The English ‘drought’ claimed two more victims today as Warwickshire’s televised match against Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire’s against Derbyshire were abandoned without a ball bowled. Elsewhere, there was brighter news as Lancashire beat Leicestershire by 11 runs and Durham won a thriller at Headingley.
Durham had made 142 for six from their 20 overs after being put into bat by Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale. Ben Stokes top-scored with 36 from 28 balls, while Dale Benkenstein and Gordon Muchall both made 25.
The home side got off to a poor start in their reply, slipping to 42 for five in the eighth over, as Chris Rushworth and Graham Onions both took two early wickets. However, Richard Pyrah and Gerard Brophy rescued the situation with a sixth-wicket partnership of 57, before the latter fell to Liam Plunkett for 32 in the 15th over. This left Yorkshire needing 44 to win from 32 balls, but Scott Borthwick delivered what turned out to be the killer blow by dismissing Brophy and Mitchell Starc from consecutive deliveries in the 18th over. They eventually ended three runs short on 140 for eight.
At Grace Road, Leicestershire suffered their second straight defeat in this year's competition with an 11-run loss to Lancashire. Despite a much improved display with the bat thanks to notable contributions from Josh Cobb (32 from 26 balls); Matthew Boyce (26 from 22); and Abdul Razzaq (36 from 27) they ended short of the visitors’ total of 154 for six. Stephen Moore had formed the backbone of this total, with an innings of 58 from 44 balls, with Yasir Arafat adding a late cameo to boost the total.
Of the bowlers, Abdul Razzaq was the most successful for the Foxes, while returning captain Glen Chapple, Pakistani all-rounder Yasir Arafat and slow left-armer Stephen Parry took two wickets each for the Lightning.
There are no matches in the Friends Life t20 tomorrow as all eyes turn to England’s opening One-Day International against West Indies, but there are seven games on Sunday, with previews of those to follow tomorrow.
County News In Brief:
James Fuller has been reprimanded for a level one breach of the ECB’s disciplinary code during Gloucestershire’s Second XI match against Somerset.
Hampshire coach Giles White has revealed that he would have left out Simon Katich, Chris Wood and Liam Dawson from the Royals’ starting line-up for their match against Sussex had it not been abandoned.
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