FPT: Gloucestershire 254-8 lost to Durham 255-6 by four wickets
Gloucestershire went down by four wickets at Durham in their final Friends Provident Trophy group match, but still qualified top of Group C by virtue of Sussex's defeat to Surrey.
At the Riverside, there were echos of last season's pro40 match, as Glos were inserted and reduced to 13-3. It took another recovery operation from James Franklin (85) and Steve Adshead (87) to bail out the top four, who between them contributed just 19 runs.
Franklin and Adshead seem to like batting with one another, as another fabulous stand of 175 was built on a steady beginning, before good acceleration - particularly from Adshead who again played shots of a man in-form - pushed the score up to something very defendable. Taken on merit, the effort was decent considering they had been asked to bat and posted a competitive score, but delving deeper into the details shows just what an effort it was.
However, Durham managed this chase far better than their attempt at Bristol. A 63 opening stand set the tone for the reply, as meaningful partnerships were built to waltz the home side to victory. Glos couldn't find the wickets that were required to apply the pressure, and when they did pinch one, failed to bag another cheaply enough to enable the tension to rise sufficiently.
Gloucestershire have drawn Nottinghamshire at home in the quarter-finals. This game will take place at Bristol on Tuesday 16th June with a 12:00pm start.