Success For Surrey But Rain Wins The Day
In the North Group, Derbyshire reached 118 for five when the rain came and denied Lancashire any hope of fighting back at the County Ground. The Lightning had made 168 for six from their 20 overs with captain Steven Croft making 46 from 35 balls and opener Stephen Moore hitting 34 from 21.
Wes Durston got the home side's reply off to a flying start with an exhilarating 31 from 16 balls, while Wayne Madsen chipped in with a 16-ball 24. However, Lancashire fought back with three wickets in as many overs, with Luke Procter taking two of them. At the start of the 12th over, Derbyshire were only fractionally ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method, but Sajid Mahmood went for 17 from three legal deliveries before the rain ended his torment and Derbyshire were declared winners by 17 runs.
Both matches in the Midlands/West/Wales Group were abandoned, with Gloucestershire’s West Country derby against Somerset abandoned without a ball bowled, and Northamptonshire’s match against Glamorgan at Wantage Road called off with the home side on 70 for three.
James Harris had dispatched Steelbacks opener Rob Newton for just two in his first over, but Kyle Coetzer made 41 from only 29 balls before falling to Dean Cosker shortly before the rain arrived.
In the South Group, Sussex suffered their second straight washout, this time in front of the television cameras at Hove against Hampshire, while Surrey made it back-to-back victories with a 28-run Duckworth-Lewis-assisted win over Middlesex in the London derby.
Gareth Batty took four for 13 from his four overs to reduce the home side to 99 for eight after 16 overs by the time the rain came. Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan had threatened to chase down Surrey’s total of 149 for four with a second-wicket stand of 57, but Batty removed both from consecutive overs and the rest of the Panthers’ line-up crumbled to their spin quintet, who returned combined figures of seven for 72 from 13 overs.
Earlier, Surrey had collapsed to 32 for four after electing to bat, but Matthew Spriegel and Gary Wilson both ended with unbeaten half centuries and compiled an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 117 from 83 balls.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures (start times in brackets, GMT):
North Group, Leicestershire v Lancashire at Grace Road (1630)
The Foxes will be hoping to bounce back from a shocking performance against Nottinghamshire on Tuesday and will be mulling over several chnages to their side, with the inclusion of either Nathan Buck or Preston Mommsen the most likely.
Possible Leicestershire XI: Josh Cobb, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jacques du Toit, Matt Boyce, Preston Mommsen, Abdul Razzaq, Wayne White, Ned Eckerlsey (wicket-keeper), Claude Henderson, Nathan Buck, Matthew Hoggard (captain).
The Lightning have named a 14-man squad, which includes Ajmal Shahzad, whose participation will be dependent on a late fitness test on his minor stomach strain. Glen Chapple is named as captain, but that responsibility could again fall to Steven Croft.
Lancashire squad: Stephen Moore, Tom Smith, Karl Brown, Steven Croft, Paul Horton, Gareth Cross (wicket-keeper), Jordan Clark, Glen Chapple (captain), Yasir Arafat, Ajmal Shahzad, Stephen Parry, Gary Keedy, Sajid Mahmood, Luke Procter.
North Group, Yorkshire v Durham at Headingley (1640)
The home side will want to get their camapign off to a winning start and have named a 14-man squad for their first three group games. It includes the overseas pairing of Mitchell Starc and David Miller, as well as spinner Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq and a recuperated Richard Pyrah.
Yorkshire squad: Joe Root, Andrew Gale (captain), David Miller, Phil Jaques, Gary Ballance, Gerard Brophy (wicket-keeper), Richard Pyrah, Adil Rashid, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Sidebottom, Moin Ashraf, Iain Wardlaw, Azeem Rafiq, Adam Lyth.
Durham bring in their overseas signing Herschelle Gibbs, and newly-signed Kolpak player Johann Myburgh for their opening match. Dale Benkenstein will skipper the side, but will have to do without Paul Collingwood who has a broken finger. Graham Onions returns from England duty.
Durham squad: Phil Mustard (wicket-keeper), Herschelle Gibbs, Ben Stokes, Dale Benkenstein (captain), Johann Myburgh, Gordon Muchall, Scott Borthwick, Liam Plunkett, Mitchell Claydon, Graham Onions, Chris Rushworth, Callum Thorp, Mark Stoneman.
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