There were wins for Gloucestershire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Essex, Sussex and Hampshire in the day’s Yorkshire Bank action.
Defending Yorkshire Bank 40 champions Hampshire top Group B after trouncing Scotland at Glasgow. The Royals took just 15.1 overs to knock off their target of 137 as openers Michael Carberry and James Vince put on 98 inside 11 overs. Carberry was eventually stumped off Gordon Goudie for 45 off 27 balls, but Vince saw his team home and ended on 75 not out off 52 balls. Hamish Gardiner had earlier top-scored with just 29 for the Saltires as they were all out for 136 off the final bal of their 40 overs. Sohail Tanvir, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Chris Wood and Danny Briggs each chipped in with a brace of wickets.
Ashwell Prince hit an unbeaten 80 off 75 balls to help Lancashire beat Derbyshire and stay just about in contention for a semi-final berth. Prince helped the Lightning chase down the Falcons’ total of 190 for nine in the 36th over. Arron Lilley and Kabir Ali had each taken four wickets to help restrict Derbyshire to that total as only Wayne Madsen (78) and David Wainwright (40 off 39 balls) made meaningful contributions.
Essex beat second-placed Durham and sit third in Group B courtesy of starring roles from Graham Napier and Ryan ten Doeschate tonight at Chelmsford. Napier tore through the Dynamos’ top-order, reducing them to nine for four and then returned to take the final to wicket to end with figures of five for 21 as they were all out for only 138. In between, Will Smith hit 53 and Gareth Breese 23 to at least ensure the visitors reached three figures. There were also three wickets for Tymal Mills. Essex then also lost early wickets, slipping to 30 for three, but ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara (38 off 64) added 94 for the fourth-wicket to take their side close to victory. Ten Doeschate ended not out on 74 off just 64 balls as the win was sealed with 13.3 overs in hand.
Northamptonshire are second in Group A after beating Kent in the final over at Wantage Road. The Steelbacks appeared to be cruising towards their target of 189 at 174 for two in the 35th over thanks to a third-wicket partnership worth 142 between Cameron White (65 off 82) and Kyle Coetzer (90 off 115). However, both fell in quick succession in a mini-collapse of three for nine to give Kent hope. Ultimately, though, they had too much to do, with Alex Wakley and James Middlebrook at the crease when the winning run was hit with two balls to spare. Steven Crook had taken three for 36 to limit Kent to 188 for seven, with Geraint Jones’ unbeaten 46 the highest score.
Group A leaders Nottinghamshire collapsed in their pursuit of Worcestershire’s 220 for eight to be all out for 182 at Trent Bridge. They reached 62 for one courtesy of Alex Hales (33) and James Taylor, but Moeen Ali took three for 28, while Jack Shantry and Charlie Morris chipped in with two wickets apiece. Taylor found little support from the rest of the middle-order and ended not out on 67 as Samit Patel, David Hussey and Riki Wessels all fell in single figures. Daryl Mitchell’s 56 had been the Pears’ best effort in their middling total.
Luke Wright blitzed 114 off just 69 balls to lead Sussex’s demolition of the Netherlands at Hove. Wright added 175 in 20 overs with fellow opener Ed Joyce (51 not out off 58) to make mincemeat of the Dutch total of 185. That had been led by a run-a-ball 64 from Wesley Barresi, with Will Beer (3-49) the pick of the hosts’ attack.
In Group C, the Unicorns almost pulled off a victory over a county for the second time in three days but were again denied by Yorkshire at Headingley. Former Derbyshire opener Matt Lineker hit his maiden century to help his side start their run chase well. However, Jack Leaning returned remarkable figures of five for 22 from four overs of medium-pace as the visitors lost their last six wickets for 32 runs to be all out for 234. Yorkshire had earlier lost two early wickets after being asked to bat, but a fine century from the in-form Gary Ballance helped them reach 266 for six. Ballance added 134 with Alex Lees (63) for the third-wicket before being dismissed in the final over for 139 off only 113 balls.
A huge dent was put into Leicestershire’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals as Gloucestershire improved theirs with a seven-wicket win at Bristol. The Foxes stuttered to 163 all out after being asked to bat. Only a late unbeaten 27 from Robert Taylor helped them to a moderately respectable total as James Fuller, Craig Miles and David Payne each struck twice. Michael Klinger then continued his fine season by ending not out on 89 as the Gladiators won with almost 10 overs to spare. He added 76 for the second-wicket with Chris Dent (31).
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
Group C, YB40, Glamorgan v Middlesex at Cardiff (1640)
The Welsh side have added Alex Jones to the eleven that defeated Somerset by just one wicket last night, with no room for Andrew Salter in a 12-man squad.
Glamorgan squad: Gareth Rees, Mark Wallace, Chris Cooke, Marcus North (captain), Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Ben Wright, Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Alex Jones.
Middlesex could leapfrog their opponents into second in the group with a win. They are still without first-choice limited-overs wicket-keeper Adam Rossington due to a hand injury, with Championship gloveman John Simpson again set to deputise. Adam Voges has been included after missing the game against the Unicorns with a neck injury, while Ravi Patel provides an additional spin option.
Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Eoin Morgan, Adam Voges, John Simpson, Neil Dexter (captain), Ollie Rayner, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Gareth Berg, Ravi Patel.
Tour Match, Nottinghamshire v Bangladesh A at Trent Bridge (1045)
Weather Forecast: It will be largely overcast in Cardiff with light rain expected at times. Further east, it will be mostly sunny with temperatures peaking at around 20 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
James Fuller has signed a two-year contract extension with Gloucestershire. The South African-born fast-bowler grew up in New Zealand and first signed for the club in 2011 as a UK passport holder.
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