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Corey fireworks not enough on rain affected night

Corey Anderson blasted his way to 40 not out from just 17 balls but it wasn’t quite enough as Somerset were beaten by Gloucestershire with just five deliveries to spare at the Brightside Ground in the Vitality Blast.

Ian Cockbain was the hero for the home side as his unbeaten 43 off 22 balls led Gloucestershire to a four-wicket win.

In a match reduced to 11 overs per side by rain before the start, Somerset scored 114 for eight after losing the toss, with Anderson looking in fine form. There were also handy contributions from Lewis Gregory (19), Steve Davies (17) and Johann Myburgh (14).

Andrew Tye claimed three for 24 from three overs for Gloucestershire.

In reply, the home side made 116 for six from 10.1 overs.

The game did not begin until 8.15pm and hopes of a 12,000 crowd were dashed by the bad weather leading up to the start.

However, there was still a large crowd to witness the derby clash, in which the hosts were seeking quick revenge for a six-wicket defeat by their arch-rivals at Taunton a week earlier.

Gloucestershire fielded poorly that night. This time they were aided by a Miles Hammond catch at extra cover to break an opening stand of 27 between Myburgh and Davies.

Cockbain ran out Myburgh with a direct hit at the bowler’s end from backward point and the Michael Klinger held on to a sharp chance at the second attempt to dismiss Roelof van der Merwe.

From 48 for four at the end of the sixth over, Gregory and Anderson lifted the tempo with sixes off Tom Smith, whose previous over had seen James Hildreth and Peter Trego dismissed with successive balls.

Anderson then hit two maximums in the tenth over, sent down by Ryan Higgins, and when Tye, whose first two overs had cost only ten, went for 14 off the last, Somerset had set a challenging score.

Gloucestershire’s hopes suffered a blow in the first over of their reply when Klinger, who had already hit a straight six, got an inside edge to Craig Overton and was caught behind.

Fellow opener Miles Hammond fell to Max Waller and after two overs the home side were 15 for two. The power plays were 3.2 overs and Noema-Barnett’s six off Gregory helped the hosts to 32 for two, compared to Somerset’s 32 for one at the same stage.

Noema-Barnett then hit Gregory to extra cover and when he departed Cockbain took charge with sixes off Gregory and Trego.

Higgins was caught at extra cover off van der Merwe with 34 still needed, but Jack Taylor hit two sixes and a four in the ninth over and Gloucestershire had the necessary momentum to creep over the line.

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After the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “In reduced overs games the margins between success and failure are very small. Corey Anderson’s innings gave us a fighting chance, but I didn’t feel we scored quite enough runs.

“We needed to be at our absolute best to defend 114 and we weren’t. Our practice for T20 has been going really well, but we are not transmitting that into performances at the moment.

“Our bowling is the biggest concern for me and we need to spend more time working on our skills. There is an opportunity to reflect before our next game against Middlesex and we need to use that time well.”

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