There were wins for Sussex, Gloucestershire, Surrey and Durham as the Friends Life t20 continued in glorious sunshine around the country today.
There was a second Friends Life t20 defeat for Yorkshire as they were narrowly beaten by Durham in the North Group. Gordon Muchall was the batting star for the visitors at Scarborough and ended on 44 off 27 balls as the Dynamos got home by four wickets off the penultimate ball of the match. He built on a useful 52-ball 59 from Phil Mustard, while Jack Brooks again impressed, taking two for 13 from his four overs. Contributions of 34 off 25 balls from Andrew Gale and 30 off 16 from Liam Plunkett had earlier helped Yorkshire post 146 for seven. Off-spinner Ryan Pringle was the stand-out Durham bowler, taking two for 13 from his four overs.
Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger hit his maiden Twenty20 century as his side comfortably triumphed in their Midlands/Wales/West group match at Bristol. He helped the Gladiators rack up 184 for five from their 20 overs by hitting 108 not out off only 64 balls. Worcestershire then never got close in their run chase and were all out for 136. Both openers departed with just four on the board, with only Alexei Kervezee (39 off 37 balls) and Ben Cox (37 off 24) making meaningful contributions. James Fuller took three for 23 and was the pick of the hosts’ attack, while there were two wickets each for David Payne and Benny Howell.
The South Group saw Sussex win a high-scoring match against Middlesex at Lord’s. The Sharks amassed 202 for three after choosing to bat as Luke Wright smashed 81 off only 49 balls. He added 84 with Chris Nash (45 off 30 balls) and a further 72 with Rory Hamilton-Brown, who fell in the final over of the innings for a 29-ball 47. Middlesex made a good first of their run chase as Dawid Malan blazed the early trail by hitting 61 off 43 balls and sharing 64 in seven overs with Paul Stirling (33 off 22). However, Michael Yardy took three for 30 as the middle-order were unable to keep up with the rate and they ended on 178 for eight.
Steven Davies blitzed 95 not out off 70 balls to lead Surrey to victory over Kent at Canterbury. Glenn Maxwell also chipped in with a late 18-ball 32 as the visitors posted a useful 176 for three. Sam Northeast and Darren Stevens then gave Kent a strong start to their run chase, taking the score to 97 for two after 11 overs. However, Stevens fell to Jon Lewis for 30 off 17 balls and the rest of the batsmen soon folded. Jade Dernbach was again excellent and returned figures of three for 22, while Zander de Bruyn and Azhar Mahmood each picked up a brace of wickets. Kent finished on 145 for nine with Northeast seventh man out for 61 off 53 deliveries.
North Group, FLt20, Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford (1830 BST start)
Weather Forecast: The skies over Old Trafford should be largely clear for tomorrow night’s Friends Life t20 fixture, with only patchy cloud expected. Temperatures will peak at around 16 degrees Celsius at the start of the match.