Chapple sends Red Rose into semis
Glen Chapple claimed five wickets as Lancashire secured a place in the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals with an 18-run win over Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Evergreen skipper Chapple returned 5-26 as the home side were bowled out for 164, James Fuller making a valiant 43. But Oliver Newby was equally responsible for his side's success.
First the 27-year-old seamer top-scored with 36 not out, batting at nine, to boost Lancashire's total from a meagre 117 for seven to 182 for nine after winning the toss, Ed Young taking 3-25.
Newby then claimed the important wicket of Alex Gidman for 36 just as the Gloucestershire skipper was threatening to rescue his side from a poor start.
The result put Lancashire on 16 points in Group A, with two matches still to play, and meant they could not be overtaken. It also eliminated Gloucestershire, who are on 11 points, with only one game left.
It looked good for the home side when their opponents collapsed from 63 for one to 117 for seven, thanks largely to a series of loose shots.
But Newby came in to hit three fours and a six, sharing a stand of 37 for the ninth wicket with Stephen Parry, who made 12.
Left-arm spinner Young was the pick of the Gloucestershire attack, but there were also three wickets for left-arm seamer David Payne at a cost of 48 runs from seven overs.
Skipper Chapple contributed a useful 16 towards the end of the Lancashire innings and the 38-year-old veteran then blew away Gloucestershire's top order, sending back Rob Nicol, Benny Howell and Dan Housego in taking 3-8 from four overs.
Ajmal Shahzad had already seen off Hamish Marshall and, at 16 for four, the hosts were in disarray.
But Gidman looked in prime form as he counter-attacked with four boundaries in an over from Shahzad, including three from successive balls.
He was looking a real danger to Lancashire when Newby had him picked up at cover.
It was 75 for six when Ian Cockbain top-edged a sweep off Gary Keedy to be caught at deep-square leg. But Will Gidman, with 32, and Fuller gave Gloucestershire hope before the former was stumped off Steven Croft.
Fuller almost turned the game around, but Chapple returned to remove Young and Jonathan Batty before Shahzad had Fuller caught behind to end the game.