Victory seals Durham progression
Durham confirmed their place in the Clydesdale Bank 40 last four as the competition’s leading runner-up by inflicting a first defeat on Group B winners Surrey in a high-scoring match at the Kia Oval.
The Dynamos' 36-run win was set up by a tremendous batting performance that saw them post 325 for nine from 40 overs.
Phil Mustard set the tone with a blistering 31-ball 66 containing 13 fours and a six and Paul Collingwood then struck 96 from 83 balls before holing out to deep midwicket looking to reach three figures.
The all-rounder was one of three victims for Chris Schofield, but Gareth Batty was the only home bowler to go for less than a run a ball.
Surrey refused to throw in the towel and Matthew Spriegel’s superb 86 off 57 deliveries, allied to 56 from Tom Maynard and 46 from Schofield, kept them in the hunt.
However, they were eventually dismissed for 289 in the 37th over, Mitch Claydon and Callum Thorp finishing with three wickets apiece.
Elsewhere in Group B, Jimmy Adams and James Vince hit centuries as Hampshire trounced bottom-placed Scotland by 115 runs at the Rose Bowl.
Opener Adams dashed to 113 from 103 deliveries and put on 233 for the second wicket with Vince, who made 131 from 110 balls in a score of 302 for four.
Chris Wood then returned 4-34 as Scotland stumbled to 187 all out.
An inexperienced Northamptonshire side rounded off their campaign with a five-wicket triumph over defending champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Warwickshire were boosted by the presence of England duo Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell, but they both fell victim to Dave Burton as the hosts were skittled for just 145.
Burton removed Trott and Neil Carter for ducks in the first over of the match and had Bell caught by debutant Sam Sweeney for 26 en route to figures of 3-25 from seven overs.
Rikki Clarke picked up three wickets in his first two overs to give the Bears hope and finished with 4-28, but Kyle Coetzer’s unbeaten 54 helped Northants over the line with more than eight overs to spare.
Openers Dawid Malan and Sam Robson both hit half-centuries as Middlesex cruised to a seven-wicket victory over semi-finalists Sussex at Lord’s.
Ed Joyce and Chris Nash both struck fifties before Lou Vincent made 42 and captain Michael Yardy added an unbeaten 33 from 27 balls to propel Sussex to 239 for five after Jamie Dalrymple took 2-41 from eight overs.
Malan, who struck a run-a-ball 84, and Robson, with 65, put on 153 for the first wicket before both fell within two overs.
However, it failed to affect Paul Stirling as the Ireland batsman struck an unbeaten 46 from 29 balls. He was aided by 37 from Chris Rogers as the hosts cruised to victory with more than 12 overs to spare.
Young England Lions pair Jonathan Bairstow and Joe Root shared a partnership of 122 to guide Yorkshire to a six-wicket victory over Worcestershire at Headingley Carnegie.
In an innings that saw most batsmen make starts, Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell was the only one to go on as he struck an unbeaten 81 from 80 balls to guide his side to 230 for six after they were pegged back by spinner David Wainwright’s 2-33 from eight overs.
Following the loss of Joe Sayers and Adam Lyth, who made a run-a-ball 33, Bairstow struck 80 off 67 balls and Root made 62 off 77 deliveries to see the White Rose to the verge of victory.
Derbyshire climbed into third place in Group A at the expense of opponents Kent with a three-wicket win at Canterbury.
Wayne Madsen made 58 and Ross Whiteley added 40 as the Falcons reached their target of 209 in the final over.
Tony Palladino had earlier taken 4-32 to help restrict Kent to 208 for nine, despite 68 from Azhar Mahmood.
In Group C, Somerset qualified for the semi-finals with a 40-run victory over Essex at Taunton.
Peter Trego countered the loss of captain and fellow opener Marcus Trescothick to an ankle injury with a 55-ball 51 and, after 41 from James Hildreth, Chris Jones guided his side to 251 for five with an unbeaten 45 from 49 deliveries.
Youngsters Reece Topley and Tom Craddock claimed two wickets apiece for the visitors.
In reply, Jaik Mickelburgh contributed 56 but wickets fell at regular intervals, including two in quick succession as Craig Meschede had Tom Westley and James Foster caught behind.
Ryan ten Doeschate hit 30 and Graham Napier made 41, but Essex were dismissed for 211, with Alfonso Thomas, Arul Suppiah and Steve Kirby taking two wickets apiece.
Tom Smith struck a century and claimed four wickets as Lancashire beat Nottinghamshire by two runs at Trent Bridge.
The opener smashed 117 off 104 balls and, despite Darren Pattinson and Steven Mullaney taking two wickets each, Paul Horton added an unbeaten 40-ball 43 to guide the Red Rose to a respectable 248 for five.
Only Darren Bravo, with 62, contributed at the top of the order as Smith took 4-48 and spinner Stephen Parry 2-24, but Chris Read hit a 50-ball 64 to thrust his side to within sight of victory.
However, after he was dismissed by Kyle Hogg three balls from the end, Notts, needing another five to win, were bowled out for 246.
Glamorgan gifted Unicorns their first win of the season as they collapsed to an eight-run defeat at Wormsley.
James Ord top-scored with 56 but the Unicorns were bowled out for 192, with opening bowlers Nick James and Graham Wagg sharing six wickets.
In reply, Glamorgan overcame two early wickets as captain Alviro Petersen and Stewart Walters, who made 60, put on 145 for the third wicket.
However, they then lost seven wickets for 36 runs, including three for Luke Beaven and three run-outs, to be dismissed for 184, leaving South African Petersen stranded on 93 not out.