Ian Cockbain to the fore as Gloucestershire qualify for Blast quarter-finals

Ian Cockbain proved the scourge of Birmingham Bears as soon as once more as Gloucestershire certified for the Vitality Blast quarter-finals with a 50-run Central Group win on the Bristol County Floor.

Having smashed an unbeaten 84 within the corresponding recreation at Edgbaston, the 33-year-old hit 44 off simply 21 balls to spice up his facet’s complete to 173 for six after successful the toss.

Chris Dent (39) and Miles Hammond (49) had led the best way with a gap stand of 88, but it surely was Cockbain’s blistering knock that ensured an above-par rating. Olly Stone was the decide of the Birmingham assault with two for 31.

In reply, the Bears may handle solely 123 all out, Matt Taylor returning three for 29 and Graeme Van Buuren three for 33. Solely Sam Hain supplied a lot resistance with 43 not out.

It was the house facet’s sixth successive group win to be assured of a spot within the final eight, whereas the Bears have some work to do.

Leicestershire suffered a setback of their bid to succeed in the quarter-finals as Derbyshire pulled off a primary victory of the season in a low-scoring North Group affair.

Having restricted the Falcons to 147 for eight from their 20-over allocation, after seamer Gavin Griffiths took a career-best 4 for 35, the Foxes would have fancied their probabilities of cementing their place as one of many third-placed sides chasing qualification.

However regardless of an unbroken stand of 68 for the fifth wicket between Harry Dearden and George Rhodes, the Foxes fell 5 runs wanting their goal.

Hamish Rutherford’s first half-century of the Vitality Blast helped Worcestershire to their second win of the match and heaped extra stress on Northamptonshire’s stalling marketing campaign in an eight-run victory at Wantage Street.

Rutherford’s 62 in 37 balls underpinned Worcestershire’s 178 for six earlier than Northamptonshire had been held to 170 for seven having reached 82 for 2 after eight overs.

It was a 3rd consecutive defeat for Northamptonshire following a optimistic Covid-19 check amongst their squad. The disruption to their choice and apply dented a flying marketing campaign during which that they had gained their first 4 accomplished matches.

They now want at the very least one win from their remaining video games at Taunton and Edgbaston to have an opportunity of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

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