Gloucestershire break scoring record
Kevin O’Brien and Hamish Marshall smashed centuries as Gloucestershire posted the biggest total in the history of English domestic t20 cricket en route to a massive 105-run win over Middlesex in the Friends Life t20 South Group match at Uxbridge.
Ireland international O’Brien, who used 52 deliveries to make 119, and Marshall, with 102 off 54 balls, put on 192 for the first wicket before a cameo from Kane Williamson helped Gloucestershire amass 254 for three in their 20 overs.
Middlesex were always up against it in reply and, after losing opener Paul Stirling for a duck to the third ball of the innings, could only muster 149 for eight, with veteran seamer Jon Lewis claiming 3-31 off four overs.
Half-centuries from Marcus Trescothick and Craig Meschede led Somerset to a seven-wicket win over Glamorgan at Taunton.
After Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bat, their innings started poorly when Mark Cosgrove was caught behind off Peter Trego and the visitors were reliant on Chris Cooke’s 47 and captain Alviro Petersen’s 35 as they posted 166 for eight off 20 overs.
In reply, Somerset were always comfortable as Trescothick hit 58 and Meschede struck 53, both off 28 balls, before Jos Buttler and James Hildreth saw them over the winning line with 26 balls remaining.
Martin van Jaarsveld struck 62 off 39 balls as Kent defeated Surrey by six wickets at Beckenham.
Tom Maynard was the mainstay of the Surrey innings as he smashed 76 off just 46 deliveries to propel his side to 150 for four after Azhar Mahmood had claimed 2-26 off four overs.
Kent started their innings poorly with openers Joe Denly and Rob Key falling cheaply to Dirk Nannes, but Azhar and van Jaarsveld came together to put on 112 for the third wicket before the latter departed.
Azhar was dismissed one short of his half century, but Kent made it over the winning line with 11 balls to spare.
North Group leaders Nottinghamshire recorded their seventh victory from 10 games with a convincing 53-run triumph over Lancashire at Trent Bridge.
Openers Alex Hales and Riki Wessels compiled quickfire knocks of 60 and 76 to lead Notts to an imposing total of 184 for four.
Lancashire got off to a flying start in reply, but lost wickets at regular intervals thereafter and were eventually dismissed for 131, despite a 28-ball 55 from skipper Steven Croft.
Notts now hold a four-point advantage at the top of the table after Leicestershire suffered a dramatic three-run defeat at Durham, who move into third.
Gordon Muchall’s 64 was the most significant contribution as the Dynamos posted 187 for eight from 20 overs.
Leicestershire appeared likely to complete an impressive run-chase when Will Jefferson helped them to 113 for three after 10 overs.
However, Jefferson’s dismissal, for 63 off 30 balls, sparked a shift in momentum and the visitors finished narrowly short of their target, with Wayne White stranded on 21 not out from 14 deliveries.
Worcestershire boosted their hopes of securing a last-four berth with a 41-run victory at home to Yorkshire.
Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee and James Cameron hit 40, 56 and 55 respectively in the Royals’ score of 183 for seven.
Yorkshire then crumbled to 142 all out, with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returning 4-31 and Gareth Andrew chipping in with 3-17 from 2.5 overs.
Martin Guptill inspired Derbyshire to a six-wicket win over Warwickshire at Leek Cricket Club’s Highfield ground.
The New Zealand international clubbed six sixes en route to 72 from 44 deliveries as the hosts made it home with seven balls to spare.
Skipper Jim Troughton had earlier hit 55 not out for Warwickshire, but a score of 137 for four always appeared short of par.