Jonathan Trott became the highest scorer in a Twenty20 Cup season as Warwickshire beat Somerset by one run to claim second place in the Midlands/Wales/West Division at Edgbaston yesterday.
The 28-year-old opener made 38 from 27 balls – reaching 469 runs from 10 innings this summer – and surpassed a record set by Somerset's captain, Justin Langer, with an aggregate of 464 in the 2006 campaign.
Trott was outscored on the day by Jim Troughton (62) and Rikki Clarke, unbeaten with 51, as Warwickshire amassed 193 for six, their highest total in the competition this season.
That was just good enough to secure their seventh group win and set up a last-eight tie with Sussex. Somerset were given a flying start by Langer (33) and Marcus Trescothick (39) but were unable to score the necessary seven runs in a brilliant final over by Jeetan Patel. The New Zealand off-spinner, who had earlier pegged back Somerset by dismissing Zander de Bruyn and James Hildreth, conceded just five singles and claimed the key wicket of Craig Kieswetter.
Durham will line up against Kent in the quarter-finals after crushing Leicestershire by six wickets with 22 balls to spare in the final North Division group match at Grace Road.
With Mitchell Claydon and Ben Harmison taking three wickets apiece, the Dynamos restricted the Foxes to 133 for eight, despite a fine captain's innings of 63 from Boeta Dippenaar.
Durham then made short work of the run-chase after Australian David Warner struck a blistering 44 off 18 balls in an opening partnership of 75 in seven overs with Phil Mustard.
An unbeaten club record partnership of 162 between Steven Croft and VVS Laxman handed Lancashire their eighth win in the competition as they beat Nottinghamshire by nine wickets.
Croft thrashed nine fours and three sixes in his innings of 83 from 47 balls while Laxman hit eight fours and two sixes to finish 78 not out off 53 balls. It completed a fine all-round game for Croft, who had earlier picked up two for 35 and a catch in the Notts innings.
The pair overhauled the Notts total of 173 for seven with two overs to spare and meant David Hussey's 55 from 32 balls was in vain for the hosts, who miss out on third place in the North Division. Lancashire will now face Somerset.
Dimitri Mascarenhas and Sean Ervine excelled with both bat and ball to sink Essex by six wickets and book Hampshire's place in the quarter-finals against Northamptonshire.
Between them they took five wickets as the home side were restricted to 149 for six, and then they shared an unbroken stand of 66 runs in seven overs to see their side home.
Meanwhile, Brett Lee remains hopeful he will be selected in Australia's team for the first Ashes Test after taking four wickets in the tourists' first warm-up match with Sussex, which ended in a draw on Saturday.
"I'll be out there playing the hardest and competing the best I can. If I am doing that I expect to be playing in that first Test match," he said.Reuse content