About the Match
After settling a tie in their first game, Gloucestershire didn't have to wait much for a win. They got it in their second win against Kent. They'll now be up against Sussex who are tottering at the bottom of the table with no win to their name. The match will be played at College Ground, Cheltenham on 16th July 2017. Although the match appears to be a mismatch given the recent results, but Cricket is a funny game.
Gloucestershire managed a draw against Middlesex after being in the driving seat, but did not repeat their mistake in their game against Kent. They posted a six-wicket at the same venue after restricting Kent for a relatively small total. Introduced late into the attack, Benny Howell was the pick of their bowlers as he picked up four crucial wickets when Joe Denly and Sam Billings were going strong.
With Michael Klinger, Ian Cockbain and Phil Mustard forming the core of their batting lineup, defending the total of 156 was always going to be tough for Kent and hence it proved. Phil Mustard smashed 42 runs off 26 deliveries with cameos from Klinger, Cockbain and Bancroft.
Howell was above par with bat as well as he scored unbeaten 22 off 20 delivers. Gloucestershire will be looking up to his all-round skills in the upcoming match as well. Although their bowling appears to be a little thin on paper, their batting combined with the all-rounders make up for it.
Sussex record in the tournament hasn't been good so far. They've failed to register a win and are reeling at the bottom of the South group standings. After being thrashed in their first game, they could not bounce back against Hampshire.
Despite a good knock by Luke Wright, they could get to only 169 while chasing a tall total of 188. Mason Crane dismissed both Ross Taylor and Luke Wright and they never looked in the game thereafter. Laurie Evans and David Wiese did hit some lusty blows towards the end of their innings, but it proved to be too little too late.
Sussex have good depth in batting but it's been their bowling while has let them down on both occasions. If they're able to improve their bowling and Wright continues on his merry ways, Sussex definitely stands a realistic chance win this match and rise up the ladder.
Sussex and Gloucestershire have had opposite fate so far. Both the teams have strong bowling lineup, but struggle a little when it comes to the bowling. Sussex have had only Luke Wright perform for them with only a little support from others while Gloucestershire have had contributions from whole of their top-order. With batting in some serious form, Gloucestershire look well set to win their second game.