Warwickshire remain unbeaten in the Royal London One-Day Cup after their win over Sussex, with Worcestershire the other big winners on Tuesday.
Warwickshire vs. Sussex
The Bears looked strong from the outset, opener and captain Varun Chopra the driving force with 111 off 139 balls. William Porterfield added 83 as the home side reached 273, but it was their bowling attack that handed them victory, skittling Sussex out for just 155. Jeetan Patel took four wickets, as only Ed Joyce offered hope with 47.
Northants vs. Worcestershire
Northants moved from their regular venue at Wantage Road to Milton Keynes for the day, and looked unsettled by the unfamiliar surroundings, succumbing to a 88-run defeat at the hands of Worcestershire. David Willey starred for the Steelbacks with the ball once again, but they had little to offer in reply to Worcestershire’s total of 274.
Their latest slump will no doubt increase the pressure on opener Richard Levi. Captain Kyle Coetzer was forced to come to his defence after they were knocked out of the Natwest T20 Blast by Notts, and another duck for the opener could have consequences for his position in the order. Daryl Mitchell saw off their tail end to send the Rapids home with the two points.
Nottinghamshire vs. Somerset
Notts and Somerset put on a thriller at Trent Bridge, with Somerset grabbing a draw in dramatic circumstances. Tim Groenewald hit a single off the last ball of the day to seal the tie, after Notts had set an achievable target of 261.
Somerset looked to be struggling, having lost eight wickets, but Groenewald and Alfonso Thomas managed to see them through. Marcus Trescothick proved his capabilities in the shorter format, scoring a quick-fire 61, while his opening partner Nick Compton hit 68. Colin Ingram also notched up a half century, but the visitors then proceeded to lose several quick wickets.
Notts will perhaps look back at the result as a case of not being able to hold their nerve late on.
Yorkshire vs. Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire and Yorkshire proved another close affair, with the Vikings eventually losing out by three wickets. Yorkshire batted first, but struggled, barring the exerts of Jack Leaning and Adil Rashid, who hit 56 and 71 respectively.
Gloucestershire had little to do to snatch the win, though Rashid was unfortunate to be on the losing side, taking three wickets to peg them back. Will Gidman was instrumental with a knock of 71 not out, having already taken the wickets of Alex Lees and Kane Williamson.
Kent vs. Durham
Durham’s Calum MacLeod was just six runs shy of a century, and his shortcoming proved decisive as Kent edged to a two-wicket victory at The Spitfire Ground.
It was far from a certainty, however, in a game that could have had a very different outcome had Calum Haggett and James Tredwell not put on an eighth-wicket stand of 41 to steady the ship.