Before the rain reaches Rudlett, the visitors move ahead of the final ball score
Gloucestershire 157 for 5 (Cockbain 62 *) Beat Midlex 179 for 5 (Cracknell 67) with two performances (DLS method)
The home team struggled to find momentum in PowerPlay, losing just eight points to Paul Sterling and taking Josh Shaw in midfield. However, Cracknell confidently folded, clenched his fist, and found the boundary regularly as he and Stephen Skinazi added 59 of the 45 balls.
Tom Smith cut ties, leading Skinazi to Glenn Phillips to get his hands on it, but Cranknel took it 50 years ago to confuse driving with Dan Voral and electing an old member.
Higgins missed Eoin Morgan’s early save, putting him on the ground – and the Middlesex captain forced him to pay, scoring 21 points from 22 to 38. . Higgins finally caught her man, trapped deep in the ground after a three- to six-man blow, before Chris Green, who did not hit 13 of six deliveries, brought the Midlex to 179.
Gloucestershire started with Chris Dent, who went three or four times behind Tim Murtagh and sent Blake Cullen for two of six to get from just 15 balls to 32.
Despite Dent’s departure – tempted by Steven Finn’s short ball – the visitors in Powerplay reached 61 to 1, and Cockbain kept the scoring behind the boundaries. However, Green and Luke Holman, who finished with 2 for 30 and 2 for 33, respectively, slowed down the Gloucestershire on intermediate flights with flight, shift – and clutch wickets.
The choice was Morgan’s short cut to oust Bani Howell from Holman, but Cockbain remained the chase agent and eventually worked as hard as he could to secure Gloucestershire.