CB40 Round up

May 16, 2011

Somerset and Surrey maintain their 100% record in this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40 as both recorded convincing victories yesterday.

Marcus Trescothick’s rapid 111 from just 79 sealed the points for Somerset against Lancashire, while Surrey can be thankful to youngster Matthew Spriegel, whose all-round contribution set up a 48 run victory at The Grange against lowly Scotland.

Spriegel made an impressive 82 not out helping Surrey reach 257 for 7. After dominating with the bat, Spriegel then also picked up two vital wickets with the ball ensuring a comfortable win for Surrey as Scotland could only muster 209 for 9 in reply.

Dimitri Mascarenhas marked his long awaited return from injury with three wickets; however Hampshire were well beaten by Durham at The Emirates Durham ICG. A well compiled 66 not out from Gordon Muchall steered the home side to a comfortable seven wicket victory.

At the PROBIZ County Ground, Sussex made light work of Derbyshire to claim top spot in Group A. Ed Joyce and Chris Nash put on 161 for the first wicket as Sussex cruised past a mediocre 191 set by the visitors. Wes Durston’s 85 was the only significant contribution for Derby.

A similar opening partnership at Grace Road confirmed Warwickshire’s triumph over struggling Leicestershire. William Porterfield (95) and Varun Chopra (86) sealed Leicestershire’s fate as the two put on 189 for the first wicket, chasing down a below par 206 runs for victory. Warwickshire got over the line having lost both openers just before the end.

Kent grabbed a much needed victory, as they defeated Yorkshire in a thrilling game at Headingly Carnegie. The visitors chased 231 for victory with just two balls to spare. 74 from just 65 balls from Martin Van Jaarsveld was the key contribution in this game.

Gloucestershire’s struggles continue as Glamorgan secured a four wicket victory over their neighbours from across the border. Setting a miserly 155 for victory, Glamorgan thanks to 59 not out from Gareth Rees crossed the line with 4 wickets in hand at The Swalec stadium, much to the delight of the home fans.

The Unicorns suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Nottinghamshire at Wormsley. A total of 200 for 4 was never going to be enough from the team made up of amatuers as Nottinghamshire with 6.3 overs to spare won the contest by 7 wickets. Adam Voges was the hero with a blistering 60 not out.

Chris Murtagh 16/05/11

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