Wins for Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Yorkshire
On a night of high drama in the NatWest T20 Blast, there were wins for Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Sussex and Yorkshire - despite rain threatening throughout.
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New Road: Derbyshire 188-3 beat Worcestershire 185-7 by seven wickets
Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bowl first on a day that both sides at New Road were raising as much money as they could for cancer charities.
Early strikes from Jimmy Neesham (2-47), Andy Carter (2-46) and Alex Hughes (3-32) left Worcestershire in trouble but Ben Cox, fresh from signing a new contract, rescued the home side from the depths of 79 for six to reach 185 for seven.
He struck a career best 59 not out in 29 balls with eight fours and two sixes while Matt Henry, who brought up Worcestershire's 150 with a six, added 35 in 15 balls.
There was a milestone early in Derbyshire's run chase as Wes Durston (32) became the first Falcons player to hit 2,000 T20 runs for the club but he fell in the sixth over, which ended with his side on 61 for one.
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They passed 100 in the 12th over and were 130 for three after 15 overs when rain stopped play.
Derbyshire 130-3 off 15 overs rain. Derbyshire two ahead on DL method— Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) July 1, 2016
The players were not off the field for long and when they returned, Derbyshire wrapped up a seven-wicket win thanks to Chesney Hughes hitting 43 in 27 balls and Wayne Madsen 59 in 33. The pair put on an unbroken stand worth 97 for the fourth wicket as Derbyshire completed their second highest successful run chase.
Edgbaston: Northamptonshire Steelbacks 89-2 beat Birmingham Bears 86-8 by eight wickets (D/L)
Rain led to a delayed start, after which Northamptonshire won the toss and chose to bowl first in a 17 overs per side match.
They quickly reduced Birmingham to 19 for four and when the rain arrived, things were not looking much better for the hosts, who were at 32 for five, Richard Gleeson having taken three of the wickets and no Bears player reaching double figures.
Play resumed soon enough but with an over per side lopped off the game and Birmingham limped to 86 for eight. Gleeson finished with three for 12 as Ateeq Javid struck an unbeaten 34 in 27 balls to give Birmingham's bowlers something to bowl at.
Figures: Gleeson 3-12, White 2-15, Ashraf 1-17, Azharullah 1-22, Cobb 1-14. #MadeOfSteel— NCCC (@NorthantsCCC) July 1, 2016
Northamptonshire lost openers Richard Levi (14) and Adam Rossington (9) cheaply but nevertheless raced to their victory target as Josh Cobb (39 not out) and Ben Duckett (24 not out) completed the formalities in 12.3 overs.
Headingley: Yorkshire Vikings 141-7 beat Lancashire Lightning 136 by five runs
Rain prevented play from getting underway on time in the Roses clash and the delay meant the match would be was reduced to 18 overs per side, Lancashire winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.
Yorkshire made the better start, Adam Lyth (23 in 14 balls) hitting the first ball for four and then thumping two sixes before Nathan Buck dismissed both he and Alex Lees (5) in the space of three balls.
Yorkshire found the going tricky after that against Lancashire's slower bowlers and were 68 for two after nine overs and 76 for two after 10.
Regular wickets from Lancshire, including the key ones of Jack Leaning (29) and Kane Williamson (28) left Yorkshire only able to reach 141 for seven, with Will Rhodes not out on 24, looking to have made a score that was below what they could have achieved.
That owed plenty to excellent work from Lancashire's slower bowlers - between them, Arron Lilley, Steven Croft and Stephen Parry bowled seven overs for 54.
Lancashire's innings stuttered along until Liam Livingstone hammered 36 in 18 balls, which included three straight maximums off Karl Carver. However, Carver hit back to remove Livingstone and Steven Croft (5) in consecutive deliveries and from then on the match was right in the balance.
As play continued through heavy rain, each time Lancashire edged ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score, they lost a wicket, eventually needing 12 to win from the final over. Stephen Parry (15) gave Lancashire a chance but Yorkshire could celebrate when he was caught behind off Steven Patterson, who finished with three for 23.
Yorkshire's slow bowlers were also impressive, Azeem Rafiq taking one for 20 from his four overs and Lyth, who took three catches, bowling one over for just four runs.
Trent Bridge: Notts Outlaws v Durham Jets - match abandoned
Rain just before the scheduled toss caused a late delay to the start of play, leaving time for some other entertainment at Trent Bridge.
Unfortunately for both sides and their supporters, the match would go on to be abandoned, making it two washouts in two days for Durham.
NatWest T20 Blast South Group
Taunton: Gloucestershire 168-3 beat Somerset 167-7 by seven wickets
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Somerset celebrated being awarded a Twenty20 International next summer with a full house for the 'Cider Derby' and Gloucestershire won the toss and chose to bowl first, looking to do the double over their rivals.
Halfway through Somerset's innings they were 77 for two, losing Jim Allenby early but contributions from Johann Myburgh (25), Peter Trego (32) and Mahela Jayawardene (41) got them back on track.
Matt Taylor took three wickets and Tom Smith two before Michael Leask (12 in five balls) and Jamie Overton (14 in 4) struck some late blows to haul Somerset to 167 for seven.
Jamie Overton removed Hamish Marshall early for nine but Michael Klinger smashed a 67-ball century, and was only dismissed shortly before the game was won for 101 in 71 deliveries.
Support from Ian Cockbain (41) set Gloucestershire en route to do the double with four balls to spare. Overton finished with three for 33 but it wasn't enough to prevent Gloucestershire moving back to the top of the table.
Chelmsford: Essex Eagles 204-3 beat Kent Spitfires 154-9 by 50 runs
Aiming to back up their win over Sussex, Kent won the toss and chose to bowl first but were powerless to prevent Ravi Bopara (81 not out in 43 balls) and Ashar Zaidi (54 not out in 33) launching Essex to a score of 204 for three.
Kishen Vilani also made 19 and Tom Westley 33 before Bopara and Zaidi came together to put on 131 together in 10.2 overs, setting a new fourth-wicket record for Essex in T20 cricket.
Paul Walter (3-26) took his first wicket in professional cricket when he removed Joe Denly without scoring and although several Kent batsmen made starts, they were always struggling to get anywhere near their target.
Alex Blake briefly gave them hope with 37 in 31 balls before they closed well short on 154 for nine.
That is it! Kent finish on 154-9. What win for The Eagles! Thank you everyone for all your support. #ESSvKEN— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 1, 2016
Hove: Sussex Sharks 147-3 beat Middlesex 146 by seven wickets
Sussex, looking to bounce back from last night's defeat to Essex, won the toss and chose to bowl first against a Middlesex side now without Brendon McCullum.
However, they didn't seem to be missing the New Zealander very much as Paul Stirling blasted a 21-ball half-century, but Sussex, led by their spinners, fought back impressively to dismiss them for 146.
Only three other players reached double figures as Danny Briggs (3-24) took two wickets in two balls while Nuwan Kulaseka, Tymal Mills and Will Beer took two wickets apiece.
Chris Nash (18) and Luke Wright (23) gave Sussex's run chase a good start before it was taken on by Philip Salt, who made a quickfire 27 in 18 balls. He and Wright fell in the eighth and ninth overs respectively, after which Ross Taylor (33 not out) and Matt Machan (41 not out) guided the home side to victory in 18.2 overs.
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