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Marshall Aid

By Ben Horne
September 13 2006

Hamish Marshall came to the rescue as he hit 105 not out to guide Gloucestershire to victory over Surrey in the day night pro40 match at the Brit Oval. He shared in a stand of 160 with Ian Harvey who made 91. This was in response to a challenging target of 279.

Surrey won the toss and decided to bat. James Benning, who was returning from injury, and Scott Newman hit out early on as the partnership passed 50 within six overs. They continued to dominate the bowling attack, and both hit half centuries as the 100 was brought up in just 12 overs. However Steve Kirby came into the attack and first removed Benning and just one run later took the wicket of Newman. He also removed Butcher for two. Chris Taylor surprised everyone with the next wicket of Brown. His first ball was a full toss which Brown easily dispensed to the boundary. The second was also full and Brown attempted the same shot. However he miscued the shot and was caught and bowled by Taylor. This left Surrey 148 for four.

Ramprakash and Batty rescued Surrey with a partnership of 111, with both making half-centuries. This partnership helped Surrey reach 278 for 6 from 40 overs.

Craig Spearman gave Gloucestershire a good start. He made 30 from 21 balls, before being run out by Murtagh. Jade Dernbach took the next wicket of Weston to leave Gloucestershire 40 for 2. However Hamish Marshall and Ian Harvey took the attack to the Surry bowlers. They managed a crucial stand of 160. Harvey made 91 from just 69 balls. He was finally dismissed when attempting another big hit but was caught by long on, with Dernbach taking the wicket.

Requiring 79 from 72 balls the game was in the balance, However Hamish Marshall was not to be defeated as he reached a half century. He and Taylor took the score to 250 with five over to go. When Taylor fell, five runs later, to Schofield the gladiators still required 24 runs to win. However Marshall saw Gloucestershire home with a magnificent century from only 86 balls. Despite the loss of Gidman at the end, Marshall saw Gloucester home as he hit the winning boundary, as they won with 11 balls to go.

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