One-Day Cup round-up: Holders Notts win maintains knockout dreams

Royal London One-Day Cup holders Nottinghamshire held their nerve in a tight tussle with Worcestershire to claim a vital win over the North Group leaders.

Luke Fletcher picked up career-best figures of 4-20, including the prized wickets of England hopeful Joe Clarke and record-breaker Callum Ferguson, who struck 192 on debut earlier this week, as Notts defended a 202-run total.

England outcast Moeen Ali also finished with career-best white-ball figures, taking 4-33 for Worcestershire, but the county struggled with their chase and were always up against it after collapsing to 28-4.

Worcestershire stay top of the table despite the defeat, while Notts moved to within one point of first place.

Heino Kuhn and Darren Stevens proved the stars of the show for Kent as they thrashed Surrey by 220 runs at Beckenham.

The South African batsman made 117 to help Kent to a record-equalling club total of 384-8, Joe Denly (78) and Alex Blake (59 off 26 balls) also proved dangerous with the bat, as Kent matched their previous best, scored in 1996 against Berkshire.

It was then the turn of 42-year-old Stevens to steal the show as he took 6-25, List A career-best figures, bowling Surrey out for 164, Jason Roy top-scoring for the visitors with 68.

Glamorgan secured their first win of the tournament thanks to an unbeaten 95 from Colin Ingram as they defeated Sussex by six wickets.

The Glamorgan captain was aided in the chase by youngster Kiran Carlson, who hit 59 not out and put on 98 in 10 overs with Ingram to see their side home.

Sussex were put into bat earlier in the day and following a rapid start through Luke Wright (41 off 34 balls) succumbed to the controlled bowling. David Wiese (67) and Michael Burgess (58) gave Sussex some hope with a 120-run sixth-wicket partnership to help them to 277-8 from their 50 overs.

However, it wasn’t enough and Glamorgan blasted 47 runs off the final 20 balls of their innings to wrap up the win.

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Gloucestershire suffered a frustrating afternoon after they were made to leave Taunton with only a point when poor weather meant they were able to complete just six overs of their reply to Somerset‘s 211.

Heavy rain battered the ground and left parts of the outfield under water, causing umpires Richard Illingworth and Ben Debenham to abandon the game and call it a draw.

Chris Dent had enough time to smash four boundaries as Gloucestershire attempted to stay ahead of the DLS total, but the weather eventually won.

The result keeps them one point behind Somerset, who remain in the final knockout position but have played a game more.

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