Chris Adams led from the front with a 49-ball 70 to steer Sussex to a two-wicket win with seven balls in hand over Hampshire at Hove. Michael Lumb (108) and John Crawley (68) got Hampshire off to a flier with a first-wicket stand of 147 and when they were parted Sean Ervine with a 41-ball 56 kept the scoreboard rattling along. Set 261, Sussex wobbled after a good start before Adams and Andy Hodd added 61 for the sixth wicket and even though Adams was caught and bowled by Shaun Udal, Hodd, who helped Sussex bat out a draw yesterday, kept his head to see his side to victory and hand Hampshire their first defeat.
Stephen Fleming smashed 90 off 60 balls to lead Nottinghamshire to a resounding win over Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge. Fleming, left out of New Zealand's Twenty20 squad for the World Championships, hit 12 fours and three sixes as Notts reached their target of 212 with six wickets in hand 62 balls to spare. David Hussey took 3 for 26 for Notts while Chris Rogers and David Sales struck 58 and 52 to take Northants to 211 for 6, a target that proved insufficient after Fleming's onslaught.
Heath Streak claimed four wickets as Warwickshire pulled off a six-run win against Essex at Southend. After the frustration of their Championship draw against Sussex it was a timely result for Warwickshire. Grant Flower's 49-ball 53 gave Essex a decent chance of claiming the points, but Streak removed him late in the chase. Alex Loudon produced a tight spell of offspin and Lee Daggett grabbed two scalps. After the match was cut to 34 over per side Darren Maddy and Kumar Sangakkara hit 41 apiece then useful innings from Loudon and Tim Ambrose lifted Warwickshire to 188.
An all-round performance from Darren Stevens, who took 3 for 15 and then thumped an unbeaten 85, guided Kent to a three-wicket win over Durham in the table-top clash at Canterbury with seven balls to spare. Michael Di Venuto and Dale Benkenstein looked to be guiding Durham to a formidable score but James Tredwell removed Di Venuto and that triggered a slide in which the seven wickets fell for 58. At 101 for 5 chasing 204, Kent had problems of their own, but Stevens and Geraint Jones put on 60 for the sixth wicket and Stevens kept his head despite Gareth Breese's late three-wicket haul.
The rain already moving into the west of the UK put paid to Glamorgan's match against Somerset at Colwyn Bay. The umpires called play off two hours before the start with the outfield saturated.