs started flowing for the home side.
Porterfield hit three consecutive boundaries in one over, and the fifty partnership came up after only 56 balls. Porterfield’s run a ball half-century, with seven fours, also brought up the Glos’ 100 off 22 overs.
But Alex Gidman was given out to a debateable LBW on 31 off the South-African born Grant Elliot. And Elliot removed danger-man Porterfield for 74 off 84 balls.
Glos then stumbled to 183-6 after losing David Brown and Steve Adshead in consecutive balls, but Chris Taylor took took the innings forward, hitting 63 in partnership with Jon Lewis, who made an excellent 32 from 30 balls.
286-9 - aided by 3 penalty runs courtesy of a Jade Dernbach beamer - looked an extremely competitive total and so it proved as almost from the beginning of the Surrey reply you could tell that they were in trouble; Surrey were reduced to 85-6 before being rolled for just 140.
Taylor claimed a trademark stunning catch at gully to give Saxelby his first wicket, before enducing a top-edge from Brown for his second.
Steve Kirby removed Mark Ramprakash for a duck, as his edge was taken spectacularly by Adshead and a farcial run-out saw Jon Batty depart.
Taylor took an even better catch to remove Elliot - an absolutely phenomenal effort - before Vikram Banerjee picked up two wickets and Saxelby having the final word, as Nel cut into his stumps.
The match looks like a good omen for the Glosters, with Ian Saxelby, Will Porterfield, Chris Taylor and Vikram Banerjee all looking to be in fine form. Here's hoping it may continue to Tuesday's trip to Northampton in the championship.
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