In the Bank Holiday Clydesdale Bank 40 action Michael Yardy returned from his depression-induced lay-off to skipper Sussex to victory over the Netherlands and Peter Trego and Ian Blackwell played starring roles in wins for Somerset and Durham. |
In Group A Kent comfortably overcame Middlesex at Lord’s, winning by eight wickets with nine overs to spare. Batting first the hosts struggled to 176 for nine from their 40 overs, which Kent easily overhauled as Sam Northeast (63 not out) and Martin van Jaarsveld (85) put on 119 for the second wicket.
Murray Goodwin hit 109 from 88 balls as Sussex made light work of a testing Netherlands total of 225 for seven at Hove. Eric Szwarczynski hit 111 for the Dutch but he lacked support from the rest of the batsmen with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan taking two for 34.
At Headingley Derbyshire beat Yorkshire by 52 runs with Wes Durston (95) and Wayne Madsen (66) contributing half-centuries to a total of 245 for eight. Yorkshire started well with Andrew Gale making 74 but collapsed from 125 for one to be all out for 193 with Wes Durston and Steffan Jones taking three wickets each.
In Group B Surrey won a low-scoring game at The Rose Bowl as Jade Dernbach impressed again taking four for 33 to help bowl Hampshire out for 141 from only 30 overs. In reply Surrey slumped to 45 for five but Jason Roy made a composed 76 to see them home.
Durham thrashed Leicestershire at Grace Road as Ian Blackwell bludgeoned 98 from only 64 balls in a formidable Durham total of 285 for nine. In reply Josh Cobb (87 from 78 balls) briefly threatened but Ben Stokes took three late wickets to go with an earlier half century to quash any victory aspirations the hosts may have had.
Warwickshire won a close game against Scotland at Edgbaston. William Porterfield (64) and Keith Barker (56) made half centuries before Matthew Parker (five for 47) and Gordon Goudie (four for 36) sparked a collapse to bowl the hosts out for 224. The talented Josh Davey made 91 for the Saltires in reply but they eventually ended on 218 for nine – losing by 6 runs.
In Group C Essex thrashed Lancashire by seven wickets with almost six overs to spare at Chelmsford. Ravi Bopara (75 not out) and James Foster (77) put on 135 for the third wicket to ease the hosts past a modest Lancashire total of 190. Earlier Lonwabo Tsotsobe had taken four for 43.
Gloucestershire beat the Unicorns by 24 runs in a low-scoring game at Bristol. Electing to bat first, all the Gloucestershire batsmen struggled with the only exception being Chris Taylor who made 100 not out in a total of 195 for six, as debutant Dan Wheeldon took three for 31. The Unicorns struggled in the chase and ended on 171 for nine with David Payne demolishing the top order taking four for 23.
Peter Trego made a boundary-laden century from only 58 balls against Glamorgan at Taunton with Craig Kieswetter also hitting 95 not out. An increasingly rare rain shower then bought an early close to the Somerset innings with the score 222 for two from 27 overs. Glamorgan were set a difficult D/L target of 196 from 19 overs and they made a good fist of it – losing by only ten runs.
After two weekends of CB40 matches Derbyshire, the Netherlands and Middlesex top Group A with four points; the unbeaten Surrey and Northamptonshire, along with Durham and Warwickshire, top Group B, also with four points; and Somerset head Group C with three wins out of three and six points.
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