CRICKET: Gloucestershire beat Somerset in the One-Day Cup

An unbeaten 30 off of 16 balls from Ryan Higgins saw Gloucestershire to a four-wicket victory over Somerset in the One-Day Cup.

With 18 runs needed from 12 balls, Higgins struck a six over square leg and a four wide of long-off before striking the winning boundary.

Graeme van Buuren’s 61 led the chase for the hosts while Jack Taylor scored an important 43.

After initially winning the toss, Somerset were industrious with Azhar Ali facing 85 balls for his 43 before becoming the first of Tom Smith’s victims.

Lewis Gregory finally gave the innings some impetus and struck four sixes in a 33-ball stay, but Benny Howell’s 3-45 helped keep the visitors in check.

At 114-5, Gloucestershire looked in trouble, but van Buuren made 61 from 62 balls before Higgins and Taylor completed the chase for Gloucestershire.

A third win in five matches keeps Gloucestershire on course for the knockout stage while Somerset remain top of the South Group despite their first defeat of any sort this season, having also won both their opening two County Championship games.

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