Hick shows his class as Worcestershire cruise to win

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Graeme Hick smashed a century as Worcestershire comfortably defeated Kent in the National League First Division at New Road.

The former England batsman hit 108 from 107 balls and shared a second-wicket stand of 127 with Stephen Peters (43) as Worcestershire reached 271 for four from their allotted overs.

Kent never looked likely to threaten that target when openers Mark Ealham (19) and Michael Carberry (8) departed cheaply. David Leatherdale cleared out the tail, taking five for 36 as Kent were skittled for just 132 in 31.5 overs.

Glamorgan needed just 27.1 overs to cruise to their victory target against Yorkshire at Headingley. Rain interrupted Yorkshire's innings at 94 for 3 in the 22nd over and when they returned matters got worse. Yuvraj Singh fell for 34 as the hosts made just 153 for 7 in their rain-shortened 32 overs.

Michael Powell (47) and Matthew Maynard (37) helped Glamorgan home despite the loss of opener Robert Croft for a duck and they clinched a four-wicket win, reaching 165 for six in the 28th over.

The First Division leaders, Surrey, were rained off without a ball being bowled in their match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Somerset were outclassed at the Rose Bowl as Hampshire gave a batting masterclass in the Second Division before showing their visitors the way with the ball. Derek Kenway (115) and Hampshire captain John Crawley (66) piled on 138 for the first wicket to set up an impressive 248 for 3.

In response, Somerset never threatened to score quickly enough and Dimitri Mascarenhas' 4 for 3 helped restrict them to 149 all out in the 40th over. Rob Turner and Jamie Cox top scored with 27 apiece.

Lancashire's medium pacer Sajid Mahmood claimed three for 41 as Scotland were restricted to 192 for 8 at Old Trafford, but it was not enough for the home side who crashed to a 41-run defeat. Peter Martin and Glen Chapple picked up two apiece as the visitors' resistance was restricted to scores of 60 by both Greig Williamson and Colin Smith. But Lancashire never got into their stride and could only post 151 all out from 42.1 overs.

No play was possible for second-placed Derbyshire's game against Durham at the Riverside.

Elsewhere, Middlesex recovered from 44 for 3 at home to the Second Division leaders Northamptonshire to reach 200 for 7, mainly thanks to Ed Joyce (61) and David Nash (50). The pair shared a fourth-wicket stand of 84 and Simon Cook's 38 off 28 balls gave the score to a more respectable level.

But Northamptonshire cantered to the target thanks to 86 not out from Mike Hussey and 75 not out from David Sales. The pair shared a 142-run third-wicket stand to guide Northamptonshire home in 44.3 overs.