Ashwell Prince and Alviro Petersen scored 184 runs between them to help Lancashire to a commanding total of 301 in their Royal London One-Day match against Hampshire on Monday.
The ‘AP Coalition’, who between them have 73 Proteas ODI caps and 437 List As, took the game away in record second-wicket stand of 147 in 24 overs. Prince, who had put on 73 in the opening partnership with Karl Brown, went on to 102 off 113 balls with nine fours.
Petersen followed soon after for 82 off 84 balls (5×4, 1×6), at which point Lancashire were in a good position at 240-3, with six and a half overs to go. It provided the base to launch an attack which brought 61 runs from 39 balls and set a rate of 6.02 an over.
These two have ‘form’ as a coalition: in July they set a Lancashire record with a stand of 501 in a County Championship match (Petersen 286, Prince 261). This was Petersen’s highest score for Lancs in this competition, while Prince equalled his previous best. It was his 35th List A ton.
Hampshire were dismissed for 272, keeping Lancs on target for a quarter-final place.
A warrior innings by Colin Ingram of 102, backed up by Jacques Rudolph‘s 58 helped Glamorgan to what turned out to be a woefully inadequate score of 251 against Middlesex.
And it was an honorary Saffa who did for them: Dawid Malan, born in London but raised in South Africa and kicking off his career with Boland, blasted a massive, unbeaten, 156 off 128 balls, with 18 fours and four sixes. Surprisingly, it was just his sixth List A hundred in 116 matches. Middlesex won by eight wickets with 10 overs remaining.
Ingram’s innings, his 12th List A century and the third in this competition, was lively enough, taking just 93 balls with four fours and five sixes and supporting a third-wicket stand of 51 with Rudolph. The Glamorgan captain’s 58 was more measured, noting just six fours within the 82 deliveries faced. A partnership of 50 then followed with the third of the Saffa musketeers, Chris Cooke (24), but thereafter support fell away, leaving the hosts more than a few runs shy of an ideal target.
Rory Kleinveldt took 2-37 0ff 10 overs, the most economical of the Northants bowlers, to help restrict Gloucestershire to 215 in Northampton. Then Richard Levi added 25 off 20 balls (4×4, 1×6) as victory was secured by four wickets with nine overs remaining.
Riki Wessels contributed 41 to an opening stand of 84 in 12 overs with Alex Hales as Nottinghamshire amassed a formidable 335 against Kent. But that was matched by Sam’s Billings’ defiant, unbeaten 118 which inspired Kent to a successful pursuit against the previously unbeaten Group B leaders. Notts were actually bowled out with four balls remaining. They their last six wickets fell for the addition of only four run, which probably cost them the game.
Only Wayne Madsen showed any backbone in Derbyshire’s reply to Durham’s offering of 248. He scored 77 off 98 balls (8×4) but no one down the order was able to dig and make a contribution. They ended on 192, losing by 55 runs.
Compiled by Mark Salter