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Lewis and Devon lead Somerset to derby win!

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Lewis Gregory and Devon Conway inspired Somerset to victory in the local derby against Gloucestershire at the Bristol County Ground in the Vitality Blast this evening.

Gregory took career-best figures whilst Conway’s unbeaten 81 took the visitors to an eight wicket win and the local bragging rights.

It was Somerset’s first T20 victory at Bristol since 2015, and the result takes them level on points with tonight’s hosts and into the top four of the South Group.

Gregory’s five for 24 helped Somerset restrict Gloucestershire to 161 for seven before Conway passed fifty for a third time in four innings to deliver a comprehensive victory with four balls to spare.

Gloucestershire were left to rue a poor drop by wicketkeeeper James Bracey in the opening over when Conway had only eight. From that point onwards, the New Zealander managed the chase perfectly.

Conway opened the chase with consecutive cover drives for four before lifting further boundaries over the off-side infield. He nailed a sweep for his ninth four and then reached fifty in 40 balls.

He shared productive stands first with Will Smeed, who top-edged a six and whacked a full-toss through midwicket in making 36 in 23 balls, and then Lewis Goldsworthy, who helped his side home with 39 not out in 27 balls.

That backed up a fine performance with the ball having won the toss.

Gregory took five wickets in a T20 for the first time and he took advantage of a little nibble in the wicket, particularly when seaming one away to take out Glenn Phillips’ off stump for only four.

He also had Chris Dent and James Bracey caught top-edging pulls, Tom Smith held at short-third man and Benny Howell taken at long-off.

Howell played a rare anchor role in making 52 from 41 balls and Miles Hammond made a tournament-best 44 from 33, but it was to no avail as Somerset deservedly took the spoils.

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