Twenty20 round-up July 7, 2004

Gale-force Twenty20

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Unseasonably atrocious weather disrupted the latest round of the Twenty20 Cup, with the matches between Middlesex and Sussex at Richmond, and the floodlit affair between Essex and Surrey both called off.

Elsewhere, however, the show went on unscathed. A remarkable spell of bowling from Neil Killeen sent Leicestershire crashing to a 41-run defeat at Grace Road. After Durham set a fairly mediocre total of 138 for 4, Killeen ripped through Leicester's top order to pick up 4 for 7 from four overs.

At Trent Bridge, Matthew Wood narrowly missed out on a century, finishing unbeaten on 96 as Yorkshire set a very competitive 207 for 7. Nottinghamshire's reply stumbled to 56 for 4, before the arrival of Mark Ealham at the crease. He went ballistic, smashing nine sixes on his way to a 31-ball 91, but when he fell with 21 needed off two overs, the game swung back into Yorkshire's favour. However, with cool heads, Samit Patel (14*) and Richard Logan (11*) batted Notts to victory with one ball to spare.

Middlesex v Sussex at Richmond
Match abandoned due to rain

Durham 138 for 4 (Lewis 49*) beat Leicestershire 97 for 9 (Killeen 4-7) by 41 runs at Grace Road

Nottinghamshire 210 for 7 (Ealham 91) beat Yorkshire 207 for 7 (Wood 96*) by 3 wickets at Trent Bridge

Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford
Match abandoned due to rain