|Gloucestershire 179-6 (20 overs): Phillips 44; Douthwaite 3-28|
|Glamorgan 175-9 (20 overs): Labuschagne 93*; Howell 3-39|
|Gloucestershire (2 pts) gained by 4 runs|
Marnus Labuschagne was left unbeaten on 93 as Glamorgan misplaced by 4 runs in opposition to Gloucestershire.
Enjoying in his first T20 Blast sport, the Australia star hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 56-ball knock.
His fellow abroad colleague Colin Ingram made only one on his Glamorgan return.
Having misplaced the toss, Glamorgan had been set 180 to win in opposition to final 12 months’s semi-finalists, with Dan Douthwaite taking 3-28.
Glenn Phillips top-scored for the opposition with 44, with the guests including 65 runs from the final 5 overs.
None of Gloucestershire’s batsmen reached a half-century however 5 of them made it previous 20 – which was arguably the distinction between the edges as Glamorgan’s center to decrease order faltered with three geese.
The wickets had been shared by the remainder of Glamorgan’s bowlers, with one apiece for Andrew Salter, Labuschagne, Timm van der Gugten and Ruaidhri Smith – enjoying his first sport of 2021.
With a crowd of as much as 1000 permitted into Sophia Gardens for the second time this 12 months, followers had been additionally handled to some spectacular fielding – Nick Selman taking a shocking juggling catch on the boundary to dismiss Phillips, upstaging Kiran Carlson and Labuschagne who additionally accomplished gorgeous boundary efforts.
David Lloyd’s emphatic County Championship type as a gap batter continued into the shortest format as he hit a quickfire 28 off 15 balls.
Selman and Ingram fell rapidly however an aggressive partnership between Labuschagne and Chris Cooke rebuilt the innings as they added 58 for the fourth wicket.
Labuschagne’s working between the wickets was significantly spectacular as he consistently took on the fielders and pushed his batting companions to run loads of twos.
However Glamorgan fell from 126-5 to 144-9 because the medium tempo of Benny Howell (3-39) and Ryan Higgins (2-35) did many of the injury.
Labuschagne expertly negotiated the strike to face Higgins’ closing over with 19 required to win and, regardless of hitting a 4 and a six from the ultimate two balls, the goal proved an excessive amount of.
Glamorgan’s subsequent sport is in opposition to Essex Eagles in Cardiff on Sunday, 13 June, whereas Gloucestershire face Sussex at Bristol on Friday, 11 June.
Glamorgan batsman Marnus Labuschagne informed BBC Sport Wales:
“I am nonetheless eager about the place I may have discovered these additional 5 runs and brought the sport on somewhat bit extra. I am evaluating that so I do know once I’m in that state of affairs once more I can get us over the road.
“Pleasing to get some runs however disappointing to not get us over the road. I by no means doubted I may get a fifty in T20 cricket however for me it is about profitable video games with Glamorgan, Australia or Queensland.
“Early on my strokes weren’t too totally different (to longer codecs) however by the center of the innings it appears to be like quite a bit totally different by way of focusing on the proper areas, it is a new and thrilling problem.
“It is good to have the group again so it could have been a pity if we might needed to go off (due to dangerous gentle because the floodlights weren’t functioning).”
Gloucestershire all-rounder Benny Howell informed BBC Radio Bristol:
“It is all the time arduous to come back right here as a result of this lot all the time do properly in opposition to us, so actually good to get a win right here.
“We knew it was a tricky goal but it surely bought powerful for us once they bought a partnership going, however we bought a number of wickets in direction of the center and again finish which helped us.
“We weren’t 100% and there are undoubtedly areas we are able to enhance on from tonight but it surely reveals the standard of our aspect. To stand up to 180 after we weren’t at our greatest was pleasing and nice to get the win.
“Once we’re at our greatest, different groups had higher be careful.”
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