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Spectacular finish keeps Surrey top of Vitality Blast South group

Conor McKerr scored a four on the final ball as Surrey maintained their place atop Vitality Blast’s southern group with a blistering victory over second-placed Somerset.

McKerr smashed the only delivery he faced through the covers to deny Pierre Siddle a hat trick and his side points in dramatic style at the Oval.

Responding to Somerset’s 144 for eight, fly-half Will Jacks gave the home side a strong start and were still there unbeaten on 66 at the end, with 32 of his runs inbounds.

Previously, Tom Banton had topped the visitors with 39 as Gus Atkinson and McKerr took two wickets apiece to limit the damage.

Ian Cockbain and Glenn Phillips both turned 50 to help Gloucestershire beat Kent by five points at Canterbury.

The pair came together at 85 for two, with Cockbain adding 64 for 46 balls and Phillips 62 for 37 – a stroke that included four sixes – as the visitors amassed 195 for four.

Joe DelyJordan Cox, Alex Blake and Jack Leaning, who hit an unbeaten 37 on just 18 balls, all reached the 30s but no further as Mohammad Amir and Josh Shaw took two for 30 and two for 36 respectively to limit the local team. at 190 for five of their 20 overs.

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Sam Northeast plundered a 46-ball 89 as Glamorgan secured an eight-wicket win over Middlesex in Cardiff.

Set 172 for the win, the home side came with 5.4 overs to spare after Northeast, who scored three sixes and 12 fours, and skipper David Lloyd had set up an opening stand of 150.

Previously, Max Holden’s half-century had laid the foundation for Middlesex’s 171-for-seven tally.

Game one had reached 58 from 51 balls when it was caught by Dan Douthwaite’s bowling in the penultimate inning, and Joe Cracknell’s 33 and a quick 19 from Luke Hollman upped the tally, although eventually not far enough.

In the North Group, Northamptonshire’s Saif Zaib dropped eight points from a fine century and found himself on the losing side as Derbyshire secured a six-wicket victory with an over in hand.

Zaib shot 92 from 58, going over the boundary four times and finding the rope eight times, before being knocked out by George Scrimshaw as the visitors moved up to a competitive 186 for seven.

However, 57 from fly-half Shan Masood and a belligerent 73 from Wayne Madsen, with 10 fours and two sixes, eased the home side towards the finish line and Leus du Plooy and Brooke Guest finished the job.

Naveen-ul-Haq was four for 24 from just 22 balls as he helped Leicestershire to a 47 run win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Alex Hales couldn’t stop the Nottinghamshire Outlaws from sliding to defeat against Leicestershire (Simon Marper/PA)

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The visitors made 170 from their full allowance with Lewis Hill (39) and Arron Lilley (23) putting in 45 for the third wicket before Ben Mike’s Wiaan Mulder’s 27 and 29 gave them something to defend.

Sole opener for England Alex Haleswho made 55 of 43 deliveries, threatened to snatch the lead from Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire had two more balls to play when last man Dane Paterson was fired by Naveen.

Spectacular finish keeps Surrey top of Vitality Blast South group

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