Points Tables

North Conference

Scotland couldn't follow up their impressive 10-run win over Lancashire yesterday, falling to a five-wicket defeat against Durham at Chester-le-Street. Scotland were reduced to 64 for 5, Graham Onions and Ottis Gibson the chief beneficiaries. Holding the fort was Australian George Bailey whose slick 92 from 105 balls at least pushed Scotland passed the 200. Durham set off in pursuit of 206 in bullish style with Gareth Breese cracking 44. But it was Will Smith's 62 which powered their chase as they were home in the 44th over

Nottinghamshire plundered 170 off 13 overs to set up a 50-run win over Derbyshire at Trent Bridge. David Hussey crashed seven sixes in a 20-ball 56 while Bilal Shafayat and Samit Patel added rapid thirties. Derbyshire slumped to 9 for 4 at the beginning of their chase and never made an impression on the target.

Leicestershire suffered their second washout in two days when their match against Lancashire was called off in early afternoon.

There was no play at Edgbaston between Warwickshire and Yorkshire.

South Conference

Mark Butcher's unbeaten 72 led Surrey to a nervy three-wicket win with two overs remaining against Glamorgan, in a match reduced to 39 overs per side, at Cresselly, a village with just 13 houses. His stand of 81 with Jon Batty took Surrey most of the way towards their target of 204 but they suffered a late wobble against Alex Wharf. Glamorgan were not helped by the loss of Damien Wright, the Tasmania seam bowler, after two balls and David Hemp was left to trying to fill the hole. Jimmy Maher anchored Glamorgan's 203 with a 103-ball 76 after an early slump to 35 for 3.

Marcus North and Alex Gidman starred with bat and ball for Gloucestershire who beat Essex by 22 runs in a 33-over game at Bristol. North struck a slick 55 from 61 balls while wickets tumbled at the other end to Ryan ten Doeschate's medium pace. But it was Gidman who injected urgency into Essex's innings with a brutal 65 from just 46 deliveries, smacking four sixes in Gloucestershire's imposing 222. Essex's chase began impressively - Ronnie Irani showing typical aggression in his 41-ball 60 while Varun Chopra added 51. But a middle-order collapse saw Essex collapse from 151 for 2 to 158 for 6, North picking up the key wicket of ten Doeschate - who earlier bagged 5 for 50 - and stifling Essex's momentum.

Ireland suffered their second washout in two days with no play possible against Sussex