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Review: Royal London One-Day Cup: July 31

All today's action from the Royal London One-Day Cup, including a star turn from Eoin Morgan and Kent and Somerset going blow-for-blow in a Taunton blockbuster.

By Will Jackson and Dominic Farrell

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8.15pm - That's all from us today, where there's been high-scoring exploits and lower total cliffhangers in the Royal London One-Day Cup. Here's a summary of how the games played out across Groups A and B.

Group A

Gloucestershire (233) beat Hampshire (198) by 35 runs at Bristol, Jack Taylor starring with figures of 4-38 for the home side.

The game between Worcestershire (261) and Derbyshire Falcons (37/0) at New Road was abandoned due to rain, denying Derbyshire the chance of maintaining their 100 per cent record in the competition.

Leicestershire Foxes (142) beat Essex Eagles (108) by 34 runs at the Essex County Ground as Charlie Shreck, Anthony Ireland and Shiv Thakor ripped through the Eagles in pursuit of a seemingly small total.

Group B

Durham (265/5) beat Warwickshire (264) by five wickets at Gosforth despite a fine century by Jonathan Trott for the visitors.

Middlesex Panthers (292/4) beat Surrey (286/6) by six wickets at Lord’s as Eoin Morgan put on a masterclass on his way to 128 not out.

Kent Spitfires (383/7) beat Somerset (371/8) by two runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method at Taunton, as centuries from Sam Northeast and Sam Billings ultimately proved decisive in a high-scoring thriller.

7.48pm - RESULT! Leicestershire Foxes (142) beat Essex Eagles (108) by 34 runs at the Essex County Ground. Shreck removes Phillips for 27, with Styris the catcher once more. The veteran New Zealander’s 44 not out went a long way towards helping the Foxes towards a total that barely looked defendable. But Shreck, Ireland and Thakor ripped through the home side before Phillips belatedly made himself their top scorer. 

7.31pm - Tim Phillips has decided Essex are not going to die wondering. He’s 23 not out having blasted a six off Jigar Naik in the previous over. Essex need 39 more.

7.20pm - David Masters departs for a duck, picking out Matt Boyce at short midwicket off Charlie Shreck. Last man Matt Salisbury is at the crease with a seemingly unlikely 54 still needed.

7.03pm - Thakor is in the middle of an inspired and very possibly match-winning spell. Foster is caught by Scott Styris at mid-on for 18 and Essex need something special from their tailenders now if they’re going to pull this off.

6.50pm - Shiv Thakor pins ten Doeschate lbw for 24 and Essex are 71 for six. 

6.42pm - Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster have put on 34 for the sixth wicket at The Essex County Ground. The Eagles need 76 more for the win and could do with those two sticking around.

6.16pm - RESULT! Kent Spitfires (383/7) beat Somerset (371/8) by two runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method at Taunton. Somerset fall agonisingly short despite Groenewald and Thomas’ heroics as only a leg-bye was possible from the final delivery. Big centuries from Sam Northeast and Sam Billings looked like handing Kent a resounding victory but they were made to sweat in a thrilling Taunton run-fest.

6.15pm - Eleven runs come from the first five deliveries of Claydon’s final over, with a boundary for each batsman. Four needed from the last with half centurion Groenewald on strike…

6.10pm - Regardless of the result, this has been a sensational stand from Groenewald and Thomas. They have 47 and 43 respectively, with 15 runs needed from the last over. 

6.03pm - Groenewald has three fours and a pair of sixes, while Thomas has found the ropes six times. Three fours arrived in the 46th over and Somerset need 28 with 12 balls remaining.

5.54pm - Somerset are now eight down but have Tim Groenewald and Alfonso Thomas providing some typically lusty blows. They’ve put on 44 from 26 deliveries; their side need 61 more from 27.

5.39pm - RESULT! Middlesex Panthers (292/4) beat Surrey (286/6) by six wickets at Lord’s. It looked like Surrey had set an imposing total thanks to Tillakaratne Dilshan’s century and fifties from Vikram Solanki and Azhar Mahmood, but it ended up being the Eoin Morgan show at HQ. A blistering 128 not out from 86 deliveries containing 13 fours and five sixes showcased one of the world’s finest limited-overs batsmen at his very best.

5.37pm - RESULT! Gloucestershire (233) beat Hampshire (198) by 35 runs at Bristol. Taylor bowls Will Smith to finish with 4-38 as Gloucestershire follow up Tuesday’s win over Yorkshire Vikings with another triumph. Earlier, Will Tavare starred with a 78-ball 77.

5.35pm - RESULT! Durham (265/5) beat Warwickshire (264) by five wickets at Gosforth. Jonathan Trott’s century for Warwickshire was ultimately in vain as a fine team display, led by Paul Collingwood’s 77, saw Durham home.

5.28pm - Alex Barrow is through to 51 not out from 41 balls. So long as he and Craig Overton are together, Somerset will feel they have a shot.

5.26pm - Century for Eoin Morgan, who follows a maximum in reaching three figures by hitting a pair of fours and another six. The England international is wasting little time in securing what looks like a certain win for Middlesex now.

5.24pm - Collingwood is caught in the covers by Varun Chopra off Oliver Hannon-Dalby for 77. Durham need 14 off 33 balls.

Danny Briggs is bowled by Will Gidman and Gloucestershire are on the brink.

5.22pm - RESULT! The game between Worcestershire (261) and Derbyshire Falcons (37/0) at New Road is abandoned due to rain. The elements win in Worcester, unfortunately, with both teams taking a point apiece.

5.16pm - Jack Taylor has a third wicket, trapping Chris Wood lbw to make Gloucestershire heavy favourites.

5.14pm - Anthony Ireland takes two wickets in an over and Essex are in a bit of a tangle on 10 for three. Tom Westley and Greg Smith are the men back in the shed. That victory target of 143 could prove a little trickier than it first looked.

5.09pm - Collingwood cracks Ateeq Javid for six to bring up his half-century. Four more off Rankin in the next over keeps up Durham’s momentum and they are heavy favourites, with 40 needed from 49 deliveries and six wickets in hand.

5.04pm - Gloucestershire reignite their chances with two wickets in as many overs. Liam Dawson and Tom Alsop pick an incredibly inconvenient time to be run out and Hampshire are 172 for seven. They need 62 from 56 balls.

4.47pm - Calum MacLeod falls four runs shy of a half-century, but with Paul Collingwood he has put Durham in an excellent position to win the game. They need another 80 runs for victory.

Napier has his five-for, dismissing Charlie Shreck to complete a remarkable collapse for the Foxes. They lost their final five wickets for 21 runs, finishing on 142 all out.

They're still off at New Road by the way, where the rain is getting heavier. Derbyshire would have fancied a win from the position they were in, not a nice way to lose your 100 per cent win record - although it has not been called off yet.

4.41pm - Sean Ervine goes and Matt Coles is bowled by Benny Howell first ball. With 84 needed and five wickets in hand, the game is in the balance but the home team will fancy themselves from here.

Napier does for Anthony Ireland this time. Will Styris be stranded at the other end?

The dangerous Colin Ingram has been dismissed by Mitchell Clayton, a big blow to any distant hopes the home team were still harbouring. A very good performance by the Spitfires.

4.30pm - New Leicestershire skipper Scott Styris is the only man who's putting up any real resistance at the Essex County Ground. Tom Wells is bowled by Graham Napier, and the same combination does for Jigar Naik two balls later, the visitors have been reduced to 134 for eight.

Somerset batsman James Hildreth can't repeat his heroics from Sunday after being trapped lbw by James Tredwell for just three. 

4.08pm - Hampshire's Adam Wheater is caught on the boundary for 30, Durham's Ben Stokes and Leicestershire's Dan Redfern have also fallen relatively cheaply.

Ryan Higgins is the latest man to fall for Middlesex, caught and bowled by Zafar Ansari for 16. The hosts are 126 for four.

3.49pm - Nick Gubbins is run out by Gareth Batty and Middlesex will have to rebuild quickly.

At Durham Mark Stoneman gets to 50 and is bowled by Boyd Rankin straight away.

After a promising partnership Peter Trego has also been run out in cruel circumstances, after making 38 the Somerset batman was out of his ground at the non-strikers end when a deflection took the ball onto the stumps. The required run-rate is creeping up...

3.43pm - Tillakaratne Dilshan stars with the ball this time, removing Chris Rodgers for 42 at Lord's. Big wicket for Surrey, but the dangerman is making his way out to the crease...Eoin Morgan is the new man. 

Leicestershire are 89 for five halfway through their innings.

The umpires will out to inspect the ground at 4.15pm at New Road.

3.10pm - Hampshire have made a good start as they chase 233, but James Vince has gone for 27. They are 65 for one after the powerplay.

Rain at New Road has forced Derbyshire off for the moment, and a good Middlesex start at Lord's has just been held back by the dismissal of Dawid Malan.

Durham have advanced to 58 without loss at the end of the powerplay.

3.00pm - Leicestershire are struggling on 57 for four. Phillips has picked up his second wicket and at the other end the ever-reliable David Masters has picked two up for himself.

It was nothing more than a passing shower at Taunton. Two overs have been lost and the revised target is 374, but Somerset have lost Marcus Trescothick in the very first over after taking 10 runs from the first three balls.

2.40pm - Greg Smith has been bowled by Tim Phillips from the final ball of the powerplay. Leicestershire are 46 for two.

There's a bit of rain around at Taunton, which means they won't be starting their innings on time. Not sure yet as to how long they could be delayed.

1.58pm - We're about halfway through the day so let's have a brief recap of what has happened so far.

Surrey have finished on 286 for six in 50 overs against Middlesex Panthers at Lord's. Tillakaratne Dilshan was the mainstay of the innings with 115, well supported at the end by Azhar Mahmood who blasted a quickfire 50.

Worcestershire recovered from a shaky start to reach 261 despite being bowled out by Derbyshire Falcons at New Road.

Warwickshire were also bowled out at Gosforth, they reached 264 thanks largely to Jonathan Trott against Durham. The England man made 106 before becoming one of John Hastings' five victims.

Some useful late order runs helped Gloucestershire make 233 against Hampshire. Will Tavare struck 77 and Benny Howell was left stranded on 43 not out as the hosts recovered from a shaky start.

There were centuries for Sam Northeast and Sam Billings as Kent posted a whopping 383 for seven. Billings made 135 from just 58 balls as the Spitfires demolished the Somerset attack at Taunton.

1.51pm - The Spitfires captain has gone for 132. His side are 323 for six with four overs to go.

1.43pm - Benny Howell pushes the score up to 233 at Bristol before they lose their final wicket to the penultimate ball of the innings.

Azhar falls to Finn for 52 but he's done what he needed to and helped the score beyond 250.

Northeast becomes the second Kent player to post his highest one-day score today, but we have already earlier in the week seen that Somerset are a dangerous side with their hitting power. Will the Spitfires post a high enough total?

1.38pm - In the day's late start, Leicestershire Foxes have won the toss at the County Ground and will bat first.

Azhar has continued on his merry way despite the loss of fellow veteran Dilshan. His 50 has come from just 31 balls and at the perfect time for Surrey.

Elsewhere, Warwickshire's Rikki Clarke and Worcestershire's Joe Leach have perished in the search for quick runs. 

1.32pm - Warwickshire's Jeetan Patel has gone at Gosforth but the big wicket of Dilshan has finally fallen. Panthers paceman Steven Finn gets his man but not before he has amassed 115.

Spitfires captain Sam Northeast has also passed 100.

Following Dilshan's century, Surrey have really kicked on with him and Azhar Mahmood. The pair have added 58 in the last five overs and are currently on 250 for four with five overs to go.

1.24pm - Surrey Dilshan and Kent's Billings raise their bats to acknowledge the support of their teammates and the crowd, as they reach 100 and 50 respectively. The Sri Lankan has played within himself but the same cannot be said of the Spitfires wickekeeper who has faced just 25 balls.

Ben Stokes has got his first wicket, and it's an important one as Tim Ambrose is sent on his way for 70.

Gloucestershire are falling away in their first-innings effort, a couple of quick wickets leaves them on 205 for nine.

1.08pm - A couple of big wickets have fallen as the teams enter the final 10 overs. Tavare has gone for 77 and Trott's innings of 106 is finally brought to an end by Hastings.

Sam Billings found some form against Durham earlier in the week and has made another rapid start to his innings at Taunton today.

Taylor strikes to break the partnership at New Road. Whiteley is the man to go after making 53.

12.57pm - While Moeen Ali was busy winning the Test for England, his county colleague Kohler-Cadmore advanced past 50 and is now well set to help post an intimidating total.

Trott has found some excellent form since his return to the county game. He has reached his second century of the summer at very nearly a run-a-ball.

12.37pm - Surrey's Rory Burns and Kent's Fabian Cowdrey have both fallen cheaply but Will Tavare has reached a half-century for Gloucestershire.

Gareth Roderick has been bowled by Danny Briggs to end a partnership of 42 with Tavare.

Worcestershire are taking their time to rebuild with Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ross Whiteley, but the pair could be dangerous as the batting powerplay approaches.

12.27pm - Solanki has fallen to the part-time spin of Malan to leave Surrey on 142 for two.

12.17pm - Kent are very well placed to post a score in excess of 270, but they've lost a big wicket in Darren Stevens. He can be very dangerous at the end of the innings and Somerset will be delighted to remove him cheaply.

12.08pm - Tillakaratne Dilshan has been caught...but it was a no ball! Not enough fielders inside the circle, did the Sri Lankan know that? Using all his experience there. He and Vikram Solanki have both passed 50 as Surrey motor on.

12.01pm - Northeast has matched his junior partner in going past 50, albeit at a slightly slower rate. However, he has lost his partner Brendan Nash to the spin of Leach.

An excellent catch by Billy Godleman removes Alex Kervezee, Alex Hughes taking his first wicket.

Chris Dent holes out and is caught on the square-leg boundary for a breezy 37 and is quickly followed back to the changing rooms by the dangerous Will Gidman who has fallen cheaply.

11.48am - Bell-Drummond has gone, stumped off Jack Leach but not before he reached his highest List A score of his young career. Kent are 117-1 after 20 overs.

11.42am - Chopra can't keep his good form going. He's been trapped in front by John Hastings but Jonathan Trott is going quite nicely at the other end.

11.25am - A good start has been turned into a great start for Hampshire, Tomlinson has his second victim - Ian Cockbain - bowled to leave the hosts three down.

There's a first half-century of the day, and it's Bell-Drummond who has reached it in double-quick time, off just 37 deliveries. The team 100 follows shortly in the 15th over.

11.10am - Big wicket for Hampshire. James Tomlinson gets one through the defences of Michael Klinger and the skipper goes for 18. 45 for two at the end of the powerplay.

The promising young partnership of Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Northeast is off to a good start at Taunton. 58 without loss after 10.

Darryl Mitchell looked in good form for Worcestershire but he's been caught behind and Taylor has his second wicket.

10.54am - Golden-arm Matt Coles has the breakthrough for Hampshire. With his fifth ball of the game, he has Hamish Marshall caught for 15 after a fairly even start.

Warwickshire have struggled at the start but the in-form Varun Chopra is still at the crease, it's his partner who has fallen however, Will Porterfield goes to Graham Onions and they are 25 for one after eight.

10.40am - The Falcons' form continues as Tom Taylor removes Richard Oliver early on with the score still in single figures.

Steve Davies, bumped up to open the innings in the absence of Jason Roy, has been caught in the slips by Dawid Malan off Tim Murtagh. It's been a cautious start at Lord's, and around the country as a matter of fact. 

10.10am - At Lord's, Surrey have won the toss and will have a bat.

Derbyshire have put the hosts in at New Road, while Somerset, Hampshire and Durham have also chosen to field first. 

10.05am - It's Derbyshire Falcons and Warwickshire who have been out of the blocks quickest so in this year's Royal London One-Day Cup. Both have won two out of two, while Essex and Kent Spitfires also have 100% records after just a game apiece. Can they follow up their good starts? The tosses are imminent.

10am - Hello and welcome to our blog of today’s six Royal London One-Day Cup games. They are as follows:

Group A

Gloucestershire v Hampshire, Bristol, 10.30am start

Worcestershire v Derbyshire Falcons, New Road, 10.30am

Essex Eagles v Leicestershire Foxes, Essex County Ground, 2pm

Group B

Durham v Warwickshire, Gosforth, 10.30am

Middlesex Panthers v Surrey, Lord's, 10.30am

Somerset v Kent Spitfires, Taunton, 10.30am

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