Surrey maintain perfect CB40 record
Tom Maynard and Zafar Ansari impressed with the bat as defending champions Surrey defeated Group B rivals Durham by 60 runs to make it three wins out of three in this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40.
After striking 143 and 89 in his last two first-class matches, Maynard struck 77 today to underpin his side’s total of 221 for seven. Young all-rounder Ansari added an unbeaten 60 - comfortably his highest List A score - from 54 balls.
Durham never threatened to reach their target and finished well short, with Jade Dernbach, Matthew Spriegel, Gareth Batty and Stuart Meaker each picking up a brace of wickets.
Kabir Ali delivered a fine all-round display as Hampshire saw off Scotland by 89 runs at Uddingston.
Kabir chipped in with a 36-ball 32 from number nine to lift the visitors, for whom Michael Carberry top-scored with 76, to 220.
The seamer then returned 2-17 and also claimed two catches as Scotland slumped to 131 all out in 33 overs.
Glen Querl was the star of the show at Canterbury as the Unicorns registered their first win of 2012 with a four-wicket triumph over Kent.
The Zimbabwean seamer claimed 4-41 as the hosts were restricted to a meagre 165 all out, with Sam Northeast’s 69 the only notable score.
Querl then chipped in with a valuable unbeaten 24 to see his team over the line with six balls to spare after James Tredwell, with 4-24, had threatened to turn things back in Kent’s favour.
At Headingley Carnegie, Australia paceman Mitchell Starc marked his Yorkshire debut with three scalps in an emphatic seven-wicket win over Derbyshire.
In taking 3-28, left-armer Starc helped limit Derbyshire to 219 for eight after an opening stand of 137 between Martin Guptill, who thumped five sixes en route to 89, and Chesney Hughes had seemingly laid the platform for a more substantial score.
Yorkshire then cantered to victory with 14 balls unused, thanks largely to Gary Ballance’s unbeaten 60-ball 77, which featured four maximums.
Will Beer’s economical display helped Sussex defend a total of 180 against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Luke Wright, operating as an opening batsman, struck 59 from 57 balls to get the Sharks off to a flying start, but they struggled thereafter as Lee Daggett returned 4-31.
Northants were unable to capitalise with the bat, however, and leg-spinner Beer took 2-21 from eight overs to ensure David Sales’ 51 proved in vain.
In Group A, Lancashire proved too strong for Essex at Old Trafford, despite a typically belligerent knock from Graham Napier.
Half-centuries from Stephen Moore, Steven Croft and Paul Horton - all at quicker than a run a ball - propelled the Red Rose to 258 for nine.
Essex stumbled to 139 for six in reply and, although Napier cracked 51 off 25 deliveries, their innings came to an end with the score on 230 in the 38th over.
England seamer Steven Finn picked up 3-30 as Middlesex eased to a 35-run victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.
All of Middlesex’s batsmen made useful contributions in a total of 241 for five, skipper Neil Dexter leading the way with 54 from 41 balls.
Finn then removed Ramnaresh Sarwan, Matthew Boyce and Greg Smith in his opening spell and Leicestershire were subsequently bowled out for 210 in the 39th over.