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Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald's 96 not out set up an 18-run win over Yorkshire and made him the leading run-scorer in the Friends Life t20 today

Leicestershire joined North Group leaders Nottinghamshire in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals with an 18-run win over Yorkshire in a game reduced to 19 overs per side at Headingley Carnegie.

Stand-in captain Andrew McDonald continued to be a shrewd overseas signing for the Foxes, his unbeaten 96 in a total of 191 for four making him the leading run-scorer in the competition.

Yorkshire threatened to overhaul Leicestershire's target with their top seven all making contributions, but spinner Jigar Naik’s three wickets in his only over effectively ended their chance.

Holders Hampshire remain on course to qualify as South Group winners following a nine-run victory over Essex in a rain-reduced affair at the Rose Bowl.

James Vince’s 55 and Sean Ervine’s 45 underpinned 151 for seven from 20 overs in which Eagles seamer Tim Southee took 3-30.

Three quick wickets from Dimitri Mascarenhas, who finished with 3-20, left Essex struggling. Owais Shah and stand-in skipper Ravi Bopara launched a revival with 38 and 48 respectively, but could not overhaul a revised target in 17 overs as the visitors finished six down.

Derbyshire and Kent kept alive their hopes of qualification with wins over Warwickshire and Gloucestershire respectively.

Not for the first time, Wes Durston made a telling all-round contribution as his side saw off the struggling Bears by 33 runs at Edgbaston.

Falcons openers Durston and Martin Guptil put on 83 inside nine overs before the latter fell for 30. Durston went on to make 64 in a total of 162 for five.

Teenage left-arm spinner Tom Knight claimed 3-19 from fours overs as only opener Varun Chopra’s rapid 40 made a significant impression for the Bears, who were dismissed in 17.2 overs as Durston took two wickets and as many catches.

Kent dominated a much-reduced contest at Bristol, eventually winning by seven wickets with five balls to spare.

Kevin O’Brien’s unbeaten 43 aided a recovery from 51 for four as the Gladiators posted 115 without further loss from 16 overs.

The reply was twice interrupted by rain and the Spitfires had little difficulty in reaching the 76 they ultimately required from 10 overs.