Bears and Lightning go through
Warwickshire Bears and Lancashire Lightning became the second and third teams to progress to the Friends Provident t20 quarter-finals from the North Group, courtesy of victories over Yorkshire Carnegie and Nottinghamshire Outlaws respectively.
Warwickshire confirmed their place with a hard-fought 14-run victory at Edgbaston.
A target of 146 proved too much for the visitors as Keith Barker finished the match with a hat-trick in the last over. Richard Pyrah and Clint McKay were both caught by Rikki Clarke at long-off before the left-arm paceman bowled David Wainwright.
While Barker applied an emphatic finishing touch in dismissing Yorkshire for 131, the hard work was done by spin pair Imran Tahir and Ant Botha, who put the squeeze on the middle order by sharing four wickets at cost of 35 runs in eight overs.
Lancashire saw off the North Group leaders at Old Trafford and in doing so gained revenge on Nottinghamshire for a comprehensive defeat at Trent Bridge earlier in the competition.
The Lightning continued their impressive record at Old Trafford, where they have only lost eight times in eight seasons, including twice this summer.
Despite restricting David Hussey’s side to a below-par 136 for seven after the Australian elected to bat, Lancashire were forced to chase a Duckworth/Lewis altered target of 81 off 10 overs after an hour’s rain delay.
However, Stephen Moore crashed 51 not out off 24 balls to underpin Lancashire’s nine-wicket win with 10 balls to spare.
Durham Dynamos’ home match against Derbyshire Falcons was washed out before the first innings was completed, just as in last month’s clash at Derby.
Durham, bottom of the North Group, needed to win to retain any hope of scrambling into the quarter-finals, while the one point helped Derbyshire to consolidate the fourth qualifying place. Their two remaining games are at home to Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Yorkshire.
Marcus Trescothick’s unbeaten 54 led Somerset Sabres to a rain-affected seven-wicket win over Glamorgan Dragons that sent them top of the South Group.
Under the SWALEC Stadium floodlights Glamorgan were restricted to 116 for seven, with Mark Turner returning Twenty20-best figures of 3-25.
Somerset’s victory target was then reduced to 92 from 15 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis method following a heavy downpour that forced the players from the field.
Trescothick anchored the chase with his fourth successive FP t20 half-century before Kieron Pollard smashed a straight six to secure victory with 19 balls to spare.
Somerset’s eighth win in nine games further strengthened their bid for a home quarter-final, while defeat for Glamorgan ended their hopes of qualifying for the last eight.