Adams brilliance beats Lancashire
Sussex got the better of their C&G final opponents, Lancashire, thanks to a brilliant 132 not out from Chris Adams as they squeeze home by two wickets, with two balls to spare, at Hove. After the frustration of having Lancashire nine wickets down at the end of yesterday's Championship, Adams played a stunning hand as his team chased down a testing 278, based on four Lancashire half-centuries. He added 124 with Ollie Rayer after Sussex had slipped to 5 for 2. Steven Croft grabbed four wickets to take the match down to the wire but Adams had just enough in the tank.
Essex cantered to a nine-wicket win against Middlesex at Garon's Park as a second-wicket stand of 117 between Mark Pettini and Darren Gough made mincemeat of a target of 145. Gough hit a 49-ball 53 with ten fours and Pettini faced 48 balls for his 60. Gough had earlier taken 3 for 16 as Middlesex fell to 29 for 5 and Scott Styris's 50 didn't give Middlesex anywhere near enough.
A fourth-wicket stand of 133 between Dale Benkenstein and Gary Scott put Durham on course for a four-wicket win over Northamptonshire at Chester-le-Street. The pair hit six sixes between them as Usman Afzaal's earlier 108 proved in vain. Afzaal had added 100 with Lance Klusener to pull Northants around from 112 for 4.
Glamorgan's match with Warwickshire at Colwyn Bay was rained off after just 29 overs with the visitors having reached 120 for 6. Navdeep Poonia was the topscorer at that point, with 47
Despite a brilliant 152 from Darren Maddy Leicestershire fell to a 33-run defeat to Surrey at The Oval. Maddy received scant support from any of his team-mates; the next highest score after Maddy's valiant effort was Darren Robinson with 32 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 242. Nayan Doshi (4 for 63) was the pick of the bowlers after Surrey's innings had been given a powerful injection at the top of the order from James Benning, who smashed 70 from 43 balls.
Shane Warne led from the front for Hampshire, picking up 4 for 14 to edge past Kent by 18 runs at Canterbury. Chasing 201 for a win, Kent lost the openers in quick succession before Martin van Jaarsveld threatened to take the initiative with a quick 42. But Warne and Sean Ervine tore through the middle-order to dismiss the hosts for 182.
An excellent 72 from Chris Taylor led Gloucestershire to an easy four-wicket win over Somerset at Cheltenham. Set the tricky target of 245, the hosts lost Phil Weston for a duck and were struggling on 76 for 3. Taylor smashed nine fours in his 59-ball knock and, thanks to an equally brisk 41 from Steve Adshead, saw them home with 41 balls to spare.