Trescothick surges with century
Marcus Trescothick cracked the second century of this season's Twenty20 as his breathtaking 107 off 57 balls set Somerset on their way to a crushing 67-run victory over Worcestershire at Taunton. Trescothick was at his belligerent best as he hammered 15 fours and three sixes, and took 20 off Simon Jones's second over, with his first fifty taking just 18 deliveries. The second-wicket stand of 83 with Peter Trego came from 37 balls and Ian Blackwell offered some hard-hitting support as Somerset reached 212. The high point for Worcestershire came from the first ball of the match when Justin Langer was caught at cover off Kabir Ali. From then on they were never in the contest and the battling folded facing such a huge target. Vikram Solanki and Graeme Hick, Worcestershire's two main hopes of repeating Trescothick's effort, were dismissed with 11 on the board.
Andrew Hall won the battle of the South Africans at Wantage Road as Northamptonshire resisted a brilliant 52-ball 98 by Herschelle Gibbs to register a 24-run victory against Glamorgan. Hall bagged 5 for 29, including Gibbs' wicket, as the home side's impressive 207 for 4 proved too much. Northamptonshire's top order all played their part with Rob White (49) and Niall O'Brien (69) added 103 for the first wicket, their highest opening stand in the competition, then David Sales went past 1000 Twenty20 runs in his 57 off 37 deliveries. Hall struck twice early on as Glamorgan fell to 9 for 2, but Gibbs revived the chase alongside Michael Powell. Jamie Dalrymple accompanied Gibbs in a stand of 76, but Hall then returned to have the final say.
Table-toppers Warwickshire did their chances of a home quarter-final plenty of good with a thumping eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire at Edgbaston. It was Warwickshire's fifth successive win after easing past the visitors' dismal 131 with three overs left. Jonathan Trott hit 50 off 48 balls and moved to 999 runs in Twenty20. Warwickshire's decision to field went to plan as Chris Martin snapped up two wickets in the first over - William Porterfield hit one to cover and Jackson Thompson top-edged one to the wicketkeeper. Hamish Marshall went with the score 25 and Marcus North was cut short on 36 from 30 balls before Warwickshire's spinners took over. Ian Salisbury took 2 for 13 off four miserly overs and Ant Botha removed Mark Hardinges. Only Chris Taylor's 43-ball 60, which included a severe attack on one Martin over, got Gloucestershire anywhere.
Durham's tendency to be involved in nail-biting matches this season continued when Gareth Breese hit the final ball for six against Yorkshire to earn a tie at Chester-le-Street. The point for Durham means they go top of the table and the result could be traced back to one ball, when Darren Gough was no-balled, in the penultimate over for not having four men inside the circle, and conceded three runs. Richard Pyrah, one of Yorkshire's key Twenty20 bowlers, had put them on course for victory with 4 for 20, the county's best figures in Twenty20. Anthony McGrath (65) had once again anchored Yorkshire's batting with Michael Vaughan and Jacques Rudolph contributing useful 30s. Steve Harmison collect four, albeit expensive, wickets.
Derbyshire handed Leicestershire their seventh loss on the trot when they eased home by seven wickets at Derby. Set 119 to win after a tidy bowling display, Derbyshire were helped to their target in 18 overs, with Wavell Hinds scoring an unbeaten 42. Put in to bat, Leicestershire could only manage a poor 118 for 6, HD Ackerman batting all 20 overs to remain unbeaten on 49 from 44 balls, the lowest score in Twenty20 cricket by a player batting all innings. There were a paltry 11 boundaries in Leicestershire's innings - Ackerman hit six of them - as Derbyshire's mixed assortment of bowlers kept it very tidy. Hinds and Clarke (35 from 28 balls) took care of most of the scoring to keep alive Derbyshire's slim hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals, while Leicestershire are now the only team without a point.
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Joe Denly's 91 kept defending champions Kent top of the group with a massive 81-run win against Essex at Beckenham. Denly cracked nine fours and five sixes to set the platform for Kent's 204, which was topped off by Azhar Mahmood's 11-ball 36. Essex were never in the run chase as Simon Cook and James Tredwell claimed three wickets each. Alastair Cook, after being released by England, was dismissed by his namesake Simon for 15 but at least managed an outing after being on the sidelines for the past two weeks with a shoulder injury.
Sussex eased to a six-wicket victory against Surrey at Hove to keep their slim hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive and ended Surrey's chances. Murray Goodwin hit an unbeaten 79 off 46 balls, adding 117 in 12 overs with Matt Prior (56) as Sussex reached their target of 165 with 16 deliveries to spare. Surrey failed to build on an explosive stand given to them by Ali Brown, who clubbed 51 off 21 balls. From 90 for 1 the innings fell away with three run outs not helping the cause.
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