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June 27, 2007
Worcestershire's match with Warwickshire was called off yesterday following heavy flooding at New Road. The county have switched their match with Gloucestershire this Sunday to Kidderminster but were unable to find a suitable alternative for this evening.
The War of the Roses may have been washed out earlier this week, but the return leg at Old Trafford was as bright and breezy as the conditions. Lancashire got off to a fluent start, but some tidy bowling from Jason Gillespie restricted them late on - and Yorkshire were particularly pleased when he bowled fellow Australian Brad Hodge for 57. David Wainwright should have had Hodge earlier, which would have been a wicket in his first Twenty20 over, but Richard Pyrah dropped a top-edged sweep. Mal Loye, after hitting deliciously across the line, fell on the boundary after making 38. Yorkshire were then in some difficulties, at 60 for 6, needing 84 from just under ten overs. They never really got going and were 113 all out; Tom Smith the pick, with 3 for 15. Sanath Jayasuriya took three wickets, too, late on.
Nottinghamshire maintained their unbeaten record with an emphatic victory against Derbyshire, to continue to sit pretty at the top. Graeme Swann's 61 helped them break the 200-barrier, posting 203 at Trent Bridge. The task proved daunting for lowly Derbyshire, whostumbled in reply and wound up 53 runs short.
Phil Mustard helped Durham to cut it against Leicestershire at Chester-le-Street, with an eight-wicket win in a match shortened to 13 overs. Mustard peppered an unbeaten 52 from 29 balls to take them home with two overs spare. Steve Harmison was Durham's most effective bowler, with 2 for 27.
Sussex moved to the top of the division with an easy nine-wicket win over Hampshire at Southampton in a game reduced to 13 overs. Hampshire batted first and while Adam Voges blasted 66 off 47 balls, the other batsmen failed to press on. Chasing 104, Sussex lost Murray Goodwin for a four-ball duck, but thereafter it was a stroll as Luke Wright (49*) and Chris Adams (56*) battered them to victory with three overs in hand.
Ed Smith lifted Middlesex to 146 with 66 at Uxbridge. But the match won't stand after Kent's innings was washed away without a ball being bowled.
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