Payne stars for Gloucestershire

  • Last Updated: August 5 2014, 23:24 BST

David Payne claimed four wickets as Gloucestershire strengthened their position at the top of Group A with a seven-wicket Royal London One-Day Cup win over Leicestershire in a rain-affected match at Bristol.

David Payne took four wickets
David Payne took four wickets

The visitors posted 136 for eight from 25 overs after losing the toss, their innings having been interrupted by the weather at 61 for four after 15 overs. Greg Smith top scored with an unbeaten 55 off 73 balls with six fours and a six, while Payne returned four for 23 from six overs.

Gloucestershire's target was revised to 131 under the Duckworth-Lewis system and they coasted to victory with 13 balls to spare, skipper Michael Klinger unbeaten on 55 and Will Gidman on 39 not out.

Essex made it two wins from three as they easily beat Lancashire by six wickets at Chelmsford.

Matt Salisbury picked up a career-best four for 55 in his allocation of 10 overs and Tom Westley struck a superb 84 as the home side reached the target of 248 with 71 deliveries to spare.

Steven Croft top-scored for Lancashire with 51 but his team are still searching for a first win after three games.

Yorkshire enjoyed a comfortable evening at Wantage Road as they hammered Northamptonshire by six wickets.

The hosts' 209 for seven was overhauled in 34 overs as Alex Lees reeled off his maiden list A century, which highlighted his side's dominance.

He made 102 and Lyth 84 as Yorkshire raced to 213 for four in a contest reduced to 38 overs per side because of a late start.

In Group B, a century in 101 balls by Peter Trego and a five-star show by Tim Groenewald with bat and ball sealed a comfortable 117-run victory for Somerset over Warwickshire.

Former Bears all-rounder Groenewald blasted 57 from 35 balls towards a total of 298 for five and then took three for 37, including two wickets in three deliveries when the home side were ahead of Somerset's initial scoring rate.

Laurie Evans made 50 before driving to cover off Alfonso Thomas (three for 30) and the Warwickshire innings folded for 181 after two wickets in four balls for Lewis Gregory as Somerset went top of the group.

Zafar Ansari hit Mitch Claydon for two legside sixes in an astonishing final over in which Surrey failed to score from the last two balls to tie with Kent who joined Somerset on five points.

Kent's 314 for eight was equalled by Surrey's 314 for nine, but the hosts will be kicking themselves after coming so close.

Left-hander Ansari, who came in at number nine despite being Surrey's championship opener, lifted Claydon's first ball of the final over to mid-wicket for six as Surrey chased 16 to win and then hit a two wide of deep square cover before straight-driving the Kent fast bowler for another maximum.

With two runs needed from three balls, it seemed as if Surrey must win but, after Ansari took a dabbed single from the fourth ball, Gareth Batty swung and missed at the fifth ball and then drove the last ball straight to mid-off where James Tredwell stopped it to run Batty out for two.

Yasir Arafat led Sussex to a remarkable three-wicket win over Durham at Hove to boost their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Sussex looked to be heading for their third defeat out of three when they were reduced to 191 for seven in the 34th over, chasing 288.

But Arafat (55) had other ideas, leading his side home with 11 balls to spare with his first one-day half-century for two years, ably assisted by Will Beer (45) in a stand of 97.