The first weekend of the Royal London One Day Cup lived up to expectations, as Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Warwickshire all got off to winning starts.
Lancashire vs. Yorkshire
A late Lancashire collapse ensured Yorkshire triumphed in the latest ‘Battle of the Roses’, though the home side never looked close to hitting their target of 325. Adil Rashid will have impressed England selectors with two wickets, once again making him a contender as lead spinner.
Lancashire vs. Hampshire
In fact, Lancashire endured a miserable weekend all round, slipping up against Hampshire by 148, meaning their chances of qualifying are already looking slim.
Derbyshire vs. Hampshire
Saturday’s fixtures had also seen Derbyshire enjoy an upturn in fortunes, beating Hampshire by a resounding 136 runs. Michael Carberry hit a half century for Hants, but their batting was no match for the Falcons, for whom both Wes Durston and Wayne Madsen hit tons.
Leicestershire vs. Derbyshire
Derbyshire followed up that win with another against Leicestershire, owing largely to Mark Footitt, who grabbed a five-wicket haul. Incredibly, Madsen hit another emphatic score of 105 not out, partnering Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who managed a half century.
Glamorgan vs. Middlesex
Equally impressive was Glamorgan’s victory over Middlesex, this time by seven wickets. Despite Steven Finn’s heroics with the bat, the Welsh outfit were too strong for the Panthers, who failed to improve in Sunday’s match at home to Warwickshire.
Middlesex vs. Warwickshire
The Bears were helped to 240 by a resurgent Jonathan Trott, who scored 78, in the same week that he hit his first century since returning to cricket earlier this year. Middlesex looked to be on course following opener Chris Rogers’ 96, but once he had been dismissal at the hands of Ateeq Javid, they had little to offer.
Gloucestershire vs. Northamptonshire
Gloucestershire were similarly reliant on captain Michael Klinger, who hit 98 against Northants, but David Willey proved too much for the rest of the order, taking four wickets. The all-rounder went on to celebrate his England Lions call-up with 26 not out, including the winning runs as the Steelbacks sealed victory by four wickets.
Somerset vs. Durham
Somerset and Durham was the highest-scoring encounter with both sides surpassing 300, but it was Somerset who were to come out on top by five wickets. Former England star Paul Collingwood’s 113 was in vain as both James Hildreth and Lewis Gregory hit centuries to get the home side off to a winning start.
Surrey vs. Glamorgan
There was no Kevin Pietersen on show at Surrey, and they struggled, losing to Glamorgan by three wickets, despite reaching a respectable 307. Steve Davies, Azhar Mahmood and wicket-keeper Rory Burns all scored half centuries for Surrey, but it turned out not to be enough.
Sussex vs. Nottinghamshire
If former England men were lacking, then potential future stars were aplenty. Alex Hales scored 116 to help Nottinghamshire to a 29-run win over Sussex, though Harry Gurney failed to take any wickets for the Outlaws.
Worcestershire vs. Essex
Hales’ former team mates at Worcestershire did not enjoy his success, and were thrashed by eight wickets at New Road against Essex, in spite of a gallant eighth-man partnership by Joe Leach and Shaaiq Choudry. As for Essex, Mark Pettini cruised to 102 off just 112 balls, while New Zealand international Jesse Ryder weighed in with 68. Ravi Bopara also reached a half century.