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May 19, 2009
Nottinghamshire boosted their chances of a place in the quarter-finals with a nine-run win over Leicestershire at Grace Road. Nottinghamshire reached 149 for 3 from 35.3 overs before the rain fell, with Mark Wagh (40) and Samit Patel (48*) both impressing. Leicestershire were set a revised target of 77 in a ten-over thrash, but fell 10 runs short. The hosts needed 19 from 10, before 14 were required off the last over, bowled by Ryan Sidebottom, who conceded just two from the first three balls. Joshua Cobb was then run out with two balls to spare, ending Leicestershire's hopes in this year's competition.
Mark Ramprakash continued his imperious form with yet another century - his third in six Friends Provident ties, and his fourth in all competitions this season - as Surrey posted a daunting 241 for 7 in only 39 overs against Sussex at The Oval. In a rain-reduced fixture that total might have been even more had Ramprakash not been run out in his prime, for 102 from 94 balls, having already cracked five fours and five sixes. Sussex, having already qualified for the quarter-finals, opted to shuffle their lineup for today's match - including drafting in Chad Keegan, the former Middlesex fast bowler - and their pursuit began poorly when Ed Joyce was bowled for a fourth-ball duck. They were soon behind the rate when they slipped to 102 for 6, with Chris Schofield picking up 5 for 32, and despite Keegan's enjoyably free-spirited 38, they were rolled for 162 in 30 overs.
Heavy Welsh rain at Swansea prevented Glamorgan's match against Northamptonshire from getting underway, and the match was abandoned at 2.30pm. Both sides took a point each.
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