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RESULT
South Group (D/N), Taunton, June 17, 2022, Vitality Blast
(20 ov, T:185) 177/8

Somerset won by 7 runs

Report

Gregory, Rossouw power Somerset in West Country cliffhanger

Howell stars for Gloucestershire with bat and ball, but visitors are out-muscled

Rilee Rossouw scored a half-century, Vitality T20 Blast, Somerset vs Gloucestershire, Taunton, June 17, 2022

Rilee Rossouw helped guide Somerset's innings with 54  •  Getty Images

Somerset 184 for 6 (Gregory 60, Rossouw 54) beat Gloucestershire 177 for 8 (Higgins 43, Howell 42, Siddle 3-30) by seven runs
Rapid half-centuries from Rilee Rossouw and Lewis Gregory paved the way for Somerset to clinch a Vitality Blast double over arch-rivals Gloucestershire with a seven-run win at a packed Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
On a sweltering evening, the hosts recovered from a slow start to run up 184 for six, Rossouw smacking 54 off 45 balls, with three sixes and five fours, while Gregory hammered 60 from 36 deliveries, clearing the ropes five times.
Mohammad Amir (two for 25) and Benny Howell (two for 31) were the pick of the bowlers for Gloucestershire, who made a promising start in reply, but were eventually restricted to 177 for eight.
Ryan Higgins hit 43 and Howell 42, but the visitors lost their way in mid-innings. Peter Siddle claimed three for 30 and Roelof van der Merwe one for 31
All the talk before the game was about 200 being a par score on a white-looking pitch. But it gripped slightly to give the bowlers on both sides hope.
Somerset soon found that to their cost as Will Smeed swung at the first two deliveries of the game from Amir without making contact and edged the third to slip.
The Pakistan left-arm seamer went on to complete a wicket-maiden and far from making a fast start, the home side were becalmed on four for one at the end of the third over.
Tom Banton and Rossouw than upped the pace, only for Banton to fall for 23 in the sixth over, bowled by Glenn Phillips, which ended with Somerset 43 for two.
Tom Abell offered a tame caught and bowled to Howell, who bowled with typically clever variation of pace, line and length.
Tom Lammonby fell to an ugly shot off Zak Chappell and at the halfway point of their innings his side had posted only 69 for four.
Rossouw cut loose with two sixes and a four off Higgins in going to a 33-ball fifty. But when he fell to Howell in the 13th over, Somerset needed a hero.
They found one in Gregory, fresh from a confidence-boosting LV= Insurance County Championship century against Surrey. The all-rounder cleared the ropes off Tom Smith, Chappell, Howell and Matt Taylor, whose 19th over cost 23, to boost what was looking a below-par score.
The highlight of Gloucestershire's fielding was stunning one-handed boundary catch by Miles Hammond to dismiss Ben Green.
Hammond soon signalled his side's intentions with the bat, hoisting the first ball of their reply from Siddle over mid-wicket for six.
Somerset appeared to have learned little about the left-handed opener's relish for scoring in that area from the reverse fixture eight days earlier and soon he was finding it again for another six off Gregory.
Ultimately, it proved Hammond's downfall as, on 19, he miscued a catch to wicketkeeper Banton off Jack Brooks. But by then Gloucestershire had raced to 33 off 3.1 overs.
At the end of the six-over powerplay, the visitors had 51 for one on the board and looked well-placed.
But Somerset then applied the sort of mid-innings squeeze their opponents have been so effective at over the years, spinners van der Merwe and Goldsworthy sharing six overs for just 42 runs.
James Bracey (30), Glenn Phillips, Ian Cockbain and Jack Taylor all fell between the eighth and 13th over, the last of them to a one-handed boundary catch by Rossouw at long-on that rivalled Hammond's take.
Higgins and Howell briefly raised Gloucestershire hopes, the latter hitting sixes off successive balls from Green, before Siddle's experience saw him effectively close out the match by taking three wickets in the 19th over.

Gloucs Innings
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Vitality Blast
North Group
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LANCS1374160.446
DERBS1385160.022
YORKS1375151.053
NHNTS146614-0.040
LEICS137614-0.176
NOTTS136613-0.019
DURH13397-0.656
WORCS132105-1.883
South Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SURR13102210.883
ESSEX1494190.881
SOM1394180.473
HANTS1385160.183
GLOUC1356120.012
GLAM134710-0.347
SUSS13498-0.387
MIDDX13498-1.053
KENT133106-0.584