Middlesex slump to yet another defeat

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Matthew Maynard led from the front yesterday to keep Glamorgan in with a chance of reaching the Benson and Hedges Cup quarter-finals. The Glamorgan captain made an unbeaten 151 at Lord's as Middlesex slid to their fourth straight Cup defeat, by six wickets.

Middlesex wasted a good start with the opening pair of Paul Weekes and Jason Harrison putting 71 on the board by the 17th over. Weekes was then lbw for 37 and his captain, Mike Gatting, joined Harrison at the crease.

Gatting's running between the wickets was bizarre, to say the least. He nearly ran out Harrison going for his first single and, five overs later, he did run his partner out, attempting a seemingly impossible run.

Jason Pooley was next in and this partnership also lived dangerously between the wickets until Gatting was eventually out, caught behind for 45. Adrian Dale took the wicket and he went on to complete a tournament- best performance of 5 for 41 as Middlesex lost their last seven wickets while adding only 71 runs in 13 overs.

Glamorgan needed a good start but lost Steve James and Hugh Morris with only 25 scored. Maynard was in prime form, however, striking no fewer than six sixes as well as 10 boundaries and even an all-run four.

Dale helped him add 137 for the third wicket and proved the perfect partner. When he was out, Tony Cottey did equally well while 81 were added for the fourth wicket. However, the Glamorgan captain was the outstanding performer and fully deserved his second gold award of the season.

Yorkshire claimed their third win of the tournament after the seamer, Chris Silverwood, marked his first appearance of the season with a spectacular new-ball burst to secure a 128-run victory over Scotland at Headingley.

Silverwood took 4 for 11 in 16 balls on his way to a return of 5 for 28 as Scotland, chasing a victory target of 271, slumped to 142 all out.

Michael Bevan top-scored with 75 from 84 balls as Yorkshire reached 270 for 7 - mainly thanks to a late run spree from Darren Gough - watched by England's chairman of selectors, Ray Illingworth - who hit a competition- best unbeaten 48 off 32 deliveries.

Durham successfully overcame the Minor Counties after bowling them out for 157 at Chester-le-Street, but Somerset had a more testing encounter with the British Universities at Taunton, with Rob Turner and Keith Parsons rescuing them from an embarrassing defeat with a match-winning eighth- wicket stand.

The students looked to be in a great position after reducing Somerset to 209 for 7 in the 41st over chasing 271 but wicketkeeper Turner (39no) and Parsons (33no) kept their nerve to clinch victory with seven balls to spare.

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