Cricket news - Van Buuren, Taylor trigger Warwickshire collapse to hand Gloucestershire sixth win

Graeme van Buuren picked up three wickets for 33 runs in 4 overs

Graeme van Buuren picked up three wickets for 33 runs in 4 overs

Gloucestershire vs Warwickshire, Bristol

Another splendid bowling performance by Graeme van Buuren, even if relatively expensive, powered Gloucestershire to a 50-run win over Warwickshire. The left-arm slow bowler bagged three wickets to trigger an early collapse in Warwickshire's chase and was backed up well by Matt Taylor, who too scalped three wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 123 in their 174-run chase.

Earlier in the day, Gloucestershire openers - Miles Hammond and Chris Dent - put on an 88-run partnership to lay a strong platform, at the back of which Ian Cockbain stroked a quickfire 44. Even as the other batters failed to make a significant impact, the performances of the top 3 ensured the hosts reached 173 in 20 overs, which proved to be more than enough in pursuit of their sixth win of the season, taking them 4 points clear of the second-best Northampton who have played one game less.

Warwickshire's batting struggled throughout. Barring Sam Hain, who scored an unbeaten 34-ball 43, none of the other batters made worthy contributions to the chase, with seven falling for single-digit scores. The visitors remain at the third spot on the points table with this result.

Brief Scores: Gloucestershire 173/6 in 20 overs (Miles Hammond 49, Ian Cockbain 44; Olly Stone 2-31, Henry Brookes 2-48) beat Warwickshire 123 in 17.1 overs (Sam Hain 43*; Matt Taylor 3-29, Graeme van Buuren 3-33) by 50 runs

Leicestershire vs Derbyshire, Leicester

Leicestershire were denied of sealing a spot for themselves in the quarterfinals of the T20 Blast, just yet, after Derbyshire pulled off an unlikely four-run win in a low-scoring affair. Leicestershire did well to restrict Derbyshire to 147/8 in their quota of overs. The batting order clicked, but none were able to convert their starts to solid scores to give their side an imposing total. Skipper Billy Godleman top-scored with a 34, despite it being quite a scratchy knock. He was involved in a 50-run stand with one-drop batsman Wayne Madsen (33), who was on song until a bad call for a run that cost them pretty. Leus du Plooy (21) and Alex Hughes (25) kept them in the hunt, but Leicestershire's discipline with the ball, led by seamer Gavin Griffiths's career-best 4-35, three of which came in the final over, didn't let them off the hook.

Openers Gareth Delany and Nick Welch managed to get Leicestershire off to a blazing start, scoring six boundaries in the first three overs. However, Delany fell within the powerplay, and an over later they saw the back of Arron Lilley. Skipper Colin Ackermann got a move on and smashed two fours and a six in his 15-run stay, but it was George Rhodes (30) and Harry Dearden (36) who really took them close to victory. Leicestershire needed 42 off the last five overs, and the pair brought down the equation to just 10 off the final over. Dustin Melton, however, bowled a great final over to give Derbyshire their first win in the season, coming after five losses and two washouts.

Brief scores: Leicestershire 143/4 in 20 overs (Dearden 36*, Cohen 2-23) lost to Derbyshire 147/8 in 20 overs (Billy Godleman 34, Gavin Griffiths 4-35) beat by four runs.

Northamptonshire vs Worcestershire, Northampton

Hamish Rutherford's first half-century of the tournament helped Worcestershire to just their second win in the eight games they've played so far, overcoming Northamptonshire by eight runs. Their defeat meant qualification for Gloucestershire to the knockouts for the fourth time in five years.

Rutherford's 37-ball 62 helped Worcestershire set Northamptonshire a target of 179 before restricting them to 170 for 7 after a strong start. They were 82 for 2 after eight overs, thanks to Richard Levi's blazing start. But from that position, Northamptonshire slipped to their third consecutive defeat - a campaign that turned drastically - after having initially won their first four games of the season. Despite that, they're placed second on the table and need at least one win from the remainder of the games to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Levi gave them a solid start at the top with a 29-ball 50 - his first T20 fifty since 2018 - before Northamptonshire lost wickets at regular intervals, but yet were comfortably placed. Adam Rossington, with a 34-ball 45, then kept them in the hunt. But it wasn't until Ed Barnard, who returned 2-15, and Daryl Mitchell, 1 -17, strangled the opposition to leave them with 52 to get from the final four overs that the game turned on its head. It came down to 29 being needed in the final two overs, which proved too much in the end.

Earlier, Rutherford and Jack Haynes shared a 58-run stand for the opening wicket which came in just 33 balls to give Worcestershire a superb start. But the foundation laid upfront was undone by quick wickets in the middle period. Worcestershire were unable to kick on to finish strongly after Rutherford departed in the 13th over with 121 on the board. Late runs came from Brett D'Oliveira (24) and Ben Cox (21) to take them to 178, which proved to be enough in the end.

Brief scores: Worcestershire 178/6 in 20 overs (Hamish Rutherford 62, Jack Haynes 28; Ben Sanderson 2-26, Brandon Glover 2-42) beat Northamptonshire 170/7 in 20 overs (Richard Levi 50, Adam Rossington 45; Charlie Morris 2-44, Ed Barnard 2-15) by eight runs.