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Alsop, Rudolph power Hampshire and Glamorgan to victories in South Group

Jacques Rudolph scored 121 off 143 deliveries
Jacques Rudolph scored 121 off 143 deliveries

Tom Alsop and Jacques Rudolph scored centuries to help Hampshire and Glamorgan respectively to victories while rain hampered Middlesex's progress against Sussex leading to abandonment without a result.

Middlesex 341-5 (Simpson 82no) v
Sussex 26-1 (Nash 25no)
Royal London Cup, South Group, Lord's
No Result

Sussex won the toss and inserted Middlesex into batting first. Despite, early fall of Dawid Malan (5) and Nick Gubbins (10), Paul Stirling (71) played a stroke filled 60-ball innings that had nine boundaries and a six while Adam Voges (40), Joe Simpson (82 not out), James Franklin (69) and Ryan Higgins (48 not out) all contributed to take the score to 341 for five in the 50 overs.

Sussex lost their skipper Luke Wright (0) in the second over and when the score was 26 for one in four overs, heavy rains lashed out Lord's ending the game without a result.

Hampshire 260-4 (Alsop 112no) beat
Kent 258 (Stevens 60) by six wickets
Royal London Cup, South Group, Canterbury

Kent were invited to bat first by Hampshire and despite a brilliant 94-run opening stand between Daniel Bell-Drummond (56) and Joe Denly (46), they lost momentum a bit and were reduced to 131 for three before Darren Stevens (60) played a handy 57-ball knock to take them to 258 runs before they were bowled out.

Michael Carberry (0) fell in the second ball of the chase but Alsop (112 not out) kept the hosts' hope going and had the support of James Vince (69). Despite a double strike from Mitchell Claydon (2-51), Alsop ensured there were no further hiccups and completed the chase in 45.1 overs with six wickets in hand.

Glamorgan 277-7 (Rudoplh 121) beat
Gloucestershire 232-8 (Klinger 78) by 18 runs D/L
Royal London Cup, South Group, Bristol

Gloucestershire won the toss and decided to field first. Rudolph (121) held the innings tight where the second highest score was Colin Ingram (45) helping Glamorgan post 277 for seven in the 50 overs.

After being reduced to 32 for three, Gloucestershire made progress through Michael Klinger (78), Graeme van Buuren (51) and Jack Taylor (51) as the target was revised to 251 runs from 44 overs.

However, regular fall of wickets had exerted pressure on Gloucestershire batsmen as they were restricted to 232 for eight in their allotted overs. The 18 run win by D/L allowed Glamorgan to the second position in South Group.

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