Hampshire run goes on against winless Gloucestershire
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|Hampshire 165-4 beat Gloucestershire 156-6 by nine runs|
Hampshire made it five wins from five with an impressive nine-run victory over winless Gloucestershire at Archdeacon Meadow.
Neil McKenzie led Hampshire to 165-4 with an unbeaten 89 from 53 balls, while left-arm spinner Ed Young took 2-14 in his four overs.
Home skipper Alex Gidman top-scored with an unbeaten 43 in Gloucestershire's reply of 156-6.
Hamish Marshall hit 33, but it was not enough to make the difference.
McKenzie's 33-ball half-century contained seven fours, and the South African struck a further four fours and two sixes, both over midwicket, in his impressive innings.
Dimitri Mascarenhas weighed in with an unbeaten 17 off 12 deliveries, but Hampshire's total appeared no better than average on the small King's School ground.
Ireland World Cup star Kevin O'Brien got the Gladiators' innings off to a rapid start with 22 from 12 balls before he swung across the line and was bowled by Chris Wood.
Marshall's 33 came from 26 deliveries, but he fell leg before to Hampshire skipper Dominic Cork in the 10th over with the total on 78.
The scoring rate slowed and Gloucestershire needed 17 to win off the last over, but Cork bowled superbly to concede only seven runs to Gidman and Jon Lewis.