Hampshire continued their fine recent form with a seven-wicket demolition of an apparently distracted Surrey at Southampton. The Lions made just 94 for six from their 20 overs after electing to bat, with Gareth Batty once again skippering the side.
Nottinghamshire comfortably dispatched Durham at Trent Bridge to stay second in the North Group of the Friends Life t20. The Outlaws posted a formidable 210 for three from their 20 overs after choosing to bat, with England hero Alex Hales hitting 88 from only 51 balls and sharing a second-wicket partnership worth 142 with Riki Wessels.
Will Beer played a gem of an innings to help Sussex beat Essex at Chelmsford. He struck 12 from only five balls and led the way as the Sharks comfortably got the 10 runs they needed off the last over. The win means they remain top of the South Group after six games, with Essex four points behind in second.
On a day when all 18 counties were in action for the first time in this season's Friends Life t20 competition, there were wins for Leicestershire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Essex, Sussex, Yorkshire, Warwickshire and Kent.
One of the nation's favourite comedians and impressionists Rory Bremner is teaming up with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and fronting a comedy festival campaign which will see a host of comedians visiting Friends Life t20 games across the country - Rory Bremnerâ€™s 'Stand Up for Friends Life t20' tour.
A brilliant eighth-wicket stand between Steven Crook and Ollie Rayner was not quite enough to help Middlesex to a famous victory under the Lord's floodlights. The Panthers had slipped to 88 for seven in the 15th over in pursuit of Essex's 155 for six, as Tim Phillips made the most of some questionable shots from the home sideâ€™s batsmen to take three for 27.
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.
Surrey and Somerset got their Friends Life t20 tournament off to a winning start with wins over Essex and Warwickshire on the second day of matches in this season's competition. We also preview the third day of matches.
Ravi Bopara is the winner of this week's award. He was the only man to reach three figures twice last week, with scores of 120 not out and 174 against Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire respectively.