Essex, Somerset go three points clear, Warwickshire go second
There were five Royal London One-Day Cup matches played today which saw the lead in the South Group change hands, albeit briefly, and Warwickshire put pressure on North Group leaders Yorkshire.
Essex and Somerset both win which leaves them three points clear of the chasing pack while three sides are now level on seven points and separated by net run-rate at the top of the North Group.
Royal London One-Day Cup North Group
Edgbaston, Birmingham: Warwickshire 257-2 beat Northamptonshire 254-9 by eight wickets
Warwickshire made it two eight-wicket wins in as many matches at Edgbaston as they saw off Northamptonshire's challenge with two overs to spare to lift them into second place in the table behind Yorkshire.
Batting first, captain Alex Wakely led the way for the visitors with 70 in 74 balls after Josh Cobb struck 50 at the top of the order. Rikki Clarke, Recordo Gordon and Jeetan Patel all took two wickets as Northamptonshire closed on 254 for nine.
Warwickshire openers William Porterfield (92) and Sam Hain (88) then put on 180 together for the first wicket and although both fell, the experience of Laurie Evans and Ian Bell guided the Bears home with innings of 43 not out and 14 not out respectively.
Grace Road, Leicester: Leicestershire 307-8 beat Lancashire 176 by 131 runs
In the battle between the two sides at the bottom of the table, it was home side Leicestershire who ran out victors, handing Lancashire a 131-run thrashing at Grace Road.
The opening exchanges pitted ex-Lancashire batsman Paul Horton against ex-Leicestershire bowler Nathan Buck but it was opening partner Mark Pettini (92) who excelled while Mark Cosgrove (91) struck his best score of the RLODC campaign to help Leicestershire reach an imposing 307 for eight.
The Australian hit 11 fours in his 82-ball innings and quick innings of 21 from Neil Dexter and Niall O'Brien lifted them past the 300-run mark.
Buck was one of three bowlers - Kyle Jarvis and Tom Smith the others - to take two wickets.
Smith gave Lancashire a solid start by making 56 but that was as good as it got for the visitors, who went on to be dismissed for 176 in 39.3 overs.
Dexter followed up his cameo with the bat by taking the wickets of Karl Brown (11), Luke Procter (8), Liam Livingstone (28), and Jarvis (0) to return figures of four for 22 as Leicestershire lifted themselves to within two points of the sides in quarter-final contention.
Royal London One-Day Cup South Group
Taunton: Somerset 297-6 beat Middlesex 296-9 by four wickets
After defeats to them in the County Championship and the T20 Blast (twice), Somerset finally tasted victory over Middlesex this season with a four-wicket success in front of their home crowd.
Batting first, Middlesex posted 296 for nine thanks to half-centuries from Nick Gubbins (89) and Paul Stirling (58) and a cameo of 42 not out in 26 balls from James Fuller.
Unfortunately for Middlesex, a side injury prevented Fuller from bowling and Somerset took full advantage. After Jim Allenby (0) fell early and Johann Myburgh retired hurt on 22, Peter Trego cracked 104 in 111 balls to guide Somerset to 203 for four when he fell.
They still needed Lewis Gregory to make 69 in 77 balls and Roelof van der Merwe 41 in 25 but when they fell in consecutive overs, Middlesex almost put the squeeze on before Josh Davey (13 not out) and Craig Overton (5 not out) held their nerve to seal the win which put Somerset top of the table, even if only for a few hours.
Chelmsford: Essex 325-6 beat Glamorgan 324-8 by four wickets
Leaders Essex bounced back from their defeat last time out against Surrey to leapfrog Somerset at the top of the table with a four-wicket win over Glamorgan.
It was a high-scoring affair that went down to the final over but Glamorgan remain just about unable to transfer their dominant T20 form into the 50-over game at which their hosts have excelled this season.
Batting first, Glamorgan posted 324 for eight as Colin Ingram maintained his strong form with 107 in 73 balls, blasting seven fours and six sixes after David Lloyd (62) had helped get Glamorgan's innings started strongly. Jacques Rudolph and Will Bragg both hit 44 although Essex hit back late in the innings, Graham Napier taking three wickets.
Tom Westley fell early for Essex but Nick Browne put on 82 with Jesse Ryder (50) and 85 with Ravi Bopara (59) before he was agonisingly run out by Andrew Salter for 99, one short of a maiden one-day century.
That brought Glamorgan back into the game and with Timm van der Gugten snaffling the wickets of Bopara and Ashar Zaidi (13) and Graham Wagg adding Daniel Lawrence (20) to his earlier wicket of Westley, Essex needed 48 to win from the final five overs, and then 13 from two.
They had the experienced pair of Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster at the crease, and by taking 12 runs from the penultimate over, they effectively ended any fightback and sealed the win with a leg bye with five balls to spare.
The Ageas Bowl, Southampton: Kent 231-5 beat Hampshire 229ao by five wickets
Matt Coles took six wickets and openers Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond put on 203 together to guide Kent to a 10th win in their last 11 completed matches against Hampshire.
Coles returned figures of six for 56 as he tore through Hampshire's middle and lower order to wreck a promising start to their innings as they collapsed from 144 for three to be all out for 229 in 47.5 overs.
Adam Wheater top scored with 63 and Ryan McLaren made 43 but the home always looked to be well short.
Kent welcomed back the in-form Bell-Drummond and Sam Billings from England Lions duty, but it was Denly who upstaged both men with his 105 in 131 balls that set the foundations for victory. Bell-Drummond registered a new Kent best of 91 as they put on 203 together.
There was a wobble after they were parted which saw Sam Northeast (1), Billings (5) and Darren Stevens (4) all depart cheaply but the winning runs were hit in the 44th over with Alex Blake not out on 13 and Will Gidman on one.
Brad Wheal took four for 34 for the home side but on this occasion had been given nowhere near enough runs to defend, although he did mark his one-day debut for the club with a new career best.
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