Jacques Rudolph stabilised Glamorgan to help engineer a one-run win over Kent and keep their slim NatWest T20 Blast qualification hopes alive.
After winning the toss, Glamorgan lost Colin Ingram in the second over of the night, but Rudolph and Ben Wright went on to add 52 in the powerplay overs before Rudolph departed for 37 off 35 balls. Aiming a heave over midwicket against Matt Hunn, he managed only to drag the ball onto his stumps.
Ingram then helped restrict Kent by taking 1-15 off his two overs.
Richard Levi provided the impetus Northamptonshire needed to run down the Yorkshire target of 154, hammering 30 runs off 14 balls, with five fours and a six. He was run out with the score on 39 four balls into the fourth over.
Riki Wessels‘ superb innings of 97 off 51 balls carried Nottinghamshire to a 42-run win against Durham Jets at Chester-le-Street.
Their third successive win kept alive the visitors’ hopes of snatching the fourth qualifying place in the North Group and ended Durham’s chances of progress.
Wessels joined the Joburg boy Michael Lumb at the crease when the first wicket went down at 10, and together they added 65 in 38 balls. Wessels drove five leg-side sixes to taken Notts to 198-5, to which Durham replied with 156-6.
The Durban-born Jason Roy smashed an unbeaten 122 off 64 balls, in front of a near sell-out crowd of more than 20,000 at the Kia Oval, to condemn Somerset to their fourth successive defeat in the NatWest T20 Blast and keep alive Surrey’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
Roy took centre stage as the hosts racked up 208-1 after winning the toss, and the 24-year-old’s spectacular second hundred in this format included six sixes and eight fours.
Somerset could only manage 170 for seven off their 20 overs in reply. Their innings got off to the worst start possible when Johann Myburgh, attempting to profit from a mis-field at mid-off, was run out by Sam Curran without scoring.
Somerset, by the way, will be boosted by the signing of Roelof van der Merwe on a two year-contract from next year. He recently used his Dutch passport to play in the T20 qualifiers for the Netherlands and is a domestically qualified player.
In the Caribbean T20 league Jacques Kallis contributed 49 off 43 balls (6×4) to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s total of 184. Robbie Peterson battled valiantly to stem the tide, conceding just 14 runs off his three overs and taking a wicket. But it all proved too much with the Steel running out victors by 72 runs.
Henry Davids fought a lone and futile battle as St Lucia Zouks went down by three wickets to the Guyana Amazon Warriors. He ended on 25 not out off 34 balls in a total of 111. Earlier, Kevin Pietersen went for 24 off 21. David Wiese contributed to their downfall by taking 2-25 off his four overs, and Marchant de Lange weighed in with 1-28 off three.
Compiled by Mark Salter