• All-round Groenewald shines

    The Royal London One-Day Cup’s mid-week games produced some one-sided results, but the Saffas once again contributed more than their fair share. Gareth Stevens reports.

    Somerset traveled to Birmingham and comprehensively beat Warwickshire in a one-sided encounter on Tuesday. The visitors batted first and thanks to good middle order contributions from Colin Ingram and Tim Groenewald, who scored 47 and 57 respectively, Somerset posted 298-5.

    Warwickshire were never in the game and were skittled for 181 to lose by 117 runs. Alfonso Thomas made a welcome return to form with figures of 3-30 in seven overs, while Groenewald completed a quality all-round performance by taking 3-37 in seven overs.

    Elsewhere, Essex cruised to a six-wicket win over Ashwell Prince‘s Lancashire at Chelmsford. The left-handed batsman contributed 18 at the top of the order to Lancashire’s total of 247-7. It was never enough on a good deck as the hosts only needed 38.1 overs to secure the points.

    Yorkshire beat Northamptonshire by six wickets in a reduced overs game at Northampton. The hosts batted first and Richard Levi‘s 34 helped his side post 209-7 in their allotted 38 overs. Despite a tidy spell of bowling from Andrew Hall, who’s five overs cost just 23, Yorkshire cantered home with four overs to spare.

    On Wednesday, Jacques Rudolph‘s run of form ended as he was run out for just five. Without the consistent opener guiding the innings, Glamorgan slumped to 209 all out in the 47th over. The target was well below par and Kent knocked off the runs with six wickets in hand and more than six overs to spare.

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