Sussex delivered a psychological blow ahead of the Friends Provident Trophy final with a narrow victory over Lord's opponents Hampshire in the First Division of the Pro40 League at Arundel yesterday
Hampshire looked dead and buried when they slumped to 23 for 4 in pursuit of Sussex's total of 224 for 9, but they fought their way back thanks to Michael Carberry (55) and Dimitri Mascarenhas (76). They needed 21 from the last two overs but finished four runs short after Mascarenhas became James Kirtley's fourth victim in the penultimate over. The result means Sussex have won their last 12 limited-overs games and go top of the table with two wins from two.
Yorkshire ended a run of 10 consecutive matches without a win in all competitions by beating Durham Dynamos by 13 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method at Scarborough yesterday. Replying to Yorkshire's 199 for 7, Durham were given a rousing start by Phil Mustard and Ian Blackwell who racked up 85 in 10 overs, but fell away to 154 all out as Rana Naved-ul-Hasan took three wickets. Yorkshire were given a cracking start of their own by Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Gale who put on 81 together in 17 overs. Gale made 83 and a frenetic 42 from 15 balls by Naved rallied the home side after a mid-innings hiccup.
Middlesex eased to victory over Surrey at Guildford with 29 balls to spare. Chasing 214, an opening stand worth 118 in 22 overs between Dawid Malan and Nick Compton set them well on course. Malan was run out but Compton teamed up with Owais Shah, who scored a jaunty 57 from 45 balls, to usher the visitors home.