Gloucs kneel before McKenzie
Neil McKenzie’s thrilling 89 not out off 53 balls laid the platform for Hampshire’s fifth win in as many games, by nine runs over Gloucestershire.
Their total of 165 for four at Gloucester proved too much for the hosts, despite captain Alex Gidman’s valiant unbeaten 43.
Hampshire extended their lead over Sussex, who lost tonight, at the top of the South Group to two points, with memories of their two-point pre-season pitch penalty fading fast.
Azeem Rafiq took 3-15 and hit a crucial 11 not out off four balls as Yorkshire edged a thrilling Roses clash against Lancashire in the North Group at Old Trafford.
Lancashire, having been reduced to 62 for six thanks to Rafiq and Adil Rashid, with 2-29, were thankful for Karl Brown’s unbeaten 34 as they posted a still seemingly modest 122 for six.
Although Luke Proctor’s three wickets hastened a Yorkshire collapse from 71 for two to 108 for eight, Rafiq – the former England Under-19 captain – hit two of the four balls he faced to the boundary to seal victory with two deliveries to spare.
Rapid half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Wayne Madsen trumped Dale Benkenstein as Derbyshire beat Durham by five runs at Derby.
Guptill made 60 off 43 balls and Madsen an unbeaten 53 off just 30 to carry the hosts to an imposing 183 for three, to which Durham responded with 178 for five despite Benkenstein’s 62 and his opening opening stand of 88 with Phil Mustard.
Shakib Al Hasan led an impressive Worcestershire bowling display before Moeen Ali and Alexei Kervezee sparkled with the bat to wrap up a seven-wicket victory over faltering Northamptonshire at New Road.
Bangladesh captain Shakib claimed 3-29 - all three victims came in the last over of the innings - and Jack Shantry 2-12 off three overs as Northants were limited to 134 for nine, a total Worcestershire overhauled with two overs to spare thanks to Mooen’s fluent 53 and an unbeaten 44 from Kervezee.
Captain Neil Dexter returned t20-best figures of 4-21 to lay the platform for Middlesex's victory - their first of the campaign - over Sussex at the PROBIZ County Ground.
Luke Wright's 45-ball 71 went to waste for the hosts as Middlesex, thanks to 46 from Chris Rogers and Scott Newman's well-paced unbeaten 39, crept home with a ball to spare, albeit with five wickets in hand.
Rain brought Leicestershire’s pursuit of 165 to beat Nottinghamshire to a premature end at Grace Road.
The hosts were 21 without loss 2.4 overs into their reply, David Hussey having made 32 – and becoming the leading scorer in Twenty20 cricket – and Adam Voges 36 in Notts’ 164 for eight.
Inclement weather over the Kia Oval prevented Surrey - and Kevin Pietersen - attempting to overhaul Glamorgan’s 167 for seven, of which Jim Allenby made 63 and Mark Cosgrove 43.
Rain meant no play was possible at Taunton, where Somerset and Kent shared two points for another washout.