Gloucestershire ease to victory
Captain Michael Klinger led Gloucestershire to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Leicestershire in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
Gloucestershire moved level on points with Somerset at the top of Group C with the victory.
Gloucestershire won the toss and bowled their opponents out for 163 with almost five overs unused. Three bowlers took two wickets apiece, James Fuller the pick of them with two for 18 from seven overs, while Niall O'Brien top-scored with 43.
Klinger then made 89 not out to lead his side past their target with almost 10 overs in hand.
Yorkshire recorded only their third win in the group with a 32-run success against the Unicorns.
Gary Ballance's remarkable form continued as he smashed 139, including 24 off the 38th over, to lead Yorkshire to 266 for six. Alex Lees (63) shared in a third-wicket stand of 134 and Liam Plunkett clubbed 25 from 16 balls.
The Unicorns made a good fist of their chase as opener Matt Lineker made 107, but they eventually fell short and lost their last three wickets in four balls. Jack Leaning took two of those to finish with five for 22, his first wickets in senior cricket.
In the early game in Group B, Hampshire demolished Scotland by nine wickets with almost 25 overs to spare.
Scotland were put in and crumbled to 136 all out, with only Gordon Goudie's late run-a-ball 26 providing a trace of respectability.
James Vince then cracked an unbeaten 75 from 52 as Hampshire reached their target from the first ball of the 16th over for the loss of only Michael Carberry, who made 45 from 27.
Essex maintained their hopes of reaching the semi-finals after crushing Durham by six wickets at Chelmsford.
The hosts got home with 13.3 overs to spare, successfully chasing down Durham's meagre 138 all out.
Ryan ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara made light of the task with a fourth-wicket partnership of 94 in 18 overs before the latter departed for 38. Ten Doeschate completed his side's emphatic victory with an unbeaten 74 spanning 64 balls and featuring two sixes and eight fours.
The visitors started the match at the head of Group B but struggled against a wonderful exhibition of pace bowling from Graham Napier. The Essex all-rounder took five for 21, including a devastating spell of four wickets for one run in 2.2 overs at the start of the innings.
Also in Group B, Lancashire boosted their hopes of reaching the last four for the second year running with a resounding six-wicket win over Derbyshire at Emirates Old Trafford.
After comfortably chasing down 191, the Lightning have now won four matches on the bounce in the 40-over format, with former South Africa international Ashwell Prince top-scoring with an unbeaten 80 off 75 balls.
Off-spinner Arron Lilley and ex-England quick Kabir Ali both took four wickets each to help restrict Derbyshire to 190 for nine.
Kyle Coetzer's superb half-century allowed Northamptonshire to keep their semi-final hopes alive with a tense five-wicket win over Kent.
Steven Crook took three for 36 as the Spitfires were restricted to 188 for seven from their 40 overs, with former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones top-scoring with 46 not out off 52 balls.
Coetzer then struck 90 off 115 deliveries as the Steelbacks chased down their target with just two balls to spare, with Cameron White also contributing 65 from 82.
The result moves Northamptonshire above their opponents up to second in Group A with two games left for both of these sides.
Elsewhere in Group A, Luke Wright smashed 114 off just 69 balls as Sussex cruised to a nine-wicket win over Holland at Hove.
Sussex's fourth win in Group A is unlikely to improve their chances of reaching the knockout stages for the third successive year, but they at least managed to end a winless run at Hove which had extended for two days short of a year.
Wright and Ed Joyce (51 not out) put on 175 in 20 overs for the first wicket with Wright cruising to the sixth List A hundred of his career and second of the summer, as Holland's 185 all out was comfortably surpassed inside 22 overs.
Nottinghamshire missed an opportunity to secure a semi-final place as they slumped to a 38-run defeat against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.
Set to chase down 221 in 37 overs after afternoon showers had delayed the start, the home side were bowled out for 182, with James Taylor remaining unbeaten on 67.
Daryl Mitchell had earlier top-scored with 56 as his side posted 220 for eight after being invited to bat first.