Surrey and Somerset suffered shocking defeats to Sussex and Hampshire respectively during a captivating Vitality Blast evening.
The Sharks’ five-game losing streak ended with a 17-round win over the Hove on Thursday as the South Group leaders lost in this season’s competition for the first time.
Rookie Will Jacks appeared to lead Surrey to a goal of 173 as he brought his total in this season’s competition to 396 from 76 – his fifth fifty of the campaign.
But when he was caught behind trying to send a faster ball offside from left-hander Delray Rawlins in the 15th over, hitting 11 fours and a six, Surrey’s bottom order quickly folded and they lost 155 in 18.2 overs. their first loss in any competition this season.
The Hawks skipper hit 129, not 62, with 10 sixes and nine fours, and was well backed by 19-year-old Tom Perst (62) as Hampshire recorded their biggest score in the competition, 208-of-five, since the loss. throw.
After a brief stoppage due to rain, Somerset responded with 194 of 9, Riley Rossow scored 55 of 28 and Tom Banton had 54 of 38 innings. Chris Wood won two out of 26.
Elsewhere, Sam Cooke’s stunning triple-wicket maiden helped Essex in the hunt for a Vitality Blast quarter-final spot when they beat Middlesex by 21 at Lord’s.
Seamer Cook ripped the heart out of Middlesex’s top order with wickets for Max Holden, Joe Cracknell and a wicket for John Simpson en route to number three for 23.
This left the hosts with nine for three and needed 162 to win, and although captain Steve Eskinazi (43) and Jack Davis (41) recovered from the fourth wicket post for 86, the hosts were capped at 140 for eight.
In the North Group, the Lancashire leaders’ game against Durham was interrupted by rain in Blackpool.
Alternate skipper Stephen Croft made his second straight fifty at his home club but may have felt some relief as the Lightning settled moderately at 133 of six after 17.4 overs when it started to rain at 6:30 p.m.
The result means that it is enough for Lancashire to beat Derbyshire on Friday to qualify for the play-offs.
The Falcons enter this game, healing their wounds after their five-match winning streak came to an abrupt end against Nottingham.
The Outlaws suffered three losses in a row before taking a 94-round unmistakable victory, posting 247-of-six en route to victory, their highest total in the format.
Ben Duckett hit a season-best 63 and Alex Hales in the third half of a century of campaigning with the Outlaws, who conceded a record 261 against Birmingham last week, enjoyed their best night of a disappointing season.
Yorkshire, meanwhile, kept qualification in their hands by beating last-placed Worcestershire by five wickets.
English spinner Dom Bess wrecked the Rapids’ average order en route to a career-best T20 record three of 15 of his four overs after the home team went into action.
Worcestershire rookie Kashif Ali and goaltender Gareth Roderick added a continuous 73 to allow the Rapids to set a 151 target on the green.
But undefeated ex-Worcestershire No. 46 Tom Kohler-Cadmore led his team home with 5.2 overs.