Gloucestershire ease to first FL t20 victory

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Gloucestershire 168-6 beat Surrey 122 by 46 runs
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Ian Cockbain
Cockbain made his Twenty20 debut against Hampshire on Friday night

Ian Cockbain belted a quickfire 78 as Gloucestershire beat Surrey by 46 runs to ease to their first FL t20 South Group win - at the fifth attempt.

In only his second Twenty20 match, Cockbain smashed five sixes and six fours in 46 balls at Archdeacon Meadow as the home side set a target of 168-6.

Surrey were then bowled out for 122, left-armer David Payne also claiming a competition best 3-20.

Gloucestershire move to within a point of Surrey, who have won one from four.

Kevin Pietersen was dismissed for a rather sedate 30 off 28 balls on the small Kings School ground at Gloucester.

The England batsman survived two big shouts of leg before wicket and hit just two boundaries before falling to a brilliant catch by man of the match Cockbain, diving full length at deep mid-wicket.

Liverpool-born Cockbain, the son of former Lancashire and Cheshire batsman Ian Cockbain Snr, only made his Twenty20 debut against Hampshire just 24 hours earlier.

Buit the MCC Young Cricketers product upstaged Pietersen after Gloucestershire had managed only 31-3 from the six overs of fielding restrictions.

His hard-hitting knock for bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire ended a seven-match losing streak stretching back to last season's competition.


Ian Cockbain told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"KP just mis-hit one and I didn't think I was going to get there until about half way. Then I thought I might have a chance, so just give it a go and hope it sticks. It was a key wicket so it was good to get rid of him.

"It's good to get a few runs myself to get us a win on the board and get us going. I've had a lot of games in the second team so it was good to come in with a bit of form.

"Obviously we've had a couple of defeats but, now we've got a win under our belts, hopefully we can string a few results together. Hopefully we've got the momentum now."

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