Sunday 4 May 2008 

Friends Provident Round-Up - May 4th 2008

Northern Division

Old Trafford: Lancashire 152-5 beat Durham 151-7 by five wickets (D/L)


Durham's miserable defence of their trophy continues as they went down to Lancashire in a 23 over match on the last ball of the game. Having set a target of 152 thanks to Michael Di Venuto hitting 66 from 58 balls and Dale Benkenstein 40 from 31, they went down in a thrilling finish.

Mal Loye led the way for Lancashire, hitting 58 from 54 balls before new signing Mohammad Yousuf hit 32 from 35 balls but Durham hit back with wickets, leaving Steven Croft and Steve Mullaney with 12 runs to win in 7 balls. Croft hit a crucial six to remain unbeaten on ten, Mullaney was four not out from two and Lancashire had triumphed at the last.

Derby: Derbyshire 136-4 beat Scotland 169 by six wickets (D/L)


Two matches, and two wins in three days for Derbyshire, although this win over the Saltires was far more comfortable than the one-run victory over Durham on Friday. Derbyshire won the toss, elected to bowl, and bowled out Scotland for 169. Missing captain Ryan Watson, only Navdeep Poonia, on loan from Warwickshire, stood out, hitting a defiant 75. Jonathan Clare took three for 39 but it was Charl Langeveldt again who dominated the bowling headlines, returning figures of four for 28.

Scotland fought bravely, but once Chris Rogers had hit 57, his second half-century in succession, there was no way back and a reduced target meant the game was done in 31.4 overs, but not before Gordon Drummond picked up two for 27.

Midlands Division

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 145-4 beat Northamptonshire 189-7 by six wickets (D/L)


Nottinghamshire triumphed over Northamptonshire, backing up a strong bowling performance with an accomplished run chase. Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad were rested, meaning Darren Pattinson and Luke Fletcher were back in the side, Pattinson returning figures of three for 39 as Northamptonshire's batting, Stephen Peters (90) and Lance Klusener (60 not out) aside, crumbled.

Rain reduced the overs available to Nottinghamshire, but they needed just 28 to reach their adjusted target of 145, Adam Voges leading the way with an unbeaten 42.

Grace Road: Leicestershire 251-6 beat Ireland 212 by 39 runs


Leicestershire wrapped up a comfortable victory over Ireland thanks to a century from HD Ackerman which propped up their total of 251. Ackerman shared in a century stand with opener Tom New (31) before James Allenby weighed in with 62. Ireland's bowlers fought hard, but only Thinus Fourie, with two for 45, gained much reward. West Indian Ravi Rampaul took one for 49 on debut.

Ireland's run chase got off to a nervous start, and they were soon struggling on 68 for four, and they never recovered. Gary Wilson (58) and Andrew White (52) put on 109 for the sixth wicket, but their efforts were in vain as Allenby, with four for 44, and Garnett Kruger, with three for 25, ripped through the rest of the batting.