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Gloucestershire chasing Sharks boost

Gloucestershire are in the mood for chasing down targets ahead of their NatWest T20 Blast clash with Sussex Sharks at the Brighton& County Ground tomorrow night.

Michael Klinger’s side will arrive in Hove boosted by a stunning final-day chase to claim victory over Leicestershire in their LV= County Championship clash today. 

Led by an unbeaten century from their Australian skipper and a blistering 78 from 59 balls from all-rounder Benny Howell – who was promoted up the order – Gloucestershire reeled in a victory target of 251 with nine wickets in hand.

They will therefore be boosted for the trip to the south coast against a side they have some unpleasant memories.

However, they have injuries to contend with. Youngsters Chris Dent and Will Tavare are both sidelined with thumb and knee problems respectively, handing Dan Housego and Jack Taylor an opportunity.

Sussex pulled off a stunning quarter-final win two years ago, when Scott Styris blasted a 37-ball century, as the Sharks racked up 230 for four.

Another run-fest could, therefore, be in the offing with the visitors looking to kick-start their Blast campaign.

Gloucestershire have won one of their opening three games this term, but after a points deduction carried over from last season, are yet to get their points total off the mark in the South Group.

The Sharks have split their four games so far this season and are looking to bounce back after suffering a last-ball defeat to Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium last Friday night.

They are without the injured Michael Yardy, England duo Chris Jordan and Matt Prior, while Ashar Zaidi is not available after his wife gave birth yesterday. 

* Luke Wright needs 67 runs to become the second English player after Owais Shah to score 4,000 runs in all Twenty20 cricket.

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