Mitchell Stanley’s fine new ball spell helped Worcestershire Seconds to defeat Gloucestershire by eight runs under the Duckworth Lewis Method in the second of two SET20 matches at Cheltenham College today.
Jacques Banton’s quickfire 47 had enabled Worcestershire to set a 97 run target in a match reduced to 11 overs a side after choosing to bat.
Stanley then bowled his quota of three overs in one spell and picked up three wickets as Gloucestershire were restricted to 88-3.
He made the first breakthrough in his opening over when Ben Wells (16) pulled a delivery to Oli Cox at mid wicket.
Stanley struck again in his next over when he held onto a skier from Tom Lace (7) who miscued another pull shot.
Tom Price (10) became Stanley’s third victim with triallist George Furrer holding onto the chance at long off.
He finished with figures of 3-0-16-3.
Banton bowled two tight overs for 10 runs and the Worcestershire attack kept their opponents sufficiently in check.
Earlier, Banton had smashed successive sixes of Luke Charlesworth and he collected a third backward of point off Jared Warner.
His 27 ball knock also contained four fours and he put on 49 with Tom Fell (21 off 13 balls) as Worcestershire totalled 96-5.
Game One had been a high-scoring affair with Worcestershire opener Taylor Cornall hitting 67 in a 40 run defeat.
A wicket apiece for Banton, Cameron Jones and Furrer reduced Gloucestershire to 58-3 in the eighth over but then brothers Ollie Price (100 not out) and Tom Price (88 not out) put on an unbroken 151 in 12.1 overs.
Banton finished with 4-0-37-1, Jones 3-0-23-1 and Furrer 4-0-43-1 in a total of 209-3.
Cornall and Fell launched a powerful response for Worcestershire with an opening stand of 107 in 11.2 overs.
Cornall hit one six and 11 fours in a 46 ball knock before he and Fell, 38 from 25 deliveries, were dismissed in the same over from Ollie Price.
Banton made 22 and Ollie Walker 18 not out but Worcestershire closed on 169-5.