- Friends Life t20
Lancashire seal nervy win over the champions
Lancashire batted nervelessly to clinch an eight-wicket victory over winless reigning champions Leicestershire in a topsy-turvy Friends Life t20 clash at Old Trafford.
Inspired by captain Glen Chapple and opening batsman Stephen Moore, the Lightning chased down 180 to win with one over to spare to secure their second North Division win in three matches, also recording their highest successful Twenty20 chase at Old Trafford.
Lancashire looked on course for victory as early as the sixth over when they reduced the Foxes to 29 for three thanks to two wickets for the metronomic Chapple, who finished with immaculate figures of two for 10 from four overs. But the visitors, now without a win in their first four matches, made a stunning recovery to post 179 for four thanks to some power hitting from Abdul Razzaq, Matt Boyce and Wayne White.
Razzaq and Boyce shared 92 in 68 balls for the fourth wicket before Boyce and White crashed an unbroken 58 off just 21 balls for the fifth. Opener Razzaq finished with 61 off 51 balls, Boyce 63 not out off 38 and White unbeaten on 19 off nine.
However, it was still not enough as the Lightning completed the double over their visitors after Friday's win at Grace Road. Moore top-scored with 54 off 32 balls to record his sixth score of 50 or more in eight matches in either 20 or 40-over cricket this summer. He was helped out by Tom Smith's 42 before, with the game in the balance at 113 for two in the 13th over, Steven Croft (41no) and Karl Brown (39no) steered their side home with ease.
South African duo Herschelle Gibbs and Johann Myburgh steered Durham to a five-wicket win over Derbyshire in a tight game at Derby. Gibbs made 38 and Myburgh added 46 from 40 balls as the Dynamos passed the Falcons' 141 for six with seven balls to spare when a full toss from former Durham paceman Mark Turner went for four byes.
Usman Khawaja top scored with 36 for the Falcons but Scott Borthwick, Liam Plunkett and Mitch Claydon each took two wickets to restrict their total and the Dynamos survived some late scares to claim their second victory.
Greg Smith took five for 17 as Essex collected their first Friends Life t20 success of the campaign with a thrilling three-run victory against Kent at Chelmsford. James Foster hit four sixes in a top score of 51 in 27 balls as Essex posted 158 for six, with James Franklin's 39 the next best contribution.
Kent's chase was going steadily until the start of the 17th over, at which point they were 118 for three. From that point, Smith's five-wicket salvo in two overs saw Essex hoover up seven wickets for the addition of 37 runs, including three sixes. A six-run penalty against Essex for a slow over-rate moved Kent's chase closer but with four needed to win off the final ball, Graham Napier bowled last man Mark Davies.