Scott snatches tie after Morgan magic
Eoin Morgan’s second Clydesdale Bank 40 century of the summer was not enough to give Middlesex victory over Worcestershire as Ben Scott smashed 23 off the final over to secure a stunning tie at Uxbridge.
Morgan, who will captain England Lions in their two-four day games against Australia A this month, took just 80 balls to compile an unbeaten 120 that underpinned a home total of 229 for four in a game reduced to 36 overs a side.
Phil Hughes and Gareth Andrew struck 69 and 42 in reply, but Worcestershire looked likely to fall short until Scott’s late heroics against his former club.
The wicketkeeper-batsman finished unbeaten on 29, having hit three sixes off Steven Crook at the death to leave two needed from the last ball.
A scrambled single, which came after Neil Dexter - diving forward at mid-off - had dropped a tough catch, ensured the spoils were shared and enabled Middlesex to take over from Lancashire at the top of Group A.
Owais Shah’s unbeaten 45 proved key for Essex as they defeated Leicestershire by seven wickets at Chelmsford.
In another match shortened by the weather, both sides were given 25 overs to bat and Leicestershire posted 151 for seven, thanks largely to 55 from Michael Thornely.
Essex duly made it home with nine balls to spare, Shah building on the work of the top three - who all reached 20 - and receiving good support from Ryan ten Doeschate, who finished unbeaten on 23 from 14 deliveries.
Nottinghamshire’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals were severely dented as they suffered a two-run defeat to the Welsh Dragons on the Duckworth/Lewis method at St Helen’s, Swansea.
Chris Read’s men, third in Group B after losing to Surrey last time out, restricted their hosts to 181 for eight from 40 overs. Spinners Samit Patel and Graeme White claimed three wickets apiece, while Ben Wright boosted the Dragons’ total with 62 from number seven.
Notts’ reply was then halted by rain after 18 overs, with the score on 77 for four following three wickets for veteran slow left-armer Dean Cosker.
The visitors were left needing 33 from 18 balls when play resumed and fell agonisingly short as Graham Wagg conceded just six in the penultimate over, which also contained the key wicket of Patel for 35.
Inclement weather prevented any play at Uddingston, where Group B’s bottom club, Scotland, were set to play host to Durham, whose own hopes of reaching the last four look to be slipping away.