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Gladiators overpower Vikings

Gloucestershire Gladiators produced an impressive all-round performance to beat Yorkshire Vikings by 36 runs in a rain-shortened Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture and maintain pressure on arch rivals Somerset at the top of Group C.

Chris Dent top-scored with 56 and there were useful contributions from Michael Klinger and Ian Cockbain - with 45 and 46 not out - as the home side posted an imposing 229 for six in 27 overs after being put in.

Dan Hodgson registered a competition-best score of 76 as Yorkshire made a decent fist of chasing, but 17-year-old off-spinner Miles Hammond accounted for him and finished with 2-29 in only his third senior appearance as Gloucestershire turned the screw.

Left-arm seamer David Payne weighed in with 4-44 from five overs as Group C strugglers Yorkshire were dismissed for 193 in 26.3 overs.

Opening pair Klinger and Hamish Marshall have made a habit of providing Gloucestershire with a solid base in the 40-over competition this season and this game proved no exception as the first wicket yielded 52 runs in seven overs.

Both took the aerial route during the powerplay, Marshall striking a quartet of fours in contributing 27 at a run a ball before giving leg-spinner Adil Rashid the charge and being stumped by Andrew Hodd.

Klinger took an inexperienced attack to task, greeting Ben Coad with sixes over long-on and square-leg in the space of four balls and helping himself to three maximums in all.

The visitors breathed a collective sigh of relief when Gloucestershire's captain was yorked by Iain Wardlaw with the score on 110 in the 14th over.

Back in action after recovering from a back injury, Dent was especially strong on the leg side and demonstrated admirable timing and invention in a high-octane innings spanning 40 balls.

Looking dangerous, he succumbed to a soft dismissal when hoisting a full toss from Liam Plunkett straight to Richard Pyrah at deep midwicket having dominated a partnership of 49 in five overs with Ian Cockbain for the third wicket.

Although Gloucestershire failed to fully maximise their excellent start in the face of some hostile bowling from Wardlaw, who took 3-44, Benny Howell and Cockbain refused to panic, kept the scoreboard moving and raised 50 in seven overs to put the home side in a position of strength.

Requiring nine an over, Yorkshire were heavily dependent upon big-hitting Andrew Gale but made the worst possible start when their skipper hooked a leg-side delivery from Will Gidman to Payne at short fine-leg for two.

Fellow left-hander Adam Lyth and new batsman Hodgson nevertheless set about repairing the damage in a second-wicket alliance of 60 and Yorkshire were up with the rate when the partnership was brilliantly ended by Gareth Roderick.

Lyth pulled a short ball from Payne and Gloucestershire's young wicketkeeper took off right to complete a quite brilliant airborne catch.

Undeterred, Hodgson continued to attack and mustered his maiden List-A fifty from 29 balls in his eighth appearance, eclipsing a previous highest score of 24 and putting on 61 for the third wicket with Joe Sayers.

Having made 76 from 55 balls and struck nine fours and two sixes, he fell to Hammond - who lured him into front-foot indiscretion, Roderick completing the stumping.

Sayers was held by Alex Gidman at short third man, at which point Yorkshire required nearly 11 an over and were reliant upon in-form Rashid.

Hammond had the former England all-rounder caught by a diving Dent at mid-off, though, to all but end the White Rose’s challenge.

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