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June 29, 2005
Lancashire condemned Derbyshire to a hefty 66-run defeat at Old Trafford with a match-winning all round performance from Brad Hodge. Lancashire reached 164 for 8, Hodge top-scoring with 44 from 34 balls, but Tom Lungley bowled a superb spell of restrictive medium-pace to ensure the tail could not race away. However, Derbyshire struggled for any momentum, after Michael di Venuto fell early, and Hodge completed a near perfect game with 4 for 17.
Somerset squeezed home with a ball to spare, by five wickets, against Northamptonshire in a match reduced to 12 overs per side. At 55 for 1 Somerset were crusing to their target of 96 but suffered a mini wobble. Keith Parsons kept a cool head, making 32 from 24 balls, to secure the two points. When Northants batted Andrew Caddick was miserly, taking 2 for 12 from three overs, and James Hildreth also snapped up two.
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