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Pujara’s 107 not enough as Warwickshire win nail-biter

728 runs were scored in the Group A match at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, with Gloucestershire securing a six-run victory by defending 367 runs. Chris Dent’s 117 and Marcus Harris’s 94 laid the foundation for Gloucestershire’s dominant score, while James Bracey and Oliver Price contributed cameos. But Durham remained in contention throughout the chase thanks to the contributions of every batter. Paul Coughlin’s score of 77 was the highest for the home team, while five other hitters surpassed 30. With 19 required in the last over, Coughlin was dismissed early in the final over by Tom Price, who finished with 4 for 70 and propelled his team to victory.

a match between Warwickshire and Sussex

Cheteshwar Pujara’s 107 runs off 79 balls were in vain as Sussex fell short of Warwickshire’s 311-run mark, losing by four runs at Edgbaston Birmingham. Robert Yates’s 111 and half-centuries from Will Rhodes (76) and Michael Burgess (58) helped Warwickshire amass over 300 runs after batting first. Ali Orr (81) supported Pujara with a solid knock, allowing Sussex to maintain some hope. During his stay, Pujara hit seven fours and two sixes, including three fours and a six against Liam Norwell in the 45th over, shortly after Krunal Pandya was dismissed for 3 for 51. With 20 required off the last two overs, Oliver Hannon-Dalby took the crucial wicket of Pujara on the first ball of the 49th over, with two overs remaining. After that, the conclusion was mild, as Sussex was restricted to 306/7.

a match between Nottinghamshire and Middlesex

Middlesex and Nottinghamshire engaged in a high-scoring match in Gorse Lane, Grantham, with both teams over 300. Middlesex defended 355 runs while limiting Nottinghamshire to 328, resulting in a victory for the team that batted first. Umesh Yadav played a crucial role for Middlesex with the ball, taking 4 for 54. After Nottinghamshire were 31/2 chasing, Haseeb Hameed (114) and Ben Slater (90) formed a formidable partnership. Toby Greatwood’s dismissal of Hameed and Martin Andersson’s dismissal of Fateh Singh’s (45) entertaining knock in the last overs kept Nottinghamshire in check.

Stevie Eskinazi (135) and Sam Robson (103) provided a solid foundation for Middlesex with their 234-run partnership for the second wicket. At one point, after reaching 269/1 in the 36th over, Middlesex were poised for 400. They were nonetheless bowled out for 355 runs, which was ultimately sufficient.

a match between Leicestershire and Somerset

Beuran Hendricks (3-36), Wiaan Mulder (3-51), and Roman Walker (2-51) contributed to Leicestershire’s 45-run victory by securing the majority of the wickets. Kimber and Harry Swindells (70) led the fightback with a 115-run partnership for the fifth wicket, allowing their team to achieve a formidable total after being put into bat at 67/4. Somerset lost wickets at regular intervals, and despite Matt Renshaw (55) and George Bartlett (46) putting up a fight, they were bowled out for 224 runs short.

Northamptonshire as opposed to Glamorgan

Northamptonshire defeated Glamorgan by six wickets at the County Ground in Northampton thanks to a clinical performance across the board. Glamorgan was limited to 221 runs by Saif Zaib’s four-wicket haul, Ben Sanderson’s and Nathan Buck’s combined five-wicket haul, and Nathan Buck’s two wickets. David Lloyd tallied the highest score of 65, but a succession of single-digit scores brought Glamorgan’s total to 125/6. The bottom order performed significantly better, allowing their team to surpass 200 runs. In rapid succession, Ricardo Vasconcelos and Emilio Gay’s opening stand of 188 runs set up the chase. Vasconcelos scored 104 off of 105 balls, while Gay scored 81 off of 76. While Glamorgan did collect a few wickets, it was too little, too late, as Northamptonshire crossed the finish line with 14.1 overs to spare.

Hampshire versus Derbyshire

In a duel of the middle orders, No. 7 Toby Albert’s unbeaten 84 eclipsed No. 5 Brooke Guest’s 82 as Hampshire defeated Derbyshire by two wickets at the County Ground in Derby. Guest’s 101-ball innings, combined with good contributions from Anuj Dal (42) and Alex Hughes (31), enabled Derbyshire end with 246/9 after being asked to bat. In the chase, Hampshire also got off to a poor start, falling to 68/5 at one point. Fletcha Middleton’s 64 and Scott Currie’s 24 helped the visitors cross the finish line in the penultimate over, with Fletcha Albert ensuring that his team remained in the hunt.

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