There were wins for Durham, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Glamorgan and Middlesex in the evening’s Friends Life t20 matches. Meanwhile, at Cheltenham, Kent and Gloucestershire set up a last day run chase in their LV= County Championship Division Two match.
Durham thrashed Yorkshire in the North Group of the Friends Life t20 at Chester-le-Street. Phil Mustard blazed 91 off only 52 balls as they racked up 215 for six after being asked to bat. There were also contributions from Scott Borthwick (35 off 18 balls), Ben Stokes (23 off 12) and Gordon Muchall (27 not out off 16). Yorkshire suffered a nightmare start to their run chase as Chris Rushworth struck twice on his way to figures of two for 13 from his four overs. There were also two wickets each for Will Smith and Gareth Breese and Yorkshire ended on 139 for eight, with Gary Ballance’s 39-ball 68 the lone bright point.
Leicestershire recorded a surprise win over Nottinghamshire at Grace Road. They comfortably chased down the Outlaws’ 158 for six to win with 14 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand. Captain Josh Cobb anchored then chase with 67 off 52 balls, while Shakib Al Hasan provided the finishing touches with a sparkling unbeaten 43 off 21 balls. Shiv Thakor had earlier take three for 30 to restrict the visitors, with Shakib also chipping in with one for 21. Samit Patel top-scored with 50 of 32 balls.
Stephen Moore led Lancashire to victory against Derbyshire at Old Trafford. He hit 74 off 42 balls to lead the Lightning to 165 for nine from their 20 overs. Tim Groenewald (three for 32) and Mark Turner (four for 35) shared seven wickets for the visitors. Derbyshire then struggled in the final quarter of their innings and finished on 153 for six with opener Wes Durston’s 48 the top score. Mitchell McClenaghan took two for 26 for Lancashire.
Warwickshire won a high-scoring Midlands/Wales/West Group Match against rivals Worcestershire at New Road. Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy both hit half-centuries as they eased to their target of 189 in the penultimate over. Maddy ended on a particularly fluent 84 off only 42 balls. Moeen Ali had earlier dazzled with 85 of 42 deliveries as the Pears piled up 188 for five after choosing to bat. West Indies overseas signing Andre Russell added impetus with a 21-ball unbeaten 47.
Somerset’s woeful recent form continued as they were thrashed by Glamorgan in Cardiff. Graham Wagg starred with the ball, taking three for 30, while there were useful spells from Jim Allenby (none for 16) and Michael Hogan (one for 23) as Somerset could make only 125 for six. Peter Trego was one of only three men to reach double figures and top-scored with 42. The home side then eased home as Mark Wallace began with a sprightly 30 off 19 balls and Allenby and Chris Cooke ended unbeaten just short of fifties.
In the South Group, Essex were humiliated by Middlesex at Chelmsford. The hosts were bowled out for only 74 with Owais Shah (39) one of just two batsmen to reach double figures. Kyle Mills returned figures of three for four from three overs, while there were wickets for Gurjit Sandhu (two for 15), Neil Dexter (two for 18) and Ravi Patel (one of 15). Joe Denly hit 34 not out in the Panthers’ run chase as they won by eight wickets with 61 balls to spare.
Neil McKenzie was again Hampshire’s batting star as he hit a four off the last ball to help them win a low-scoring thriller against Sussex. They were progressing well in their run chase of 119 at 84 for two in the 13th over thanks to Michael Carberry’s 41. However, wickets tumbled as Michael Yardy, Chris Liddle and Chris Nash each ended with two and it was left to McKenzie. Nash had earlier top-scored with 40 as Sussex struggled to 118 for seven. Dimitri Mascarenhas and Sohail Tanvir each took a brace of wickets for the Royals.
Kent declared behind Gloucestershire in their LV= County Championship Division Two match in an effort to force a positive result tomorrow at Cheltenham. Gloucestershire extended their lead to 410 by the close on day three in the face of some declaration bowling from the likes of Sam Northeast, Rob Key and Daniel Bell-Drummond. Michael Klinger hit an unbeaten 102 and added 151 with Chris Dent (82 off 75 balls) and an unbroken 86 with Dan Housego (50 not out) as the home side declared their second innings at 237 for one. Ben Harmison had earlier hit an unbeaten 101 to allow Kent to declare their first innings at 389 for five. Darren Stevens dominated a fifth-wicket stand worth 103 between the pair, hitting 75 off only 71 deliveries.
day four, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Cheltenham
Weather Forecast: It will be even hotter tomorrow with temperatures in Cheltenham expected to peak at around 28 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Trent Copeland has agreed to Northamptonshire’s offer for him to return as their overseas player for the final three matches of the LV= County Championship season. Meanwhile, Graeme White has been recalled from his loan spell at Wantage Road by parent club Nottinghamshire.
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