Surrey and Somerset suffered shock defeats to Sussex and Hampshire respectively during a fun evening at the Vitality Blast.
The Sharks’ five-game losing streak ended with Thursday’s 17-round win at Hove as the Southern Group leaders lost for the first time this season.
Opener Will Jacks looked to lead Surrey to a target of 173 as he took his total in competition this season to 396 runs with 76 – his 50th of the season.
But when he was caught trying to deflect a faster ball offside by left-arm spinner Delray Rawlins in the 15th over after hitting 11 fours and a six, Surrey’s lower order quickly folded and they went for 155 in 18, 2 overs bowled – their first loss in a competition this season.
It was a dramatic evening in Taunton where James Vince scored Hampshire’s highest single score in T20 cricket in a 16-run win over second-placed South Group club Somerset.
The Hawks skipper hit 129, not just 62 balls, with 10 sixes and nine fours, and was well assisted by 19-year-old Tom Perst, 62, as Hampshire recorded their greatest total in the competition after the loss, 208 for five of the throw .
After a brief pause in the rain, Somerset responded with 194 for nine, Rilee Rossouw on 55 from 28 balls and Tom Banton on 54 from 38 deliveries. Chris Wood called two for 26.
Elsewhere, Sam Cook’s stunning triple-wicket girl helped keep Essex in the hunt for a spot in the Vitality Blast quarterfinals as they beat Middlesex by 21 runs at Lord’s.
Seamer Cook snatched the heart of Middlesex’s top order with wickets from Max Holden, Joe Cracknell and wicketkeeper John Simpson en route to numbers of three for 23.
That left the hosts at nine to three and needed 162 to win, and although captain Steve Eskinazi (43) and Jack Davies (41) made a rebound with a fourth wicket stand worth 86, the hosts were at 140 to eight limited.
In the North Group, leaders Lancashire’s game against Durham was abandoned due to rain at Blackpool.
Assistant skipper Steven Croft managed his second straight fifty at his home club but may have been somewhat relieved as the Lightning were moderately placed to 133 for six after 17.4 overs when the rain started at 6.30pm.
The result means Lancashire need only beat Derbyshire on Friday to qualify for the knockout stages.
The Falcons go into this game nursing their wounds after their five-game winning streak against Nottingham came to an abrupt halt.
The Outlaws had suffered three straight losses in 94 heats before their infallible victory and went 247 to six on their way to victory – their highest total in the format.
Ben Duckett had his best season at 63 and Alex Hales his third half-century of the season as the Outlaws, who conceded a competitive record 261 against Birmingham last week, enjoyed their best night of a disappointing season.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire kept qualifying in their own hands as they beat bottom-placed Worcestershire by five wickets.
England spinner Dom Bess destroyed the Rapids’ middle order on his way to a career-best T20s of three to 15 from his four overs after the home side was batted.
Worcestershire new signing Kashif Ali and goalkeeper Gareth Roderick added an uninterrupted 73 to allow the Rapids to set a 151 goal on a green field.
But an unbeaten 46 from ex-Worcestershire player Tom Kohler-Cadmore saw his side go home with 5.2 overs.