County Cricket Round-Up: 14th September
NatWest Pro40 Division One
The loser of this game would be out of the running for the title and it was a century for Somerset's Zander de Bruyn, formerly of Worcestershire that set up . Coming to the crease at 23 for two and batting the majority of his innings with a runner, the South African scored an unbeaten 109 in as many balls to lay the foundations for Somerset's 236 for five, a total that looked a long way off when ex-Somerset pacer Gareth Andrew was reducing the visitors to 52 for three early on. De Bruyn received excellent support from Justin Langer, with whom he added 128 for the fifth wicket and Arul Suppiah weighed in with 28 in 20 balls at the death.
Worcestershire were then bowled out for 152, a staggering seven batsmen having their stumps disturbed. Stephen Moore top scored with 40, the only man in the top five to pass double figures as Worcestershire, relegated this week in four-day cricket, suffered a double blow. Alfonso Thomas and Ben Phillips broke through twice early and the wickets were shared around equally with Peter Trego and spinners Suppiah and Max Waller all picking up a brace.
Sussex will still retain their crown if they beat Worcestershire in their final match, but if Somerset beat Durham in their last match and Sussex don't win, then they will take their first piece of silverware since winning the LV County Championship Second Division in 2007.
NatWest Pro40 Division Two
Glamorgan claimed their , humbling title-chasing Lancashire by 27 runs in Cardiff. 73 in 65 from Mark Cosgrove enabled the home side to reach 219 before Lancashire bowled them out with two balls to spare, Kyle Hogg, Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy all sharing two wickets. There were then three run outs, 50 for Steven Croft and Francois du Plessis marked his last appearance of the summer with just three runs as Lancashire were bundled out for 192 in 37.4 overs. Lancashire could still win the title, but it requires them to thrash Warwickshire in their final game and rely on other results going their way.
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