Twenty20 Midlands/West/Wales Division round-up July 6, 2005

Somerset squeeze out Gloucestershire

Cricinfo staff

Final points table

Graeme Smith on his way to a fifty during Somerset's win © Getty Images
Warwickshire ensured they progressed to the quarter finals thanks to a 41-run win over division winners Northamptonshire at Edgbaston. Warwickshire raced to 205 for 2 thanks to Ian Bell's 38-ball 66 not out, and 61 from Nick Knight, and then three wickets from James Anyon checked Northants's progress and thereafter they were always well behind the asking rate.

Gloucestershire's defeat by Somerset in front of 6000 spectators at Taunton meant they missed out, and also secured the home side one of two quarter-final places on offer to the best third-placed teams. Graeme Smith (53) and Ian Blackwell (45) laid the foundations for Somerset to reach 228 for 5. Gloucestershire, who needed a point to book their own place in the last eight, found the pressure too much and they were skittled out for 133 with Gareth Andrew taking 4 for 22.

The wooden-spoon battle was won by Worcestershire, who beat Glamorgan by 37 runs at New Road. Ben Smith hammered 105 off only 45 balls, smashing 12 fours and six sixes, as Worcestershire made 223 for 9, a score well beyond the visitors.