Somerset and Durham were the counties who progressed to the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 as a result of tonight’s matches.
Glamorgan’s hopes were ended by Gloucestershire in Cardiff and saw Durham benefit as a third-placed finisher from the North Group. Michael Klinger hit 86 not out off only 60 balls as the Gladiators overhauled the home side’s 141 for five with 21 balls to spare. He added 66 with Chris Dent (25 off 21 balls) for the first-wicket and an unbroken 79 with Dan Christian (25 not out off 20) for the second. Jim Allenby had earlier dominated the Glamorgan run-scoring, batting throughout their innings to end on 85 off 58 balls. Benny Howell was the pick of the visitors’ attack with two for 25 from his four overs, with Dan Christian (1-26), Tom Smith (1-23) and Chris Dent (1-27) the other wicket-takers.
Superb death bowling from Alfonso Thomas and Yasir Arafat helped Somerset prevail over Warwickshire and knock the Bears out of the competition. The pair were immaculate with their yorkers in the closing overs and restricted Warwickshire to 165 for three. A record Bears fourth-wicket stand of 100 between Darren Maddy (67 not out off 47) and Laurie Evans (51 not out off 33) had got the home side back into the contest after they had slipped to 65 for three after nine overs.
Craig Kieswetter had earlier plundered 76 off 53 balls, hitting four sixes, as Somerset made an imposing 175 for five from their 20 overs after being asked to bat. Peter Trego and Nick Compton each contributed 23-ball 32s, while Boyd Rankin returned figures of two for nine from three overs for the hosts.
Moeen Ali hit 72 off 45 balls to help Worcestershire beat already-qualified Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Ali put on 44 with Ben Cox (27 off 20) for the first-wicket as Worcestershire totalled 182 for six. The Steelbacks were then unable to build on a brisk start given to them by opener Richard Levi (31 off 23) and finished on 145 for six. Ali followed up his superb innings with the bat by taking five for 34 with his off-spin.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (all matches start at 1910 BST)
South Group, Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford
A win for either side would see them progress to the quarter-finals with a home tie. However, defeat would see them left waiting on the result from Southampton. Essex have named a 14-man squad that is without Owais Shah, who is expected to be out for around six weeks with a hamstring injury. He is replaced by Mark Pettini.
Essex squad: Hamish Rutherford, Greg Smith, Ravi Bopara, Mark Pettini, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster (captain), Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Shaun Tait, Reece Topley, Tymal Mills, Jaik Mickleburgh, Sajid Mahmood.
South, Hampshire v Middlesex at Southampton
The Royals have already qualified with a home quarter-final tie but have resisted the urge to tinker with a winning squad. They welcome back Sohail Tanvir from international duty with Pakistan.
Hampshire squad: Michael Carberry, James Vince, Jimmy Adams, Neil McKenzie, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, David Griffiths, Michael Bates.
Middlesex could yet qualify for the quarter-finals as a best third-placed side but need to beat Hampshire and also hope Surrey beat Essex. They have named a familiar-looking 13-man squad that includes England batsman Eoin Morgan.
Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Eoin Morgan, Adam Rossington, Adam Voges, Neil Dexter (captain), Ollie Rayner, Kyle Mills, Ravi Patel, Gurjit Sandhu, Josh Davey, Gareth Berg.
South, Sussex v Kent at Hove
Both sides are already well out of the race for the last eight, with the loser set to finish bottom of the South Group, quite possibly with the least wins of any of the 18 counties in the competition.
Weather Forecast: A band of occasionally heavy rain will make its way up from the south-west during the day, but thankfully should have cleared the south of England by the time the T20 matches are due to start. It will be relatively mild, with temperatures of around 21 degrees Celsius at 1900 BST.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Durham seamer Mitchell Claydon has told BBC Kent that he is hopeful of extending his loan spell with Kent. He said, “It’s just month-by-month and if they want me I’ll stay on.”
Middlesex CCC have confirmed that BBC London commentator Norman de Mesquita has died at the age of 81. De Mesquita had recently been diagnosed with a kidney ailment alongside his existing heart condition. His funeral will be held on Thursday at noon at Edgwarebury Lane Cemetery.
Surrey CCC arranged a meeting between a Sussex teenager and Australian legend Ricky Ponting shortly before Ponting’s last scheduled match for the county. Adam Owers wrote to the Queen at the conclusion of the 2009 Ashes series asking if his hero could be honoured. That letter was forwarded to the Governor-General of Australia and Ponting received the Office of the Order of Australia in 2012 thanks to Owers’ nomination. The full story can be read here.
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