Lancashire remains at the top as Surrey continues to win in Vitality Blast

Stephen Croft and Dane Vilas broke the half century when Lancashire beat the Notts Outlaws by four wickets to remain at the top of the Vitality Blast North Group.

The 37-year-old Croft played a major role on his homecoming to Blackpool, scoring four fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 61 of 44 balls. Vilas added 55 as Lancashire scored an easy 180 for a win that blew visitors’ hopes of finishing in the last eight.

Knotts’ 179 balls out of seven include Samit Patel’s 45 balls out of 36 and Captain Dan Christian’s unbeaten 30 balls out of 14.

Derbyshire picked up their fourth straight win with a seven-wicket win over the Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Sam Conners (three of 25) and Matty McKiernan (two of 18) did the most damage as the Bears were capped at 159 for seven despite Sam Haine’s best efforts with an unbeaten 73 of 40 balls.

But the visitors easily met their modest goal, with Wayne Madsen scoring 55 out of 34 as they scored 160 on three with 11 spares.

Rehan Ahmed had a career-best record as Leicestershire provided a vital boost to their campaign with a 51 win over Durham in their Chester-le-Street clash.

Viaan Mulder was a key player for the Foxes, scoring 54 of 33 goals after the visitors were in danger – 80 of six.

The South African international timed the ball perfectly, hitting four fours and two sixes to get his side up to a defended total of 157 of 9, something the hosts could never achieve as Ahmed took four of 22 and colleague Callum Parkinson three of 16.

Kieron Pollard scored 34 as Surrey took a four-wicket victory over Hampshire to maintain their unbeaten start in the South Group.

Pollard hit two sixes and three fours from 22 balls, while Surrey easily hit their modest goal of 152 and stayed at the top of the table.

Hampshire, for whom James Fuller has scored 39 unbeaten and Liam Dawson has scored two of 21, never looked at the hunt and saw their five-match unbeaten streak come to an end.

Riley Rossow climbed to the top of the Blast scorer rankings as Somerset stayed on track for a home knockout with an eight-wicket Essex rout at Chelmsford.

Rossow scored 85, not just 36, ahead of Northamptonshire’s Chris Lynn and Surrey’s James Vince in the standings as the visitors easily caught up with 189 to win.

Somerset skipper Tom Abell provided great support, scoring 62 unbeaten as the visitors ran home with 15 balls in hand.

Joe Cracknell and John Simpson forged a capable partnership of 91 as the Middlesex ended their six-game losing streak by beating South Group slugger Kent by seven wickets.

Cracknell, with an undefeated 43 of 37 balls, and Simpson (46 of 35) shared the only big position in the game with a low scoring to secure a 15-innings win for Middlesex.

Defending champions Kent, languishing at the bottom of the table, limped to 141 of nine after deciding to bat, strangled during middle overs by the Middlesex trio of Chris Green, Thylane Wallalavita and Luke Hallman.

Glamorgan took only their third win in 10 matches in the competition with a four-wicket success against Sussex in Cardiff.

Sam Northeast scored 57 of 43 innings and the powerful Dan Doubthwaite led the hosts home with over an over as they successfully beat the goal set by Sussex of 150 for the win.