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May 28, 2006
A fine allround performance from Yorkshire's Darren Lehmann kept them alive in the C&G Trophy with an exciting six-wicket win over Lancashire, who were previously unbeaten this season, at Headingley. Mal Loye clobbered 95, and there were a pair of 40s from Brad Hodge and Mark Chilton, but Lehmann pegged Lancashire back with two wickets while conceding just 38 from his 10 overs. Set 288 to win, Craig White got Yorkshire off to a steady start with 59, but it was Lehmann's perfectly-paced and unbeaten 92 which saw off Lancashire. He and Anthony McGrath (54) put on 111 in just 13 overs as Yorkshire sneaked home with an over to spare.
Ryan Watson's magnificent 108 led Scotland to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Derbyshire, after a polished bowling performance knocked over the hosts for just 180 at Derby. Dewald Nel, the South African, struck two early blows when he removed Michael Di Venuto and Chris Taylor to rock Derbyshire who stumbled to 53 for 5. That they reached the lofty heights of 180 was thanks to 39 from their captain, Graeme Welch, and a solid 42 from Ant Botha - but Scotland's bowling was too disciplined and tight, with Derbyshire failing by two balls to bat out their 50 overs. After the early loss of Corey Richards (1), Scotland were never in any trouble, with Watson punching nine fours and a six in his 110-ball 108 as the visitors reached their target inside 41 overs.
Four wickets from Zaheer Khan prevented Northamptonshire from chasing down 257 against Worcestershire at Worcester, after Phil Jaques had smashed 112 from 117 balls. Jaques was indebted to Ben Smith (60) with whom he put on 133 for the third wicket to set Northamptonshire a tricky-but-gettable 257. However the visitors were never in the hunt after Khan reduced them to 14 for 3. Though Chris Rogers (51) and Lance Klusener (85*) entertained, Gareth Batty's three tidy wickets helped mop up the tail to hand Worcestershire a 50-run win as Northants ran out of overs.
Middlesex cruised to a nine-wicket win over Ireland at Lord's, with Chad Keegan continuing his good form and Ed Joyce hitting a feisty 95. Joyce's 24-year-old brother, Dominick, helped lay a platform for Ireland with a breezy 45, containing four fours - but Keegan removed both Jeremy Bray (11) and Andre Botha (0) as Ireland fell to 109 for 5. Peter Gillespie played enterprisingly for his 43, but Keegan (4 for 24) and Jamie Dalrymple (2 for 33) mopped up the tail as Ireland reached 184. Ed Smith creamed 13 fours and a six in his unbeaten 81 for Middlesex, and Joyce - though he fell with his side needing just four more for a win - was equally punishing, as Middlesex reached their target inside 25 overs
A magnificent 158 from Murray Goodwin helped Sussex edge past Essex in a thriller against Essex at Chelmsford. Chasing a sizeable 297, Sussex were in disarray at 56 for 4 after Andre Adams nipped out Matt Prior (0), Richard Montgomerie (13) and Mike Yardy (5). However, Goodwin was unfazed; together with Carl Hopkinson, the pair put on a brilliant fifth-wicket stand of 146 as Sussex crept home from the last ball of the penultimate over. Earlier, Ronnie Irani struck a characteristically pugnacious 132 not out, containing three sizes and 11 fours - and the promising young batsman, Ravinder Bopara made a fifty - but in the end their competitive total was simply not enough.
As he has so often done, Ian Harvey's fearless fifty led Gloucestershire to an easy five-wicket win over Glamorgan at Bristol. In a reduced-overs match of 36 overs per side, Glamorgan hobbled to a paltry 168 for 9 with the captain, Robert Croft - in his role as pinch-hitter - top-scoring with a brisk 27. Though Gloucestershire lost five wickets, with Croft picking up two, Harvey (53) and Chris Taylor (34*) led the hosts to a convincing win.
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