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A County Practice 7/5

UPDATED 07 May, 2013 3:42PM AEST | 4

A scintillating century from Marcus North was the highlight in the English 40-over competition overnight.

Unicorns 9-153 lost to Gloucestershire 1-156 (Klinger 52*) by nine wickets at Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
Gloucestershire recovered from a heavy defeat in their first Pro40 match of the season to record a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over the Unicorns. Skipper Michael Klinger led his side’s run chase with a calculated innings of 52 not out to win with 16.4 overs remaining.

Lancashire 9-216 (Katich 4) lost to Durham 5-218 by five wickets at Old Trafford.
Lancashire, semi-finalists last year, have started the 2013 Pro40 season with a defeat at the hands of Durham. Simon Katich failed to capitalise on his outstanding County Championship form, making just 4 before he was caught behind. Katich’s side posted a target of 216, which Durham negotiated without too many issues.

Glamorgan 3-280 (North 137*) defeated Middlesex 9-254 (Rogers 22, Hogan 3-57) by 26 runs at Lord’s.
Marcus North scored a brilliant century to lead Glamorgan to its second win from as many matches this summer. North’s knock of 137 not out came from 98 balls and included 16 fours and three sixes as his side posted Middlesex a target of 281. Chris Rogers, fresh from his double-hundred in the County Championship, looked in great touch before a leading edge ended his innings on 22. Michael Hogan backed up his performance in the previous match, taking 3-57 to reduce Middlesex to 9-254 from their 40 overs.

Hampshire 228 (Bailey 9) lost to Surrey 1-229 by nine wickets at The Oval.
Surrey made light work of Hampshire’s 228 to win by nine wickets with 8.4 overs to spare. George Bailey was caught on the boundary for nine as he looked to increase the run-rate in the middle stages of his side’s innings. Bailey will be able to spend some more time in the middle when Hampshire take on Gloucestershire in the next round of the County Championship from Wednesday.

Kent 8-239 (Woakes 2-46) defeated Warwickshire 238 (Bell 35, Trott 3, Woakes 8) by one run at Edgbaston.
The match between Kent and Warwickshire saw a number of English players post modest results in an absolute thriller at Edgbaston. Chris Woakes took 2-46 as Kent posted a total of 8-239. Ian Bell got himself to 35 from just 23 balls before being caught at midwicket, while Jonathan Trott (3) and Woakes (8) failed to make an impression. A run-out off the final ball ensured an incredible victory for the Spitfires in their first match of the Pro40 season.

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First Posted 07 May, 2013 10:38AM AEST

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