White Rose reach last eight
Yorkshire became the second qualifiers after Sussex for the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals thanks to a six-wicket win over North Group rivals Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The White Rose moved two points clear of their opponents and, crucially, five ahead of third-placed Durham with all the teams in the competition having two games to play.
Outlaws captain Adam Voges lifted his side to 148 for six with 70, but 58 not out from opening batsman and fellow Australian Phil Jaques helped complete victory with 14 balls to spare.
Gloucestershire stayed right in the hunt for a knock-out place thanks to a seven-wicket triumph versus Midlands/Wales/West leaders Worcestershire at Bristol.
Captain Hamish Marshall and newly-signed Australian Ed Cowan shared a 142-run stand en route to 72 and 70 respectively as the Gladiators won with two overs left.
Economical bowling from spinners Ed Young and Muttiah Muralitharan had limited the Royals to 159 for six, of which Gareth Andrew top-scored with 43.
Essex boosted their last-eight prospects, beating Middlesex by two wickets at Chelmsford to go three points behind second-placed Hampshire in the South Group.
A low-scoring contest was dominated by fifties from openers Joe Denly and Mark Pettini, the latter’s aiding victory with 14 balls remaining despite Tom Smith and Ollie Wilkin each taking three wickets.
Essex’s win was a blow to Kent, who maintained their outside chance of progressing with a 48-run defeat of bottom side Surrey at the Kia Oval to stay a point behind the Eagles.
Rob Key and Alex Blake each made 35 in a seemingly modest 136 for eight, but Azhar Mahmood’s 3-12 from three overs saw the hosts come up short.