Sussex win sends Hampshire through
Holders Hampshire progressed to the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals despite losing to Surrey, courtesy of Sussex beating Kent this evening.
Sussex’s 15-run win at Canterbury means leaders Hampshire cannot finish lower than fourth in the South Group. Matt Prior’s powerful 89 inspired the Sharks, who remain third while Kent slip two places to sixth.
Prior’s innings occupied 59 balls and featured nine fours and two sixes, but he received little support as Wahab Riaz’s 3-22 limited the Sharks to 159 for six. However, only Darren Stevens fired for the Spitfires with 65 not out while Umar Gul took 3-26 in a total of 144 for eight.
Surrey boosted their prospects of a last-eight berth with a 38-run victory over Hampshire at the Kia Oval.
Chris Tremlett’s 4-16 limited his former county to 113 all out in 18.4 overs in reply to the Lions’ 151 for five, which was bolstered by Tom Maynard’s 47. The result leaves Surrey fourth.
Second-placed Somerset are on the verge of progressing after Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 72 propelled them to a 15-run win over Gloucestershire at Taunton.
The hosts overcame the cheap loss of their openers before Buttler and Kieron Pollard shared an unbroken 73-run stand en route to 170 for four.
Openers Kevin O’Brien and Hamish Marshall put on 51 in reply, but the Gladiators soon lost seven wickets, including Marshall for 52, for 34 runs with Pollard taking 3-25 as they closed nine down.
The performance of the evening came from Essex’s Tim Southee, who inflicted a second six-wicket haul on Glamorgan in a week after Somerset’s Arul Suppiah took a Twenty20 record 6-5 on Tuesday.
Southee snared 6-16 from four overs, including a hat-trick, to limit the Dragons to 144 for nine. Fellow New Zealander Scott Styris’ unbeaten 42 ushered a five-wicket win with five balls to spare. The fifth-placed Eagles now sit immediately above Kent in a tight mid-table.
Leicestershire sealed a home Friends Life t20 quarter-final with a tense two-wicket win from the penultimate ball against Derbyshire at Grace Road.
Abdul Razzaq, Harry Gurney and Jigar Naik split nine wickets to limit the Falcons to 150 all out with two deliveries unused.
Chesney Hughes’ 4-23 precipitated a collapse of six wickets for 36 runs but James Taylor’s 53 kept his side on course and Jacques du Toit’s cameo ensured the Foxes, who secured a knockout berth on Wednesday, cannot finish below second in the North Group.
Worcestershire moved above Durham into third with a narrow six-run victory over Warwickshire at New Road.
In the face of tight bowling, James Cameron’s 37 underpinned the Royals’ total of 112 for seven. The Bears lost regular wickets and Tim Ambrose’s unbeaten 27 was in vain as they ended eight down.
Durham - who are now fourth - suffered a washout at home to Yorkshire. North Group leaders Nottinghamshire, who had secured a home quarter-final, endured the same fate against bottom side Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.