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Group C leaders Sussex maintained their unbeaten record in this year's Clydesdale Bank 40 with a convincing eight-wicket victory over winless Northamptonshire.

The Steelbacks, who rested Andrew Hall, Jack Brooks and Chaminda Vaas, were dismissed for just 129 after being put in by the Sharks.

Chris Liddle spearheaded Sussex's bowling attack with 4-21 while Amjad Khan, Kirk Wernars and Scott Styris all took two wickets apiece.

Chris Nash and Luke Wright fell early in the reply but an unbroken stand of 96 between Ed Joyce and Murray Goodwin, who made 67 not out, guided Sussex home with 9.3 overs to spare.

Loanee Richard Johnson helped Derbyshire to a three-wicket win over Yorkshire.

The wicketkeeper, borrowed from Warwickshire, top-scored for the Falcons with 79 as the White Rose attack, boosted by the return of Australian paceman Mitchell Starc, failed to defend their 238 for seven.

Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale made 51 on his first game back from a hip injury, while Gary Ballance and Richard Pyrah compiled 47 and 44 respectively.

Darren Maddy's blistering 79 not out provided the platform for Warwickshire's 60-run triumph over the Unicorns.

The Bears were indebted to Maddy's 56-ball knock, which included two maximums, while Varun Chopra also weighed in with 69 as Warwickshire posted 228 for nine.

Chris Nash and Chris Liddle

Chris Liddle, right, spearheaded Sussex's attack with four wickets as the Sharks secured their fourth CB40 victory against Northants

The Unicorns were always up against it in their reply and finished on 168 for seven as Chris Woakes returned 3-30.

Craig Kieswetter blazed a stunning century as Somerset moved off the bottom of Group B with a convincing eight-wicket success over Durham at Taunton.

The England limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman smashed 103 off just 61 balls as the hosts, boosted by the return from injury of captain Marcus Trescothick, overhauled Durham’s 147 all out inside 21 overs.

Durham were dismissed with six overs unused as Peter Trego claimed 3-26 and Max Waller and Lewis Gregory picked up two wickets apiece.

Nottinghamshire strengthened their hopes of a semi-final spot by seeing off Scotland by 88 runs at Trent Bridge.

After losing Michael Lumb to the first ball of the match, James Taylor, Samit Patel and Adam Voges, who made 68, 82 and 64 not out respectively, all excelled as Notts posted a commanding 265 for five.

The bottom-of-the-table visitors were never in the hunt as they were dismissed for 177, with Voges and Graeme White taking two wickets each.

Middlesex leapfrogged the Netherlands to the top of Group A in emphatic fashion, hammering third-placed Gloucestershire by 10 wickets at Cheltenham.

England paceman Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones returned 2-27 and 3-24 respectively as the hosts were limited to 214 for nine despite Dan Housego’s 68 off 67 deliveries.

However, Chris Rogers struck an unbeaten 122 from 102 balls and Dawid Malan contributed 89 not out as Middlesex cruised home with over nine overs to spare.

Lancashire, with two games in hand, moved to within a point of the second-placed Dutch after cruising to a six-wicket victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Ajmal Shahzad’s double strike saw the hosts slump to 68 for four, but a fifth-wicket stand of 96 between Matthew Boyce and Shiv Thakor, who contributed 53 and 83 not out respectively, lifted their side to 218 for eight. Glen Chapple checked their progress with 4-46 off eight overs.

An 108-run opening stand between Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince set the Red Rose on their way and, despite the former departing for 60, the latter combined with Steven Croft to put on 97.

Although Rob Taylor took two late wickets, Croft’s unbeaten 57 helped his side secure the win with 26 deliveries to spare.

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