Somerset And Essex Qualify For Quarter-Finals
Yorkshire won their match against Derbyshire by 21 runs at Headingley thanks to half centuries from openers Adam Lyth and Phil Jaques. The pair added 131 in 15 overs for the first wicket, with Lyth hitting his highest score in the format, 78 from 51 balls, and Jaques making 64 from 47 as Yorkshire closed on 180 for five. Derbyshire, who had handed a debut to wicket-keeper Chris Durham, slipped to 99 for six in their run chase as all of Yorkshire’s bowlers bowled intelligently. Moin Ashraf was perhaps the pick with three for 24, although Adil Rashid (one for 19) and Mitchell Starc (two for 27) deserve praise, as they restricted Derbyshire to 159 for nine.
Durham will not advance to the next stage after only tying their match against Lancashire at Chester-le-Street. With Essex gaining a point from their rained off match against Hampshire at Southampton, the home side needed to win handsomely. They began well with the ball, holding the Lightning to 133 for eight from their 20 overs after inviting them to bat. Gareth Breese and Scott Borthwick were exceptional in the middle of the innings, returning combined figures of four for 34, while Chris Rushworth (two for 19) and Graham Onions (none for 23) also impressed.
The Dynamos knew they had to score their runs quickly if they were to qualify, but they were badly tied down by Glen Chapple, who delivered his four overs at a cost of just 10 runs – including bowling a maiden – while the spin pair of Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy took two wickets each. None of the Durham batsmen could score at the required rate, with Phil Mustard taking an unusually long time in making his 33, which came off 39 balls.
Nottinghamshire secured a home quarter-final with a resounding 69-run win over Leicestershire at Trent Bridge. Michael Lumb played a blinding innings of 62 from 26 balls and hit six sixes to lead the Outlaws to 196 for three from their 20 overs. Debutant James Sykes was easily the pick of the Foxes attack, taking two for 24 from his four overs.
In reply, Abdul Razzaq hit 69 off 50 balls for Leicestershire, but the rest of their batsmen were poor against a strong home pace attack. Andy Carter took three for 12 and helped restrict them to 127 for nine.
It was the Midlands/West/Wales Group where most of the action was expected to happen today, and so it proved as Warwickshire lost out on a place in the last eight after slipping up against Glamorgan at Edgbaston. Shaun Marsh blazed 68 from just 48 balls in the Welsh Dragons’ innings as they piled up an impressive 173 for five from their 20 overs.
It was perhaps fitting that the rain would have a say and the Bears reached 61 for four after nine overs when it finally arrived. Unfortunately, no further play was possible and they were deemed to have lost by 22 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method.
Somerset booked their place in the quarter-finals with an easy seven-wicket win over Worcestershire at New Road. Albie Morkel took three wickets, but it was Alfonso Thomas (two for 21), Lewis Gregory (one for 21) and George Dockrell (none for 18) who deserve just as much credit as they all bowled as a unit to tie Worcestershire’s batsmen down. Phil Hughes stood firm and ended with 45 not out from 50 balls, but the Pears could only muster a disappointing 119 for seven.
Somerset began quite cautiously and struggled to 61 for three at the end of the ninth over, but the experienced pair of Nick Compton and James Hildreth saw them past their target in the penultimate over. The former ended on 42 from 54 balls, while the latter made 35 from 30.
Gloucestershire won a bizarre match at Wantage Road against Northamptonshire. The home side struggled to 31 for four in the ninth over after being asked to bat, with Ian Saxelby taking two wickets. The rain then arrived and meant that there was only time for the Gladiators to face five overs in their innings. They were set 23 to win via the Duckworth Lewis method and eased home with more than two overs to spare.
Kent recorded a consolation win in the South Group against Middlesex at Uxbridge. The Spitfires restricted the home side to 124 for nine after asking them to bat, with Neil Dexter the only man to get going in making 42 from 38 balls. Azhar Mahmood and Darren Stevens did most of the damage, taking five for 45 between them from eight overs, while Adam Ball picked up a couple of late wickets.
Kent lost Sam Billings in the second over of their reply and regular wickets throughout as Steven Crook and Neil Dexter ended with two each. However, Azhar Mahmood made 30 from 26 balls, while Stevens (26 from 18 balls), Sam Northeast (21 from 23) and Alex Blake (22 from 23) all chipped in as they achieved their target with one over and three wickets to spare.
Sussex lost a slightly farcical game against Surrey at Hove. Despite having reached 104 without loss after nine overs by the time the rain came, with Chris Nash and Luke Wright again starring, Surrey were set just 64 to win from five overs via the Duckworth Lewis method, which they achieved – thanks to an unbeaten 16-ball 36 from Kevin Pietersen – with two balls and seven wickets remaining.
Quarter-Final Draw: (matches to be played on 24th and 25th July)
Nottinghamshire v Hampshire at Trent Bridge
Somerset v Essex at Taunton
Sussex v Gloucestershire at Hove
Yorkshire v Worcestershire at Headingley
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