Amla guides Surrey to victory
A review of Friday's action in the NatWest T20 Blast, including wins for Surrey, Worcestershire and Lancashire.
Kevin Pietersen's Surrey beat Glamorgan but he once again struggled to make an impact in Friday's NatWest T20 Blast South Group encounter at the Swalec Stadium.
Pietersen contributed just one run before being dismissed on the fifth ball he faced, edging Dean Cosker behind to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace.
It was the third match in this competition for the former England batsman, with the previous two having seen him post five and then not even get to crease.
His team-mate Hashim Amla had a far more constructive time in the middle, striking 55 as Surrey made a total of 165 for five, and although Jim Allenby (52) replied with a half-century of his own, Glamorgan fell short with 148 for eight, Tom Curran and Jade Dernbach taking three and two wickets respectively.
In the North Group, leaders Worcestershire's winning streak extended to six matches with an eight-wicket home triumph over Birmingham Bears, for whom Jonathan Trott continued his comeback with a low-key innings.
Trott made 39, including one six, off 38 balls while Shoaib Malik posted 50 as the visitors struggled to 133 for eight.
Jack Shantry and Chris Russell took three wickets each for Worcestershire, who then reached their target in 14.3 overs, skipper Daryl Mitchell leading the way with 62 not out.
Second-placed Lancashire also won, seeing off defending champions Northamptonshire by 53 runs at Old Trafford with Jos Buttler proving the star of the show with the bat.
Buttler hit an unbeaten 58, featuring three fours and three sixes, off 26 deliveries as part of the home side's 187 for three, to which Northants managed a reply of 134 all out, Junaid Khan their chief tormenter with figures of three for 16.
Riki Wessels notched 95 not out off 51 balls to help Nottinghamshire to a 27-run home victory against Derbyshire.
Wessels' knock, which included 10 fours and four sixes, was the centre-piece of an Outlaws innings that closed on 206 for five, and although Derbyshire battled in reply, with half-centuries coming from Wayne Madsen (65) and Gareth Cross (54), they could only get to 179 for seven inside their 20 overs.
Some lusty late batting from Tom Wells saw Leicestershire wrap up victory at Durham in the evening's other North Group encounter.
The away side needed an unlikely-looking 26 from the last two overs to win as they chased their opponents' 177 for seven, but after Wells struck 22 in the 19th - three sixes and a four - as part of his 31 not out off 18 deliveries, his team were over the line with five balls to spare for a four-wicket win. Ned Eckersley was their top-scorer with 43.
In the South Group, Eoin Morgan's half-century was in vain as table-toppers Essex beat rock-bottom Middlesex by two wickets in a thriller at Chelmsford.
Morgan hit seven fours and two sixes in a knock of 69 that pushed the visitors to their 153 for five, but his side were undone as contributions of 42 from Mark Pettini, 34 from Ryan ten Doeschate and then an unbeaten 33 from Tim Phillips took Essex to past that total with only two wickets and balls remaining.
Phillips was the hero at the death, hitting two sixes in a final over that Essex required 13 from to win.
Second-placed Hampshire just about saw out victory, emerging with a two-run triumph from their home clash with Gloucestershire.
After Jimmy Adams' 69 not out had sent Hampshire on their way to 180 for six, Will Smith did considerable damage with the ball with three wickets and the away side were left needing 20 from the final over to win.
Tom Smith (30 not out) proceeded to smash three fours in a row to get the nerves going. Top-scorer Benny Howell was then run out on 50 and after the concluding delivery Gloucestershire had got to 178 for eight.
Friday's other match saw Sussex claim a 35-run win at Kent, Luke Wright posting 85 in the away side's 149 for eight before Kent slumped to 114 all out, Steffan Piolet claiming three wickets.