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Review: Royal London One-Day Cup, July 27

Recap an action-packed day in the Royal London One-Day Cup when Derbyshire and Glamorgan continued their impressive starts and Lancashire and Middlesex lost again.

By Will Jackson and James O'Brien

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9.10pm - It is fair to say the new 50-over competition has got off to a flying start. There have been runs galore on the opening weekend, with the stand-out performances coming from Derbyshire and Glamorgan. 

Here’s a summary of today’s action:

Group A

Northants Steelbacks (242/6) beat Gloucestershire (240/9) by four wickets at Cheltenham. Michael Klinger hit 98 for the hosts but David Willey took four wickets to keep the runs down before Adam Rossington's 82 saw the Steelbacks home.

Derbyshire Falcons (251/3) beat Leicestershire Foxes (248/8) by seven wickets at Grace Road. What a weekend it has been for Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen. His 105 not out off 99 balls was his second century in as many days and inspired his side to back-to-back wins.

Hampshire (360/9) beat Lancashire Lightning (212) by 148 runs at Emirates Old Trafford. Both teams started their campaign with defeats but while one team came out fighting, the other struggled to hit back. Glenn Maxwell's stunning 146 laid the platform for a huge Hampshire win.

Essex Eagles (242/2) beat Worcestershire (238/7) by eight wickets at New Road. Graham Napier took wickets with the first two balls of the match and the Rapids struggled to recover. Mark Pettini hit an unbeaten hundred as the Eagles romped home.

Group B

Warwickshire (240/7) beat Middlesex Panthers (236/8) by four runs at Lord's. A dramatic finish goes down to the final ball, but Steven Finn cannot hit the winning runs as the home side fall just short. Chris Rogers looked to have the game under control but his dismissal for 96 sparked a collapse that saw Warwickshire scrape a win.

Notts Outlaws (312/8) beat Sussex Sharks (283/8) by 29 runs at Horsham. Alex Hales' 116 was too good for the Sharks who fell comfortably short despite some late hitting from Steffan Piolet.

Somerset (315/5) beat Durham (311/7) by five wickets at Taunton. An incredible partnership of 209 by James Hildreth and Lewis Gregory sealed a comfortable win in the end for Somerset. Paul Collingwood had hit 113 for Durham but he was overshadowed by unbeaten centuries from the home pair.

Glamorgan (308/7) beat Surrey (307/8) by three wickets at Guildford. The visitors steadied themselves after losing a flurry of wickets to make it back-to-back victories thanks to a 40-run stand in four overs between Graham Wagg and Andrew Salter.

8.42pm - RESULT! Hampshire (360/9) beat Lancashire Lightning (212) by 148 runs at Emirates Old Trafford. The Lightning cruised through to the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals but have got off to a disastrous start in the 50-over cup, Hampshire inflicting their second defeat in as many days.

8.32pm - Nine down now as Alex Davies departs for a career-best 40. Start the car...

8.19pm - You don't want to hit the ball in Maxwell's direction. The Australian is one of the best fielders around and he holds onto his third catch to see the back of Stephen Parry and give Matt Coles his first wicket.

8.12pm - Wayne White smashes Danny Briggs down the ground for a maximum but is caught in the deep by James Vince attempting another and the Lightning are sinking fast.

7.54pm - The wheels are coming off for Lancashire. Liam Dawson bowls Clark before repeating the trick to remove Horton, who had just gone to his fifty. Hampshire need four more wickets to wrap up their first cup victory.

7.44pm - Skipper Paul Horton and all-rounder Jordan Clark have steadied the ship somewhat, the latter becoming the first Red Rose batsman to clear the ropes. However, given the huge total they are attempting to chase down, one or both needs to find the accelerator pedal...pronto.

7.13pm - Lancashire fans look away now... Steven Croft hammers Tomlinson into the off side but can only watch as Maxwell takes a brilliant catch at backward point, leaving the Lightning 71 for four and staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat.

7pm - The mountain has just got even steeper. Brown took Lancashire close to hauling down Yorkshire's total yesterday but he will have to watch the rest of today's run-chase from the balcony after finding the hands of Glenn Maxwell off James Tomlinson.

6.58pm - The Lightning are going at a respectable rate in pursuit of 361 but have importantly lost the wickets of Khawaja and Ashwell Prince. They are 59 for two and it will take a monumental effort to prevent a second defeat in as many days.

6.34pm - RESULT! Derbyshire (251/3) beat Leicestershire (248/8) by seven wickets at Grace Road. Captain Madsen is the hero again, this time making 105 not out off 99 balls to take his side to victory.

6.25pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (308/7) beat Surrey (307/8) by three wickets at Guildford. The visitors steady themselves after a flurry of wickets to make it back-to-back victories this weekend thanks to a 40-run stand in four overs between Graham Wagg and Andrew Salter.

Lancashire suffer an early blow as Usman Khawaja's middle stump is uprooted by Chris Wood.

6.20pm - Lancashire have begun their daunting run chase. Can Karl Brown repeat his heroics against Yorkshire Vikings and get his side over the line on this occasion?

6.15pm - Derbyshire are closing in on their second win in as many days to complete a perfect first weekend in the competition. They require 27 off 10 overs, with yesterday's centurion Wayne Madsen closing in on another ton.

6.11pm - Surrey have hauled themselves right back into their match against Glamorgan and are arguably favourites to win now after Stuart Meaker has Mark Wallace caught behind for 20. The hosts require 37 from 28 with three wickets in hand.

6.03pm - RESULT! Notts Outlaws (312/8) beat Sussex Sharks (283/8) by 29 runs at Horsham. Alex Hales' 116 was too good for the Sharks who fell comfortably short despite some late hitting from Steffan Piolet.

RESULT! Warwickshire (240/7) beat Middlesex (236/8) by four runs at Lord's. A dramatic finish goes down to the final ball, but Steven Finn cannot hit the winning runs as the home side falls just short. Chris Rogers looked to have the game under control but his dismissal for 96 sparked a collapse that saw Warwickshire scrape a win.

5.50pm - Chris Cooke and Ben Wright have fallen in the space of three balls at Guildford, where it looks like it will be a tight finish.

RESULT! Somerset (315/5) beat Durham Jets (311/7) by five wickets at Taunton. An incredible partnership of 209 by James Hildreth and Lewis Gregory seals a comfortable win in the end for Somerset. Paul Collingwood had hit 113 for the Jets but was overshadowed by unbeaten centuries from the home pair.

5.40pm - It looked as though they would secure a comfortable victory but the late wickets have left Middlesex needing 19 from the final two overs.

5.28pm - Matt Macham falls for 43 and with the required rate climbing above 12 an over it's starting to look like a very tough ask for the Sharks.

Dexter and Bragg have both been dismissed, the latter for a career-best of 88.

Hampshire finish an incredible innings on 360 for nine thanks largely to Glenn Maxwell. The Aussie hit 146 from just 96 balls before a late flurry of wickets pulled the scoring rate back somewhat.

5.19pm - Billy Godleman is bowled by Jigar Naik for 43 at Grace Road as the Foxes bowlers fight back well.

Hildreth and Gregory are still going strong. They need 60 from 56...

Murray Goodwin falls for 74, but is it too late for Surrey?

RESULT! Essex Eagles (242/2) beat Worcestershire Rapids (238/7) by eight wickets at New Road. Graham Napier took wickets with the first two balls of the match and the Rapids struggled to recover. Mark Pettini hit an unbeaten hundred as the Eagles romped home.

RESULT! Northants Steelbacks (242/6) beat Gloucestershire (240/9) by four wickets at Cheltenham. Michael Klinger hit 98 for the hosts but David Willey took four wickets to keep the runs down before Adam Rossington's 82 saw the Steelbacks home.

5.05pm - James Hildreth reaches 100 from 104 balls and with Lewis Gregory - who has gone past 50 - he is dragging Somerset back into this game. They need 93 to win in 13 overs.

Ryan Higgins has fallen to Jeetan Patel but Middlesex are well placed to claim a win.

4.53pm - Northants are almost there but have lost Steven Crook and Ben Duckett cheaply, just eight runs needed.

4.36pm - Eoin Morgan and Matt Spriegel are on their way back to the pavilion, along with Smith who has fallen for 49.

Chris Nash and Ben Brown fall in quick succession as Sussex falter in their run-chase.

4.28pm – Hampshire’s Glenn Maxwell departs for a mighty 146 from just 96 balls, ending a stand of 179 with Will Smith.

Northants’ Adam Rossington is on his way for 82 while Derbyshire lose Wes Durston, for 30, and Scott Elstone in consecutive overs.

There’s a flurry of fifties as Glamorgan’s Will Bragg, Somerset’s James Hildreth, Middlesex’s Chris Rogers and Sussex’s Ed Joyce each reach the landmark, although the latter soon falls for 59.

4.07pm - Craig Cachopa pushes forward and nicks one through to Chris Read for 22. Sussex need 214 in 30 overs.

Colin Ingram and James Hildreth have recovered the innings for Somerset but Ingram gets carried away and advances down the pitch to Gareth Breese. Phil Mustard completes the stumping to remove the dangerous South African for 31.

3.55pm - Maxwell is in full flight now and he has passed 100 from just 75 balls. He can be tough to stop in this form and Hampshire have raced to 182 for two in the 28th over.

Ravi Bopara passes 50 for Essex but is bowled shortly after by Joe Leach with the score on 115.

3.45pm - Jacques Rudolph and Luke Wells have fallen cheaply for Glamorgan and Sussex respectively although the Sharks are making good progress at Horsham.

3.25pm - Just as he was threatening to take the game, Levi is caught trying to hit out. His 43 has left the Steelbacks in a very good position with 154 needed. 

3.10pm - Northants are motoring along after the loss of Coetzer. Levi and Rossington have pushed the score beyond 50 after the first powerplay.

Nick Gubbins is the second Middlesex wicket to fall as Rikki Clarke gets his first of the day.

Glenn Maxwell is looking ominous as Hampshire move past 100 inside 20 overs at Emirates Old Trafford. 

3.00pm - Leicestershire lost late wickets as they were held to 211 for six by Derbyshire after a delayed start at Grace Road. Mark Footitt took 5-59 for the visitors.

Nick Compton and Peter Trego have both fallen cheaply at Taunton. Somerset are 21 for three and the target of 312 looks a long way off at the moment.

2.45pm - Northants have suffered an early blow with skipper Kyle Coetzer falling for a duck in the second over.

Jimmy Adams has pulled one to short midwicket for 41 just as the powerplay finished with Hampshire on 57 for two.

There’s been a quick start for Somerset at Taunton but they have suffered a big blow with Marcus Trescothick given out for 11.

Dawid Malan has edged Oliver Hannon-Dalby behind as the Bears take an important early wicket at Lord’s.

2.30pm – Surrey post 307 for eight, having lost Zafar Ansari for 23 and Rory Burns for 87 in the closing overs.

Leicestershire lose Niall O’Brien lbw to Mark Footitt for 28, making them 181 for five in the 40th over.

Essex and Hampshire each suffer an early blow, Tom Westley and James Vince respectively departing.

2pm - We've seen the runs flowing around the country today; here's a brief summary of what has happened as the early starts enter the break.

Durham Jets finished on an imposing 311 for seven, largely thanks to Paul Collingwood's 113. The captain walked to the crease with his side 36 for three but with Keaton Jennings helped posted a mammoth target at Taunton.

A good comeback from Northants Steelbacks restricted Gloucestershire to 240 for nine, with David Willey's excellent spell of 4-33 hauling the hosts back in after Michael Klinger hit 98 early on.

Johnathan Trott was in the runs once again for Birmingham Bears; he hit 78 as they posted 240 for seven at Lord's.

Notts Outlaws hit 312 for eight against Sussex Sharks, with Alex Hales continuing his excellent 2014 season with 116 at more than a run-a-ball after the hosts won the toss and elected to field first.

Despite losing wickets with the first two balls of the match, Worcestershire Rapids reached 238 for seven thanks to an eighth-wicket partnership of 98 between Joe Leach and Shaaiq Choudry. Graham Napier took 4-59 for the visitors who had earlier won the toss and inserted the Rapids.

1.45pm - Benny Howell has managed to scramble Gloucestershire up to 240 for nine at the end of the innings, with a brisk unbeaten 30.

With Surrey all set to push the scoring along Azhar has fallen lbw to Dean Cosker, breaking a partnership of 118.

Steven Mullaney has just given the Notts innings a bit of impetus before getting out. His quickfire 40 has moved the score on to 289 for seven.

Laurie Evans and Jeetan Patel have had some fun at the end of the Birmingham innings but Evans has gone for 46 with two balls to go.

1.35pm - Northants keep picking wickets up and Craig Miles is the latest to fall, caught at midwicket by White off Steven Crook.

Ateeq Javid has been bowled by Toby Roland-Jones with three overs to go at Lord's. The visitors are 210 for six; will they be able to post a challenging total?

1.28pm - James Franklin departs cheaply at Horsham and Notts are in danger of falling a bit short, largely thanks to the bowling of Beer who finishes with 3-60; expensive yes, but three crucial wickets along the way.

Scott Styris has been trapped lbw by Tony Palladino but Leicestershire are quite well placed on 135 for three after 28 overs.


John Hastings' little cameo of 16 comes to a quick conclusion as the Jets head into the last five overs.

Azhar Mahmood and Rory Burns have put on over 100 together to recover the Surrey innings. Azhar has been the main aggressor and has gone to his fifty at almost a run-a-ball.

1.10pm - Two big wickets have fallen at Lord's with Trott finally going for 78 and the dangerous Rikki Clarke following cheaply.

Wickets are tumbling everywhere as Adam Rouse and Tom Smith become the latest batsmen to fall to Willey, who finishes with 4-33.

A sensational innings from Collingwood has come to an end. The former England man is superbly caught by another veteran, Marcus Trescothick, and he departs for 113 with his side 237 for six in the 42nd over. Remarkable considering he came to the crease with the score on 36 for three.

1.04pm - The in-form Riki Wessels comes and goes without scoring as a fantastic piece of fielding from Beer leaves the Outlaws man short of his ground.

There is also a run out at Grace Road with Scott Elstone's direct-hit accounting for Greg Smith.

Will Gidman's promising innings is cut short by David Willey who grabs his second wicket and the big wicket of Klinger comes shortly after, the skipper going for 98 to leave his side on 196 for six in the 43rd over.

Jennings falls to Dockrell for an important 45 before Collingwood completes an excellent century from just 83 balls.

12.57pm - Collingwood and Keaton Jennings are enjoying themselves at Taunton, and moving along at a fair old rate. The 200 is up with 10 overs to go, and with both batsmen well set they will be looking for a total of around 300.

12.45pm - James Taylor can't repeat his heroics from Friday night. The Lions captain goes back to Beer and is bowled for 13.

Two quick wickets have fallen at New Road, with Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley falling in the same Napier over to leave the Rapids 145 for seven.

12.39pm - The batting powerplay is taken at Lord's and, as so often happens, a wicket falls straight away. Steve Finn has been brought back into the attack and with his very first ball finds a leading edge from Tim Ambrose's bat and Neil Dexter takes the catch.

Things have slowed down at Cheltenham, with the Northants spinners doing a good job to keep the batsmen quiet.

12.21pm - Varun Chopra never quite got going for the Bears. He reached 46 before holing out to deep square-leg. Johnathan Trott is going nicely on 48 at the other end.

White gets another for Northants, taking a return catch to dismiss Ian Cockbain for three.

Captain Gary Wilson is the latest Surrey man to go as Cosker reduces the hosts to 108 for five.

Lumb's excellent innings comes to an end as he is outfoxed by Will Beer, coming down the track to him before seeing his stumps disturbed. The England opener made 77 and Notts are 139 for one.

12.04pm - Josh Cobb has been forced to retire hurt on 20 after being struck by Footitt. 

Surrey have been going along at a good rate but the wickets are continuing to fall, Davies reaches an impressive half-century but edges behind just three balls later.

12pm - Gloucestershire have gone past 100 but lost Hamish Marshall shortly after, bowled by Graeme White. The score is 100 for three in the 24th over at Cheltenham.

The old saying is one brings two, and that's done for Surrey as Wagg runs out Vikram Solanki for just a single.

A good partnership is brought to an end as Phil Mustard is caught behind off Craig Overton. The opener shared 73 with skipper Paul Collingwood who is unbeaten on 43.

11.52am - Lumb has also gone past 50 in his first game back from injury. The Outlaws are setting quite an imposing platform here...


Jason Roy will be kicking himself when he gets back to the changing room. He has chipped the part-time spin of Jacques Rudolph into the hands of Murray Goodwin who is stationed out on the cover boundary and he has missed out on a big score after appearing well set.

11.43am - Despite the loss of Dilshan, Roy and Steven Davies have got themselves going at a good rate. They've reached 60 in their powerplay with both batsmen set.

Captain Mitchell is the latest to fall at New Road; he's gone lbw to Phillips and the Rapids will need to do a bit of rebuilding.

Mark Footitt gets Angus Robson at Grace Road thanks to an excellent catch at slip from Wes Durston. A good start by the Foxes is pulled back. 

11.27am - A combination of some good captaincy and possibly even jinxing the batsman has done for Kervezee who plays back to Tim Phillips and is trapped in front for 37.

11.20am - Despite the disastrous start, the Rapids are moving along quite quickly with Kervezee going at a run-a-ball and into the thirties. It's been a good fightback with his captain Daryl Mitchell who has been a little more circumspect.

11.06am - Tillakaratne Dilshan is the latest man to fall as he is bowled by Graham Wagg in the third over.

Durham are in a bit of bother as Scott Borthwick and Phil Mustard have a mix-up, Gregory and Alex Barrow combine to send Borthwick back to the pavilion. 37 for three is not the powerplay the Jets would have had in mind.

At Grace Road, Leicestershire have won the toss and will have a bat. That game is due to start at half-past, remember, due to an earlier accident on the M1.

10.54am - Middlesex have started the better of the two teams at Lord's, keeping the Birmingham batsmen quiet before Will Porterfield hits Tim Murtagh to Chris Rodgers at midwicket who takes the catch.

David Willey bowls Alex Gidman with the score on 25 as they near the end of the first powerplay.

There are plenty of early wickets falling as play gets underway between Surrey and Glamorgan. Not for Notts though, with England duo Michael Lumb and Hales getting off to a good start.

10.43am - Lewis Gregory's excellent summer continues with an early breakthrough at Taunton. Mark Stoneman is caught at backward point by George Dockrell.

10.40am - Surrey have been invited to bat by Glamorgan, which means we'll get to have an early look at Jason Roy, who was of course selected for the England Lions squad last week.

10.32am - It's an incredible start for Essex! Graham Napier has made the best possible start, removing Richard Oliver and Tom Fell with the first two balls of the match.

Alexei Kervezee survives the hat-trick ball and takes six of the first over. What a start at New Road.

10.30am - So the Leicestershire v Derbyshire is delayed, which means there are five games starting now and three games to start later.

10.15am - Television is showing pictures of Jos Buttler receiving his Test cap at the Ageas Bowl - good luck to him - and his former county, Somerset have lost the toss at Taunton and Durham will bat first. 

Birmingham have called correctly at Lord's and will be setting a total for Eoin Morgan and his men.

10.05am - There will be a delayed start at Grace Road, due to an accident on the M1 holding up the Derbyshire players.

Elsewhere, Sussex have put Notts in at Horsham. Will Alex Hales' sparkling form continue? Sussex have suffered a bit of a blow with Luke Wright missing out through a side injury sustained during his incredible 153 not out the other night.

Northants have also chosen to bowl first on what looks like a flat deck at Cheltenham.

10am – Hello and welcome to our coverage of today’s eight Royal London one-day Cup games. They are as follows and 10.30am starts unless specified:

Group A

Gloucestershire v Northants Steelbacks, Cheltenham

Leicestershire Foxes v Derbyshire Falcons, Grace Road

Lancashire v Hampshire, 2pm

Worcestershire Rapids v Essex Eagles, New Road

Group B

Middlesex Panthers v Warwickshire, Lord’s

Somerset v Durham Jets, Taunton

Sussex Sharks v Notts Outlaws, Horsham

Surrey v Glamorgan, Guildford, 11am

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