Morgan and Stirling leave Lancashire red-faced
Rapid hundreds from Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling set up Middlesex’s 167-run demolition of Lancashire at Lord’s, which put the hosts second in Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A.
Morgan hit 116 from just 54 balls and Stirling 119 from 99 in a prolific total of 350 for six while Gary Keedy took 5-55 from seven overs.
Stirling and opening batsman Joe Denly, who made 58 from 57 deliveries, added 142 for the second wicket before the centurions shared a stand worth 126.
The reply never really got going and, despite a 46-ball 49 from Paul Horton, Steven Crook and Tom Smith ended with 3-26 and 3-30 respectively as five overs went unused.
Four wickets for Jack Shantry could not prevent Gloucestershire inflicting a 109-run defeat on Worcestershire at New Road that moved them above their opponents into third.
Shantry returned 4-37 in a score of 238 for six. Opening batsman Will Gidman led the way for the visitors with 76 before his brother Alex cracked 59 from 50 balls.
Gloucestershire shared the wickets out as Worcestershire were dismissed with five deliveries left, James Cameron top-scoring with 35.
In Group B Simon Jones’ four wickets helped the Welsh Dragons to their first win in this year’s competition - by 15 runs over third-placed Durham at Colwyn Bay.
The hosts were restricted to 163 all out in 34.3 overs with Ben Stokes taking 3-24 and Gareth Rees high-scoring with 28 from 20 deliveries.
However, Jones claimed three of the first four Durham wickets and returned to trap Michael Richardson in front for 45 en route to 4-23.
Rain prevented a positive result in both Group C games.
Sussex went level on points with Warwickshire at the summit as only 24 overs were possible against Derbyshire at Horsham.
Three Tim Groenewald wickets reduced the hosts to 58 for four, but Joe Gatting’s 34 aided a recovery to 111 for five when the players were forced off.
Northamptonshire remained winless and third-placed Kent moved a point clear of Yorkshire at Tunbridge Wells.
Northants advanced to 137 for four before the first interruption and, with the match reduced to 32 overs, posted 168 for five - Alex Wakely contributing 42 and Niall O’Brien 46.
The hosts were set a revised 138 from 18 overs, but only one was possible from which they reached six without loss.