Somerset 184 for six (Gregory 60, Rossouw 54) beat Gloucestershire 177 for 8 (Higgins 43, Howell 42, Siddle 3-30) by seven runs
On a sweltering night, the hosts recovered from a gradual begin to run up 184 for six, Rossouw smacking 54 off 45 balls, with three sixes and 5 fours, whereas Gregory hammered 60 from 36 deliveries, clearing the ropes 5 instances.
All the discuss earlier than the sport was about 200 being a par rating on a white-looking pitch. But it gripped barely to present the bowlers on each side hope.
Somerset quickly discovered that to their value as Will Smeed swung on the first two deliveries of the sport from Amir with out making contact and edged the third to slide.
The Pakistan left-arm seamer went on to finish a wicket-maiden and much from making a quick begin, the house facet have been becalmed on 4 for one on the finish of the third over.
Tom Banton and Rossouw than upped the tempo, just for Banton to fall for 23 within the sixth over, bowled by Glenn Phillips, which ended with Somerset 43 for 2.
Tom Abell supplied a tame caught and bowled to Howell, who bowled with usually intelligent variation of tempo, line and size.
Tom Lammonby fell to an unpleasant shot off Zak Chappell and on the midway level of their innings his facet had posted solely 69 for 4.
Rossouw reduce free with two sixes and a 4 off Higgins in going to a 33-ball fifty. But when he fell to Howell within the thirteenth over, Somerset wanted a hero.
They discovered one in Gregory, recent from a confidence-boosting LV= Insurance County Championship century towards Surrey. The all-rounder cleared the ropes off Tom Smith, Chappell, Howell and Matt Taylor, whose nineteenth over value 23, to spice up what was trying a below-par rating.
The spotlight of Gloucestershire’s fielding was beautiful one-handed boundary catch by Miles Hammond to dismiss Ben Green.
Hammond quickly signalled his facet’s intentions with the bat, hoisting the primary ball of their reply from Siddle over mid-wicket for six.
Somerset appeared to have discovered little concerning the left-handed opener’s relish for scoring in that space from the reverse fixture eight days earlier and shortly he was discovering it once more for one more six off Gregory.
Ultimately, it proved Hammond’s downfall as, on 19, he miscued a catch to wicketkeeper Banton off Jack Brooks. But by then Gloucestershire had raced to 33 off 3.1 overs.
At the top of the six-over powerplay, the guests had 51 for one on the board and appeared well-placed.
But Somerset then utilized the kind of mid-innings squeeze their opponents have been so efficient at over time, spinners van der Merwe and Goldsworthy sharing six overs for simply 42 runs.
James Bracey (30), Glenn Phillips, Ian Cockbain and Jack Taylor all fell between the eighth and thirteenth over, the final of them to a one-handed boundary catch by Rossouw at long-on that rivalled Hammond’s take.
Higgins and Howell briefly raised Gloucestershire hopes, the latter hitting sixes off successive balls from Green, earlier than Siddle’s expertise noticed him successfully shut out the match by taking three wickets within the nineteenth over.