T20: Worcestershire 188-9 beat Gloucestershire 175-8 by 13 runs
Gloucestershire lost their sixth straight one-day match to Worcestershire, as they fell 13 short of chasing the visitors' 188 at Bristol.
Again Glos failed to produce good enough all-round cricket to win and conceded above nine-an-over: surprising considering their recent successes have been in the field.
Steve Kirby's 2-28 from four overs were not backed up, as the Shire twice let Worcester get away, after a middle period that clawed the innings back from a 102 opening stand.
The bizarre experiment of opening with Vikram Banerjee failed miserably, and Banerjee's impact was completely neutralised - contributing to Glos facing their highest target in this year's competition.
The chase was actually quite admirable, and for a while the Shire had a sniff as Alex Gidman finally made some runs. His 64 shared a partnership of 94 with Hamish Marshall, but quick wickets scuppered the response, and the target eventually gained the better of the home side.
Just two points from four matches is exactly the opposite of what was required, and the pressure is now on to find a couple of wins to keep the Shire's interest in the competition continuing to the later period of the group stages.
Stuart Clark will no longer be joining Gloucestershire because he failed to achieve a work permit in the required time frame.
I cannot understand how the authorities have allowed this to happen. The system is quite ridiculous when a very straightforward application has to endure such a procedure, and is very much to the detriment of the Shire.