Twenty20 Cup 2009

Cook and Flintoff find form with the bat

Cricinfo staff

June 25, 2009

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North Division


Andrew Flintoff carves through the off side, Derbyshire v Lancashire, Twenty20 Cup, Derby, June 25, 2009
Andrew Flintoff smashed 93 from 41 balls © Getty Images
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Andrew Flintoff stormed back into form with 93 from 41 balls, along with two economical wickets, to help Lancashire wallop Derbyshire at Derby. Lancashire got off to a brisk start with VVS Laxman stroking 63 from 45 balls, but it was the impact of Flintoff which turned the tide. Cracking 9 fours and 6 sixes, he boosted Lancashire to the tournament's second-highest total of the season. No Derbyshire bowler was spared the punishment, and Nantie Hayward was severely punished, conceding 52 from his four overs. Derbyshire, bottom of the table, made a good fist of the chase, as Chris Rogers and Greg Smith each cracked fifties, but Flintoff picked up 2 for 32 - both victims bowled - as Derbyshire's pursuit ran out of steam, falling 56 runs short.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Lancashire 8 7 1 0 0 14 +1.126 1168/150.2 1063/160.0
Leicestershire 8 4 4 0 0 8 +0.084 1188/160.0 1100/149.5
Durham 8 4 4 0 0 8 -0.017 1128/158.0 1139/159.1
Yorkshire 8 4 4 0 0 8 -0.288 1016/154.0 1065/154.4
Nottinghamshire 8 3 5 0 0 6 -0.086 1210/149.4 1291/158.0
Derbyshire 8 2 6 0 0 4 -0.823 1167/159.0 1219/149.2

South Division

Alastair Cook is not renowned for his cavalier batting, but he warmed up for the Ashes with a bullet of an innings to help Essex crush Surrey at The Oval. Cook cracked exactly 100 from 57 balls, the third-fastest this season, as Essex compiled the third-largest total, 210 for 3, before rolling Surrey for just 126. Cook and Mark Pettini, who made 87 from 53, flayed Surrey in an opening stand worth 169, with Cook carrying his bat. Graham Napier then made two early breakthroughs to leave Surrey tottering on 12 for 2, a position from which they were unable to recover, in spite of 23 from Mark Ramprakash and Usman Afzaal's 16-ball 30. Napier (2 for 19) was well supported by Danish Kaneria, James Middlebrook and Ryan ten Doeschate, each of whom also took two wickets.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Sussex 9 6 3 0 0 12 +0.293 1146/159.5 1129/164.1
Kent 8 5 2 0 1 11 +0.568 1011/126.2 974/131.0
Essex 8 5 2 0 1 11 +0.440 1153/138.5 1088/138.2
Hampshire 8 5 3 0 0 10 +1.110 1331/156.1 1165/157.1
Surrey 8 2 6 0 0 4 -0.623 1228/160.0 1300/156.4
Middlesex 7 0 7 0 0 0 -1.890 906/140.0 1119/133.5

Midlands, Wales, West Division

Heavy rain prevented Somerset and Northamptonshire's match from concluding at Taunton, with both teams taking a point each to share the top spot in the table. Northamptonshire made a rapid start, reaching 49 without loss, before thunder and lightning ended proceedings in a hurry.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Northamptonshire 8 5 2 0 1 11 +0.490 1096/139.0 1034/139.5
Somerset 8 5 2 0 1 11 +0.455 1073/133.2 1063/140.0
Worcestershire 8 5 3 0 0 10 +0.890 1348/160.0 1178/156.2
Warwickshire 8 5 3 0 0 10 +0.208 1191/151.3 1222/159.4
Gloucestershire 8 2 6 0 0 4 -0.667 1148/159.5 1218/155.1
Glamorgan 8 1 7 0 0 2 -1.252 1094/160.0 1235/152.4

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