T20 Blast: Gloucestershire win as Middlesex losing run goes on
|NatWest T20 Blast, Bristol|
|Gloucestershire 113-5 (17.3 ovs) beat Middlesex Panthers (20 ovs) 111-8 by five wickets|
Gloucestershire got their T20 Blast campaign off and running at the second attempt as they beat Middlesex by five wickets at Nevil Road.
But, for the Championship leaders, it was a third straight Twenty20 defeat.
Seamers James Fuller and Liam Norwell took three wickets each, but Graeme McCarter and Tom Smith were the most economical Gloucestershire bowlers as Middlesex were limited to 111-8.
Chris Dent and Hamish Marshall both made 24 as the home side made 113-5.
Victory was achieved in the 18th over, Cameron Herring hitting the winning run with 16 balls to spare.
Having lost their opening game against Somerset, that cancelled out the two-point penalty with which Gloucestershire began this year's competition, for the poor state of the Cheltenham pitch in last summer's FLt20 defeat by Warwickshire.
Middlesex, who lost to both Sussex and Essex at Lord's last weekend, are back in Twenty20 action this Sunday with a home match against Hampshire at Merchant Taylor's School, Northwood (14:30 BST).
Gloucestershire's next game is at Canterbury against Kent next Friday night (30 May, 19:00 BST).