FPT: Gloucestershire 306-9 v Sussex Match Abandoned
Gloucestershire confirmed their passage to the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy as the game at Sussex was abandoned at tea.
The Shire had managed to bat themselves into a strong position having posted 306-9 from their 50-overs, before the heavens opened.
After sensibly deciding to bat, Alex Gidman batted at three and was one of a number of players who managed to play themselves in and then get out. Hamish Marshall once again had supporters tearing their hair out, as a quick start was ended all too soon as he failed to build upon his run-a-ball 32.
But there were many positives from the innings, as a big total was built with all but Chris Taylor of the batsmen contributing. James Franklin again proved his worth as an all-rounder with useful runs, and Steve Adshead continued his fine form with 66 not out from just 45 deliveries.
The performance showed good character by the Shire who bounced back from the abysmal showing at Surrey, but as the competition progresses one of these players "in" needs to make a big score - in the manner of Ramprakash on Wednesday. Far too often it is down to Adshead, Franklin, Lewis to make a significant contribution; it needs to be the top order who are getting all the runs.