James Tredwell's career-best 8 for 66 prompted a dramatic Glamorgan collapse as Kent beat the visitors by 204 runs at Canterbury. Kent declared on 409 for 5 in their second innings, with Martin van Jaarsveld falling for 182, which left Glamorgan a sizeable target of 385. They were never in the hunt. Gareth Rees and Ben Wright took them to 99 for 1 but when Rees became Tredwell's second wicket, the doors were then flung wide open. Glamorgan lost 9 for 81 with Wright the last man out for a resilient 81 from 157 balls, as Tredwell recorded the superb match figures of 11 for 120.
Northamptonshire raced to their target of 176 in under 40 overs, beating Essex in impressive fashion on the final day at Wantage Road. The home side put on 81 for the opening wicket with Rob White cracking an unbeaten 76. James Middlebrook and Danish Kaneria each took a wicket, but chasing such a meagre total was never likely to trouble Northamptonshire, and Nicky Boje, the captain, flayed 34 from 33 balls. White sealed a thumping eight-wicket win with a clattered six off Matt Walker.
Anthony Ireland took two wickets to limit Gloucestershire's target to a facile 72, as William Portfield and Kadeer Ali knocked off the required runs in a confident 10-wicket win over Leicestershire at Bristol. Ireland removed James Taylor, who only added one to his overnight 34, and although Carl Crowe (41*) and Iain O'Brien (31) added lower-order runs, Leicestershire were dismissed for 331 to set Gloucestershire an easy target. Porterfield, the Ireland captain, stroked four fours in his 32 while Kadeer cracked six in his 51-ball 38, as Gloucestershire raced home in the second session to win by ten wickets.
With victory in sight, Middlesex collapsed spectacularly to the spin of Murtaza Hussain and Chris Schofield as Surrey very nearly pulled off a remarkable win on the final day at The Oval. Shaun Udal picked up 6 for 74 to dismiss Surrey for 242, with only Michael Brown (73) passing fifty, and that left Middlesex requiring 186 in 25 overs. The Twenty20 Cup champions began superbly, with Phillip Hughes smashing 57 from just 46 balls and gaining good support from Nick Compton (28 from 24). The pair took Schofield for 30 runs in nearly three overs, but he got his revenge in removing Hughes for 57 and, with support from Hussain at the other end, Surrey ran through Middlesex's middle-order as a nailbiting finish ensued. Thirteen were needed from 11 deliveries; then 10 from 6 before three were required from four balls. However, Hussain trapped Steve Finn leg-before to leave three needed from the last delivery, but Stuart Meaker ran out Alan Richardson to record a thrilling and unlikely draw.
Durham are still looking for their first win of their Championship defence after they drew with Sussex on the final day at Hove. Sussex were set 316 in 56 overs and scorched 72 of their first 105 runs in boundaries, but kept losing regular wickets to halt and ultimately end their chase. Durham picked up five wickets as Sussex began to wobble, but Chris Nash (85) and Andrew Hodd knuckled down with a steadying sixth-wicket partnership of 64 as the match drifted to a draw. Liam Plunkett picked up impressive figures of 2 for 36 from 12 overs, following on from his four in the first innings.
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