Worcestershire v Gloucestershire, Pro 40, New Road July 20, 2006

Taylor leads Gloucester to victory

Cricinfo staff

Gloucestershire 245 for 6 (Taylor 93, Adshead 69*, Khan 3-27) beat Worcesterhsire 233 for 9 (Vincent 56, Ball 4-47) by 12 runs

The Pro 40 competition continued its staggered start as Gloucestershire pipped Worcestershire by 12 runs under the lights at a sultry New Road. Chris Taylor's excellent 93 laid the foundation for the win, while Stephen Adshead's late assault put the tie just beyond the home side.

After choosing to bat, Gloucestershire slid to 33 for 3 before Taylor and Alex Gidman restored order with a fourth-wicket stand of 71, but it was the sixth-wicket partnership of 106 between Taylor and Adshead which tipped the scales. Taylor's 93 included nine fours, but as he began to tire, Adshead cut loose with six fours and two sixes in his 48-ball 69 not out.

Worcestershire began brightly, cruising to 81 for 0 in 13 overs, but Ian Harvey removed Lou Vincent and Vikram Solanki with successive balls, and then Taylor ran out Stephen Moore to reduce them to 93 for 3.

Any chance of a home win seemed to end when Martyn Ball dismissed Graeme Hick and Steven Davies within three balls to reduce Worcestershire to 113 for 5, and although the tail put up a fight, they were always behind the clock