There were wins for Warwickshire, Hampshire, Essex, Worcestershire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Northamptonshire in the day’s Friends Life t20 action.
Lancashire beat Durham in the North Group thanks to a knock of 62 from Karl Brown. Brown dominated an opening stand of 85 in less than 10 overs with Stephen Moore (18 off 19 balls) before finally being caught of Gareth Breese from his 42nd delivery. Simon Katich then ended on 40 not out off 30 balls as the Lightning posted 170 for five from their 20 overs. Scott Borthwick was the pick of the Durham attack with two for 26 and followed that up with an innings of 62 to give the Dynamos hope in their run chase. However, he lacked support and they ended on 145 for five, with Kabir Ali taking three for 30 and Arron Lilley one for 21.
Albie Morkel blazed 51 off 31 balls but Derbyshire still came up short against Yorkshire at Chesterfield. Azeem Rafiq took three for 22, while there tidy spells from Ryan Sidebottom, Adil Rashid and Richard Pyrah as the Falcons finished on 136 for five. Morkel had earlier starred with the ball, taking four for 25 to help restrict Yorkshire to 142 for nine. Dan Hodgson continued his impressive run in the competition by top-scoring with 31.
Warwickshire trounced Gloucestershire in the Midlands/Wales/West Group. The Bears bowlers all starred, with Ateeq Javid taking four for 17 and Rikki Clarke (one for 15), Jeetan Patel (two for 18) and Steefan Piolet (one for 18) all impressing. Chris Dent was one of only three men to reach double figures and comfortably top-scored for the home side with 33. Warwickshire captain Varun Chopra also top-scored with 33 as his side got home in the 18th over to win by six wickets. Tom Smith took two for 16 with his left-arm spin.
A welcome return to form for Marcus Trescothick couldn’t save Somerset from defeat at the hands of Worcestershire. Trescothick hit 49 off 38 balls, while Jos Buttler smashed three sixes in a breezy innings of 27, but neither could prevent defeat for the hosts at Taunton. Joe Leach and Jack Shantry each took three wickets as they ended short of Worcestershire’s 168 for seven on 160 for eight. Alexei Kervezee top-scored for the Pears with 53, while Yasir Arafat took three for 29 for Somerset.
Steven Crook hit the last ball for four to take Northamptonshire to victory over Glamorgan. The Steelbacks had got the equation down to just three from the last over, but Michael Hogan bowled a good one, while Cameron White was run-out for 68. White added 92 with his captain Alex Wakely to set up the ultimately successful run chase. Wakely finished on 52 not out from 39 deliveries. Mohammad Azharullah had earlier returned the splendid figures of four for 14 from his four overs, while Matthew Spriegel chipped in with two for 22 with his off-spin as Glamorgan were held to 153 for seven; Murray Goodwin top-scoring with 1 31-ball 47.
An innings of 42 from 26 balls from Ryan ten Doeschate helped Essex beat Sussex in a tense South Group match at Chelmsford. Ten Doeschate added an unbroken 57 in 30 balls with his captain James Foster (27 not out off 15 balls) to see the Eagles home. Shaun Tait had earlier helped wrest things back for the home side after Sussex had got off to a flyer courtesy of a rapid 57 from the improving Matt Machan. They reached 101 in the 11th over but were held to 171 for nine from their 20 as Tait ended with four for 26.
James Vince hit 84 off only 49 balls as defending champions Hampshire eased past Middlesex at Richmond. Vince added 89 in less than seven overs with opening partner Michael Carberry (43 off 16 balls) to get the Royals’ run chase off to a flying start. Jimmy Adams then made 29 off 24 balls to see them to the brink of victory. Dawid Malan had earlier hit 77 off 66 balls to lead the Panthers to 162 for five. Dimitri Mascarenhas was the comfortable pick of the Hampshire attack with two for 19 from his four overs.
day one, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston
day one, LV=CCD2, Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury
Kent have named their 12-man squad for the visit of Hampshire and will hope to build on their thrilling win at Cheltenham. Brendan Nash, who was forced to retire ill in that match, is included in the squad as is quick-bowler Ben Kemp.
Kent squad: Sam Northeast, Rob Key, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Brendan Nash, Darren Stevens, Ben Harmison, Geraint Jones, James Tredwell (captain), Vernon Philander, Calum Haggett, Charlie Shreck, Ben Kemp.
day one, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Glamorgan at Old Trafford
New Division Two leaders Lancashire will look to build a lead at the top of the table when they take on Glamorgan. They have named a 14-man squad that includes impressive off-spinner Arron Lilley.
Lancashire squad: Andrea Agathangelou, Luis Reece, Karl Brown, Ashwell Prince, Simon Katich, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross, Wayne White, Glen Chapple (captain), Kyle Hogg, Simon Kerrigan, Luke Procter, Tom Smith, Arron Lilley.
South Group, FLt20, Surrey v Essex at The Oval (1830 BST start)
Weather Forecast: It will remain warm tomorrow, with only patchy cloud and temperatures peaking at between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie has been granted compassionate leave following the death of his father from a heart attack on Saturday. Gillespie’s parents were staying with him in Leeds on holiday at the time.
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