Notts set the pace in Friends Life t20
Nottinghamshire underlined their Friends Life t20 prowess with a convincing six-wicket victory over Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.
After limiting the hosts to 152 for five, of which Andrew Gale made 62 and Jonathan Bairstow 41 out out off 26 balls, Nottinghamshire hurried home with 11 balls to spare.
Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal launched their pursuit with 44 off 34 deliveries, while Alex Hales, Riki Wessels, Chris Read and Scott Elstone each passed 20 despite Iain Wardlaw taking 2-17 on his Yorkshire debut.
Nottinghamshire remain two points clear at the top of the North Group after Leicestershire, their nearest challengers, made equally short work of Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Australian Andrew McDonald was again the architect behind the Foxes’ success, sharing six wickets with Harry Gurney to restrict Northants to 130 for nine before hitting a run-a-ball unbeaten 38 that complemented Will Jefferson’s brutal 41 off 21 deliveries.
Lancashire mauled Derbyshire by 10 wickets at Old Trafford to continue their climb up the table.
Overseas players Junaid Khan and Farveez Maharoof claimed 3-12 and 2-13 respectively as Derbyshire mustered a paltry 81 for eight, which Lancashire overhauled in just nine overs on the back of Stephen Moore’s 54 not out off 33 balls.
Ian Blackwell hit 77 to lay the foundations for Durham’s 28-run win over Worcestershire at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Set 162 for victory, the visitors were bowled out for 133 as Paul Collingwood followed up his breezy 29 with 4-19.
In the South Group, Sussex and Kent moved level on points with second-placed Somerset after beating Gloucestershire and Glamorgan respectively.
Sussex’s six-wicket win at Arundel was built around an impressive bowling display that saw Chris Nash take 4-7 off three overs. He then hit an unbeaten 36 to accompany Lou Vincent, who made 44 not out, to a victory target of 122.
Kent triumphed with five wickets in hand and four balls to spare at Arundel, with Azhar Mahmood, Sam Northeast and Geraint Jones all reaching 30 as they chased down Glamorgan’s 138 for six.