T20: Gloucestershire 134-8 (19.5 overs) beat Northamptonshire 133 (20 overs) by two wickets
Gloucestershire defied the odds as a much changed side scraped past group-leaders Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
The bowling again was the highlight for the Shire, as they bowled Northants out for just 133, but the batting again struggled and despite only chasing six-and-a-half per over, Glos managed to lose eight wickets and scrambled to their target with one ball to spare.
The big positive, aside the meaningless result, was that Grant Hodnett made 60 from 46 balls. He is another player to have worked hard over the winter and again showed why his is worthy of a place in the 1st X1; his main rival, Kadeer Ali, made 21 not out, but his form recently that has shown Hodnett to surely be ahead of him in the pecking order.
Jon Lewis and Steve Kirby were both rested, but recent signing Gemaal Hussain again stepped up to the mark and followed up his debut at Worcester with another great spell, his 3-22 and wickets for James Franklin and Ian Saxelby meant the Shire could return home with a half smile on their faces.