Adam Wheater fell going for the winning hit as Essex only just failed to chase down 360 to win on the final day against Hampshire. Essex had slipped to 222 for seven in their run chase as James Tomlinson took four wickets, but Wheater and Harbhajan Singh added 68 for the eighth-wicket. The Indian off-spinner hit 40 from 55 balls, but departed with 70 still needed. However, Wheater came to the fore and put on 40 for the final wicket with Tom Craddock, who never got off the mark, before holing out to long-on to spark jubilation for Hampshire.
The match at Canterbury between Kent and Glamorgan ended in the predictable draw, with the home side ending on 168 for two in their second innings thanks to an unbeaten century from Sam Northeast. Glamorgan had earlier been dismissed for 389 in their first innings as skipper Mark Wallace completed his century and shared a ninth-wicket stand of 103 with Dean Cosker (47).
In Group A of the Clydesdale 40, Middlesex romped to a ten-wicket win over Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. Chris Rogers ended on 122 from 102 balls, while Dawid Malan hit 89 not out as they chased down the hosts’ modest total of 214 for nine with almost 10 overs to spare. Dan Housego had top-scored with 68 in that innings, but Toby Roland-Jones and Steven Finn bowled superbly and returned combined figures of five for 51 from 16 overs.
18 year-old Shiv Thakor stroked 83 not out off only 74 balls for Leicestershire, but he could not prevent Lancashire from recording a comfortable six-wicket victory at Grace Road. He put on 96 for the fifth-wicket after Glen Chapple (four for 46) had made inroads with the new ball. However, Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince both passed 50 and added 108 for the first wicket, while Steven Croft ended unbeaten on 57 as the Lightning eased home with 26 balls remaining.
In Group B, Nottinghamshire thrashed Scotland by 88 runs at Trent Bridge. Despite losing Michael Lumb first ball to Gordon Goudie (three for 44), the Outlaws amassed 265 for five from their 40 overs as Alex Hales, James Taylor, Samit Patel and Adam Voges all made half centuries. In reply, Scotland were bowled out for 177 as Voges and Graeme White took three wickets apiece.
Peter Trego took three wickets to help bowl Durham out for just 147 at Taunton. He reduced them to nine for two with an early brace and they never recovered as Max Waller delivered eight overs of tidy leg-spin and returned figures of two for 29. Craig Kieswetter hit his second century in as many days in the Somerset reply, ending unbeaten on 103 from only 61 balls, as the home side won with nearly 20 overs to spare.
In Group C, on-loan wicket-keeper Richard Johnson held his nerve to give Derbyshire a three-wicket win over Yorkshire at Chesterfield. He made 79 from 74 balls, while young all-rounder Alex Hughes made a valuable unbeaten 37 as the home side chased down Yorkshire’s total of 238 for seven with 14 balls to spare. Returning captain Andrew Gale had top-scored in their innings with a 65-ball 51, while Gary Ballance (47 from 42 balls) and Rich Pyrah (44 from 28) added late momentum.
Northamptonshire slipped to nine for three and never recovered as they were all out for 129 against Sussex at Arundel. Amjad Khan, Scott Styris and Kirk Wernars each took two wickets, while Chris Liddle ended with four for 21 to snuff out a potential recovery that had been threatened by Rob Keogh (30) and James Middlebrook (37). Murray Goodwin led the Sussex run chase with an undefeated 67 as they won by eight wickets in the 31st over.
The Unicorns could make only 168 for seven in reply to Warwickshire’s 228 for nine at Edgbaston as Chris Woakes took three wickets. Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy had both made half centuries in the Bears’ innings, but the Unicorns fought back thanks to former Lancashire and Surrey bowler Steven Cheetham (two for 34). However, Keith Parsons (58 from 77 balls) was the only Unicorns batsman to make an impression as all of Warwickshire’s bowlers bowled tidily.
There are no county fixtures tomorrow as the teams take a break ahead of the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cricket World will have full previews of those matches tomorrow.
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