Royal London One-Day Cup group leaders beaten on busy day
Teams returned to action in the Royal London One-Day Cup today and both group leaders - Derbyshire and Essex - were beaten.
There were wins for Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire in the North Group and in the South Group, Gloucestershire, Middlesex, Somerset, and Surrey were the day's winners.
Royal London One-Day Cup North Group
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 119-2 beat Worcestershire 118 by eight wickets
The first result of the day came at Edgbaston where Warwickshire hammered their West Midlands rivals by eight wickets.
On his way to career best figures of five for 26, Rikki Clarke wrecked the visitor's top order and after being reduced to 19 for six, they managed to limp to 115 before being bowled out, Ed Barnard top scoring with 38.
Warwickshire made swift work of their meagre target thanks to William Porterfield's 37 not out and Tim Ambrose's 54 not out in 42 balls. Sam Hain (21) and Jonathan Trott (4) both fell to Charles Morris before victory was completed in 22.4 overs.
Grace Road, Leicester: Yorkshire 376-3 beat Leicestershire 185ao by 191 runs
Yorkshire have been breaking records in T20 cricket recently and they continued to do so against the Foxes in 50-over cricket as they piled up 376 for three batting first.
That is their record one-day score against a first-class county and it owed plenty to a Yorkshire record partnership of 274 for the third wicket between Travis Head and Jack Leaning. The former marked his Yorkshire one-day debut with 175 in 139 balls and the latter struck 131 not out in 110 to help the visitors recover from being 51 for two early on.
Yorkshire's experienced bowling attack then finished off the job in emphatic style by dismissing the home side for 185 inside 34 overs. Tim Bresnan, Steven Patterson, Azeem Rafiq all took two wickets while Adil Rashid claimed three for 23 to complete a fine day's work for the visitors.
Lewis Hill (55) offered some resistance for the hosts, who never threatened to get anywhere near their huge victory target as Yorkshire moved to the top of the table.
Northampton: Northamptonshire 355-6 beat Durham 185ao by 170 runs
Rob Keogh struck a maiden century and career best 134 in 110 balls while there were also half-centuries for Josh Cobb (56) and Rob Newton (65) as Northamptonshire blasted their way to an impressive 355 for six, coping perfectly well without the injured Richard Levi.
Steelbacks finish their 50 overs on 355-6! Great score to have on the board! #MadeOfSteel— NCCC (@NorthantsCCC) July 24, 2016
Early wickets quickly strengthened Northamptonshire's position and after Richard Gleeson (2-35) and Rory Kleinveldt (1-18) started things off, Azharullah took over and returned five for 43 as Durham were bowled out for 185 in reply, going down to a heavy defeat.
Gordon Muchall top scored with 42 on a day when they were well beaten.
Welbeck Colliery CC, Nettleham: Nottinghamshire 340-7 beat Derbyshire 275ao by 65 runs
Nottinghamshire headed to the John Fretwell Sporting Complex to take on East Midlands rivals Derbyshire and amassed 340 for seven.
The in-form Riki Wessels hit 114 in 85 balls before quick runs towards the end came from Steven Mullaney, whose 39 in 27 balls included three consecutive sixes off Ben Cotton and Chris Read, who was not out on 59 in 39 deliveries.
Have. That. Jake Ball leathers a glorious straight six that lands in Sherwood Forest. Spellbinding. Notts close on 340-7 #WelbeckWizard— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) July 24, 2016
Derbyshire, who began the day on top of the group, were not bowed by the scale of the task facing them with the bat but were eventually defeated when bowled out for 275.
Ben Slater hit 51 in 49 balls and despite being reduced to 179 for seven, they continued to fight through Matt Critchley's 43 in 38 balls and Harvey Hosein's 40 in 35 but once Harry Gurney and Jake Ball removed them, the game was over as a contest.
Gurney finished with three for 47 to be the pick of the home side's bowlers.
Royal London One-Day Cup South Group
Chelmsford: Surrey 313-8 beat Essex 247ao by 66 runs
Jason Roy (55), Steven Davies (82), and Rory Burns (52) were all in the runs as Surrey reached 313 for eight, helped at the end by a quickfire 45 in 29 from Ben Foakes, who was dismissed with the final ball of the innings.
Ravi Bopara was the pick of the Essex bowlers with three for 33 while Ryan ten Doeschate took two for 25.
Jesse Ryder then struck an 86-ball century and while he was at the crease, Essex remained in contention even though he lacked support.
When he fell for 131 in 110 balls in the 36th over, there was no way back for Essex and Jade Dernbach returned four for 41, including Ryder's wicket, to close out the win for the visitors.
Cheltenham: Gloucestershire 242-8 beat Sussex 191ao by 51 runs
Sussex managed to keep Gloucestershire's batting line-up in check with all five bowlers taking at least one wicket and Chris Jordan excelling with three for 55.
Michael Klinger top scored with 46 for the home side, who handed one-day debuts to Graeme van Buuren and wicket-keeper Patrick Grieshaber.
Gloucestershire's bowlers then emulated Sussex's effort in the field, dismissing Sussex for 191 to take victory.
Harry Finch played a lone hand for the visitors making 87 not out in 115 balls as Tom Smith (4-26), Jack Taylor (2-30) and Benny Howell (2-38) bowled their side to the win.
Lord's: Middlesex 239-4 beat Kent 238-7 by six wickets
As Kent's Sam Billings was smashing 175 for England Lions at Canterbury, opener Sean Dickson fell one run short of a century at the home of cricket as they made 238 for seven.
Darren Stevens made 61 as Tim Murtagh, Steven Finn and James Franklin all took two wickets.
Middlesex bucked the trend of the day by chasing down more than 200 and they did it thanks to a brilliant 214-run partnership between Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling.
After slipping to 16 for two, Stirling struck 112 in 133 balls and Morgan remained unbeaten on 103 in 121 to take Middlesex home to a six-wicket win in 44.5 overs.
Taunton: Somerset 322-7 beat Glamorgan 279ao by 33 runs (D/L)
Somerset enjoyed themselves with the bat at home, and all players that made it to the crease except Roelof van der Merwe (5) reached double figures in their total of 322 for seven.
Peter Trego led the way with 80 and Jim Allenby struck 53 against his former club, who were 124 for three after 22.1 overs when rain arrived with them well short of the Duckworth/Lewis par score of 152.
Play resumed and they were set a revised target of 313 to win in 47 overs. Much like Somerset, many of Glamorgan's batsmen got themselves in but none could pass 50, and as the home side took wickets, they were up against it.
They needed 68 to win from their final five overs and that proved too much as despite Andrew Salter hitting a valiant 42 in 26 balls, they were bowled out for 279 in the 46th over.
Craig Overton, Lewis Gregory and van der Merwe all took three wickets.
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