Hampshire seal top spot in style
Following today's final-round matches, the draw for the quarter-finals has been made. Lancashire v Essex; Gloucestershire v Nottinghamshire; Hampshire v Middlesex; Somerset v Sussex
Nottinghamshire took advantage of Worcestershire's humiliation against Ireland to vault into the quarter-finals alongside their conquerors at at Trent Bridge, Hampshire, despite being comprehensively outplayed in a ten-wicket rout. Half-centuries from Michael Lumb and Jimmy Adams powered Hampshire to victory with more than 20 overs to spare, after Notts had earlier been rolled over for 145. After choosing to bat first, they never recovered from Dominic Cork's first ball return catch to dismiss Mark Wagh, and Cork struck twice more in his first spell, en route to figures of 4 for 18 in 7.1 overs. Mark Ealham and Andre Adams provided some late resistance with 33 not out and 26 from 16 balls respectively, but in the end it was immaterial, thanks to an even more one-sided encounter at New Road.
Somerset overcame a late spurt from Cameron Borgas to beat Scotland by 37 runs at Edinburgh. Somerset made 220 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Arul Suppiah stroking 48 while Omari Banks and Alfonso Thomas each cracking a pair of agricultural 20s. Scotland's chase never really took off, slipping to 76 for 4, but Borgas remained firm to crack 78 from 106 balls. Wickets were rather easier to come by at the other end, however, and Thomas capped a fine allround day to pick up 4 for 22 from 8 overs as Scotland were bowled out for 183.
Warwickshire went out of the Friends Provident Trophy in agonising fashion, after they were forced from the field by rain with a further 24 runs needed from 19 balls against Kent at Edgbaston. The timing of the downpour left the scores tied on Duckworth-Lewis, meaning that Middlesex went through net run-rate to the quarter-finals. After batting first, Kent's total of 265 was powered by Joe Denly who made 115 from 128 balls. He added 49 for the first wicket with Rob Key, who broke his bat in dramatic fashion during his 20 from 21 balls, and 116 for the sixth wicket with James Hockley, who was run out for 50. In reply, Warwickshire started strongly with a 63-run opening stand, and were anchored by Jim Troughton who made 67. But in the end the rains denied them a place in the last eight.
Group CRana Naved ul-Hasan put in a superb allround display for Yorkshire who beat Surrey in a thrilling encounter at The Oval. Surrey posted a daunting 329 for 8 owing to a quite memorable 177 from Scott Newman, his highest one-day score, which came from 156 balls. Stewart Waters crunched 85 from 89 but Surrey's innings fell away dramatically, slipping from 325 for 3 to 329 for 8, as Naved ended with 3 for 75. Michael Vaughan (74) and Adam Lyth kept Yorkshire within touching distance in the chase, but 18 runs were still required from the last over, bowled by Andre Nel. Naved took the task by the scruff of the neck, knocking off the runs off the first four balls of the over to record a fine win, ending unbeaten on 53 from 24.
Durham ended their disappointing campaign with a comfortable four-wicket win at Chester-le-Street over Gloucestershire, whose quarter-final place had already been confirmed. Gloucestershire reached 254 for 8 in their fifty overs, but only thanks to James Franklin (85) and Steve Adshead (87) who put on 175 for the sixth wicket. Durham, however, got off to a flyer with Phil Mustard (57) and Kyle Coetzer putting on 63 for the opening wicket. Ian Blackwell's muscular 64 and a calm 44 from Dale Benkenstein helped see them home.
Essex sneaked a five-wicket win with three balls to spare over Lancashire at Old Trafford, but with Derbyshire falling to defeat in Cardiff, both teams nevertheless progress to the quarter-finals. Lancashire made 214 for 7 thanks to Francois du Plessis's 51 from 59 balls. Rain interrupted Essex's chase, forcing a revised target of 207 from 46 overs, and they were indebted to Alastair Cook (65 from 94) and Varun Chopara (65 from 105) to steady their chase. Though they lost five wickets, the experienced figure of Matt Walker - 35-years-young - smashed 35 from 21 to see them home.
Jamie Dalrymple and Ben Wright finished Glamorgan's campaign on a high as they combined in a matchwinning 135-run stand for the fifth wicket to overcome Derbyshire at Cardiff. Chasing 212 for victory, after Chris Rogers had put aside his disappointment at missing out on Australia's Ashes squad with a composed 59, Glamorgan slipped to 35 for 3 and then 66 for 4, but soon overcame their wobble to cruise to victory with 16 balls to spare. Wright shortly before the end, for 65 from 90 balls, but Dalrymple guided his side home with 78 not out from 111.