Surrey and Somerset suffered shocking defeats to Sussex and Hampshire, respectively, during a fun night at Vitality Blast.
The Sharks’ five-game losing streak came to an end with Thursday’s 17-race win at Hove as the South Group leaders lost for the first time in this season’s competition.
Opener Will Jacks appeared to be leading Surrey to a goal of 173 as he took his total in this season’s competition to 396 runs with 76 – his fifth fifty of the campaign.
But when he was caught from behind trying to guide a faster ball from midfielder Delray Rawlins to the outside in the 15th over, having hit 11 fours and a six, Surrey’s bottom order quickly doubled and they were out 155 in 18, 2 overs. – their first defeat in any competition this season.
There was a dramatic night in Taunton, where James Vince scored Hampshire’s highest single score in T20 cricket in a 16-run win against Group South runners-up Somerset.
The Hawks captain hit 129 and not just 62, with 10 sixes and nine fours, and was well supported by 19-year-old Tom Prest (62) as Hampshire recorded his highest total in the competition, 208 for five, after losing the thing.
After a brief rain stoppage, Somerset responded with 194 to nine, Rilee Rossouw was top scorer with 55 of 28 and Tom Banton contributed 54 of 38. Chris Wood claimed two for 26.
Elsewhere, Sam Cook’s impressive three-wicker maiden helped keep Essex on the hunt for a spot in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals by beating Middlesex by 21 runs at Lord’s.
Seamer Cook ripped the heart out of Middlesex’s top order with wickets from Max Holden, Joe Cracknell and goalkeeper John Simpson on their way to numbers from three to 23.
That left the hosts at nine-three, needing 162 for the win, and while captain Steve Eskinazi (43) and Jack Davies (41) recovered with a fourth wicket worth 86, the hosts were limited to 140 per eight.
In Group North, leaders Lancashire’s game against Durham was interrupted due to rain in Blackpool.
Substitute captain Steven Croft made his second straight fifty for his home club, but may have been a little relieved as the Lightning were moderately placed at 133 for six after 17.4 overs when the rain hit at 6:30pm.
The result means Lancashire only need to beat Derbyshire on Friday to secure their qualification for the knockout stage.
The Falcons enter this game tending to their wounds after their five-game winning streak was abruptly cut short against Nottingham.
The Outlaws suffered three straight losses before their unfailing 94-run win, posting 247 of six on their way to victory – their highest total in the format.
Ben Duckett hit a season-best 63 and Alex Hales his third half-century into the campaign, while the Outlaws, who suffered a competition-record 261 against Birmingham last week, enjoyed their best night of what has been a disappointing season.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire kept qualification in their own hands by beating Worcestershire, who finished last, by five wickets.
England player Dom Bess destroyed the Rapids’ midfield order en route to a career-best three-for-15 T20 of his four overs after the home team was put out to bat.
Worcestershire newcomer Kashif Ali and goalkeeper Gareth Roderick added an unbroken 73 to allow Rapids to set a goal of 151 on a green field.
But an undefeated 46 from former Worcestershire player Tom Kohler-Cadmore saw his team at home with 5.2 overs to spare.