Hales stars as Notts triumph
Alex Hales powered Nottinghamshire to a convincing six-wicket win over Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge in Yorkshire Bank 40 Group A on Sunday.
The opener scored 75 from 71 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes, to help Notts stretch their lead to four points with only three matches remaining.
Set a target of 206 for their eighth win in nine matches, Notts cantered to victory with 44 deliveries remaining to push Northants back to third place in the table.
A quickfire century by Robert Key kept Kent's campaign alive as they overcame Worcestershire by 39 runs at New Road.
The former county captain made 112 from 93 balls - his eighth hundred in one-day competitions - and shared in an opening partnership of 182 in 26 overs with Sam Northeast (93).
When 20-year-old Fabian Cowdrey hit a last-ball six to reach an unbeaten 52 from 30 balls on his List A debut, Kent had 289 for six on the board but in ideal batting conditions, the home side were dismissed in the final over for 250.
Warwickshire's dismal limited-overs campaign went from bad to worse with a five-run defeat to Holland at Edgbaston.
The Bears have endured a season to forget in the shorter formats and were out of the qualification race almost before it had started.
And when Holland, having chosen to bat, charged to 100 without loss in the 16th over, more misery was on the way for a Warwickshire side resting key bowlers Chris Woakes, Keith Barker, Rikki Clarke and Boyd Rankin.
In Group C, a brilliant unbeaten 126 from Craig Kieswetter put Somerset clear at the top after they beat Gloucestershire by seven wickets with 39 balls to spare.
Gloucestershire posted a challenging 263 for eight - a total based around an unbeaten 131 from Michael Klinger, but he had little support from his team-mates, Chris Dent the next highest scorer with 32.
Marcus Trescothick scored 39 to help put on 87 for the first wicket and Kieswetter and Peter Trego, who made 59, took the hosts to 182 in the 22nd over by which time Somerset all but had the game in the bag.
Ned Eckersley struck a maiden one-day century as Leicestershire Foxes beat Yorkshire Vikings by three wickets with one ball to spare at Grace Road.
Eckersley made a superb 108 off 102 balls to lead the chase after the Foxes were set 229 for victory and Rob Taylor hit a straight six off Iain Wardlaw's penultimate delivery to clinch the Foxes' fifth win in the competition.
Wicketkeeper John Simpson saved Middlesex blushes with an unbeaten 50 that denied Unicorns a famous win at Lord's.
Simpson, only recalled after Adam Rossington picked up a hand injury, kept a cool head to clinch a one-wicket victory with only five balls to spare as Middlesex chased a modest 209.
Group B leaders Durham cruised to victory in a rain-affected game against Scotland in Glasgow.
Scotland made 161 for six in 37 overs and Durham were set a revised 104 from 20, Mark Stoneman's unbeaten 54 leading them home with almost four overs to spare.
Sohail Tanvir's devastating early burst of pace bowling enabled one-day specialists Hampshire to leapfrog Essex to second with a 30-run win at the Ageas Bowl.
Pakistani all-rounder Tanvir dismissed the first three in the Essex order in his first three overs as Hampshire successfully defended a modest total of 216 after being put in by Essex captain James Foster.
A superb 85 from Gary Wilson helped Surrey to a last-ball victory over Derbyshire in a high-scoring thriller at the Oval.
Despite needing 295 for victory, Surrey took the game to the wire and with two needed off the last ball, Tim Linley drove Tim Groenewald down the ground to the delight of the home crowd.
Earlier in the day, Chesney Hughes, who hit a run-a-ball 80 and Paul Borrington (72) starred as Derbyshire amassed 294 for nine off their 40 overs.