Kent progress to the semi-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup

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Warwickshire will face Kent in the semi-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup, while Nottinghamshire and Durham make up the other fixture.

Here is a recap of the quarter-final action:

Nottinghamshire vs. Derbyshire

Notts got the quarter-finals under way, sealing their place in the last four with a comprehensive 85-run victory over Derbyshire. Wicket-keeper batsman James Taylor continues to be frustrated in his pursuit of an England place, but wowed Trent Bridge with an incredible innings of 146 off 154 balls.

Samit Patel also reached a half century for the hosts, and the Falcons had little to reply with. Marcus North kept up the run-rate well with his knock of 67, but they collapsed to 228 all out without completing their overs.

Yorkshire vs. Durham

England allowed Gary Ballance to leave their ODI squad to play for Yorkshire against Durham, but he could not make up the difference as the latter won by 31 runs. The England star hit 61, but it proved a solo effort, with several of the White Rose’s stars slipping up.

Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, and Andrew Gale were all out for ducks. Richard Pyrah had starred for Yorkshire in Durham’s innings, taking four wickets, but it was ultimately the visitors’ captain Mark Stoneman who would decide the day with a century. Yorkshire can at least find consolation in their place at the top of Division One.

Essex vs. Warwickshire

Essex will end the season trophyless after succumbing to a 67-run defeat at home to Warwickshire.

Fans across the country will be pleased to see Jonathan Trott’s run of form continuing, with the former England batsman hitting a quick-fire 61 off 68. Rikki Clarke top-scored with 68, and in spite of the efforts of the Eagles’ Reece Topley, who took three wickets, Warwickshire set a high target of 272.

The visitors appeared to be on a high after their T20 side, the Birmingham Bears’ win in the final of that competition last weekend. Essex, on the other hand, only just surpassed 200, with only New Zealander Jesse Ryder offering any real resistance, falling short of his century by 10 runs.

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Kent vs. Gloucestershire

Despite missing star man James Tredwell, who is away on England duty, Kent triumphed by 24 runs, thanks largely to opener Sam Northeast, who scored 78. Gloucestershire, meanwhile, failed to complete their overs, all out for 218 even after a strong second-wicket partnership by Chris Dent and wicket-keeper Gareth Roderick.

Ben Harmison, brother of former England bowler Steve, shone for Kent, dismissing William Tavare, Gareth Roderick, and Jack Taylor.

Gloucestershire’s Will Gidman and Benny Howell added 72 to the scorecard between them, but after an impressive run to the quarter-finals, Gloucestershire’s season must now focus on moving up the County Championship table.

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