O'Brien & Taylor down Middlesex in Gloucestershire win

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Gloucestershire 165-4 beat Middlesex 140-7 by 25 runs
Match scorecard
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Kevin O'Brien and Chris Taylor scored half-centuries as Gloucestershire beat Middlesex by 25 runs in the battle of the South Group's bottom two.

Taylor made 51 from 35 balls with eight boundaries, while O'Brien smashed three sixes in an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls, as the home side reached 165-4.

Middlesex fell short on 140-7, with Jamie Dalrymple top-scoring with 36 and Dawid Malan making 32.

Ian Saxelby, Jack Taylor and Ed Young each took two wickets for the hosts.

Middlesex will finish as the South Group's basement side, as Gloucestershire's victory takes them four points clear in eighth with both teams having one game remaining.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Gloucestershire batsman Kevin O'Brien told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I don't think we've batted as a team well enough throughout the tournament. We've obviously batted very well in some games and today was one of those games.

"It was a good way to finish the tournament [at home] with a convincing win in the end. I don't think we were ever likely to lose that, especially with the bowling start we got in the first six overs.

"It was a good way to finish for the home support and hopefully we can continue on Friday [away to Glamorgan]."

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