Highlights from the T20 Blast as Surrey continue their unbeaten start with victory over Middlesex in the London Derby.
Jason Roy and Chris Jordan reminded England coaches of their white-ball skills as Surrey cemented their position as leaders of the Vitality Blast South Group with a 20-point win over London rivals Middlesex.
Roy crushed 81 balls in 45 balls at Lord’s, his innings forming the backbone of a formidable 208 in seven.
The hosts initially pursued boldly, led by skipper Steven Eskinazi 47 from 21 balls, but Jordan’s superb return of four for 31 with Sunil Narine’s two for 28 gave Surrey a sixth victory in the country.
Roelof van der Merwe was the winner of the match as Somerset recovered from a shock start to win a wet clash against rivals Gloucestershire by three wickets (DLS) at Bristol.
By the time rain halted play after five overs, Gloucestershire had run 61 to one, helped by Miles Hammond hitting four sixes from the first six deliveries on his way to make it 29 from just 12 balls.
The match was reduced to 10 overs per team on the restart and the hosts then posted 101 for five.
Somerset’s revised target was 112. They dropped to 55 for seven before Van der Merwe hammered an unbeaten 48 from 15 balls, with four sixes and as many fours, to see them claim an unlikely victory with three balls in Reserve.
At Southampton, James Fuller continued his revival season claiming four for 30 as the Hampshire Hawks extended their form to beat the Essex Eagles by 32 points.
The versatile Fuller took his wicket tally to eight as the hosts picked up three victories on the trot defending 155, with Chris Wood and Brad Wheal also possessing a pair of wickets.
Earlier Essex’s Ben Allison won his best T20 numbers of three for 33 and leg spinner Matt Critchley grabbed three for 25 to take his Blast tally to nine for the season, with Hampshire leading James Vince with 44.
In the North Group, Chris Lynn continued his purple spot with another century unbeaten as the Northamptonshire Steelbacks overtook the Worcestershire Rapids by 73 points to climb to second place.
The Steelbacks fly-half batted 113 on 57 balls, despite batting with a runner for part of his innings, and his second wicket of 115 with skipper Josh Cobb laid the foundation for the 220-win total of their team for three.
Bottom of the table Worcestershire, who have now lost six of their seven matches, have fallen to 147 at Wantage Road, with Cobb claiming a career-best five-for-25.
Shan Masood gave a masterclass in elegant timing to set Derbyshire up for a six-wicket win over Leicestershire.
The Falcons skipper scored 73 of 32 as they chased the Foxes 181 for six with eight to spare.
Aaron Lilley’s 67 from 41 had put the Foxes in a decent position, but Masood’s brilliance led the way and, despite a late swing, Brooke Guest’s unbeaten 29 from 19 brought the Falcons to a third group victory.