Murtagh claims best Twenty20 figures
Tim Murtagh took 6 for 24, the best figures in Twenty20 cricket, as Surrey made it two wins out of two with a 23-run victory against Middlesex. A full house at Lord's, for the second season running, enjoyed some exciting batting as Surrey totalled 200 for 3. Alistair Brown smacked 64 from 39 balls then Dominic Thornely hit 67 from 42. Ed Smith got Middlesex off to a flier with some savage cover drives, and then Owais Shah (78) and Scott Styris (40) kept them right on target with a stand of 109 in 10 overs. But Murtagh removed Shah, courtesy of a long-on catch from Brown, and from 146 for 1 in the 15th over Middlesex lost nine wickets for 31 runs to give Surrey their 15th win in 16 Twenty20 outings.
Two ferocious innings lit up Somerset's 15-run win against Worcestershire. Matthew Wood powered his way to 94 off 35 balls with 12 fours and four sixes to provide the bulk of Somerset's 210 for 6. Graeme Hick replied with an equally impressive 87 from 45, clearing the ropes six times, but departed at a crucial time. He was one of two victims for Ian Blackwell, as his spell of left-arm spin went for only 20 runs, and proved the major difference between the sides.