Twenty20 win eluding Crusader Styris

Another strong performance from BLACKCAPS all-rounder could not stop Middlesex’s winless start in England’s Twenty20 competition.

Styris thrashed 37 from 22 deliveries as the Crusaders sought to overhaul Kent’s 178 at Beckenham.

The State Auckland Aces player had helped restrict the Spitfires’ total by taking three for 25 from his four overs.

But James Tredwell removed Styris as part of a four-wicket haul to engineer a 52-run win for the hosts.

won a battle of the BLACKCAPS at Bristol, as Gloucestershire ran out seven-wicket winners over Glamorgan.

scored 13 and was two not out as part of the Dragons’ 162 for five.

Spearman hit 31 as part of the hosts’ opening stand of 87 alongside Ian Harvey (48), and Chris Taylor’s unbeaten 55 completed the Gladiators’ triumph.

was out for a third-ball duck for Nottinghamshrie against former champion Leicestershire, but the remained on course for the play-offs after a five-wicket win at Trent Bridge.

took two wickets, and former England all-rounder Mark Ealham impressed with one for 15 from his four overs and 31 from seven balls.

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