Nottinghamshire comfortably dispatched Durham at Trent Bridge to stay second in the North Group of the Friends Life t20. The Outlaws posted a formidable 210 for three from their 20 overs after choosing to bat, with England hero Alex Hales hitting 88 from only 51 balls and sharing a second-wicket partnership worth 142 with Riki Wessels, who made 53 from 38. Durham, in truth, were never really in the hunt and ended short on 169 for seven, with Darren Pattinson and Andy Carter each taking two wickets and Ben Stokes top-scoring with 56 for the Dynamos.
Mitchell Starc took two for 21 to give Yorkshire the early bragging rights in this season’s Roses tussles as they beat Lancashire by 19 runs at Headingley. Steven Croft made 56, and Karl Brown 46, during a third-wicket stand of 82, but Lancashire rather lost their way as Azeem Rafiq, once again captaining the visitors, took one for 22. David Miller and Gary Ballance had earlier added 91 in little more than seven overs for the fifth wicket as they helped the home side recover from a stuttering first half of their innings to post 180 for six.
Leicestershire kept their extremely faint hopes of defending their Friends Life t20 title alive with a last ball win over Derbyshire at the County Ground. The home side made 171 for three after electing to bat, with opener Wes Durston batting throughout to finish on 55 not out from 50 balls, and Chesney Hughes (48 from 31 balls), Wayne Madsen (33 from 19) and Garry Park (20 not out from 10) all supporting him. Abdul Razzaq and Josh Cobb got the Foxes off to a lightning start with an opening stand of 66 which used up just 35 deliveries, but Rana Naved-ul-Hasan brought the Falcons back into contention with two wickets, before all-rounder Robert Taylor held his nerve to earn his team a morale-boosting win.
Gloucestershire produced one of the shocks of the tournament in beating an almost full-strength Somerset by nine wickets in their Midlands/West/Wales Group match at Taunton. The Cidermen could make only 140 for eight at their diminutive home ground as Ian Saxelby (two for 34), Muttiah Muralitharan (two for 20) and Ed Young (one for 18) all excelled. Hamish Marshall and Benny Howell scored the bulk of the runs required for victory between them, both passing 50 during an opening partnership of 115 from 12 overs, before Marshall fell for 66 from 42 balls shortly before the inevitable conclusion.
Phil Hughes struck an unbeaten 87 from only 58 balls to help Worcestershire to victory over Glamorgan at New Road. The Australian left-hander hit 11 boundaries and shared a crucial third-wicket stand of 75 with James Cameron (31 from 30 balls) which helped the Pears recover from 11 for two. Glamorgan then slipped to 57 for five in their pursuit of the home side’s total of 164 for five, before Stewart Walters (40 not out from 30 balls) and Chris Cooke (32 from 14) staged a futile and partial recovery.
Warwickshire trounced a disappointing Northamptonshire by seven wickets at Wantage Road. The Bears lost Varun Chopra in the first over of their reply to the Steelbacks’ total of 153 for seven, but Rikki Clarke (48 from 30 balls), Jim Troughton (68 not out from 49) and Laurie Evans (33 not out from 12) all made telling contributions as they reached their target with almost four overs to spare. Chris Woakes had earlier taken three wickets during Northamptonshire’s innings, which followed its familiar pattern – that of Cameron White top-scoring – this time with 39 from 24 balls.
Sussex’s batsmen proved far too strong for Kent in their South Group clash at Hove. Murray Goodwin and Chris Nash both made rapid half-centuries, with the former Zimbabwean international’s unbeaten knock of 68 from only 31 balls particularly pleasing given his indifferent form in 2012 thus far. With Matt Prior also contributing a typically fluent 46 from only 20 balls, the Sharks managed an imposing 212 for six. This was always likely to be enough, especially when Michael Rippon – a slow left-arm chinaman bowler from South Africa’s Western Cape – took four wickets to back up an earlier brace from Amjad Khan. Kent were eventually bowled out for 129, in spite of a determined 24-balls last-wicket stand of 30 between Simon Cook and Mark Davies.
Glenn Maxwell was once again the hero for Hampshire as he blasted 60 not out from only 24 balls to help the Royals bounce back from a potentially perilous 94 for four to chase down Essex’s total of 176 for four with 12 balls to spare at Chelmsford. He struck back after conceding 47 from four overs of off-breaks and hit ten boundaries during his brief, albeit ultimately decisive, spell at the crease. James Franklin had earlier hit 78 for the Eagles, with skipper James Foster providing late impetus with a 14-ball undefeated 30.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, GMT)
Midlands/West/Wales Group, Glamorgan v Northamptonshire at Cardiff (1700)
South Group, Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton (1340)
Weather Forecast: Another relatively warm and humid day is expected tomorrow with the resulting, occasionally heavy, showers bubbling up as a result. Temperatures will peak at between 17 and 21 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Yorkshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out for up to a month with a right calf strain. He will certainly miss the rest of Yorkshire’s Friends Life t20 campaign.
Warwickshire coach Ashley Giles will come out of retirement to captain a Warwickshire Legends XI in the Neal Abberley Memorial Match against local club side Knowle & Dorridge. Abberley was Giles’ mentor during his playing career, as well as being the county’s second XI coach, and died last year from a lung complaint.
Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick is targeting a mid-July comeback from his ankle injury. He has registered with local club side Bridgwater in case there is not sufficient second XI cricket when he starts his comeback.
Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry has been sidelined for around two months with a knee injury, which he picked up in training on Wednesday.
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