There were wins for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Gloucestershire and Leicestershire in today’s Yorkshire Bank 40 matches, with the Foxes' win over Somerset coming during a match in which well over 600 runs were scored and which saw three centuries. The Championship match at Southampton between Hampshire and Lancashire finished in a draw.
Lancashire decided against anything too enterprising on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Hampshire. The home side might have fancied their chances following a Sean Ervine double-strike that left Lancashire on 137 for five - just 174 runs ahead. However, Steven Croft and Gareth Cross both hit centuries and shared a mammoth 161 for the sixth-wicket. Cross fell late on for 100, with Croft finishing not out on 101 and Lancashire on 373 for six.
Nottinghamshire thrashed the Netherlands in Group A of the Yorkshire Bank 40. The Outlaws made an impressive 263 for five from their 40 overs thanks to fluent fifties from James Taylor, Michael Lumb and Samit Patel. Ajmal Shahzad then took three middle-order wickets in the Dutch run chase as they were all out for 174 with only overseas pro Dom Michael passing 50. There were two wickets apiece for Jake Ball, Graeme White and Patel.
Sussex won a relatively low-scoring game against Kent at Horsham. There were contributions of 30 or above from Chris Nash, Luke Wright, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Michael Yardy and Chris Jordan for Sussex but they could still make no more than 222 for nine as Adam Ball took three wickets and there were two each for off-spinners James Tredwell and Adam Riley. Kent then made a decent start to their run chase and reached 141 for three courtesy of 51 off 41 balls from Darren Stevens. However, most of the Sussex bowlers chipped in with the result that the visitors were all out for 202.
In Group B, an innings of 61 off 42 balls from Steven Crook was the difference between Northamptonshire and Worcestershire at New Road. Moeen Ali took three for 40 as the visitors limped along for much of their innings before Crook’s onslaught lifted them to 219 for six. Even so, the home side would have fancied their chances but would have reckoned without Matthew Spriegel and David Willey. Both took three wickets, while there were a brace apiece from Andrew Hall and Trent Copeland as Worcestershire were all out for 177.
Derbyshire comfortably overhauled Scotland’s 182 for nine in Edinburgh. Mark Footitt derailed the home side’s innings with five for 28 as skipper Preston Mommsen top-scored with only 42. Derbyshire openers Chesney Hughes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul then both hit half-centuries during a stand of 120 which set up the win with 14 balls to spare.
In Group C, Gloucestershire were pressed a little by the Unicorns before emerging triumphant at Bristol. Former Surrey opener Tom Lancefield made 76 as the Unicorns made a good start in pursuit of the 261 that they needed for victory. Ultimately, though, they fell short, ending on 231 for five as James Fuller took a brace of wickets and medium-pacers Benny Howell (one for 38) and Alex Gidman (one for 33) bowled tidily. Michael Klinger, Howell and Ian Cockbain had earlier each made fifties as the home side made 260 for seven after opting to bat.
There was a high-scoring win for Leicestershire to add to Somerset’s woes at Grace Road. Somerset looked to have more than enough as Peter Trego made 118 off 100 balls as they racked up 323 for three. Trego added 120 in 15 overs with Marcus Trescothick (57 off 45 balls), while Alviro Petersen (63 not out off 57) and Jos Buttler (54 off 25) built on that with rapid-fire half-centuries following his departure. However, Foxes openers Josh Cobb and Greg Smith both hit hundreds during a blistering opening-stand of 235 in less than 25 overs. That left the rest of the batsmen with little to do to secure a convincing win with seven balls to spare.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all matches start at 1345 BST, 1245 GMT)
Group A, YB40, Kent v Netherlands at Tunbridge Wells
Group A, YB40, Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Wantage Road
Group B, YB40, Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street
Group B, YB40, Scotland v Surrey at Edinburgh
Group C, YB40, Middlesex v Yorkshire at Radlett
Group C, YB40, Unicorns v Leicestershire at Wormsley
Weather Forecast: A band of rain will move in from the west during the day, hitting west Wales and Scotland in early afternoon. Any matches in the eastern half of England should stay dry and be mostly sunny throughout. Temperatures will vary between 12 degrees Celsius under the rain and 17 degrees Celsius in London.
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