Buttler stars again, Glamorgan win big
Glamorgan continued their impressive form in the NatWest T20 Blast with a big win over Middlesex while Jos Buttler continued his fine week with the bat to help Lancashire beat Worcestershire in the pick of the action this evening.
Elsewhere, there were also wins for Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Notts Outlaws, Surrey, and Yorkshire.
NatWest T20 Blast South Group
The Oval: Surrey 154-8 beat Somerset 139-6 by 15 runs
NatWest T20 Blast South Group
Aaron Finch got Surrey off to a perfect start by blasting five fours and three sixes in an innings of 51 in 26 balls only for the home side's innings to peter out to 154 for eight.
After Finch was bowled by Max Waller, the boundaries dried up thanks to excellent work with the ball and in the field by Somerset, for whom Josh Davey was outstanding in taking three for 20 and helping Alex Barrow run out Sam Curran for 18 late on.
Much like Surrey, Somerset made a fast start thanks to some fine batting from Mahela Jayawardene, who led them to 63 for two in their powerplay. His innings of 36 in 23 balls included his 5,000th T20 run but his departure, hitting a Gareth Batty long hop to Jason Roy, helped Surrey limit them to 83 for four at the halfway stage.
The game hung in the balance and from the last three overs, Somerset needed 29 to win and then from the last two, 23 were still needed as the boundaries dried up. A brilliant 19th over from Jade Dernbach (3-32) leaked just four runs and gained the wicket of Lewis Gregory for 31 and with Somerset needing 19 to win from six balls, the home side looked to have done enough, and victory was confirmed after another good over from Tom Curran.
Nicely done gents pic.twitter.com/doxcgqvigz— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) July 8, 2016
Richmond: Glamorgan 145-1 beat Middlesex 144-8 by nine wickets
At Richmond, Middlesex welcomed second-placed Glamorgan, were put in to bat and quickly found themselves in big trouble at 39 for five as Shaun Tait (2-17), Craig Meschede (1-19) and Timm van der Gugten (2-13) struck early blows.
However, Eoin Morgan struck 58 in 48 balls and James Franklin 57 not out in 41 balls during a 69-run stand that helped Middlesex bounce back and close on 144 for eight.
Big hit from Fuller to end the innings Middlesex finish on 144/8 #MidvGla— Glamorgan Cricket (@GlamCricket) July 8, 2016
Glamorgan raced to 90 without loss from 10 overs and needed just 16.3 overs to reach their target. David Lloyd backed up his 81 in last night's win over Sussex with 49 before Mark Wallace struck 69 not out in 50 balls and Colin Ingram (19 not out) wrapped things up in some style as Glamorgan joined Gloucestershire on 15 points to go top of the table.
Bristol: Kent 148-7 beat Gloucestershire 145-8 by three runs
Fresh from beating Somerset yesterday, Kent headed up the M5 to take on leaders Gloucestershire. Just like in Taunton, they looked set to post a huge score when Joe Denly struck 51 in 35 balls but were pegged back by the home side.
Benny Howell took three for 29 as Kent closed on 148 for seven having been 105 for two in the 14th over.
END OF INNINGS: Kent finish 148/7. Brilliant bowling in the last 5 overs from Gloucestershire, restricting Kent to singles and doubles.— Gloucestershire CCC (@Gloscricket) July 8, 2016
Gloucestershire were 66 for two at the halfway stage of their innings and needed 50 to win from the final six having lost Michael Klinger (42 in 31 balls) in the 12th over. Sixteen were required from the last over after Kagiso Rabada finished his day with one for 19 by bowling AJ Tye.
The drama continued as Mitchell Claydon bowled his second ball over waist height so wasn't able to complete the over, leaving it to David Griffiths to complete. Then Howell (37 in 23 balls) was run out off another no ball to leave Gloucestershire needing six to win from the final two balls.
They couldn't manage it and Kent held on, Griffiths finishing with two for 22.
Kent Spitfires win by 3 runs. Unbelievable drama in the final over!— Kent Cricket (@kentcricket) July 8, 2016
Griffiths closes it out with 2/22 in three overs pic.twitter.com/K188CSdl5P
Southampton: Essex 153-5 beat Hampshire 150-7 by three runs
Ashar Zaidi top scored for Essex with 47 in 43 balls as they posted 153 for five after winning the toss and choosing to bat at the Ageas Bowl. Tom Westley made 33 in 18 balls before Gareth Andrew and Liam Dawson took two wickets apiece.
James Vince then struck 62 in 51 balls to hold Hampshire's run chase together but after he fell in the 17th over, the match went down to the wire, and needing eight from the final over bowled by Ravi Bopara, the home side couldn't quite get over the line, handing victory to Essex by three runs.
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New Road: Lancashire 200-3 beat Worcestershire 198 by seven wickets
NatWest T20 Blast North Group
Worcestershire were invited to bat first by Lancashire and were going along steadily enough until Ben Cox (44 in 21 balls) and Ross Whiteley (38 in 17) combined to add 77 in just five overs for the sixth wicket.
Cox took Stephen Parry for five fours and a six in one over but all six bowlers used by Lancashire picked up at least one wicket to dismiss Worcestershire for 198 in 19.4 overs.
Cox hits 4, 4, 4, 6, 4, 4, in over from Parry. Worcs 145-5 after 15 overs— Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) July 8, 2016
After opening the innings for England to good effect earlier in the week, Jos Buttler reprised the role for Lancashire, hitting 57 in 22 balls with seven fours and four sixes to put them on course for victory - and that came despite suffering a blow to his left thumb while keeping that he would later get x-rayed.
His opening partner Alviro Petersen made 34 in 20 before Karl Brown blasted 62 not out in 40 balls and Steven Croft 23 not out in 20 to secure a much-needed victory for the visitors in 18.1 overs.
Northampton: Notts Outlaws 123-4 Northamptonshire 122 by six wickets
Northamptonshire went into this match against their rivals knowing that a win would put them into the quarter-finals, but when they were bowled out for 122 in 18.2 overs, they had their work cut out.
Imran Tahir, making his T20 debut for Notts Outlaws, returned figures of three for 13 and Steven Mullaney three for 12 to undo good work done at the top of the order by Richard Levi (35), Adam Rossington (22) and Ben Duckett (29).
Notts took nine wickets for just 63 runs after Northants' openers added 59 for the first #CricketHasLanded— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) July 8, 2016
Michael Lumb gave Notts a good start with 38 and although they lost Riki Wessels (3) and Greg Smith (4) cheaply and Richard Gleeson (2-13) delivered another good performance with the ball, they completed victory in 17 overs.
Dan Christian hurried them towards victory with 56 in 32 deliveries before Samit Patel (17 not out) and Brendan Taylor (2 not out) finished off the job.
Leicester: Leicestershire 164-1 beat Derbyshire 158 by nine wickets
After choosing to bowl first, Leicestershire's Ben Raine dismissed Derbyshire openers Hamish Rutherford (13) and Wes Durston (4) cheaply before Neil Broom struck 59 in 40 balls with six fours and a six.
Farhaan Behardien dismissed him, however, but Derbyshire's other New Zealander, Jimmy Neesham, took on the baton with 45 in 23 deliveries before the visitors were dismissed for 158. Clint McKay took three for 20, Raine three for 43 and Behardien two for 35.
END OF INNINGS | McKay bowls Milnes for 0. Derbyshire close on 158 ao. LCCC will need 159 to win. McKay finishes 3.5-0-3-23.— Leicestershire CCC (@leicsccc) July 8, 2016
Leicestershire's openers Mark Pettini (71 not out in 48 balls) and Mark Cosgrove (52 in 27 balls) then tore into Derbyshire's bowlers during a 106-run stand that put the Foxes on course for victory.
Cosgrove hit three fours and four sixes while Pettini hit 11 fours before hitting the winning runs in the 16th over, ably assisted by Cameron Delport's 38 not out in 20 deliveries.
Headingley: Yorkshire 156-6 beat Birmingham Bears 154 by two runs
Yorkshire welcomed back their England stars Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and David Willey back for this match but it was New Zealander Kane Williamson (48) and Gary Ballance (33) who did most of the work as they posted 156 for six after choosing to bat first.
Ex-Yorkshire player Oliver Hannon-Dalby took two for 33 and would end up unbeaten on two as his side were bowled out for 154 in reply.
Will Porterfield hit 48, Laurie Evans 37 and Ian Bell 30 to take the game down to the wire but needings 11 from the final over bowled by Tim Bresnan, Birmingham were bowled out, losing the wickets of Josh Poysden and Ateeq Javid in that final over.
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