Yorkshire off the mark as Bears, Somerset also win
Yorkshire registered their first win of the NatWest T20 Blast campaign by beating Derbyshire by a single run while there were also wins today for Birmingham Bears and Somerset.
NatWest T20 Blast North Division
Headingley: Yorkshire Vikings 67-3 beat Derbyshire Falcons 153-9 by 1 run (D/L)
After Yorkshire elected to bowl first, they got early rewards as Azeem Rafiq marked his return to the first team with the early wickets of Hamish Rutherford (15) and Chesney Hughes (4). Derbyshire's middle order then helped them post a competitive score, with runs coming from Shiv Thakor (30), Jimmy Neesham (29) and Alex Hughes (23).
Rafiq finished with two for 33, and a catch, while Tim Bresnan took three for 22, including his 100th T20 wicket.
Yorkshire had reached 67 for three in nine overs when their innings was interrupted by rain, Adam Lyth having given them another fine start with 30 in 16 balls.
It turned out to be crucial, as when play was subsequently called off, Yorkshire were one run ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method and by the smallest margin possible, took their first win of the campaign.
Edgbaston: Birmingham Bears 144-9 beat Lancashire 39-4 by 18 runs (D/L)
Birmingham Bears moved up to second place in the table after a comfortable win over Lancashire. They needed 53 from 35 from Luke Ronchi to help them reach 144 for nine in their innings with Laurie Evans (24) the next best.
Seamer Nathan Buck returned a career best four for 26, George Edwards two for 24 and Stephen Parry two for 27 for the visitors, who were then delayed in their run chase by rain when they reached 39 for four.
With no further play possible, Lancashire were well short of a Duckworth-Lewis par score, handing victory to Birmingham by 18 runs.
NatWest T20 Blast South Division
Taunton: Somerset 136-4 beat Hampshire 133 by six wickets
There was also some rain around in Taunton where Somerset had Hampshire in all sorts of trouble at 56 for five before they managed a recovery of sorts to be bowled out for 133 in 18.3 overs.
Max Waller returned four for 22 - including the key scalps of Sean Ervine (13) and Shahid Afridi (2) and Jamie Overton also took four wickets, seeing off the dangerous Darren Sammy for five-ball duck and captain James Vince for 10.
Liam Dawson top scored for Hampshire with 46 in 34 balls, hitting four fours and a six before he was run out by Johann Myburgh.
Hampshire struck quickly with the ball to dismiss Jim Allenby for four and Peter Trego for eight, but the cool heads of Chris Gayle and Mahela Jayawardene then put on 67 together for the third wicket. Both men allowed themselves time to play themselves in before accelerating, Gayle cracking 52 in 39 balls and Jayawardene 45 not out in 32 balls.
Gareth Berg (2-13) also dismissed Myburgh for 11 before Lewis Gregory (4 not out) helped finish off victory in 15.4 overs.
There was no change in position for Somerset but they are now just two points behind leaders Glamorgan in fifth place, and four clear of seventh-placed Hampshire.
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