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Middlesex ease to Gloucester win

Middlesex ease to Gloucester win

Dawid Malan made an unbeaten century as Middlesex beat Gloucestershire in a YB40 day/night match at Lord's, to keep their slender semi-final chances alive.

Opener Malan made a fabulous 113 in almost singlehandedly dragging the home side up to a competitive - if not overwhelming - 206 in a rain-reduced 38 overs. Eoin Morgan's sluggish 22 from 48 balls was the next best score.

Gloucestershire were up against things from ball one though, when England fast-man Steven Finn had Hamish Marshall caught in the covers by Morgan.

It looked like being a short evening under the Lord's lights when James Harris dismissed Chris Dent in the second over of the match.

Captain Michael Klinger made 46 to lend some respectability to the score, and there was some lusty lower order hitting from Benny Howell.

But Harris returned excellent figures of 3/30 and there were two wickets apiece for Toby Roland-Jones and Ravi Patel as the Panthers restricted their visitors to 186/9.

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