Surrey tied up by Notts
Defending champions Surrey slipped to their first Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat of the season and surrendered top spot in Group B following a five-wicket defeat to Nottinghamshire at Guildford.
The Lions endured an atrocious start after winning the toss, slipping to eight for five with three wickets for Darren Pattinson.
Matthew Spriegel held the innings together with 39 before becoming the third of Harry Gurney’s four victims as the hosts were dismissed for 123 in 33.4 overs. Gurney returned 4-22 and Pattinson 3-27.
A 57-run third-wicket partnership between James Taylor and Samit Patel put Notts on course and, despite two wickets from Gareth Batty, the former led his side home inside 31 overs with an unbeaten 41.
Simon Katich’s compiled an impressive half-century as Hampshire leapfrogged Surrey into top spot with a four-wicket success over Durham at the Ageas Bowl.
Kabir Ali’s three-wicket haul thwarted the visitors’ progress, but Gordan Muchall’s 96 not out from 99 balls lifted them to 200 for seven.
An opening partnership of 73 between Jimmy Adams and James Vince got Hampshire up and running.
Despite the pair falling for 40 and 33 in quick succession, Australian number three Simon Katich got the hosts over the line with 10 balls to spare via an unbeaten 59 off 62 deliveries.
Somerset claimed their first victory at the sixth time of asking courtesy of a 60-run win over Scotland at Taunton.
Craig Kieswetter’s 53-ball 56 was overshadowed by excellent bowling from Jean Symes and Josh Davey, who took 3-31 and 3-22 respectively, as Somerset were dismissed for 206 with eight balls unused.
That proved too much for the visitors, however, as Scotland were dismissed for 146 inside 32 overs, Richie Berrington top-scoring with 40 as Craig Meschede returned 4-30.
Usman Khawaja struck a century to help Derbyshire see off fellow Group C strugglers the Unicorns with a 35-run triumph at Chesterfield.
The Australian left-hander hit 10 fours and two maximums in his 104 off 110 deliveries, sharing an opening stand of 138 with Chesney Hughes, who contributed a 74-ball 66 to Derbyshire’s 235 for seven.
Luis Reece’s 59 failed to inspire the visitors as they were bowled out for 200 in the penultimate over, with Mark Turner claiming 4-54.
The two Group A games, between Middlesex and Leicestershire at Uxbridge plus Gloucestershire and Essex and Cheltenham, were abandoned without a ball bowled.
That left the Panthers and Gladiators still second and third respectively while the Foxes and Eagles remained in the bottom-two places.