Luke Wright blasted Sussex to a romping nine-wicket victory against Gloucestershire at Horsham with 95 off 68 balls. His first 50 runs all came in boundaries and the powerful display enabled Sussex to canter home with nearly 14 overs to spare as they chased 190 to go top of the table. Wright added 136 for the second wicket with Ed Joyce, who continued his strong form with an unbeaten 66. Sussex had taken an early hold on the match when James Kirtley reduced Gloucestershire to 35 for 3, including a sharp caught-and-bowled to remove a labouring Kadeer Ali, and Yasir Arafat rounded off the innings with a hat-trick, just the third by a Sussex bowler in the one-day league.
A solid all-round display from Essex secured a 34-run victory against Nottinghamshire at Garon Park. Ryan ten Doeschate played the key innings with 64 off 50 balls to lift Essex from 155 for 7 to 224 for 8 with an eighth-wicket stand of 55 in six overs alongside Mervyn Westfield. Varun Chopra earlier hit 51 before a collapse against debutant Andy Carter, who claimed three wickets, and Samit Patel. Nottinghamshire were well placed in the chase at 66 for 1, but Ali Brown and Mark Wagh fell to fine catches by James Foster and Chris Read was run out to leave the visitors 107 for 5. Patel offered resistance with 58, but there was too much to do especially against Danish Kaneria who claimed 3 for 28.
James Hildreth guided Somerset to a five-wicket win against Yorkshire at Taunton with an unbeaten 62 after the home side suffered a batting wobble. Chasing 209, Marcus Trescothick (39 off 27 balls) and Craig Kieswetter added 77 before Yorkshire fought back with four wickets for 14. Hildreth first added 51 with Peter Trego then the match-sealing with Arul Suppiah, who struck two sixes in his run-a-ball 32, as one Adil Rashid over went for 21. Yorkshire's innings was held together by Jacques Rudolph's 95 from 85 balls but he had precious little support and was last-out caught on the boundary.
Tom Maynard's 108 from 62 balls couldn't help Glamorgan across the line against Northamptonshire in a high-scoring encounter at Colwyn Bay as the visitors held on for a six-run victory. Maynard hit 13 fours and four sixes in his county's fastest one-day hundred from 57 deliveries but was bowled with 24 needed from two overs. Northamptonshire's innings was dominated by an opening stand of 153 between Stephen Peters (69) and Niall O'Brien (82).
Owais Shah made his claim for an England recall with 130 from 94 balls but the effort was in vain as Middlesex fell to a 12-run defeat in an entertaining match against Kent at Canterbury. The inexperienced pair of Warren Lee and Mat Coles (with one game between them) held their nerve at the end after a consistent Kent batting performance capped off by Darren Stevens' 50-ball 75.
Jonathan Trott gave further evidence of his sparkling form with 73 off 71 balls as Warwickshire sped to a nine-wicket victory against an inexperienced Leicestershire side at Edgbaston. Trott had earlier taken two wickets and added 114 for the first wicket with Neil Carter who clubbed 63 off 34 balls. Leicestershire included Charlie Dagnell, who is now a radio presenter, and five England Under-19 players.
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