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Nick Compton lifts Somerset to T20 quarter-final in Worcestershire win

8th July 2012

• Reward for topping group is a tie against Essex
• Essex go through on point from abandoned match

The Friends Life t20 line-up for the quarter-finals was decided on Sunday. The ties (to be played on 24 and 25 July) are Nottinghamshire v Hampshire, Somerset v Essex, Sussex v Gloucestershire, Yorkshire v Worcestershire. Finals day is on 25 August at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff.

Somerset topped the Midlands/Wales/West Group after Nick Compton and James Hildreth inspired them to a seven-wicket win against Worcestershire at New Road.

Phil Hughes helped the hosts to a respectable, if not defendable, 119 for seven, with Albie Morkel (three for 30) the pick of Somerset’s bowlers. But last year’s beaten finalists were languishing on 61 for three in their reply before an unbroken stand of 59 from Compton and Hildreth saw them home with seven balls to spare.

All was not lost for their beaten opponents, however, as Glamorgan’s 22-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method over Warwickshire sent Worcestershire through by virtue of a healthier run-rate, with both sides on 11 points.

Gloucestershire also profited from Warwickshire’s slip-up at Edgbaston, and they were grateful for the Duckworth-Lewis method after beating Northamptonshire by eight wickets at Wantage Road.

In a rain-hit encounter Gloucestershire were given a target of 23 from five overs after Northamptonshire had fallen to 31 for four in 8.3 overs.

The result should never have been in doubt but despite losing the captain Hamish Marshall and Ed Cowan, lbw and run out by David Willey respectively, the opener Benny Howell struck three fours in an unbeaten 12 to help Gloucestershire to their total after 2.2 overs.

Essex completed the last-eight line-up despite their match with Hampshire at the Rose Bowl being rained off without a ball being bowled. The point collected meant James Foster’s side qualified alongside Sussex and Hampshire from the South Group as one of the two best third-placed sides.

Surrey‘s miserable campaign in the competition at least ended on a winning note with a seven-wicket victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method over the group winners Sussex.

Set 62 in five overs after rain had forced a lengthy delay, Surrey reached their target in the final over thanks to an impressive cameo by Kevin Pietersen, who clubbed 36 off 16 balls.

Sussex had earlier made 104 without loss, with Luke Wright (54 not out) taking his aggregate in this year’s competition to 308 runs, the third best in the country.

Kent also ended their campaign with a flourish, beating fellow also-rans Middlesex by three wickets at Uxbridge. Both teams had only pride to play for and Darren Stevens was Kent’s hero, taking three for 23 to restrict Middlesex to 124 for nine, while he struck three sixes in his 26 as the visitors got over the line with six balls to spare.

In the North Group Durham and Lancashire tied their game at Chester-le-Street but their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals had ended earlier in the day because of Essex’s result at Hampshire.

Lancashire had slipped from 69 for one after nine overs to 133 for eight, with Gareth Breese, Scott Borthwick and Chris Rushworth taking two wickets apiece.

The Durham captain, Dale Benkenstein, (28) had the target down to six off the last over, then two off three balls but Ajmal Shahzad held his nerve to ensure the spoils were shared.

Yorkshire concluded their most successful t20 campaign by beating Derbyshire by 21 runs at Headingley to top the North Group and earn a home tie in the quarter-finals.

Nottinghamshire had to settle for second place but they also guaranteed themselves a home tie in the last eight after Michael Lumb’s 62 off 26 balls saw the Outlaws to a comprehensive 69-run win over the defending champions, Leicestershire, at Trent Bridge. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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