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Rehan Ahmed shines for Foxes while Surrey remain unbeaten

There were thumping wins elsewhere for Somerset, Derbyshire Falcons, Lancashire Lightning and Middlesex, while Glamorgan had a nervy finish.

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Rehan Ahmed shines for Foxes while Surrey remain unbeaten

Wayne Madsen's 55 led Derbyshire Falcons to victory

NORTH GROUP

Birmingham Bears 159/7 lost to Derbyshire Falcons 160/3 by seven wickets
Durham 106 lost to Leicestershire Foxes 157/9 by 51 runs
Lancashire Lightning 181/4 beat Notts Outlaws 179/7 by six wickets

SOUTH GROUP

Essex Eagles 188/5 lost to Somerset 194/2 by eight wickets
Glamorgan 151/6 beat Sussex Sharks 149/8 by four wickets
Hampshire Hawks 151/7 lost to Surrey 152/6 by four wickets
Middlesex 143/3 beat Kent Spitfires 141/9 by seven wickets

EYE ON AHMED'S BRIGHT FUTURE

Leicestershire Foxes have a star in the making in Rehan Ahmed. The 17-year-old leg-spinner was absolutely dominant at Seat Unique Riverside in the Foxes' victory. He began his spell with a caught and bowled from his very first ball - just as he had done in the reverse fixture, his first-ever delivery in the format. But it was his third wicket, that of Ned Eckersley, which really caught the eye: a stunning googly which spun in a mile and clean bowled the Durham keeper. He then did the same to Andrew Tye. Remarkable stuff.

SOMERSET BLITZ AT CHELMSFORD

The Cloud County Ground was treated to a brutal display of hitting, but it was the visitors Somerset who were magnificent with the bat. The home faithful had enjoyed every moment of yet another Michael Pepper innings, the Essex Eagles' man smashing an unbeaten 86 from 49 balls, his highest score in this format. But Will Smeed took 23 runs from the opening over of the reply, and Rilee Rossouw did what he has been doing best this summer - hitting sixes. Seven of them came here and his 85 from 36 handed Somerset their seventh win.

SURREY'S UNBEATEN RUN CONTINUES

Surrey's ninth fixture in this season's Vitality Blast and they remain unbeaten, after their victory at Hampshire Hawks. James Fuller's cameo got the Hawks to 151 and when they removed Surrey's top-order, it looked like a close contest was on the cards. Kieron Pollard then looked to be taking the game away with 34 from 22, but when he went, it was left to Rory Burns and captain Chris Jordan to see Surrey over the line.Β 

FALCONS MAUL BEARS

Sam Hain's rich vein of form continued at Edgbaston, the Birmingham Bears batter striking a sublime 73 from 40 not out. No other Bear got past 20 though and the experienced head of Wayne Madsen was to the fore as Derbyshire Falcons dominated the reply, chasing their 160 target for the loss of just three wickets, Madsen out for 55.Β 

MIDDLESEX RETURN TO WINNING WAYS

After three wins to open the competition, Middlesex found themselves on a losing streak. The visit of defending champions Kent Sptifires to Lord's saw them break that streak, with an excellent all-round bowling performance restricting Kent to just 141. Joe Cracknell and John Simpson both hit 40s in a 91-run partnership as they chased the target three wickets down.

LIGHTNING STRIKE AT BLACKPOOL

Notts Outlaws were the visitors to Blackpool but left empty-handed, thanks in large part to the contribution of the hometown boy, Steven Croft. His unbeaten 61, much of which came in a rapid partnership with Dane Vilas (55), gave Lancashire LightningΒ 

NERVY FINISH IN CARDIFF

Glamorgan thought they had the match wrapped up against Sussex Sharks: Two wickets down, needing 26 from four overs. Then Tymal Mills took two wickets in two balls, Ravi Bopara followed that up with two in four, and suddenly it was 18 to win from two overs. Dan Douthwaite delivered for the hosts though, smashing all the required runs off Steven Finn.Β 

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