Yorkshire hold their nerve
Yorkshire held their nerve against Worcestershire to secure a 14-run win. Ian Harvey and Craig White used all their experience to put in two excellent displays of death bowling. Despite a 117-run stand between Kabir Ali (67) and Zander de Bruyn (82) the asking-rate continued to climb to over nine an over. White bowled Ali and had de Bruyn caught by Tim Bresnan. Ian Harvey used his slower-balls to good effect and the lower-order batsmen couldn't find the boundaries needed. Yorkshire's innings was based around a captain's innings from Anthony McGrath. His 74 from 94 balls lifted Yorkshire from 88 for 4 after Michael Vaughan had been bowled by de Bruyn for 9.
Kent eased into the quarter-finals with a thumping 127-run win against Derbyshire. After squeezing into the second round with their last-ball victory over Durham, Derbyshire did not put up much of a fight at Canterbury. Geraint Jones spent some welcome time in the middle as he cracked 70 from 75 balls. Matthew Walker hit 56 from 74 balls and Darren Stevens boosted the total with a brisk 47 from 42 deliveries. Derbyshire slumped to 27 for 5, as Martin Saggers claimed three wickets, and never threatened to approach their target with all the Kent attack chipping in.
Warwickshire thoroughly outplayed Leicestershire as a superb performance in the field carried them to an 83-run win at Edgbaston. Dougie Brown rocked the Leicestershire top-order with a three-wicket burst to put the skids under their run-chase. Brown's spell reduced them to 16 for 3 - and they never recovered - with Ian Bell and Alex Loudon also taking three wickets each. Heath Streak played his part, bowling eight overs for just 13 runs, after hitting a quick-fire 28 from 27 balls to lift Warwickshire's total past 200. Nick Knight anchored the innings with 69 but a middle-order wobble left them grateful for the ninth-wicket stand of 55 between Streak and Tony Frost.
Andrew Flintoff and Brad Hodge starred for Lancashire as they progressed into the next round with a six-wicket win over Essex at Old Trafford. Flintoff took four wickets - including Grant and Andy Flower - to restrict the Essex scoring-rate. The rest of the Lancashire attack took a wicket each and only Ravinder Bopara (42) made much of an impression with the bat. James Foster and Tim Phillips tried their best to lift the tempo but the target was always comfortable. After Alex Tudor struck twice, to remove Mal Loye and Stuart Law, Hodge played a perfectly paced one-day innings, adding 112 with Mark Chilton, before Flintoff finished the job.
Hampshire powered past Glamorgan by six wickets at Cardiff. An unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 130 between Nic Pothas and Kevin Pietersen made light work of a potentially testing target of 215. Pothas and Pietersen joined forces after Hampshire slipped to 89 for 4. Simon Katich fell first-ball and Simon Jones removed Shane Warne and Chris Tremlett - both sent in as pinch-hitters. But Pothas reached his second one-day century while Pietersen launched four sixes in his 64-ball 69. Sean Ervine starred with the ball, his 5 for 50 meant Glamorgan's tail could build on a platform of 150 for 4, after Michael Powell was dismissed 56.
Quarter-final draw Matches to played on July 15 and 16
Yorkshire v Northants at Headingley
Warwickshire v Kent at Edgbaston
Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval
Lancashire v Sussex/Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford (Sussex play Notts tomorrow)