Spitfires Down Lions At Beckenham
Surrey’s winning run finally came to an end as they slipped to an eight-wicket defeat at Beckenham, whilst there were wins elsewhere for Nottinghamshire, Sussex, Worcestershire, Somerset, Yorkshire and.. on a bumper day of action in the Friends Life t20.
In the North Group, Nottinghamshire hammered a lacklustre Durham at Chester-le-Street, chasing down the home side’s woefully inadequate total of 114 for five with seven wickets and 22 balls to spare. The Outlaws had begun the day by winning the toss and inserting the Dynamos, quickly reducing them to 30 for four courtesy of a wicket apiece from their seamers. Johann Myburgh, in conjunction with Gordon Muchall, then added 60 for the fifth wicket to spark something of a recovery, but he fell for 45 just as they were beginning to gather momentum.
Durham knew that they needed early wickets if they were to have any chance of a win, but Nottinghamshire’s opening pair of Alex Hales (30 from 30 balls) and man-of-the-match Michael Lumb (46 from 39) put on 62 in the first nine overs to effectively end the contest, with skipper Adam Voges completing the job to finish on 21 not out.
Yorkshire subjected Leicestershire to their third straight defeat with a comfortable 22-run win at Headingley. They had made 170 for four after electing to bat, with captain Andrew Gale leading the way with a 42-ball 70, and adding 116 for the first wicket with Phil Jaques, who made 48 from 41 balls. Robert Taylor and Matthew Hoggard were the most impressive of the visitors’ seamers, returning identical figures of one for 28 from their four overs, but David Miller hit a late cameo of 30 not out from 20 balls to propel Yorkshire to what proved to be a winning total.
The Foxes started promisingly and had reached 85 for two in the 11th over thanks to innings of 46 and 45 respectively from Josh Cobb and Ramnaresh Sarwan. However, their middle-order fell to Azeem Rafiq (two for 28) and their lower-order to Mitchell Starc (three for 26) as they were all out from the final ball of their innings for 148.
A dominant display from Worcestershire’s top-order helped them to a 47-run win in their Midlands/West/Wales Group match against Gloucestershire. Moeen Ali and Phil Hughes shared a second-wicket stand of exactly 100 from just 58 balls, with the former England Lions batsman showcasing every ounce of his dazzling natural talent on the way to 82 from 44 balls, and the former Australian Test opener ending undefeated on 78 from 48 balls. Gareth Andrew then added a late cameo of 32 from 17 deliveries to take the Pears’ total to 213 for two at the end of their 20 overs.
Gloucestershire got off to a blistering start thanks to Hamish Marshall’s knock of 43 from only 23 balls at the top of the order, but they never really recovered from his dismissal, in spite of contributions from the Kiwi pairing of Kane Williamson (37 from 29) and James Fuller (36 from 22), as Jack Shantry and Gareth Andrew took seven wickets between them to help bowl them out for 166.
Jos Buttler continued to show why he is so highly thought of with an innings of utmost maturity at Taunton. Following an impeccable display behind the stumps, the 21 year-old hit an unbeaten 58 from 38 balls to guide Somerset to a penultimate-ball victory over Northamptonshire. David Willey – bowling left-arm swing at not inconsiderable pace – Jack Brooks and James Middlebrook had given the Steelbacks some hope of defending their below-par total of 137 for five, but thanks to Buttler’s heroics the home side emerged victorious by five wickets.
George Dockrell had earlier starred with the ball for Somerset, ending with two for 17 from his four overs, to help reduce Northamptonshire to 85 for five. However, Cameron White held the innings together with a knock of 47, while David Willey added some late impetus with an undefeated 18-ball 30.
In the day's late kick-off, Glamorgan beat Warwickshire in a rain-affected match at Cardiff. The Bears elected to bat after winning the toss and were soon in trouble follwing a brace of wickets for Simon Jones. Fortunately for them, Varun Chopra (53 from 45 balls) and Darren Maddy (49 from 35) added 91 for the third wicket to take them up to 141 for five from 18 overs.
After a slight Duckworth Lewis adjustment, this meant that the Welsh Dragons were left needing 146 from 18 overs. However, they could only reach 62 for one after eight as the rain returned and they were declared winners by five runs, with Shaun Marsh unbeaten on 30 from 25 balls and Jim Allenby on 24 from 15.
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