Middlesex finally gets its act together; Boje and van der Wath shine
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Ground:Grace Road, Leicester, Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, County Ground, Bristol, County Ground, New Road, Worcester, The Rose Bowl, Southampton, Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood
Scorecard:Leicestershire v Yorkshire, Durham v Lancashire, Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, Glamorgan v Northamptonshire, Gloucestershire v Somerset, Worcestershire v Warwickshire, Hampshire v Kent, Middlesex v Essex
Player:AD Brown, GG Wagg, JA Rudolph, AW Gale, N Boje, JJ van der Wath, ME Trescothick, JL Langer, VS Solanki, IJL Trott, AD Mascarenhas, DI Stevens, NJ Dexter
Event:Twenty20 Cup 2009

DateLine: 27th June 2009


North Division


The match between Durham and Lancashire was washed out without a ball being bowled at Chester-le-Street.


Chasing 164 runs to win, Yorkshire openers Gale and Rudolph put on a century opening partnership, but their effort was not enough to prevent Yorkshire from slipping to a 11-run defeat against Leicestershire. Andrew Harris and Wayne White took two wickets apiece for Leicestershire. They had managed to muster 164 off their 20 overs with several batsmen getting starts but none going on to make a substantial score.


Nottinghamshire secured a comfortable eight-wicket win over Derbyshire at Trent Bridge. Ali Brown top scored with a blistering 65 off 42 balls to seal the win. Earlier Graham Wagg's half-century led Derbyshire to 165 for 6. The Derbyshire innings lost momentum and direction in the middle but a timely knock from Wavell Hinds who made 45 off 31 balls propelled Derbyshire to a defendable total on a pitch that was good for batting.


Midlands, Wales, West Division


On the back of some exceptional bowling performances from the former South African internationals, Nicky Boje and van der Wath Northamptonshire defeated Glamorgan by 20 runs at at Cardiff. Defending a modest 157, Boje and van der Wath took 3 for 14 and 2 for 19 respectively to limit Glamorgan to 137 for 9. For Northamptonshire Riki Wessels top-scored for Northamptonshire with rather a sedate 66 off 44 balls and led them to 157 for 7.


The Somerset batsmen have made it a habit to haul their team from the depths of despair and lead them to victory in some stirring chases. Down and almost out with the scoreboard reading a miserable 23 for 4, Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego first steadied the wobbling innings and then after making sure that the run-rate was within their reach launched into the bowling and helped Somerset chase down the target of 174 with one over to spare. Somerset's openers, Marcus Trescothick and Justin Langer, were dismissed for 1 each and their situation worsened before Kieswetter and Trego united in a 79-run stand for the fifth wicket. Trego was dismissed for 49, while Kieswetter reached 84 before he was. In Gloucestershire's innings they had a solid start, reaching 101 for 1 before a collapse crippled their innings.


Jonathan Trott with an unbeaten on 86 off 62 balls steered his side to a seven-wicket victory in the final over against Worcestershire. Warwickshire were set to chase 163 for win and Trott and his opening partner Neil Carter added 105 for the first wicket. Trott stayed firm to the end to anchor the chase. For Worcestershire Vikram Solanki could not repeat his previous pyrotechnics as he was dismissed for eight. Useful contributions from Ali, Ben Smith and Ashley Noffke propped up the innings but their efforts were not enough.


South Division


Kent secured a seven-wicket win against Hampshire. Kent had slipped to 30 for 3 in their pursuit of 131 before Stevens and Geraint Jones shared an unbroken partnership of 102 to secure victory. Earlier Hampshire was reduced to a pathetic 42 for 6 before Dimitri Mascarenhas scored 45 and resurrected the innings.


Middlesex was able to put together a team effort to defeat Essex by 23 runs. Electing to bat first the cornerstone of Middlesex innings was Neil Dexter’s blistering half-century and the other notable contribution was only from Owais Shah. The pair added 100 for the second wicket before a succession of quick wickets left them on 166 for 5 after 20 overs. The total, however, proved to be enough, for Middlesex's bowlers ran through the Essex batting line-up. Tyron Henderson took 3 for 34 and Dawid Malan picked up 2 for 10.