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Northamptonshire won by 6 wickets.

Northants vs Gloucs

White hot for Steelbacks

Northants remain unbeaten

White: unbeaten 94

Twenty20 Cup - Midlands/West/Wales Division
Milton Keynes
Gloucestershire 170-7 Innings Complete (H J H Marshall 59) v Northamptonshire 171-4 Innings Complete (R A White 94 no)
Northamptonshire beat Gloucestershire by 6 wkts

The Northamptonshire Steelbacks have maintained their perfect start to the Twenty20 Cup after taking a six-wicket win against Gloucestershire in Milton Keynes.

Rob White was the architect of their latest success, the opener hitting an unbeaten 94 from 57 balls as they fought back from 61-4 to win with 10 balls to spare.

Hamish Marshall's 33-ball 59 - including 10 fours - had earlier been the highlight of the Gladiators innings, which eventually totalled 170-7.

They also overcame the early loss of Craig Spearman, who retired with a gash to his head after a Johannes van der Wath delivery smashed into his helmet.

Marshall and debutant Jackson Thompson (22) took the score to 88 before the latter was trapped lbw by off-spinner Nicky Boje.

The Steelbacks skipper then dismissed Marshall, who was caught behind by Niall O'Brien, but Chris Taylor and Marcus North kept up the pace, the former hitting Boje for two successive sixes.

Van der Wath eventually had North (30) caught behind before Andrew Hall had Mark Hardinges caught on the boundary by Van der Wath.

Taylor (20) was caught and bowled by Johann Louw, the South African paceman then dismissing Ian Fisher with his next ball.

Gloucestershire captain Jon Lewis ran himself out before two Will Rudge boundaries in the last over took the visitors up to 170.

The Steelbacks reply began with O'Brien hitting three boundaries in Steve Kirby's second over before the bowler trapped him lbw for 18.

All-rounder Hall (11) was caught behind by Steve Adshead off Rudge, with David Sales hitting his first ball for four before falling lbw to Rudge off the next delivery.

And when Riki Wessels (1) was dismissed by Hardinges the Steelbacks were in trouble.

But White and Boje dug in and helped the home side past the 100 mark, the former easing to his half-century before unleashing to all parts of the ground.

Boje (27 not out) eventually saw his side home, his unbeaten knock including eight fours and three sixes.

Match Details

17th Jun 2008
Milton Keynes
B Leadbeater and J F Steele