Batty spins Surrey to victory
Gareth Batty continued his fine form with the ball as Surrey completed their second successive Friends Life t20 South Group victory courtesy of a 28-run Duckworth-Lewis triumph over London rivals Middlesex at Lord’s.
Rory Hamilton Brown’s side were in trouble at 32 for four after winning the toss, but an inspired fifth-wicket partnership of 117 from Gary Wilson and Matthew Spriegel, who made 53 and 54 not out respectively, propelled Surrey to 149 for four.
Middlesex looked comfortable at 64 for one in the eighth over, only for the introduction of Batty to trigger a collapse.
The hosts lost seven wickets for just 24 runs and were 99 for eight when the rain intervened, with Batty, fresh from taking 3-20 in last night’s win over Essex, claiming figures of 4-13 and Hamilton-Brown chipping in with 2-5 from his only over.
Sussex suffered their second washout in three days as their encounter with Hampshire at the PROBIZ County Ground was abandoned before play could get started.
Derbyshire opened their North Group campaign with a 17-run D/L success over Lancashire.
After Stephen Moore smacked a 21-ball 34, Steven Croft propelled the Red Rose to 168 for six with 46 off 35 deliveries, which included three maximums.
Wes Durston got the hosts’ reply off to a flying start with 31 off 16 balls before Ross Whiteley made 24.
Despite Luke Procter making a double breakthrough, Derbyshire were ahead of the rate on 118 for five when the rain intervened, with Chesney Hughes and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan unbeaten on 16 and 19 respectively.
Northamptonshire’s opening FLt20 Midlands/Wales/West Group match with the Welsh Dragons was ended by the wet weather.
Scotland international Kyle Coetzer blazed 41 off just 29 balls for Northants, who reached 70 for three when the heavens opened.
The elements prevented Somerset from building on last night’s victory over Warwickshire as their game with arch-rivals Gloucestershire was abandoned without a ball being bowled.