Courageous Dutch shock Yorkshire
A late fightback failed to prevent Yorkshire from suffering a shock two-run defeat to the Netherlands in their opening Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A clash at Headingley Carnegie.
The White Rose county looked to be in control of proceedings when they reduced their opponents to 112 for seven in the 30th over of their innings.
However, Shane Mott’s unbeaten 50 lifted the Netherlands to 190 for eight and Yorkshire duly collapsed to 30 for five in reply, with none of their top five batsmen reaching double figures.
Richard Pyrah and Adil Rashid struck 69 and 42 not out respectively to set up a tense finale and Ryan Sidebottom then struck two sixes in the final over, leaving four required from the final delivery.
However, the former England seamer could not find the fence and was run out as he looked to come back for a second.
Gareth Berg produced another fine all-round display to help Middlesex edge past Worcestershire at New Road.
Berg, who claimed six wickets and 90 runs in his side’s LV= County Championship victory over Derbyshire this week, chipped in with 31 and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 72 with skipper Neil Dexter, who made 48, as Middlesex were dismissed for 206 in the 40th over.
The target appeared to be within Worcestershire’s reach as Vikram Solanki hit 61 at the top of the order, but Berg then claimed 4-24 and the hosts were dismissed for 182 with eight balls unused.
In Group B, Hampshire overcame a late scare to record a dramatic three-run win over defending champions Warwickshire at the Rose Bowl.
Johann Myburgh thumped 64 from 63 balls at the top of the order for the hosts and Neil McKenzie struck an unbeaten 87 from 69 deliveries - including 24 from the final over, bowled by Boyd Rankin - as Hampshire posted 274 for five.
A breathtaking sixth-wicket partnership of 87 in 9.4 overs between Rikki Clarke and Darren Maddy kept Warwickshire in the hunt.
Maddy was eventually run out for 49 following an awful mix-up, while Clarke made 59 from 38 balls before being stumped off a Danny Briggs wide as the Bears finished on 271 for nine, despite a fantastic unbeaten 34 from Chris Woakes.
With 10 required from the final two deliveries, Woakes smashed Dominic Cork’s penultimate ball over long-off for six, but was unable to repeat the trick.
The fit-again Simon Jones finished as the pick of Hampshire’s attack with 4-52 from eight overs.
Captain Andrew Hall claimed outstanding figures of 5-22 and Niall O’Brien blasted a rapid unbeaten 94 as Northamptonshire sauntered to a seven-wicket victory over Leicestershire.
The Foxes were dismissed for 162 in 35 overs and would have been in further trouble were it not for England Lions batsman James Taylor, who cracked 69 from 61 balls.
Lee Daggett and David Willey chipped in with two wickets apiece for Northants, who then eased to their target with 59 deliveries to spare.
Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman O’Brien led the way, striking 14 fours and four sixes in his 63-ball knock.
Durham were indebted to an unbeaten 95 from Gordon Muchall as they avoided a shock against Scotland at the Emirates Durham ICG.
The visitors recovered from a poor start, sparked by Graham Onions’ three-wicket burst, to post 215 for seven from 40 overs.
However, Durham overhauled their targets with five wickets in hand and 10 balls remaining, with Ben Stokes hitting 50 before Muchall and Gareth Breese shared an unbroken stand of 74 in 11 overs.
Craig Kieswetter showed his credentials with a fine century to underpin Somerset’s 47-run Group C win over Nottinghamshire.
Last year’s beaten finalists have endured a miserable start to their championship campaign with two heavy defeats, but Kieswetter’s hundred and Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 94 from just 56 deliveries helped them to an imposing total of 270 for five.
Notts never really got going in their reply and, although several players made starts, Steven Mullaney was their top-scorer with 38 as they were all out for 223 – with Ajantha Mendis taking 4-35.
Farveez Maharoof produced a fine all-round display as Lancashire sealed a 20-run win over the Unicorns.
Opener Stephen Moore top-scored with 50, and Maharoof smashed an unbeaten 38 from 27 balls down the order to help Lancashire to 201 for five.
Veteran seamer Glen Chapple continued his fine start to the season by snaring three of the top four batsman and Sri Lankan Maharoof chipped in with another three wickets as the Unicorns finished on 181 for nine.
Half-centuries from Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall proved crucial as Gloucestershire claimed a three-wicket win over Glamorgan at Bristol.
Jon Lewis took 4-41 as Glamorgan were restricted to 197 for eight, although the visitors were thankful to Stewart Walters, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 79.
After Ian Cockbain had been dismissed cheaply, Gidman and Marshall laid the foundations of Gloucestershire’s reply with a 117-run partnership.
Both were eventually dismissed, but Ed Young scored 32 to see his side home with 2.3 overs to spare.