Hampshire vs Somerset, South Group
Jerome Taylor’s three-wicket haul, which included the opening strike of James Vince and two other wickets towards the end, meant that bottom-ranked Hampshire managed just 129, Sam Northeast’s 30 off 36 balls being too slow for a modern-day T20 innings to have an impact. Top-ranked Somerset got to the target with ease despite failures for Steven Davies, Peter Trego and James Hildreth. Johann Myburgh, who will be retiring at the end of the season, steered the run chase while Corey Anderson’s late hits accelerated the finish to hand Somerset their fifth win in a row.
Brief Scores: Hampshire 129/8 in 20 overs (Sam Northeast 30; Jerome Taylor 3-39) lost to Somerset 130/4 in 18.5 overs (Johann Myburgh 54; Liam Dawson 1-16) by 6 wickets.
Durham vs Leicestershire, North Group
Tom Latham’s sedate 52 off 48 balls at the top and James Weighell’s 13-ball 28 cameo took Durham to 156, a total that looked gargantuan when Leicestershire were 33 for 5 inside the 8th over. And so it proved to be, despite Colin Ackermann’s lone hand of 74 off 52 balls.
Nathan Rimmington shone with 3 wickets and made it into a no-contest of sorts. As a result, Durham moved to the top of the North Group points table.
Brief Scores: Durham 156/6 in 20 overs (Tom Latham 52; Zak Chappell 2/40) beat Leicestershire 142/6 in 20 overs (Colin Ackermann 74; Nathan Rimmington 3-23) by 14 runs.
Derbyshire vs Northamptonshire, North Group
Northamptonshire registered their first outright win of the season, thanks to Joshua Cobb’s blistering 73 off 37 balls. Chasing 178 to win, Ben Duckett’s 41 off 29 balls gave Northamptonshire the required start and Cobb took over after that, going on to seal the chase with two consecutive sixes. Earlier, Billy Godleman’s 77 off 55 balls set the total up for Derbyshire. Wayne Madsen and Gary Wilson provided the late flourish but it clearly wasn’t enough on the day.
Brief Scores: Derbyshire 177/6 in 20 overs (Billy Godleman 77; Nathan Buck 2-30) lost to Northamptonshire 179/3 in 18.2 overs (Joshua Cobb 73*; Alex Hughes 2-28) by 7 wickets.
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