Payne brings pleasure for Gloucs

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Chris Taylor, pictured, shared a stand of 94 with nightwatchman David Payne, who struck 62 - the highest score of his career - for Gloucestershire

David Payne made a career-best 62 to guide Gloucestershire to a five-wicket victory over Glamorgan in their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Bristol.

Payne, who came in as a nightwatchman when Chris Dent was dismissed on Friday evening, surpassed his previous highest score of 46 not out and hit 11 boundaries in his 103-ball innings as the hosts eased to their target of 186.

The 20-year-old put on 94 for the fourth wicket with Chris Taylor, who came to the middle after Gloucestershire had lost Richard Coughtrie and Kane Williamson in successive deliveries to Jim Allenby.

Gloucestershire took 21 points from the match, having been deducted one for a slow over-rate, and retain an outside chance of promotion following their fifth win of the campaign.

Alex Gidman’s men resumed on 53 for one, requiring 133 more for victory, and the dismissals of Coughtrie and Williamson in the 22nd over left them 64 for three and in a position of discomfort.

Allenby had Coughtrie caught behind by Mark Wallace for 22 and won an lbw verdict against New Zealander Williamson next ball.

Payne, though, belied his usual place in the order of number 11 with a confident display and nice array of attacking shots.

The former England Under-19 left-arm seamer brought up his half-century from 82 balls shortly before lunch with a lofted drive to the midwicket boundary off veteran spinner Robert Croft.

Taylor, Gloucestershire's leading run-scorer this summer, looked in prime form at the other end and clipped left-arm spinner Dean Cosker for two successive fours through midwicket.

Gloucestershire reached 157 for three at lunch, with Payne on 62 and Taylor on 35, but lost two wickets in the first four overs after the resumption.

Payne's fine innings was ended by the sixth ball after the interval when Croft spun one past his forward lunge.

Taylor then played forward to Allenby and was leg before, having struck five fours in his 88-ball 39.

That dismissal left Gloucestershire 162 for five, but the Gidman brothers, Alex and Will, calmed any late nerves with an unbroken stand of 26 to clinch victory.

Will Gidman drove Croft and Allenby for boundaries through extra-cover in his unbeaten 13, while Alex Gidman turned a delivery from Allenby to the square-leg boundary and hit Croft for a straight six to end the game.

Allenby finished with 3-44 from 15 overs and Croft took 2-18 from eight.

Gloucestershire have a home match with Leicestershire and an away game with Northamptonshire remaining this season, while Glamorgan's last two games are at home to Middlesex and away to Kent.

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