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Yorkshire Bank 40, August 18: As it happened

Gloucestershire Gladiators went level on points with Somerset at the top of Yorkshire Bank 40 Group C thanks to a penultimate-ball win over Glamorgan. The Unicorns had their first victory in this year’s competition, Leicestershire Foxes their victims.

7:27pm - RESULT! Gloucestershire Gladiators beat Glamorgan by two wickets with one ball remaining at Bristol. Hogan bowls a wide, then concedes two singles before having Smith caught and bowled for one. New man David Payne gets one and Fuller takes four from the penultimate ball to seal a thrilling win that puts Gloucestershire level on points with Somerset at the top of Group C. Glamorgan are a win behind with a game in hand. This pool will surely go to the wire?

7:21pm - Graham Wagg snares Howell for 23 from 14 balls and has Roderick caught and bowled for 14. The Gladiators need five from the last over with James Fuller and Tom Smith in situ.

7:14pm - Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell and Gareth Roderick smash 17 from the 38th over, bowled by Jones, meaning 18 are required from the last two.

7:10pm - RESULT! The Unicorns beat Leicestershire Foxes by 42 runs with an over to spare at Grace Road. The Unicorns win for the first time in this year’s YB40, ending Leicestershire’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals. Skidmore takes the last wicket, bowling Alex Wyatt for a duck. Park returned 4-39 but Matt Lineker’s 132 from 106 balls was crucial.

7:06pm - Park strikes twice in an over, Anthony Ireland and James Sykes departing, and the Unicorns are in sight of a first YB40 win of 2013. Leicestershire are nine down with 46 wanted from the last two overs.

7:04pm - Park has a third victim, Anthony Ireland for five, and the Unicorns are in sight of a first YB40 win of 2013.

6:58pm - It gets worse for the Foxes as Skidmore bowls Michael Thornely for 11. Fifty-eight are required from 23 balls with three wickets left.

It’s two wickets in two overs for Glamorgan when Michael Hogan cleans up Alex Gidman for 28. Gloucestershire want 45 from 34 deliveries with half their wickets gone and two new batsmen in.

6:51pm - Klinger is bowled by Jones for 87 from 99 balls, making the Gladiators 199 for four in the 34th over. With 49 needed to win they should still get home.

6:43pm - The pressure is telling on Leicestershire as Shiv Thakor is run out for 12. Soon after they need 83 from seven overs.

6:34pm - Park breaks through again in the same manner, Ned Eckersley going for 25 as the Foxes are five down and want 94 from 9.2 overs.

6:19pm - Cosker is in the thick of the action as Glamorgan strike twice in three balls, reducing the Gladiators to 154 for three. Dent holes out off the spinner for 26 before Cosker takes a diving catch at backward point to give Jones Ian Cockbain’s wicket for nought.

In the other game Garry Park has Matthew Boyce caught and bowled for 18. Leicestershire therefore require 115 from 13 overs.

6:12pm - Gloucestershire pass 150 for still just one wicket in the 24th over, that costs 15 and features a Chris Dent six off Simon Jones, after which they need 97 to win.

6:03pm - Beaven makes it two wickets in as many overs, ousting Greg Smith for 14.

5:55pm - Klinger heralds a half-century while O’Brien is caught and bowled off Luke Beaven for 44, making Leicestershire 109 for two in the 20th over.

5:40pm - Cobb raises a fifty with a six off Devon Endersby but in the next over is lbw to Josh Poysden for 53, leaving his side 89 for one from 15.

Dean Cosker superbly has Marshall caught and bowled for 55.

5:13pm - The Gladiators are 50 without loss from seven overs, reaching the landmark slightly sooner than Leicestershire.

5:08pm - Cobb takes Christopher Skidmore for three consecutive fours at the start of the seventh over as the Foxes near 50.

4:52pm - Gloucestershire are also off in search of 248 versus Glamorgan. Michael Klinger and Hamish Marshall are their opening batsmen.

4:45pm - Leicestershire start their pursuit of 260 to beat the Unicorns with Josh Cobb and Niall O’Brien at the crease.

4:33pm - Glamorgan end their innings on 247 for seven. Rees fell to Craig Mills three balls from the end for 83. The opener hit five fours from the first 19 deliveries he faced, but did not strike another boundary until the penultimate over. 

4:18pm - The Unicorns post 259 for five, after adding 19 runs from the final over. Lineker's superb hundred underpinned a good innings by Group C's bottom side. It's now down to the bowlers to try and secure their first victory of the campaign. Leicestershire need to win to keep their faint semi-final hopes alive.

4:08pm - Lineker's career-best knock comes to an end in the 37th over on 132 from 106 deliveries. Keith Parsons then follows for a duck.

Rees is still unbeaten at Bristol, having moved to 69.

4pm - After Lineker's assault in the previous over, Bharat Tripathi sends the ball to the boundary for another four, but then falls next ball to Shiv Thakor.

3:54pm - Lineker's staggering innings continues. He hits 19 of the 20 runs conceded by Anthony Ireland in his seventh over, moving to 131 not out. 

Glamorgan are 181 for four with seven overs left. Rees and Murray Goodwin's fifth-wicket partnership is currently worth 41 runs. 

3:37pm -  I think it's fair to say Lineker is in good nick. He completes a second century in as many YB40 matches with his 14th four of the innings. The former Derbyshire man has also hit a six in his 86-ball knock.

3:30pm -  But Jim Allenby's fun does not last much longer as he clips Benny Howell to midwicket, where Michael Klinger accepts the catch. Allenby departs for a 28 that included three fours and a six.

3:10pm -  Rees has seen three partners disappear at the other end, but he has stood firm to bring up a fifty. He has not hit another boundary since his early flurry, but he is keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

3:03pm -  Gloucestershire strike again. Marcus North becomes Smith's second victim, reducing Glamorgan to 95 for three.

And at long last the Foxes have a wicket as Tom Lancefield is bowled by Josh Cobb for 38. Superb opening partnership for the Unicorns. Lineker remains unbeaten on 62.

2:47pm -  And Lineker continues to race along; another four brings up a half-century. Leicestershire could do with ending this opening partnership soon.

Glamorgan lose a second wicket as Tom Smith has Chris Cooke caught behind in his first over of the day.

2:40pm -  Matt Lineker hit a century in the Unicorns' last outing, against Yorkshire Vikings, and he looks in fine fettle once again as he strikes Michael Thornely for a six and a four from successive balls.

2:21pm -  Gloucestershire make the breakthrough. Mark Wallace - who contributed 18 runs to an opening partnership of 53 - is caught at deep square-leg off David Payne.

The Unicorns have reached 43 without loss from 10 overs.

2:07pm -  Gareth Rees is in the mood today. He has hit five fours already, as Glamorgan have raced to 40 without loss after six overs. 

1:40pm -  The players will be out shortly. Glamorgan have elected to bat first after winning the toss, while Leicestershire have chosen to bowl in their game.

1:35pm - Second-placed Glamorgan travel to fourth-placed Gloucestershire in a game with huge ramifications. The winners will move level on points with Somerset at the top. A defeat for the Gladiators, who have played a game more than their opponents, would all but end their hopes of a semi-final spot.

Leicestershire Foxes still retain slim hopes of qualifying for the last four, but anything other than victory today will eliminate them from contention. 

1:30pm - Hello and welcome to coverage of today's Yorkshire Bank 40 offerings. There may only be two games but they both have a lot riding on them.

Each is in Group C:

Gloucestershire Gladiators v Glamorgan , Bristol, 1:45pm.

Leicestershire Foxes v The Unicorns , Grace Road, 1:45pm.


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