One-Day Cup: Gloucestershire beat Derbyshire by six wickets

Benny Howell
Benny Howell has a domestic one-day best of 122
Royal London One-Day Cup, Bristol
Derbyshire 274-5 (48 overs): Rutherford 110, Madsen 106 not out; Fuller 2-52,
Gloucestershire 205-4 (35 overs): Roderick 54; Cotton 2-45
Gloucestershire won by six wickets (D/L method)
Match scorecard

Gloucestershire hit 21 runs off the final over to beat Derbyshire in a thrilling rain-affected One-Day Cup match at Bristol.

Hamish Rutherford (110) and Wayne Madsen (106 not out) struck centuries as the visitors made 274-5 before rain ended their innings two overs early.

The hosts were set a revised 204 from 35 overs and looked to be falling short until Jack Taylor hit 41 off 14 balls.

Benny Howell then struck the final ball for four to help them to 205-4.

The match ended in extraordinary circumstances when, requiring a six from the last delivery, Taylor was caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of spinner Chesney Hughes.

But Derbyshire had too many fielders on the on-side at the time of the dismissal, prompting the umpires to call a no-ball.

With the two batsmen also having run a single, Howell only needed three to see his team home, which he duly managed with a boundary.

Derbyshire one-day captain Wes Durston:

"As skipper I have front up and take responsibility for what happened. We had only three men on the off side for what we thought was the final delivery and the rules meant it was a no-ball.

"It was an oversight on my part and a terrible way to lose a game we controlled almost throughout.

"Fair play to the Gloucestershire batsmen who hit out at the end, but even they didn't know what was happening when the no-ball was signalled. Rules are rules and we have to take it on the chin."

Gloucestershire all-rounder Benny Howell:

"Jack Taylor and I had no idea what was going on when the no-ball was signalled by Alex Wharf. One moment the game seemed lost and the next we were celebrating so it was a bit unreal.

"Jack deserves great credit for the sixes he hit to give us a chance."