All-round Gidman takes Gloucs second
Alex Gidman led from the front as Gloucestershire moved into second place in Group A with a four-wicket Clydesdale Bank 40 win over Worcestershire at Cheltenham.
The skipper claimed 3-20 from eight overs after winning the toss to help restrict the visitors to a modest 144 for seven, Phil Hughes top-scoring with an unbeaten 64.
Then, after Gloucestershire had slipped from 51 without loss to 81 for five in reply, Gidman steadied the ship with an unbeaten 33 - crucially putting on 47 with Ed Young, who made 28 - as his side won with 12.5 overs to spare.
Spinners Moeen Ali and Brett D'Oliveira, with 3-33 and 2-35 respectively, had threatened to bowl Worcestershire back into the game.
The former grabbed three wickets in his first three overs from the Chapel End, removing Benny Howell, Dan Housego and Ed Cowan.
But Cowan, with 29, and Hamish Marshall had given the hosts a brisk start chasing down their modest target while Young’s confident 22-ball innings, which included the only six of
the game off Moeen, helped Gidman see Gloucestershire home.
The tone of Worcestershire’s effort had been set by the very first ball of the match from Ian Saxelby, which Moeen edged to wicketkeeper Jon Batty.
Soon it was 21 for three as Vikram Solanki miscued a pull off Liam Norwell to James Fuller at mid-on and James Cameron was caught behind attempting a drive off the same bowler.
Daryl Mitchell fell to a catch at midwicket off Gidman and Neil Pinner needed two lives to reach 20 before being caught at the wicket to give the captain his second success.
It was 89 for six when Gareth Andrew was caught low down in the covers by Marshall off Gidman.
All the while Hughes was building an impressive knock that further underlined what a quality acquisition he has been for Worcestershire.
The Australian eventually reached his half-century off 93 balls, including four fours, with the total on 117 for six.
Ben Scott was bowled by Saxelby for 14, however, and Worcestershire’s total looked woefully inadequate on the small College Ground.
Norwell, making his List A debut, impressed with 2-21 from six overs, while Saxelby also bowled tightly to take 2-25 from seven.