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Azeem Rafiq’s second match in charge of Yorkshire was ruined by the weather as his side had to settle for just a point from their North Group match against Nottinghamshire. Ryan Sidebottom had dismissed Michael Lumb in the opening over, while Mitchell Starc followed that up with Riki Wessels’ wicket in his second as the Outlaws slipped to 27 for two. However, James Taylor added 45 with skipper Adam Voges, who made 29, and was still there on 41 from 33 balls when the rain came with Nottinghamshire on 105 for three after 14 overs.
Sussex won a high-scoring South Group encounter against Essex at Hove thanks to an excellent all-round performance from New Zealander Scott Styris. Chris Nash and Luke Wright began the Sharks’ innings in fine fashion with an 86-run opening stand which spanned just 44 balls. Styris then came to the fore and contributed a brisk 36, while Joe Gatting added late impetus with a 22-ball unbeaten 45 as the home side closed strongly on 209 for six.
Mark Pettini got the Essex run chase off to a good start and made 44 before being run out by Styris. He was followed soon afterwards by Ryan ten Doeschate, with skipper James Foster again left to salvage the situation during a brutal knock of 47 from 20 balls. However, David Masters became Chris Liddle’s third victim from the final ball as the Eagles were all out for 190 to lose by 19 runs.
Glenn Maxwell blasted an undefeated 66 from only 32 balls to take Hampshire to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Kent at Canterbury. The Victorian all-rounder had earlier taken two for 10 with his off-spin to help restrict the home side to 135 for six, with Dimitri Mascarenhas also picking up a brace of wickets. In reply, he struck six sixes and helped the Royals recover from 59 for four in the 12th over by completely dominating a fifth-wicket stand of 79 with Sean Ervine, who ended with just 13.
Oxford University ended a shortened opening day of their Varsity match against Cambridge University at The Parks on 171 for four after 63 overs. They lost opener Sam Agarwal for three in the ninth over to the impressive Thomas Probert, while skipper Ben Williams followed a short while later to the same bowler for just a single to make it 20 for two. Ben Jeffery was next to go for 30, but Rajiv Sharma and Owain Jones added 84 for the fourth wicket prior to the former’s dismissal for 39 around an hour before stumps. Jones remained and reached 77, with wicket-keeper Sam Westaway his partner on 13.
North Group, FLt20, Lancashire v Durham at Old Trafford (1810 GMT start)
Team news to follow.
Day Two, Varsity Match, Oxford University v Cambridge University at The Parks
Weather Forecast: Another dry and largely sunny day is expected tomorrow, with temperatures peaking at between 17 and 21 degrees Celsius. There is the outside chance of a light shower for the north in the afternoon, but any significant interruption in play is unlikely.
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