Twenty20 Cup - Midlands/West/Wales Division
Northamptonshire 133 v Gloucestershire 134-8 (G P Hodnett 60)
Gloucestershire beat Northamptonshire by 2 wkts
Gloucestershire beat Northamptonshire with just one ball to spare in their Twenty20 Cup Midlands/Wales/West division match.
Grant Hodnett hit 60 off 47 balls to steer the visitors home and, given that the Steelbacks and Gloucestershire had respectively started the day top and bottom of the table, rip up the form book.
After reaching 84-2 the home side collapsed, losing seven wickets for just 30 runs with two huge sixes from Johan van der Wath needed in the final over to reach a total of 133.
Hodnett's innings proved the foundation for the visitors to sneak home, despite also suffering a late collapse - Nicky Boje earning figures of 3-23.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Northamptonshire made a poor start, with opener Rob White bowled for a duck by Gemaal Hussain.
Ian Harvey and Alex Wakely then hit a flurry of boundaries, however, the latter scoring 22 off 12 balls before being caught on the boundary by Hodnett off Alex Saxelby.
With Boje (12) coming and going, the Steelbacks were on the ropes and matters worsened when top scorer Harvey (43) was caught by Hodnett off Hussain (3-22).
Northamptonshire were limping by the time van der Wath injected a little late momentum - his two slogs both clearing the ground.
Gloucestershire's reply started in even worse fashion when William Poterfield was dismissed for a golden duck, caught by Harvey off van der Wath.
Even so, Hodnett and Craig Spearman's second-wicket stand of 67 seemingly put them on course for a comfortable victory before the latter, who made 21, and James Franklin (two) fell to Harvey and David Willey respectively.
The home side could smell blood and Boje claimed the next three wickets of David Brown (11), Hodnett and Steve Adshead (9) to leave the visitors wobbling on 115-6.
They then lost tail-enders Richard Dawson and, in the final over, Hussain, but Kadeer Ali (19) was able to steer Gloucestershire over the finishing line.