Vikings on top at Headingley
A review of Friday’s action in the NatWest T20 Blast, including an eight wicket victory for Yorkshire Vikings,
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Yorkshire were celebrating their first win as local youngster Alex Lees upstaged Australia star Aaron Finch on his debut in the Vikings' eight-wicket win over Derbyshire.
Lees, 21, struck nine fours in his unbeaten 61 while Jonny Bairstow added 29 not out off 16 balls as Yorkshire passed Derbyshire's 127 for six with plenty to spare at Headingley.
Finch, the top-ranked T20 batsman in international cricket, struck his third ball for six but he could only make 19 before being caught and bowled by compatriot Marcus North and it was down to Lees to lead Yorkshire home.
In the same division, defending champions Northamptonshire suffered their first defeat of this season's NatWest T20 Blast after slumping to a comprehensive five-wicket loss at the hands of Worcestershire.
Newcomer Richard Oliver smashed 77 off 43 while his opening partner Moeen Ali struck 41 as Worcestershire chased down Northamptonshire's 134 for seven with almost six overs in hand at New Road.
England international Moeen had earlier claimed two for 23 to help peg back Northamptonshire, who had looked on for a big score as David Willey, the star of last season's final mauling of Surrey, clubbed four sixes in a rapid 34 at the top of the order.
The result ends the last unbeaten record in the North Division with Northamptonshire having picked up five points from their opening three games.
Lancashire celebrated the news of Andrew Flintoff's imminent return to their team with a 15-run home victory over Birmingham Bears in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday.
The hosts - for whom it has been confirmed Flintoff will be making a playing comeback in this tournament, which could happen next week - posted 126 all out after winning the toss and opting to bat, with opener Tom Smith top-scoring with 44 off 27 balls.
They then bowled out their opponents for 111 as Junaid Khan claimed four wickets, Lancashire securing a fourth straight win and strengthening their position at the top of the North Group.
The efforts of Steven Mullaney proved not enough for Nottinghamshire as they slipped to a three-run defeat in a thrilling finale to their Natwest T20 Blast clash with Durham at Trent Bridge.
The home side appeared well in control of the contest after Mullaney's four wickets had helped them reduce their opponents to 132 for eight in the opening 20 overs.
He then ended the match unbeaten at the crease on 26, but Nottinghamshire had only managed to get to 129 for seven before time ran out.
An unbeaten 65 from birthday boy Chris Cooke helped Glamorgan beat Sussex by five wickets in the NatWest T20 Blast.
West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy, who signed for Glamorgan this week, hit the winning runs at the SWALEC Stadium but it was Cooke who ensured a successful chase by finding the boundary 12 times.
Jacques Rudolph put together a half-century for the Welsh county off 44 balls while Matt Prior and Ed Joyce top-scored for Sussex with 39 runs each.
Graham Wagg, Michael Hogan and Jim Allenby claimed two wickets apiece in Cardiff, but the Sharks would suffer a second consecutive defeat.
James Vince and Owais Shah hit unbeaten half-centuries to lead Hampshire to a thumping eight-wicket win over Essex in their Natwest T20 Blast match at The Rose Bowl.
Vince hit 57 and Shah 50 as Hampshire convincingly won the battle of the South Division's top two with 16 balls to spare.
Having reduced Essex to 145 for five, the hosts recovered from the loss of Michael Carberry for a duck in the first over to post 146 for two.
Alex Blake hit a timely 41 off 30 balls to rescue the Kent innings and inspire them to a 21-run win over Gloucestershire in their NatWest T20 Blast match at Canterbury.
The hosts were rocking at 63 for four when Blake came to the crease and soon slipped to 74 for five in the 12th over of the South Division clash.
But the 25-year-old hit five fours and a six as he compiled a career best T20 score, guiding the hosts to a far more healthier-looking 136 for seven before being stumped off the last ball.
Adam Riley then did huge damage with the ball, the spinner tearing through Gloucestershire's top order with figures of four for 22 before Doug Bollinger ended any hopes of a late rally with two for 15.
A smattering of classy shots from South African Hashim Amla eased Surrey to a six-wicket win in the NatWest T20 Blast London derby as Middlesex Panthers slipped to a fifth successive defeat.
The right-hander, making his first appearance in the competition this summer having replaced injured compatriot Graeme Smith, produced an effortless 39 as the hosts cruised to victory with eight balls to spare.
Such were the deficiencies in the Panthers' batting - which has passed 117 only twice in five T20 innings - Surrey did not even miss former England batsman Kevin Pietersen who was ruled out of a first appearance of the season with a finger injury following his Indian Premier League exploits.