Grant Roelofsen led the way with 52, and Jack Taylor (41 not out) and Graeme van Buuren (36) both made significant contributions. The visitors, who had lost the toss, did well to comeback from nine for three to total 186 for eight. Matt Henry led the Somerset offensive with 2 for 28.

Opening Batsman:

Opening batsman Smeed, who scored 94 in the comparable South Group encounter at Bristol. Led Somerset’s response of 187 for 6 in 19.3 overs. Smeed scored 78 runs in a lightning-quick 42 balls, including five sixes and seven fours.

With ten victories from 12 games. The group leaders—Ben Green (37) and Kasey Aldridge (32 not out)—ensured a top-two finish by securing victory with a sixth-wicket stand of 48. Their closest rivals, Surrey and Essex, still have to play each other.

Gloucestershire appeared to need a strong start:

Gloucestershire appeared to need a strong start to have a chance of pulling off a surprise. But they got exactly the opposite when they lost Miles Hammond and Ben Charlesworth in Henry’s first and second overs of the match.

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Gloucestershire were in disarray when Craig Overton got Ben Wells off a lifter and hooked him behind. At the completion of the six-over power play, the scoreboard read 44 for 4. James Bracey quickly scored 17, including a scooped six off Overton. But he somehow managed to miss a catch to point off what would have been Josh Davey’s leg-side wide.

Then, Roelofson and van Buuren put on an outstanding 71-run stand in 6.2 overs to turn around Gloucestershire’s fortunes. Roelofsen hit sixes over mid-wicket and square leg in the 11th over. Which was bowled by Green, the player with the most wickets in the contest.

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Roelofsen reached fifty off 36 balls:

Roelofsen reached fifty off 36 balls before being run out by Tom Abell’s direct smash at the bowler’s end while attempting a single to extra cover. Offspinner Shoaib Bashir, making his home debut for Somerset, bowled van Buuren. Who had hit two sixes and four fours, with a ball that turned.

They contend that he ought to have avoided the bowler and that they had every right to appeal. Grant would have made his ground without the bowler present, and I don’t believe it was fair cricket.

Green’s nimble fielding off his own bowling resulted in the runout of David Payne as well. However, Taylor started to enjoy himself and cleared the ropes off Green. Before being caught at third man off a Henry no-ball.


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Taylor hit a second six against Henry during the respite, while Josh Shaw also managed a maximum against Davey. Davey then replied by bowling the final three runs of the inning.

Tom Banton was caught behind by Shaw off his second ball to start the Somerset inning. Smeed, though, struck back with a six and a four off the second over, which Payne bowled.

Smeed effortlessly hit :

After Smeed effortlessly hit another six over midwicket off Shaw, Somerset ended the powerplay on 53 for 3. Abell was dismissed while attempting to scoop a full delivery from Zaman Akhter.

After yorking Sean Dickson, Akhter enthralled another raucous Cooper Associates County Ground audience with a 26-ball fifty. When he mishit a pull shot off Dale to van Buuren at long-on in the thirteenth over. His impressive performance came to an end.

After clearing the extra cover boundary rope off Shaw’s 14th over. Which went for 16, Green hit a straight six off van Buuren’s left-arm spin. 27 runs were required off the final three overs, and Aldridge supplied good support.

Green was caught by Dale at short fine leg, and he was out. However, Somerset needed eight runs off the final over from van Buuren after Craig Overton hit a six over midwicket. And a straight four off Akhter.

To the joy of the home crowd. An Aldridge four over extra cover sandwiched between a pair of twos sealed the victory.


By four wickets, Somerset defeated Gloucestershire 186 for 8 (Roelofsen 52, Taylor 42*).