FPT: Gloucestershire 221-7 beat Yorkshire 217-9 by three wickets
Gloucestershire ground out a very hard-fought victory over Yorkshire at Bristol to place one foot into the quarter-final of Friends Provident trophy.
It was Steve Adshead's excellent 56 from 57 balls that dug the Shire out of a hole that had been created by the bowling of David Wainwright who took three wickets for no runs and left Glos reeling at 107-6. But Adshead led the recovery with James Franklin, who's 51 not out saw the Shire home.
After useful runs the previous day, Adshead continued to play excellent one-day cricket and smashed two sixes into the tennis courts on his way to guiding his team to the winning line. He built a partnership with Franklin steadily: working the gaps and running exceptionally between the wickets. It was unfortunate that he couldn't complete the job, but received a deserved ovation for his efforts as he left the field.
Franklin justified his signing with a vital innings, and Glos fans will be pleased to see a genuine impact from their oversees. He played with intelligence alongside Adshead to continue the Shire's unbeaten start to the competition.
The victory might have been far more comprehensive. Yorkshire were reduced to 49-5 with Jon Lewis' three wickets, and it took a 115 stand led by captain Anothny McGrath (67) to haul the visitors back into contention. The effort certainly transformed the match that at one stage had looked like another drab one-sided affair (not that we mind those too much!)
But impact-of-the-day must surely go to Wainwright who had Chris Taylor caught and bowled, removed Alex Gidman for a duck and then ended Will Porterfield's innings as he looked to move the Shire towards victory, all within his first two overs. But Adshead and Franklin battled hard and their 106 partnership steered the Shire to a memorable win.
Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk
Friends Provident Trophy Group C
1. Gloucestershire PLD: 5 PTS: 10
2. Sussex PLD: 5 PTS: 6
3. Yorkshire PLD: 5 PTS: 4
4. Surrey PLD: 4 PTS: 2
5. Durham PLD: 5 PTS: 2