Brilliant Dent stars in Cardiff
Chris Dent hit the highest score of the Yorkshire Bank 40 season to power Gloucestershire Gladiators to a tense seven-run win over Group C rivals Glamorgan.
Dent, whose previous best effort in List A cricket was 36, finished 151 not out after hitting 17 fours and three sixes in a 113-ball knock.
His innings helped the visitors to 288 for five at the SWALEC Stadium before the bowlers kept Glamorgan to 281 for six.
Mark Wallace was unlucky to finish on the losing side, carrying his bat for 118 not out, and might have won it for Glamorgan had James Fuller, who claimed 3-42, not removed his sidekick Graham Wagg for 54.
On an easy-paced pitch, Dent was able to help Gloucestershire punish Glamorgan’s attack after being put into bat by Marcus North.
The visitors lost Hamish Marshall early on but were nevertheless not hanging about at the crease; Dean Cosker’s first two overs conceded 19 runs.
The visitors lost captain Michael Klinger for 40 from 47 balls, caught off a leading edge at cover, but the 100 came up in only the 16th over as Dent reached his fifty off 39 balls.
Former England paceman Simon Jones, playing his first game of the season, did peg Gloucestershire back briefly by bowling a maiden to Dent.
Gloucestershire reached the halfway stage in a good position at 120 for two - only to lose Alex Gidman, who holed out to long-on off Will Bragg.
However, Dent continued his assault on the Glamorgan bowlers; his century came up off 89 balls with 10 fours and two sixes.
In the last 10 overs, Gloucestershire struck 110 runs as Dent put on 73 with Fuller in 24 balls.
Glamorgan made a disastrous start to their 7.22-runs-an-over chase. Bragg was trapped leg before by Fuller’s second ball and Chris Cooke was bowled by the paceman.
Any hopes of a Glamorgan recovery looked dashed when North was run out by a direct hit from Benny Howell.
But Wallace and Jim Allenby launched a recovery; a slog-swept six from the latter brought up the Glamorgan hundred in the 17th over.
Wallace shared in partnerships of 95 with Allenby in 12.3 overs and 67 alongside Murray Goodwin.
But it was the Wallace-Wagg alliance that so nearly brought Glamorgan victory as they put on 82 in 8.4 overs.
Glamorgan had needed 100 off the final 10 overs, which was taken down to 60 off six and then 31 off three as Wallace reached century off 98 balls and Wagg struck three big sixes.
But, with 18 needed off eight balls, the pressure mounted on Glamorgan and Wagg was held by Marshall at long-on off Fuller to effectively end the hosts’ charge.