De Bruyn shepherds Somerset chase
Zander de Bruyn produced the finest innings of the night, a superb unbeaten 95, to steer Somerset Sabres to a six-wicket triumph over Gloucestershire Gladiators in the Friends Provident t20 West Country derby at Taunton.
The South Africa-born all-rounder smashed eight fours and five sixes in his 49-ball innings, sharing a 106-run stand in just seven overs with the equally destructive Kieron Pollard, who made 54.
Somerset overhauled Gloucestershire’s imposing 199 for eight, which featured 50 from Steve Snell and Hamish Marshall’s 45, with seven balls to spare.
Sussex Sharks remain in control of the South Group after thrashing Hampshire Royals by nine wickets at Hove.
The reigning champions are on course for the knockout stages again after recording their sixth win in seven games as they chased down a target of 133 in just 11.4 overs.
Matt Prior fell for a golden duck, stumped by Nic Pothas off slow left-armer Danny Briggs in the first over, but that was as good as it got for the Royals as Murray Goodwin hit 76 not out and Brendon McCullum an unbeaten 59.
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds smashed seven sixes - and no fours - in a spectacular 32-ball 62 to help Surrey Lions beat Kent Spitfires by 15 runs in a rain-affected game at the Brit Oval.
The visitors had reached 81 for five chasing 151 after 12.5 overs of the pursuit when rain arrived at 6.20pm to confirm Surrey's deserved victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Durham Dynamos consolidated third place in the North Group as they cruised to a six-wicket win against Yorkshire Carnegie at Durham Emirates ICG.
After Yorkshire struggled to 131 for eight, Durham were rocking on one for two when Tino Best removed both openers in his first over.
But Ross Taylor (49) and Dale Benkenstein (57 not out) followed their unbroken partnership of 117 against Leicestershire on Monday by putting on 101 in 11 overs for the third wicket as Durham eased home with 4.5 overs to spare.
A quickfire half-century and two wickets for Chaminda Vaas helped Northamptonshire Steelbacks beat Leicestershire Foxes by 10 runs at Grace Road.
The Steelbacks posted 166 for four, with Vaas contributing 50 and Nicky Boje an unbeaten 54, before the Sri Lankan accounted for Will Jefferson, who top-scored for the hosts with 53, and Paul Nixon.
Jonathan Trott led Warwickshire Bears to a crushing nine-wicket victory over local rivals Worcestershire Royals at New Road.
An efficient bowling performance restricted Worcestershire to a below-par 118 for nine before Trott continued to push his case for a recall to the England Twenty20 side with 72 not out off 54 balls.