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June 26, 2009
Players/Officials: Nicky Boje | Ali Brown | Varun Chopra | Neil Dexter | Craig Kieswetter | Jacques Rudolph | Darren Stevens | Jonathan Trott | Johan van der Wath
Yorkshire collapsed after a century opening partnership from their openers, Andrew Gale and Jacques Rudolph, to slip to an 11-run defeat against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Chasing 164, Gale (43) and Rudolph (61) added 104 for the first wicket before both were dismissed in the space of four runs. Michael Vaughan made only 17 off 16 balls, and Yorkshire lost another three wickets for 17 runs to manage a lower-than-expected 153 for 6 in 20 overs. Andrew Harris and Wayne White took two wickets apiece for Leicestershire. They had managed to muster 164 off their 20 overs with several batsmen getting starts but none going on to make more than 40. The highlight of Leicestershire's innings was Jacques du Toit's 39 off 16 balls which included two sixes and six fours. Offspinner Azeem Rafiq was Yorkshire's best bowler, taking 2 for 21 off his four overs.
Significant contributions from Nottinghamshire's top three batsmen helped secure a comfortable eight-wicket win with 20 balls to spare against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge. Ali Brown was the star, with 65 off 42 balls, but Matthew Wood and Will Jefferson also scored 34 and 31 respectively to seal victory. Their performance overshadowed Graham Wagg's half-century which led Derbyshire to 165 for 6. Derbyshire's openers, Wagg and Chris Rogers, added 38 before Mark Ealham dismissed Rogers and Greg Smith of successive deliveries. Wavell Hinds made 45 off 31 balls for Derbyshire while Ealham finished for 3 for 20 for Nottinghamshire.
The match between Durham and Lancashire was washed out without a ball being bowled at Chester-le-Street.
Neil Dexter's aggressive half-century, followed by a collectively efficient performance from Middlesex's bowlers led them to a 23-run win against Essex at Lord's. Dexter hit four sixes in his 73 off 51 balls and was supported by Owais Shah who made 49 off 39. They added 100 for the second wicket before a succession of quick wickets left them on 166 for 5 after 20 overs. The total, however, proved to be enough, for Middlesex's bowlers ran through all of the Essex batsmen apart from Varun Chopra, who scored 51 off 42 balls. No one else made more than 20 as Tyron Henderson took 3 for 34 and Dawid Malan picked up 2 for 10 to dismiss Essex for 143 in the final over.
A half-century from Darren Stevens helped Kent overcome a top-order stumble and secure a seven-wicket win against Hampshire at Southampton. Kent had slipped to 30 for 3 in their pursuit of 131 before Stevens and Geraint Jones shared an unbroken partnership of 102 to secure victory with 13 balls to spare. Stevens finished on 62 off 42 balls while Jones contributed 35. It didn't seem like Hampshire would set a target of 131 at one stage though. Led by Ryan McLaren, who took 2 for 17, Kent struck early and regularly to reduce Hampshire to 42 for 6 before Dimitri Mascarenhas scored 45 and resurrected the innings with help from Nic Pothas and Dominic Cork.
Midlands, Wales, West Division
Warwickshire opener Jonathan Trott remained unbeaten on 86 off 62 balls to steer his side to a seven-wicket victory in the final over against Worcestershire at New Road. Chasing 163, Trott and his opening partner Neil Carter added 105 before Carter was lbw to Moeen Ali for 45. Warwickshire lost Jim Troughton first ball to Ali again but Trott stayed firm to ensure that hiccup would not impact the chase significantly. No one stayed the distance for Worcestershire when they batted: their captain Vikram Solanki was dismissed for eight and the lost two more wickets with only 48 on the board. Useful contributions from Ali, Ben Smith and Ashley Noffke propped up the innings but their efforts were not enough. Left-arm medium-pacer Keith Barker picked up 2 for 19 in four overs for Warwickshire.
Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego rescued Somerset's chase from the depths of 23 for 4 to overhaul Gloucestershire's total of 173 at Bristol. Somerset's openers, Marcus Trescothick and Justin Langer, were dismissed for 1 each and their situation worsened before Kieswetter and Trego united in a 79-run stand for the fifth wicket. Trego was dismissed for 49, while Kieswetter reached 84 before he was dismissed with the score on 170, only four runs away from victory. Gloucestershire's innings followed a different pattern for they had a solid start, reaching 101 for 1 before a collapse crippled their innings. Alfonso Thomas took 3 for 35 while Arul Suppiah and Mark Turner picked up two wickets each as Gloucestershire slipped to 173 all out.
All-round performances from Northamptonshire's South Africans, Nicky Boje and Johan van der Wath, helped them beat Glamorgan by 20 runs at at Cardiff. Defending 157, Boje and van der Wath ran through the middle-order, taking 3 for 14 and 2 for 19 respectively to limit Glamorgan to 137 for 9. Boje had also contributed a steady 23, and van der Wath a quick 19, with the bat but it was Riki Wessels who top-scored for Northamptonshire with 66 off 44 balls and led them to 157 for 7.
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