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July 23, 2006
Division OnePoints table
A thrilling game ended off the last ball at Southgate as Glamorgan edged past Middlesex to win by three wickets. Robert Croft got the Glamorgan innings off to a brisk start, clobbering 36, while Michael Powell continued his good form with a solid 81. Middlesex fought back in the middle of the innings, however, with Scott Styris picking up three wickets as Glamorgan stuttered to 201 for 7 in need of a further nine runs. James Franklin and Michael O'Shea held their heads and a four off the final ball of Chad Keegan's sixth over took them home by three wickets. Earlier, Jamie Dalrymple anchored Middlesex with a cultured 82 - on the day he was called up to the England Test squad - while Ben Scott thumped 25 from 14 balls.
Division TwoPoints table
A slick bowling display from Leicestershire dismissed Yorkshire for a paltry 96, in chase of 264, as the visitors romped to a comprehensive 167-run win at Scarborough. After Nick Walker and Ryan Cummins had reduced the home side to 19 for 3, Yorkshire were never in the hunt. With the introduction of Darren Maddy, who took 3 for 24 in a tight seven-over spell, Yorkshire collapsed from 70 for 5 to 96 all out in just the 27th over. Earlier, Paul Harrison and Paul Nixon gave Leicestershire a solid foundation in the middle of their innings with a pair of brisk 60s before Jeremy Snape smashed an unbeaten 45 from just 35 balls.
James Benning's crisp 71 from only 51 runs took Surrey to an emphatic six-wicket win over Kent at Guildford after a stuttering innings from the visitors in which they only managed 229 for 9. Though Darren Stevens played confidently for his 81, top-scoring, the rest of Kent's batsmen started promisingly before throwing away their wickets. Geraint Jones, in a rare outing for his club, creamed seven pleasing boundaries in his 41 and Robert Key (33), the Kent captain, also looked in fine form before Nayan Doshi crept one through his defence. In the field Benning appeared to twist his knee in the latter stages of Kent's innings, but he showed no signs of any long-term damage in his explosive 71, 15 of which came in boundaries. Mark Butcher eased his way into form with a crisp 52, hitting the winning runs through the covers, and received good supported from Mark Ramprakash (39), Rikki Clarke (23) and Azhar Mahmood (26*).
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