Middlesex show London pride
South DivisionSurrey slipped to their first defeat as Middlesex avenged their defeat at The Oval 11 days ago with an eight-wicket victory at Lord's in another match shorted by the rain. That they played at all was nothing short of miraculous as torrential downpours lashed most of the capital. But a 20,000 plus crowd saw Surrey stumble to 85 for 5 in 13.3 overs before rain interrupted, and when play resumed Middlesex were set 73 from 10 overs. Opener Eoin Morgan made 25 not out off 18 balls and James Dalrymple smacked 26 off 15 as Middlesex cruised home with 14 deliveries in hand. Middlsex, who have had half their matches washed out, now go within one point of Surrey.
Sussex moved into second place on Net Run Rate with a 17-run win over Essex under lights at Hove. Forties from Luke Wright and Chris Adams pushed Sussex to 163 for 6 and Grant Flower and Ravi Bopara seemed to have put the visitors well on course. But Sussex's seamers came up trumps - which was just as well as their much-vaunted spinners struggled - and Essex, who needed 38 off four overs, lost their way and in the end fell well short.
North DivisionAndrew Gale's 56 led a well-paced Yorkshire chase as they beat Durham by six wickets with two balls in hand at Chester-le-Street. Durham's 133 for 5 always looked below par.
Midlands-West-Wales DivisionWorcestershire kept their hopes of a quarter-final place alive with a three-wicket win over Somerset at at Taunton with two balls to spare. Justin Langer's 45 off 36 balls and James Hildreth's 40 off 27 steered Somerset to 148 for 7, but another Australian opener - Phil Jaques - got Worcestershire off to a flier with 59 off 50 balls and then Roger Sillence hammered 19 not out off 11 balls at the death.