Lancashire suffered a potentially decisive blow in their efforts at qualification for the quarter-finals with a narrow three-wicket defeat to Derbyshire in the North Group at Old Trafford. Wes Durston, as is increasingly the case, was the hero for the Falcons, taking two for 16 with his off-spin to help restrict Lancashire to 122 for eight, before hitting 56 from only 36 balls in their reply. Derbyshire looked to be cruising to their victory target, at one stage reaching 77 for one, but the Lightning fought back with the aid of their spinners, Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy, who returned the combined figures of two for 31 from their eight overs. However Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who had earlier taken three wickets, hit the winning boundary and they won with seven balls to spare.
Durham ended Leicestershire’s defence of their Friends Life t20 title with a resounding thumping of the Foxes at Chester-le-Street. Abdul Razzaq batted through almost the whole of the innings for the visitors after they had been put into bat, but struggled uncharacteristically in making 47 from 57 balls. All of the Durham bowlers bowled exceptionally well, with Gareth Breese and Ben Stokes returning the best figures, with two for 25 and two for 14 respectively.
The Dynamos required just 13.2 overs to reach their target of 115 and lost only one wicket in the process – that of Phil Mustard for 51 from 30 balls – as Herschelle Gibbs ended with 49 not out.
Somerset collapsed to another home defeat, this time at the hands of Worcestershire, as they lost their Midlands/West/Wales Group match by 54 runs. The Pears had made 173 for seven after being put in to bat with Moeen Ali top-scoring with a 23-ball 47, and Vikram Solanki (33 from 33 balls) and Phil Hughes (41 from 32) also contributing.
Somerset lost Nick Compton early in their run chase, but Richard Levi and Kevin O’Brien looked to have got the innings back on track with a typically forthright second-wicket stand of 44 from 33 balls. However, the former’s dismissal to Daryl Mitchell for 28 sparked a tragic procession as Somerset lost six wickets for 34 runs before eventually succumbing for just 119. The slow bowlers did most of the damage with Brett D’Oliveira, Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali sharing eight wickets between them at a cost of only 47 runs.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, GMT)
Mid/West/Wales Group, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan (1640)
South Group, Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval (1730)
Weather Forecast: It is very much a case of hoping that the band of morning and early afternoon rain clears England and Wales before the matches are set to get underway. After that it will be a case of dodging the remaining showers, with temperatures set to struggle to a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Somerset have signed Pakistani left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman as their overseas player from July 18th onwards subject to his receipt of the correct visa. He will replace George Dockrell, who will be away with Ireland for around a month, as the county’s main spinner.
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