Pyrah caps record with winning six

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Richard Pyrah claimed Yorkshire’s best-ever t20 figures at Scarborough as his side beat Durham by three wickets to keep alive their slender hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

The medium-pacer took five for 16 off his four overs to help restrict Durham to 144 for eight after they had been put in to bat on a slow pitch which made it difficult for batsmen to time their shots.

Man of the match Pyrah then topped off a great day’s work by thrashing a six to win the match with three balls remaining.

Somerset have secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 even after Middlesex snatched a tie in a dramatic finish at Southgate.

Middlesex appeared to be heading for their 12th defeat in 14 games when they began the final over needing 18 off the bowling of Kieron Pollard to overhaul a target of 144 to win.

But Ryan McLaren, who had earlier taken three for 37, struck sixes off successive balls to take them within four of victory.

He holed out on the midwicket boundary next ball, but Tom Smith scrambled a two and a single off the last two deliveries to bring the scores level.

An unbroken 97-run partnership between Steven Croft and Tom Smith helped impressive Lancashire crush Nottinghamshire by nine wickets at Old Trafford.

In a match reduced to 15 overs per side because of rain, Lancashire opted to field first and restricted the Outlaws to 105 for five. They overhauled this total with nine balls balls to spare, Croft finishing 53 not out and Smith unbeaten on 45.

James Vince hit an unbeaten 85 as Hampshire crushed Sussex by 112 runs at Hove to clinch first place in the South Group.