Warriors captain Colin Ingram continued his white-ball wonders by smashing 107 for Glamorgan in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
He sent six maximums into the air and added seven fours among the 73 balls he faced: a strike rate of 151. Ingram took 41 balls to reach his half-century, and then accelerated to the extent that his next fifty took just a further 25 deliveries.
The PE stalwart, who played the last of his 31 ODIs for South Africa in 2013, had a bit of a lean time in early July, after having struck five successive half-centuries, but he now is back to his belligerent best.
His 54 and 3-20 helped Glamorgan into the T20 quarterfinals and this innings underpinned a formidable total of 324-8. His captain Jacques Rudolph added his 44 off 65 balls, with three fours and a six, in an opening stand of 105 in 23 overs with David Lloyd.
Incredibly, Essex were in voracious form and with the help of 99 from Nick Browne, reached their target with five balls to spare and four wickets in hand
Leicestershire hammered the mighty Lancashire by 131 runs, thanks in no small way to a new Saffa on the scene: Dieter Klein. The Lions and North-West left-arm seamer took 2-38 in 7.3 overs, backing up Johannesburg-born Neil Dexter (4-22) and Cameron Delport (2-41 off eight overs).
Klein last played in South Africa in December, for the Invitation XI against England in Potchefstroom, where he got a rude awakening, conceding 129 for one wicket across two innings. He reappeared last week, playing a Second XI match against MCC Universities, taking 5-56 in a hostile spell. On trial at the county, he received his ECB registration just before play.
Leicestershire piled up 307-9, with Delport chipping in with 25 off 27 balls before playing a widish delivery straight to the keeper. Lancashire started well enough in reply as Alviro Petersen contributed 24 to an opening stand of 74. But once he went, the wickets tumbled.
Ryan McLaren at least put his hand up as Hampshire were beaten by Kent. He scored 43 off 48 balls (5×4), the second-highest scorer in the team’s weak offering of 229. His old compatriot, Gareth Berg, batting at No 8 added 23 off 21. Kent knocked off the runs with five wickets to spare.
The Saffa-turned-Dutchman Roelof van der Merwe produced a top all-round performance as Somerset beat Middlesex by four wickets. He took 2-50 off 10 overs in Middlesex’s innings of 296, and then smashed 41 off 25 balls (6×4) to take his team to the line. Johann Myburgh retired hurt after scoring 22.