Gloucestershire 294 for 6 (Bracey 113*, Dent 89) flog Essex 293 (Chopra 154) by 4 wickets
James Bracey scored his lass one-day century to palm Gloucestershire feat over Essex, though it was in vain as his side exited a Royal London Cup.
Batsman Bracey, who usually done his format entrance progressing in a competition, crashed a grand hundred from 86 balls to see Gloucestershire to a four-wicket victory. But wins for Middlesex and Somerset elsewhere meant a west nation group unsuccessful to go by due to their reduce net run rate.
Essex, who were knocked out before a compare carrying usually managed dual victories in a tournament, had posted 293 interjection to Varun Chopra‘s third ton of this year’s competition.
Gloucestershire began their respond confidently, nonetheless Miles Hammond rode his fitness when he was forsaken on 20 by Dan Lawrence on a square-leg boundary. Hammond, on a behind of 95 opposite Sussex, usually scored one some-more run before he was held behind off Simon Harmer while aiming down a track, before Aaron Beard demolished Gareth Roderick’s stumps.
Chris Dent and Bracey afterwards staid a innings down and put Gloucestershire on lane with a compulsory run rate during an 117-run stand. Neither came opposite as overly assertive though both amassed with skill, both posting half centuries – Dent from 67 balls and Bracey from 51 balls, that enclosed a resolutely struck 6 down a ground.
The partnership was damaged when Dent walked following a low locate to Harmer during brief midwicket and Graeme outpost Buuren and Jack Taylor followed in discerning succession, skewing to mid-on and lbw respectively.
Beard, on only his second List A outing, finished with total of 3 for 51 as he had Ryan Higgins good held by Harmer using around to cover. Gloucestershire still indispensable 86 from 9.5 after that wicket though Bracey maturely ticked a runs off along with Benny Howell, who had a curtain after injuring his hamstring in a field. Bracey finished with an dominant 113 though it was Howell who finished a diversion by carting Matt Coles for 6 over midwicket.
Earlier, substitute Essex captain Harmer won a toss and inaugurated to bat on a attractive wicket, that valid a tad indolent as a compare went on.
Chopra enjoyed stands of 42 and 66 for a initial and second wickets with Alastair Cook and Tom Westley though both partnerships were finished by run outs. Cook was called by for a discerning singular after flicking to block leg, before Westley greedily attempted a third run – both absolutely brief of their belligerent after outpost Buuren’s throws.
Lawrence and Ravi Bopara both over quickly, a former handing Bracey his lass veteran wicket and a latter bowled by a embankment by Tom Smith.
Essex looked next standard during 147 for 4 though they still had Chopra, who due his team-mates, and he carried a innings – bringing adult his half-century in 70 balls. The opener continued his indolent gait as he ticked over 3 total in 129 deliveries during an 83-run mount with Rishi Patel, who scored 26 before circumference behind when perplexing to whoosh down a ground.
That wicket saw Chopra flog on with energy – demonstrated with sixes down a belligerent and over low square-leg – and adroitness with paddle sweeps, as he upheld by 150 in 163 deliveries. He fell a few balls later, finishing his deteriorate with 421 runs from 5 innings.
The hosts looked set for a pull for 300 though Essex mislaid 5 wickets in a final six-and-a-half overs to stumble to a innings break, and Gloucestershire confirmed a movement to finish their follow with 7 balls to spare.