Will Gidman steered Gloucestershire to a three-wicket victory over Yorkshire in the One-Day Cup match at Headingley.
All-rounder Gidman made an unbeaten 71 as they reached 193-7 in the 46th over, having bowled out Yorkshire for 192.
Gloucestershire were in trouble on 83-6 before Jack Taylor (38) joined Gidman in a vital partnership of 69. Yorkshire’s total was almost entirely due to a stand of 129 between Adil Rashid (71) and Jack Leaning (56) as seam bowler David Payne took 3-31.
It was a new county record for the sixth-wicket in 50-over cricket, beating the 128 by Anthony McGrath and Gary fellows against Essex in 2002.
Rashid later took 3-43 with his leg-spin, but the home side paid the price for a poor start when they were reduced to 45-5 after opting to bat first. Gidman (2-28) claimed the wickets of Alex Lees (10) and Kane Williamson (12) as the White Rose county failed to repeat the batting form they showed in piling up 324-7 in Saturday’s win over Lancashire.
Failing to use the last 8.2 overs of their innings was negligent, although Tim Bresnan (2-51) did his best to revive them by sending back Hamish Marshall and Chris Dent in successive overs at the start of Gloucestershire’s reply.
Skipper Michael Klinger made 37 before hitting a catch to Bresnan off Richard Pyrah, but Gidman collected 10 fours in a 89-ball innings before a wide from Bresnan brought the game to an end.
n Stuart Broad senses a new beginning is under way for him and his England team-mates as they free themselves from the hangover of last winter’s Ashes whitewash. Broad (three for 65) and James Anderson (three for 52) had to work especially hard to take six India wickets between them as the tourists closed day three of the third Investec Test on 323 for eight in reply to 569 for seven declared.
But their deserved success, in batting conditions at the Ageas Bowl, is a prime indication to Broad - after some disappointing showings of late - that England are back on track.
A pep talk with coach Peter Mooores appears to have done the trick for the pace bowler, who cited the return to form here of captain Alastair Cook and a big hundred from Ian Bell as further evidence that the talented core of England’s team is firing again.
“I think maybe the (senior) players have put too much pressure on themselves - after what, since the Durham Test (last summer), has been a pretty tough run,” he said.
“Maybe we got a bit uptight.
“Before this Test match, Mooresy came to a few of us and said ‘just go and express yourself - don’t worry about having to take responsibility ... just go and play, like it’s your first Test match.
“I think that’s shone through a little bit.”
Cook and Bell, along with another century from new boy Gary Ballance, helped England pile up the runs before the bowlers got to work.
“Cookie and Belly played fantastically with the bat, and Jimmy and I have contributed with the ball,” added Broad.
“Everyone was having a laugh, and smiles on their faces, and I think that showed in our cricket.
“We kept the energy up throughout the whole day. We were brilliant.”