Cornwall and Wales NC produced the upsets in today’s Showcase Matches between first-class and National Counties by beating Somerset and Glamorgan respectively.
Cornwall defeated Somerset by five wickets at Taunton and Wales continued their excellent start to the season by holding their nerve to triumph by three wickets against their senior rivals in Cardiff.
Experienced batsman Scott Harvey was the star of Cornwall’s win with an unbeaten 93, his highest score for the county, which saw them to a target of 261 and a famous victory with 22 balls to spare.
Charlie Kent (60) helped Harvey to lay the foundations for the successful chase after Callington seamer Rob Mutch had impressed on his Cornwall debut.
Mutch had figures of 7-1-13-1 in a miserly opening spell and he returned to add three more wickets – including England slow left-armer Jack Leach - in his last three overs to finish with four for 30.
All-rounder Lewis Goldsworthy, who played for Cornwall in their opening National Counties Trophy match of the season, contributed a half century to Somerset’s 260 all out with George Thomas top-scoring with 68.
At Sophia Gardens it was Glamorgan players past and present who saw Wales home with two balls to spare.
Connor Brown, released by Glamorgan last year, made 67 from 99 balls against his former county then current Glamorgan staff man Lukas Carey made 29 not out from 24 balls to clinch the victory.
Carey struck the winning runs off Callum Taylor, who was a team-mate on Sunday when Wales beat Herefordshire to reach the semi-finals of the National Counties Trophy for the first time in 25 years.
There was work to do for Carey as Wales needed 35 in four-and-a-half overs when captain Sam Pearce was seventh man out.
But Carey struck Andrew Salter’s next ball for six and he also cleared the ropes from the first ball of Michael Hogan’s next over.
Earlier Carey had taken three for 39 and seamer Richard Edwards three for 39 – including Hamish Rutherford and Taylor in successive deliveries.
Cambridgeshire slow left-armer Harrison Craig had an Essex side that included Alastair Cook in a tangle in a rain-affected day/night match at Chelmsford.
Craig took five for 14 – including Cook – with an opening spell of four for ten before rain interrupted play.
Essex recovered from 112 for six to 179 for nine in 32 overs when play resumed which left Cambridgeshire with a revised target of 158 in 32 overs.
A fourth wicket partnership of 67 between captain Callum Guest (33) and Lee Thomason (35) put Cambridgeshire in contention to cause another upset but they then lost their last seven wickets for 39.
Seamer Ben Allison, who played for Cambridgeshire two years ago, topped and tailed the innings and finished with three for 27. Slow left-armer Aron Nijjar and seamer Ryan ten Doeschate also took three wickets apiece.
Oxfordshire’s Hayden Rossouw made 93 on his debut for the county against a Sussex attack that included England paceman Jofra Archer at Hove.
The Aston Rowant left-hander’s innings was not enough to take Oxfordshire to victory but it ensured that they emerged with plenty of credit from a 62 runs defeat.
A century from Tom Haines and 55 from Travis Head helped Sussex to 285 for nine after Harrison Ward and James Coles, who have both played for Oxfordshire this season, had gone cheaply.
Northumberland enjoyed themselves for half of their match against Yorkshire at Scarborough where opener Alasdair Appleby and former Durham pair Michael Richardson and Sol Bell made half centuries.
But Yorkshire made light work of victory target of 255 thanks to an unbeaten 146 from Will Fraine who shared an opening stand of 144 with Harry Duke, who was the only wicket to fall.
A century from Emilio Gay helped Northamptonshire to a 57 runs victory over Bedfordshire who battled hard at Wantage Road.
Former Northamptonshire batsman James Kettleborough enjoyed himself against his old county, making 73 from 77 balls and sharing a fourth wicket stand of 97 with his captain George Thurstance.
But Kettleborough became the first of four wickets for former Suffolk left-arm spinner Freddie Heldreich, who impressed for Northamptonshire in their recent Vitality Blast campaign.
Lancashire eased to a 209 runs win over Cumbria at Sedbergh School, the venue for their Royal London One Day Cup opener against Sussex on Friday.
England opener Keaton Jennings made a fluent century which was well supported by half centuries from Luke Wells and Dane Vilas.
Wells then took three wickets with his leg breaks to help dismiss Cumbria for 174 with Sam Dutton (38) and Gary Pratt (35) the main contributors.
Wiltshire opener Will Wade made 67 in the 105 runs defeat by Gloucestershire at Bristol where former Oxfordshire opener Ben Charlesworth made 130 for the hosts.
Graeme van Buuren weighed in with 61 and then took five for 36 with his left arm spin as Wiltshire were dismissed for 229.
SHOWCASE MATCHES (50 overs)
Sedbergh School: Lancashire 383-7 (Keaton Jennings 103, Luke Wells 86, Dane Vilas 82), Cumbria 174. Lancashire won by 209 runs.
Bristol: Gloucestershire 334-5 (Ben Charlesworth 130, Graeme van Buuren 61), Wiltshire 229 (Will Wade 67, van Burren 5-36). Gloucestershire won by 105 runs.
Scarborough: Northumberland 254-8 (Michael Richardson 65, Alasdair Appleby 60, Sol Bell 54), Yorkshire 255-1 (Will Fraine 146 not out, Harry Duke 520. Yorkshire won by nine wickets.
Taunton: Somerset 260 (George Thomas 68, Lewis Goldsworthy 59, Rob Mutch 4-30), Cornwall 263-5 (Scott Harvey 93 not out, Charlie Kent 60). Cornwall won by five wickets.
Hove: Sussex 285-9 (Tom Haines 105, Travis Head 55), Oxfordshire 223 (Hayden Rossouw 93). Sussex won by 62 runs.
Northampton: Northamptonshire 308-9 (Emilio Gay 101, Saif Zaib 61), Bedfordshire 251 (James Kettleborough 73, George Thurstance 53, Freddie Heldreich 4-53). Northamptonshire won by 57 runs.
Cardiff: Glamorgan 202, Wales NC 205-7 (Connor Brown 67). Wales NC won by three wickets.
Chelmsford: Essex 179-9 (Harrison Craig 5-14), Cambridgeshire 132. Essex won by 25 runs (DLS).