There were wins for Somerset, Worcestershire, Middlesex and a last-ball one for Lancashire over Leicestershire in the day's Friends Life t20 action.
Lancashire recorded a thrilling four-run win over Leicestershire in the North Group of the Friends Life t20. The Foxes were always just behind the rate but a late cameo of 20 from 12 balls from Michael Thornely gave them hope. With five required of the final ball, though, he was run out and Leicestershire ended on 151 for seven. Greg Smith had begun the run chase well by striking a career-best 84 off 56 balls at the top of the order. Simon Katich had earlier helped the Lightning post 155 for four from their 20 overs, hitting an unbeaten 62 off 43 deliveries. Spinners Jigar Naik and Shakib Al Hasan were the picks of the visitors attack, returning combined figures of one for 42 from eight overs.
A brilliant unbeaten knock of 64 from only 35 balls from Alviro Petersen helped Somerset to victory in the Midlands/Wales/West Group against Northamptonshire. Petersen allowed Somerset to recover from the first-over loss of their captain Marcus Trescothick to David Willey (two for 19) to win by six wickets in the penultimate over. Willey had earlier shone with the bat, hitting 47 off only 29 balls to haul the Steelbacks up to 152 for seven from their 20 overs. Alfonso Thomas took three for 33 for the home side.
Worcestershire thrashed Gloucestershire at New Road. Alexei Kervezee helped the home side chase down their target of 120 with five overs to spare by hitting 42 not out off 32 balls. The Worcestershire slower bowlers had earlier done the damage to Gloucestershire’s batting line-up. Moeen Ali took two for 14 from his four overs of off-spin, while skipper Daryl Mitchell returned figures is three for 21 from his allocation.
Kent’s dismal season continued as they were hammered by Middlesex in the South Group at Uxbridge. They could make only a modest 140 for six after being asked to bat as Kyle Mills and Toby Roland-Jones each took a brace of wickets. That total was woefully inadequate as Adam Rossington smashed 74 from only 37 balls after being promoted to open in the absence of Paul Stirling. Dawid Malan and Joe Denly ended undefeated with 31 and 33 respectively as the win was sealed with more than four overs to spare by nine wickets.
day one, LV=CCD1, Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street
Third-placed Durham have a game in hand over the top two sides, Yorkshire and Sussex, and will fancy their chances of a win against bottom-placed Derbyshire. They are without Graham Onions due to Ashes commitments and captain Paul Collingwood due to injury. Mark Stoneman will skipper the side, while Gordon Muchall returns to the 13-man squad following solid performances in one-day cricket. Jamie Harrison and Gareth Breese are also included and will probably vie for the final bowling spot.
Durham squad: Mark Stoneman (captain), Keaton Jennings, Scott Borthwick, Ben Stokes, Will Smith, Michael Richardson, Phil Mustard, Gareth Breese, Mark Wood, Callum Thorp, Chris Rushworth, Jamie Harrison, Gordon Muchall.
Derbyshire, meanwhile, simply have to win and keep winning if they are to avoid an immediate return to Division Two. They have enjoyed a good start to their Friends Life t20 campaign and will hope that that form translates. They have to decide who will keep wicket, with both Tom Poynton and Richard Johnson named in the squad. Also included are Dan Redfern and Tony Palladino.
Derbyshire squad: Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen (captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Richard Johnson, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Tim Groenewald, Tony Palladino, Mark Footitt, Tom Poynton.
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