Surrey through to Vitality Blast final after seeing off Gloucestershire

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Surrey reached the Vitality Blast last for the primary time in seven years after besting Gloucestershire by six wickets in a rain-reduced 11-over semi-final at Edgbaston.

A match initially scheduled for 11am on Saturday finally received underneath method at 3.15pm on Sunday in truncated type because of the climate, with Surrey chasing down a successful goal of 74 with eight balls to spare.

Gloucestershire had been stored to 73 for seven after being despatched in, World Cup winner Liam Plunkett taking three for 12 whereas Reece Topley and Will Jacks helped squeeze the run-rate.

David Payne took three Surrey wickets to fall however there was by no means sufficient runs to play with.

Gloucestershire’s innings began slowly and by no means fairly recovered.

Miles Hammond set the tone, chewing by way of 11 balls for a solitary run and making an attempt a sequence of ill-judged reverse sweeps off Jacks earlier than being put out of his distress by Topley.

Jacks, having starred with 4 wickets within the quarter-final win over Kent, was once more a key contributor with the ball, permitting simply 5 runs off his 12 deliveries and choosing up Gloucestershire’s dangerman Ian Cockbain for a three-ball duck.

Common wickets tumbled, Chris Dent to Dan Moriarty and Plunkett choosing off Ryan Higgins along with his first ball. The 35-year-old seamer didn’t let issues slip from there, including captain Jack Taylor and Benny Howell in a measured show that defied the more and more frantic makes an attempt to conjure huge hits.

Howell at the very least managed a few sixes – to go together with a paltry 4 boundaries in your entire innings – however Plunkett and Topley, who eliminated Graeme Van Buuren with the final ball, ensured there can be no late injury to their figures.

Van Buuren was then handed the accountability to bowling the primary over and promptly shipped 13 runs, equalling Surrey’s costliest over as Roy and Jacks each cleared the infield.

Each fell to Payne, Roy to a wonderful Howell catch and Jacks bowled on the complete, to depart the chase 28 for 2 within the fourth over.

Howell confirmed off his variations as he dismissed Laurie Evans however a strong stand of 29 from England Check gamers Ben Foakes (20) and Rory Burns (12 not out) eased any strain.

Payne denied Foakes the possibility to complete issues off however Jamie Overton drove his first ball 4 to e-book a spot towards Nottinghamshire or Lancashire within the last.

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