Shane Warne let his Hampshire side off practice before their eight-wicket C&G Trophy win over Surrey at Whitgift School yesterday.
But that did not hinder captain Warne, who took 6 for 42 in a masterful display of leg-spin bowling as Surrey were out for 166. In reply, Hampshire knocked off the required runs with the minimum of fuss. Michael Carberry was Hampshire's mainstay, hitting 88 from 84 balls.
While Hampshire climbed into second place, the South Conference leaders Sussex lost by six wickets to Kent, ending their 100 per cent record. In their sixth match of the tournament, Sussex made 284 for 9 at Tunbridge Wells. Richard Montgomerie's 127 provided the backbone. But Sussex found Kent's middle order hard to crack.
The North Conference leaders Lancashire were at one stage in trouble against Scotland but recovered to win by five wickets. Replying to Scotland's 167, Lancashire slumped to 28 for 3 before Stuart Law and Luke Sutton steered them home.
Durham beat Yorkshire by two wickets at the Riverside, despite Craig White making a hundred for the visitors. Australian Jimmy Maher hit 124 not out in reply, but it was Steve Harmison who was the unlikely hero with the bat, hitting the last ball off Ashes foe Jason Gillespie for four.