Chelmsford: Middlesex 259/7 lost to Essex 260/2 by eight wickets
A fine run chase from the Essex top order set up the victory which virtually got them a place in the quarter finals. Chasing 260 for victory, Jason Gallian played superbly for 111 not out from 126 balls including 15 boundaries. Varun Chopra (50) supported Gallian well putting on 89 for the second wicket, Ravi Bopara (85 not out) was in fine form once again and the pair brought Essex home with seven overs of the innings to spare.
Earlier on in the day Middlesex got to a mediocre 259 off their allocation of overs. A bad start from the top order saw the loss of three wickets to leave them reeling on 15 for three. Ed Smith (75) and Eoin Morgan (100) came together at the crease and the pair put on 179 for the fourth wicket. The departure of Morgan for exactly 100 off just 111 balls including six sixes and five fours triggered another collapse as four wickets were lost for 17 runs. Vernon Philander (32*) and Tim Murtagh (21*) came to the crease to add some respectability to the score when in earnest a score of 300+ was required. Wickets were shared among the Essex bowlers with Graham Napier and Ryan Ten Doeschate picking up a pair each.
Essex look to have progressed to the quarter finals with Middlesex missing out as the top 2 places in the South East Division all but secured.
Canterbury: Kent 337/3 beat Surrey 320 by 17 runs
Kent continued to impress in this form of the game as 657 runs were scored at a sunny Canterbury. Kent lost the toss and were put into bat; the home side however were able to rack up a huge total of 337 for three. Joe Denly (46) and Robert Key (34) got the home side off to a respectable start before South African Martin Van Jaarsveld came to the crease after the departure of Key - the number three has been in top form in the Friends Provident Trophy and he followed up his hundred against Sussex last week with another here. The explosive Justin Kemp came and went for six which gave an opportunity for Darren Stevens (119) to get some much need runs. Stevens played like he didn’t have a care in the world on his way to his first three figures of the season. His 119 runs were scored from just 77 balls including 14 boundaries. The three wickets to fall were all claimed by Chris Jordan who bowled well in comparison to the others for his three for 53.
Surrey Skipper Mark Butcher demonstrated the versatility of the Surrey batting line up as he smashed 139 from just 121 balls opening up the innings for the Brown Caps. He and Usman Afzaal (74) provided the bulk of the runs for the visitors as a poor effort from the lower order meant Surrey’s trip to Canterbury was fruitless. Surrey went from a promising position of 293 for three to 320 all out, squandering an unlikely victory as Azhar Mahmood had an explosive second spell which provided all four of his victims on his way to figures of four for 40. Yasir Arafat once again bagged a couple of wickets as did inform seamer Ryan McLaren who was a little expensive for his three for 75.
Kent’s place in the quarter finals is all but guaranteed, and the south coast club will be hoping they can back up the success from last years 20/20 in the 50 over version of the game. Surrey remain second from bottom in need of a miracle from the last two games to secure qualification to the next round of the competition.
Cardiff: Glamorgan 229-5 lost to Hampshire 230-6 by four wickets
Another day, and another chance lost for Glamorgan to open their account at their new stadium. All this despite a 140-ball innings of 114 from Michael Powell which set up their total of 229 for five. He was well supported by Matthew Wood, who hit 64, but otherwise Hampshire bowled well to restrict them to a below target, Dimitri Mascarenhas a 38 and Sean Ervine both returning figures of two for 38.
Michael Carberry struck a fluent 65 in the run chase before he was bowled by Jamie Dalrymple, who removed Ervine (one) in the same manner to keep Glamorgan alive. However, 39 from Chris Benham, and 35 not out from Michael Brown helped Hampshire make their target in the penultimate over of the match.
Taunton: Somerset 278-9 beat Worcestershire 194 by 84 runs
Somerset wrapped up a comprehensive win to get their campaign back on track mainly thanks to a century from captain Justin Langer. Langer hit 117 and was supported by Ian Blackwell (53). Steve Magoffin took three for 36 while Gareth Andrew picked up two for 46 against his former club.
Worcestershire's run chase quickly fell away with Peter Trego (three for 37) and Steffen Jones (three for 36) doing the damage. Despite a fine innings of 92 from Daryl Mitchell and Ben Smith hitting 37, Somerset cruised to victory.
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 121 lost to Warwickshire 173 by 52 runs
Ian Westwood top scored with 64 as Warwickshire provided a late flourish to their campaign by then bowling out Nottinghamshire for a pitiful 121 in under 30 overs to seal an impressive win. Darren Pattinson had earlier taken four for 29 and Samit Patel three for 19 but Nottinghamshire's batting then imploded, as James Anyon returned three for six and Neil Carter three for 25.
Stormont: Ireland 164 lost to Leicestershire 245-5
Ireland were unable to claim their second win in the competition as they came up against a well-drilled Leicestershire outfit, which led by half-centuries from Boeta Dippenaar (69) and HD Ackerman (54) cruised to a victory, which was confirmed by Claude Henderson (four for 30), despite the best efforts of captain Will Porterfield, who hit 65.
Riverside: Durham 205-8 beat Lancashire 199-9 by six runs
There was a thriller at the Riverside where Durham held on to beat Yorkshire by a narrow margin thanks in no small part to Steve Harmison, who took three for 44. Earlier, Dale Benkenstein hit 64 and Gary Park, who had been on 12th man duty with England earlier in the week, hit an unbeaten 42 as the home side just managed to pass 200.
Lancashire's reply was led by Mal Loye, who hit 77, but he struggled to build partnerships and although Steven Croft, who was the hero when these two sides met at Old Trafford, hit 48, it wasn't enough and Durham held on to win.
Citylets Grange: Scotland 193-8 lost to Yorkshire 197-3 by seven wickets
Yorkshire easily overcame Scotland thanks to unbeaten half-centuries from opener Craig White (69) and wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy (61). Two wickets apiece from Richard Pyrah and Darren Gough had earlier kept Scotland down to a manageable total.
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