June 13, 2003

Penney blasts Warks to big win

The Wisden Verdict

Somerset lost to Warwickshire by 19 runs at Taunton
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Trevor Penney launched Warwickshire to the largest total of the day as they ran out comfortable winners over Somerset. Penney, in his benefit year, turned back the clock with an electric 52 from only 28 balls, and with help from Collins Obuya (34 not out), Warwickshire raced to 188 for 7. Somerset's reply got off to a good start with Keith Dutch smacking 70 from 52 balls, but once Jamie Cox was out for 47, wickets continued to fall regularly in their search for quick runs.



Middlesex's Robin Weston is bowled by Azhar Mahmood at The Oval

Hampshire beat Sussex by 5 runs at Southampton
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James Hamblin picked up the Man of the Match award with a quickfire 34 in Hampshire's nail-biting win over Sussex. A large and partisan home crowd saw a blistering start from Hampshire as Hamblin and Derek Kenway (35) smashed an opening stand of 66. However, Sussex hit back with some good bowling from Mark Davis (3 for 13), and chasing 154, they needed 10 off the last over, but were foiled by their old boy Ed Giddins who bowled a tight last over in an exciting match ... and there's still a concert to come.

Surrey beat Middlesex by 4 wickets at The Oval
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James Ormond took the first five-for in the Twenty20 Cup with an impressive 5 for 26 from his four overs. Ormond dismissed Ed Joyce and Simon Cook in successive balls as Middlesex made 155 from their 20 overs. For Surrey, Ian Ward (31) and James Benning (27) got them off to a good start before the middle-order saw them home with four balls remaining.

Worcestershire beat Northamptonshire by 1 wicket at Worcester
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Worcestershire's Stephen Moore cracked a match-winning 39 not out at No. 8 in a scintillating one-wicket win with two balls to spare over Northamptonshire. After David Taylor had crashed 46 from only 20 balls, Worcestershire were well on course to better Northants' 150, but then Ricky Anderson struck four times in quick succession as Worcestershire crashed to 84 for 6. However, debutant Moore made a name for himself with his cameo knock as Worcestershire sneaked home in a tense finish.

Durham beat Nottinghamshire by six wickets at Chester-le-Street
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Jason Gallian's blistering 62 from 48 balls for Nottinghamshire wasn't enough to prevent Durham racing to their target of 158 with five balls to spare. Vince Wells picked up 3 for 39 in Notts' 157 for 7, and then Nicky Peng, who blasted 49 from 29 balls, and Ashley Thorpe (35*) led the way in Durham's victory.

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