Marshall slams rapid century
After deciding on a future in England, Gloucestershire fans will be hoping Hamish Marshall makes Bristol his home after a 55-ball 100 led them to a 61-run win against Worcestershire at Kidderminster. He launched 10 fours and six sixes while the next highest score was Stephen Adshead's 22. In reply, Worcestershire never threatened once the opening stand between Vikram Solanki and Graeme Hick was broken. Ian Fisher collected three cheap wickets towards the end.
An unbeaten 50 from Sean Ervine guided Hampshire to a seven-wicket win in a 15-over a side contest against Essex at The Rose Bowl. Ervine faced 30 balls as Hampshire eased home with 16 balls to spare. Tight all-round bowling from the home side restricted Essex to 99 for 8 with David Griffiths claiming 3 for 13. Good news for England was the return of Ravi Bopara, who made 6 before taking a wicket with his medium-pace, to continue his recovery from the thigh strain which he picked up a couple of weeks ago.
Lancashire and Derbyshire had to settle for a point each at Old Trafford as the rains swept through.