Surrey home and dry
Surrey secured a home semi-final and extended their unbeaten record in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a 141-run demolition of Leicestershire.
Jason Roy struck his second century in the space of five days – and took his tally to 297 runs in three games – courtesy of a typically aggressive 131 off 99 balls at Grace Road.
He propelled Surrey to 292 for six before Jade Dernbach, with 4-7 from 4.5 overs, and Chris Schofield, who claimed 4-26, hurried Leicestershire out for just 151 with 14.1 overs unused.
Surrey’s victory – their 10th in 11 games in the competition – assured them of top spot in Group B despite Durham’s equally emphatic win over Northamptonshire.
If Northants had reason to be satisfied with a total of 247 for seven at Wantage Road, they were made to think again as Phil Mustard flayed 139 not out off just 93 balls.
None of Northants’ eight bowlers could check the left-hander, who struck 13 fours and seven sixes as Durham cruised home with 9.4 overs to spare.
Nottinghamshire, who were not in action today, were joined at the top of Group C by Somerset and Essex.
Somerset overhauled the Unicorns' 208 for five, which featured 105 not out from Michael Thornely, with some ease thanks to Marcus Trescothick’s 53 and an unbeaten 50 from James Hildreth at Taunton. Jos Buttler completed the job with 23 not out off eight deliveries.
Essex ran out comfortable 118-run winners over Gloucestershire at Colchester, where Owais Shah hit 104 in a total of 299 for seven that was never threatened.
Other performances of note for Essex came from James Foster, who made 66 off 45 balls, and Tom Westley, with a more measured 50, while David Masters claimed 4-32 to bowl the visitors out for 181.
Alviro Petersen’s savage 144, which spanned just 89 deliveries and contained nine fours and 10 sixes, set Glamorgan on their way to a 69-run victory over Lancashire at Colwyn Bay in a rain-affected game that had no bearing on the semi-finals.
Petersen shared an opening stand of 199 in 24.2 overs with Gareth Rees, who weighed in with 76, as Glamorgan amassed 328 for four in an innings reduced to 33 overs. Steven Croft’s rapid 85 for Lancashire always seemed destined to be immaterial.
Sussex missed out on the chance to secure their place in the semi-finals as Jacques Rudolph’s brilliant century condemned them to a 35-run defeat by Yorkshire.
Victory at Scarborough would have confirmed Sussex as winners of Group A, but Rudolph struck an unbeaten 132 off just 112 balls and Adam Lyth 73 to carry Yorkshire to an impregnable 302 for four. Michael Yardy and Ben Brown hit half-centuries in Sussex’s inadequate 267 all out.
Even if Sussex fail to collect the solitary point they need to guarantee top spot – from their remaining two games, one of which is against Middlesex – their run-rate is unlikely to be bettered by their nearest challengers.
Middlesex triumphed by 34 runs at Chesterfield on the back of Paul Stirling’s 81-ball 109, which underpinned a total of 253 for eight. Steven Finn took 3-28 to limit Derbyshire, for whom Chesney Hughes made 66 and Wayne Madsen 50, to 219 in reply.
In the only tight contest of the day, Wesley Barresi’s unbeaten 97 trumped Moeen Ali’s 117 for Worcestershire and led the Netherlands to a tense two-wicket victory.
In hitting 11 fours and three sixes, Barresi anchored a pursuit of 240 that was completed with just two balls to spare at New Road. Earlier, Mudassar Bukhari claimed 4-41.