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May 28, 2008
Leicestershire eased through by 13 runs on Duckworth-Lewis against Nottinghamshire in a match that finished just before 8pm at Oakham. Graeme Swann and Samit Patel both took three wickets to restrict the home side to 147 for 7 from 35 overs, but after several rain interruptions Nottinghamshire could not piece together what was in the end a target of 61 from 12 overs.
Northamptonshire killed off any hopes Ireland had of a second FP Trophy win at Dublin with a 99-run victory that wasn't enough to edge Nottinghamshire out of the last eight on Net Run Rate. Andrew Hall's 72 helped the visitors battle back from 55 for 4 to 205 which was too much for Ireland who folded in the chase. Nicky Boje was the architect of their demise with 4 for 12 and fittingly he took the last wicket, caught and bowled.
Derbyshire were denied the chance to secure the point they needed to qualify when their match against Scotland was abandoned before play could get underway at Glasgow. Peter Steindl, Scotland's coach, told PA: "It's disappointing for all concerned. The ground was looking great but in the end there is nothing anybody can do to control the weather."
Click here for John Ward's take on how Lancashire folded so dramatically to Yorkshire ... but got away with it.
South East DivisionSogginess abounded in the south east. Middlesex beat Essex by 18 runs on Duckworth-Lewis at Lord's, leaving Essex to head into the quarters on a winning note. Tim Murtagh and Dirk Nannes forced an early wobble under swinging conditions with some lift off the track but Ryan ten Doeschate's 97 lifted Essex to a comfortable platform at 244 for 8. His innings included six fours and three sixes, the best of which was a delicate sweep that somehow carried over the rope, borne along as if by magic. The elements were hardly magic, however, and persistent rain meant Middlesex's innings was a stop-start affair which was finally ended on 120 for 2 after 25 overs, with Billy Godleman on 43. It was enough for the win which denied Essex home advantage in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Surrey's dead rubber with Sussex was washed out at Whitgift School, with Surrey on 189 for 5 after being sent in.
South West DivisionSomerset had to wait anxiously to see what happened in the other group match after their game against Glamorgan at Cardiff was rained off early but they made it through. Gloucestershire will have a home draw after rain also washed out their clash with Worcestershire at New Road.
Quarter-finalsDurham v Nottinghamshire
Matches to be played on June 4.
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