Yorkshire win war of the Roses
Yorkshire retained their place at the top of the Friends Life t20 North Group with a 19-run victory over Roses rivals Lancashire at Headingley Carnegie.
The hosts slipped to 84 for four after losing the toss, but David Miller and Gary Ballance smashed the Red Rose bowlers to all parts in a partnership of 91 in seven overs.
South African Miller blazed a quartet of fours and three sixes in his 54 from 30 deliveries and Ballance hit a 23-ball 42 to fire Yorkshire to a mammoth 180 for six.
Tom Smith overcame the loss of Stephen Moore with 33 from 18 balls before Steven Croft and Karl Brown gave Peter Moores’ side hope with a third-wicket stand of 82.
However, Croft and Brown fell for 56 and 46 respectively as Mitchell Starc excelled with figures of 2-21 off four overs.
Alex Hales continued where he left off for England as Nottinghamshire strengthened their quarter-final hopes by claiming a 41-run win over Durham at Trent Bridge.
After Michael Lumb departed for 36 in the fourth over, Hales, fresh from striking 99 against West Indies in Sunday's NatWest International T20, struck six fours and four maximums in a 51-ball 88. He added 142 in 13 overs with Riki Wessels, who made 53 in Notts’ 210 for three.
Ben Stokes compiled 56, but two wickets apiece from Darren Pattinson and Andy Carter restricted the visitors to 169 for seven.
Former Derbyshire all-rounder Wayne White returned to haunt his former side as he struck a four off the final ball to secure a four-wicket triumph for Leicestershire at Derby.
Wes Durston carried his bat for 55 and shared in a 70-run stand with Chesney Hughes, who blasted 48 from 31 balls, as the Falcons posted 171 for three.
Josh Cobb set the platform for Leicestershire with 42 and, although the visitors needed 37 off the last three overs, White finished the job by finding the boundary at the death to stun the hosts.
Captain Hamish Marshall’s knock of 66 helped Gloucestershire condemn Somerset to their first defeat, by nine wickets, in the Midlands/Wales/West Group at Taunton.
After electing to bat first, Somerset lost regular wickets and were restricted to 140 from 20 overs, Albie Morkel making the biggest contribution with 33.
Ian Saxelby, James Fuller and Muttiah Muralitharan all picked up two wickets.
Marshall hit seven fours and two sixes in his 42-ball innings and Benny Howell, returning from a chest infection, struck 55 from 40 deliveries as Gloucestershire cantered home inside 15 overs.
Captain Jim Troughton led from the front with an unbeaten 68 as Warwickshire claimed a seven-wicket success over Northamptonshire.
Chris Woakes picked up 3-27 - including Alex Wakely in the opening over - and was also involved in the crucial run out of David Willey for 22.
Rob Newton and Cameron White put on 78 for the fourth wicket, but Darren Maddy removed the pair in successive balls for 38 and 39 respectively as the Steelbacks made 153 for seven.
Warwickshire’s reply started poorly as Chaminda Vaas removed the in-form Varun Chopra for a duck in the opening over, but captain Troughton, assisted by Rikki Clarke’s 30-ball 48, quickly put the Bears on top.
Laurie Evans continued his good form with a quickfire 33 from 12 balls, but it was Troughton, with nine fours, who sealed victory with 23 balls unused.
Australian Phil Hughes hit an unbeaten 87 as Worcestershire secured a 19-run triumph over the Welsh Dragons at New Road.
The 23-year-old, who hit four sixes in his 58-ball innings, was supported by James Cameron’s 31 as the Royals posted 180 for six.
Mooen Ali took two wickets to reduce the Dragons to 57 for five and, despite Chris Cooke and Stewart Walters sharing a 52-run partnership for the sixth wicket, they could only manage 145 for six.
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell smashed a rapid unbeaten 60 as Hampshire secured a six-wicket victory over Essex in the South Group.
New Zealand international James Franklin hit five sixes in his knock of 78 from just 49 balls, while Mark Pettini contributed 38 to an opening partnership of 83.
After Essex had lost momentum in the middle overs, skipper James Foster then thumped 30 off 14 balls to lift his side to 176 for four.
James Vince led the Hampshire reply with 32 off 22 deliveries, but he failed to find a partner in the opening overs as Tim Phillips picked up two wickets for the Eagles.
Simon Katich, with an unbeaten 42, soon got hold of the Essex attack before Maxwell’s match-winning 24-ball innings, which included six fours and four sixes, saw the Royals home with two overs to spare.
Michael Rippon claimed career-best figures of 4-23 on debut as Sussex maintained their unbeaten record with a commanding 83-run victory over Kent at the PROBIZ County Ground.
Murray Goodwin blasted 68 not out from just 31 deliveries, while Chris Nash made 54 and Matt Prior hit 46 from 20 balls as Sussex posted 212 for six, their second highest T20 score.
Left-arm spinner Rippon then ripped through Kent, who were dismissed for just 129, with Sam Billings’ 38 the top score.