Magnificent Marshall downs Somerset
Hamish Marshall led from the front with 66 as Gloucestershire romped to a shock nine-wicket win over Somerset in their Friends Life t20 clash at Taunton.
A packed crowd of more than 7,000 saw the hosts fall to their first defeat in the Midlands/Wales/West Group, having been restricted to 140 for eight after winning the toss, with Albie Morkel top-scoring with 33.
Veteran Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan snared two victims - he and fellow slow bowler Ed Young bowled their combined eight overs for just 38 runs - while Ian Saxelby and James Fuller also struck twice.
Marshall and Benny Howell soon made Somerset's total look even more inadequate with an opening stand of 115 in 12.1 overs.
Marshall raced to a half-century off 35 balls - with seven fours - before pulling a catch to midwicket, having added two sixes. By that point the game was all but won.
Howell, who reached his fifty from 36 balls with eight fours and a six, appeared equally at ease as the pair scored at will against an off-colour attack.
Skipper Marshall had earlier set the tone for Somerset's unusually poor batting effort by taking a fine running catch to dismiss Richard Levi for seven off the first ball of the second over.
Kevin O'Brien holed out to deep square-leg off Fuller and it was 39 for three when Nick Compton was caught behind off an inside edge to give Saxelby his first wicket.
Jos Buttler was dropped on one by Jonathan Batty off Liam Norwell, but the wicketkeeper held on to dismiss James Hildreth off Muralitharan to make it 47 for four.
Buttler could not find any fluency and lost his patience on 23 when he was stumped by Batty advancing to Young after a stand of 33 with Morkel.
Arul Suppiah was bowled by the wily Muralitharan and at 83 for six Somerset were in deep trouble.
Morkel hit two big sixes before lofting a catch to long-off and only a poor 18th over from Fuller, in which he was warned for a beamer and conceded 18 runs, gave the home side even the faintest hope.