Twenty20 round-up June 29, 2005

Shah guides Middlesex home

Cricinfo staff

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Justin Kemp has his stumps shattered as Kent lose again © Getty Images
Owais Shah guided Middlesex to a comfortable six-wicket win, condemningKent to their fifith straight Twenty20 defeat. Shah's unbeaten 59 allowed Middlesex to coast home with 16 balls to spare and he received good support from Ben Hutton in the match-sealing stand of 72. Kent's batting again struggled and they needed Simon Cook's 33 from 17 balls to reach as many as 144. Chris Peploe and Jamie Dalrymple shared five wickets between them.

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.