Gloucestershire snapped a run of two straight defeats in the last round of the Vitality Blast, beating Middlesex by 10 runs.
They owed their victory to their lower order, which recovered from 88-5 and 117-6 to post a sizable total of 171-8. Furthermore, the bowling of Benny Howell was of critical importance as his stifling job on Middlesex batters proved the difference.
If Gloucestershire win this, they could potentially become the new leaders of South Group, overtaking both Sussex and current league leaders Kent.
Surrey head into this game on the back of successive losses – both at the hands of Kent. While the first of their two defeats was close, the second was a heavy nine-wicket shellacking, which indicates that things might be going from bad to worse for them.
Gareth Batty and company batted first, suffered a nightmare start and never recovered. They eventually posted just 128-7, which was never going to be enough and it wasn’t.
The main culprits were Jamie Smith, Ben Geddes and Laurie Evans, none of whom managed to get into double figures and created pressure for the subsequent batters.