There were wins for Somerset, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Sussex and Lancashire in the day’s Yorkshire Bank 40 matches.
Lancashire kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Bank 40 alive by thrashing Scotland in a rain-affected game at Glasgow. The Lightning were set 125 to win from 28 overs via the Duckworth-Lewis method and eased home by seven wickets with almost five overs to spare. Opener Tom Smith finished on 42 not out off 63 balls, having added 58 with Ashwell Prince (36 off 31 balls) for the second-wicket. The Saltires had earlier been bowled out for just 145 after being asked to bat. Only four men reached double figures, with Richie Berrington’s 35 the best effort, as Kabir Ali took three for 33 and Smith and Glen Chapple chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Durham were spun to defeat by Derbyshire’s spinners at the County Ground. Wayne Madsen (3-27), Tom Knight (3-36) and David Wainwright (4-11) proved impossible to get away as the Dynamos were skittled for just 110 with only three men reaching double figures. That made Derbyshire’s total of 217 for eight look mightily impressive, with Madsen (37) and Richard Johnson’s fourth-wicket partnership of 103 providing the backbone. Johnson top-scored with 58 off 66 balls.
Defending champions Hampshire are almost certain of a semi-final spot after having the better of a tense game against Surrey at Southampton. The Royals lost their influential openers Michael Carberry and James Vince inside the first two overs, but eventually overhauled Surrey’s 219 for nine with eight balls and three wickets to spare. Jimmy Adams (30) and Neil McKenzie (22) began the recovery with a third-wicket partnership worth 55. Sean Ervine then took over; firstly alongside Liam Dawson (40 off 31), then Dimitri Mascarenhas (31 off 32) and latterly Chris Wood (13 not out off 6). Ervine finished unbeaten on 65 off 63 balls. Zafar Ansari had earlier led the visitors’ recovery from 79 for five with a hard-hitting knock of 62 off 54 balls.
A phenomenal unbeaten century from Peter Trego saw Somerset cement their position at the top of Group C with a hard-fought three-wicket win over Yorkshire. Trego ended on 140 off only 103 balls and shared stands of 103 with Craig Kieswetter (40 off 48) and 96 with Alviro Petersen (51 off 55). However, the home side suffered a late collapse of five for 49 and only achieved their target of 262 in the final over. Iain Wardlaw took three wickets, while Richard Pyrah took two.
Yorkshire’s young middle-order had earlier fired to haul their side up to 261 for eight from their 40 overs. Alex Lees, Adam Lyth and Jack Leaning each hit-half-centuries. Lees and Lyth put on 118 for the third-wicket, with Leaning then adding late impetus with a 49-ball 60. Alfonso Thomas (3-49) and Adam Dibble (4-52) shared seven wickets.
A century from Dawid Malan helped Middlesex beat Gloucestershire at Lord’s in a match that was reduced to 38 overs aside. The Panthers lost Paul Stirling in the second over, but Malan shared useful stands with Joe Denly (21), Eoin Morgan (22) and Neil Dexter (20) as they totalled 206 for five. The Gladiators then struggled with the bat, losing two early wickets before Michael Klinger (46) and Ian Cockbain (30) added 81. However, more wickets followed as James Harris took three for 30 and they were held to 186 for nine.
Sussex beat Group A leaders Nottinghamshire in a high-scoring game at Trent Bridge. Ed Joyce hit a calm unbeaten 123 off 109 balls to anchor his side’s run chase of 291. He shared 112 in less than 13 overs with Luke Wright, who blazed 62 off 42 balls. Matt Machan then smashed 51 off 28 balls from number three to take Sussex to 208 for one in the 24th over. The Outlaws did well to actually get back into the contest from that position, with Ajmal Shahzad taking three wickets. However, the home side won in the penultimate over by four wickets. Alex Hales had earlier hit 101 off only 89 balls to help Notts recover from a Lewis Hatchett double-strike. There was then a late contribution of 82 not out off 64 balls from David Hussey.
Northamptonshire went one step closer to a place in the last four by beating the Netherlands at Wantage Road. The Dutch struggled to 176 for eight after being asked to bat, with Ben Cooper’s 29 the top score. Mohammad Azharullah and Cameron White each took a brace of wickets. Mudassar Bukhari struck twice early in the Worcestershire run chase, but White hit an undefeated 63 to guide his side home by four wickets. He shared a crucial 86 with James Middlebrook (37) for the fifth-wicket.
Warwickshire won a shortened encounter against Kent by seven runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method. The floodlights at Canterbury failed with the home side on 113 for four in pursuit of the Bears’ 213 for seven. William Porterfield had top-scored for them with 57, while Ateeq Javid and Rikki Clarke each contribute 43. James Tredwell was the pick of the Spitfires’ attack, returning figures of two for 19 from his eight overs.
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County Cricket News In Brief:
Essex have signed Indian opener Gautam Gambhir as their overseas player for the final month of the season. Their current overseas pro Hamish Rutherford will return home following Saturday’s Friends Life t20 Finals Day in order to prepare for the forthcoming domestic and international season in New Zealand.
Glamorgan have secured the presence of key all-rounder Jim Allenby at Cardiff for a further four seasons. Allenby was reportedly considering moving away from Wales after being stripped of the one-day captaincy in favour of Marcus North, but has apparently decided to stay.
Somerset have signed Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla as their overseas player for the final month of the season subject to him obtaining the correct visa. Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman was originally due to take over from Alviro Petersen, but he has since been included in Pakistan’s Test and ODI squads for their tour of Zimbabwe.
Hampshire left-arm spinner Danny Briggs has extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2015 season.
There is still time to vote for the LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award. Last year’s award was won by Joe Root, with the shortlist this year consisting of Luke Wells, Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick, Rory Burns, Shiv Thakor and David Willey.
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