There were wins for Derbyshire, Surrey, Lancashire, Glamorgan, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire as the Friends Life t20 spluttered into life around the country amid the showers. The pick of the day’s matches was arguably Derbyshire’s tense two-wicket win at Headingley, with Jonathan Clare their batting star.
Lancashire got their Friends Life t20 campaign off to a winning start by beating a Durham side fielding three debutants by nine runs at Chester-le-Street. Stephen Moore was the linchpin in their total of 165 for three and hit 75 off 58 balls. His opening partnership with Ashwell Prince (32 off 29 balls) was worth 77, while his stand with Simon Katich (43 not out off 25) yielded 68 off 43 balls. Durham then got off to a good start in their run chase courtesy of a 17-ball 33 from Yorkshire Bank 40 captain Mark Stoneman. However, only one other man passed 30 as Mitchell McClenaghan took three for 35 and there were a brace of wickets for Glen Chapple.
Derbyshire won a low-scoring game over Yorkshire at Headingley. It was Jonathan Clare’s unbeaten 29-ball 35 that proved the difference between the sides as he helped the Falcons chase down their target of 120 with three balls to spare. Chesney Hughes had begun the run chase with 36, but Jack Brooks took four wickets to decimate the middle-order. Mark Footitt (three for 22) and Albie Morkel (two for nine) had earlier shared five wickets as Yorkshire had been held to 119 for eight in spite of a valiant 44 from Gary Ballance.
Leicestershire’s bowlers were put to the sword by Michael Lumb and the rest of the Nottinghamshire batting line-up as they lost by seven wickets at Trent Bridge. The Foxes posted a strong total of 183 for eight themselves thanks to contributions from Niall O’Brien (47 off 45 balls), Shakib Al Hasan (31 off 14) and Robert Taylor (28 off 14). However, Lumb hit 50 off only 29 balls and added 37 in little more than three overs with opening partner Alex Hales (24 off 13). James Taylor and David Hussey then added an unbroken 84 in 49 balls to see the Outlaws home with 14 balls to spare.
Glamorgan powered to 159 for four in a Midlands/West/Wales group match that was reduced to 14 overs aside at New Road. Chris Cooke dazzled with 57 off 27 balls and built on an opening stand of 42 in four overs between Jim Allenby (37 off 24 balls) and Mark Wallace (33 off 15). That total proved more than enough for Worcestershire as they ended well short on 102 for nine as Graham Wagg took five for 14 from just three overs and spinners Nathan McCullum and Dean Cosker helped themselves to a brace of wickets each.
Northamptonshire comfortably beat Gloucestershire by 41 runs in a 12-over game at Wantage Road. Kyle Coetzer hit a crisp 39 off 25 balls, while Alex Wakely added some late momentum with 36 off 19 as the Steelbacks posted an imposing 124 for four. Graeme White then derailed the Gloucestershire run chase with his left-arm spin. He removed set batsmen Dan Christian (13 off 10 balls) and Michael Klinger (27 off 25) with successive deliveries on his way to figures of four for 14. Mohammad Azharullah was also impressive and ended with three for 23 as the visitors finished on 83 for nine.
Surrey bounced back from defeat two nights ago to Hampshire to beat Sussex in the South group. Jade Dernbach was their star with the ball, taking three for 15 from his four overs, as Sussex could manage only 147 for seven in reply to Surrey’s 157 for six. Jason Roy got their innings off to a good start with a 33-ball 42, with Gary Wilson (31 off 20 balls) and Azhar Mahmood (23 not out off 13) contributing useful cameos. Chris Liddle, Dwayne Smith and Chris Jordan each took a brace of wickets.
Only 13 balls were bowled at Chelmsford as the rain finally won out. The match was originally reduced to 11 overs aside and then 10 but only 2.1 overs were possible, with Essex reaching 18 for one against Hampshire.
Adam Rossington hit a six in the final over to help Middlesex win a stop-start affair over Kent at Canterbury. The visitors found themselves 27 for four in reply to Kent's 129 for five at one point in their run chase as Vernon Philander returned remarkable figures of four for eight from three overs. However, young gloveman Rossington hit 41 not out off only 20 balls and added 37 in 17 balls with Josh Davey (13 off eight balls) to see his side home in their slightly reduced run chase of 111 in 12 overs.
North Group, FLt20, Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Grace Road (1440 BST start)
The Foxes have named the same 14 that were on duty tonight against Nottinghamshire.
Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Niall O’Brien, Greg Smith, Joe Burns, Shakib Al Hasan, Matthew Boyce, Shiv Thakor, Rob Taylor, Jigar Naik, Nathan Buck, Anthony Ireland, Robbie Williams, Ned Eckersley, Michael Thornely.
day four, Tour Match, Somerset v Australians at Taunton
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be mostly dry although mostly cloudy with only occasional sunny spells. Temperatures should peak at between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Left-arm spinner Chris Metters is set to play the Friends Life t20 for Warwickshire this season after making a quicker than expected recovery from his shoulder injury.
Graeme White has had his loan-deal at Northamptonshire extended by his parent club Nottinghamshire to include the Steelbacks’ first three Friends Life t20 group matches.
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