Lou Vincent's Twenty20 century, the third from all players in this year's competition, launched Lancashire back up to the top of the table in an important win against Derbyshire as the business end of the group stage approaches.
Vincent's quick pile - his century came from 60 balls with 11 fours and three sixes - and some handy figures for Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood all added up to the nine-wicket victory at Old Trafford, while a hard-working Derbyshire were knocked out of the competition.
Lancashire had a pleasingly neat 100 for 0 at the 10-over mark - Vincent on 71 runs from 43 balls; Loye 27, from 17. Loye fell on the same score, caught off Wavell Hinds and it was left to Vincent and Stuart Law (19 not out) to finish things off.
Wickets were at a premium throughout as the runs flowed, with Derbyshire managing to profit from a 4th-wicket stand of 103 between Hinds and James Pipe. Hinds ended with a 52-ball unbeaten 72 that left the visitors in the reckoning; Pipe made 44. Chapple took the first two scalps and Mahmood followed up with a brace of his own while yet again Simon Marshall was in the wickets.
Vincent had said before this competition that it suited his game and this was a fine way to prove it. He ended on an unbeaten 102 and ultimately, he had it all figured out.
Hampshire moved into joint top position with a six-wicket win over Surrey in front of 6500 under the lights at The Rose Bowl. Surrey got off to a decent start but were never able to really up the run rate despite Scott Newman's 52, and the innings fell away as they lost five wickets for 19 in 23 balls, finishing with 147 for 7. Michael Lumb (63 off 45 balls) and Ian Harvey (34) made a much more positive opening stand of 80 as Surrey wilted. At one point they were penalised with a no-ball for not having the correct number of fielders inside the circle, prompting a furious tirade against the blameless umpires from Mark Ramprakash. "It was a bad day for us but we've had a few in this competition," he said afterwards. "We got off to a good start but perhaps there was some inexperience and we fell away and there was not enough for us to defend."