Colin Ingram once again hit the headlines with his white-ball form in England, striking his second ever T20 century in the latest round-up of South Africans performing in County Cricket.

The Glamorgan left-hander now occupies top spot on the Professional Cricketers’ Association MVP rankings for both the Royal London One Day Cup and Natwest T20 Blast.

Having scored just one run in Glamorgan’s opening-round defeat to Hampshire, Ingram hit the Welsh county’s fastest ever T20 hundred (46 balls) on Sunday to set up a sound win over Sussex.

It was Ingram’s sixth century of the season, to go with his three List A and two First-Class tons that he has already registered this English summer.

There were also some notable performances from Stiaan van Zyl, Hardus Viljoen, Imran Tahir, Colin Ackermann, Rory Kleinveldt and Wayne Madsen.

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Sussex downed Leicestershire by 231 runs in their four-day encounter that ended on Saturday, 8 July. Stiaan van Zyl was the hero, scoring an unbeaten 166 in the second innings to back up his first-innings effort of 49. Colin Ackermann contributed scores of 40 and 43 on the losing side, with teammate Matthew Pillans claiming handy figures of 3-63 and 2-77.

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FRIDAY, 7 JULY

Paarl Boys’ High 2005 matriculant Dawid Malan chimed in with a 27-ball 36 atop the order for Middlesex in their thrilling tied match against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

Grant Elliott, the St Stithians College schooled New Zealand allrounder, chimed in with an unbeaten 18 for Warwickshire as they hammered Worcestershire by eight wickets in Worcester.

A 92-run fourth-wicket stand between England’s Jos Buttler and South African Dane Vilas set Lancashire up for a 52-run win over Durham. Vilas hit three fours and a six in his 35 off 29 balls, with fellow countryman Ryan McLaren hammering 16 not out off six deliveries before taking a miserly 1-24 in his four overs with the ball.

Both Kyle Abbott (Hampshire) and Marchant de Lange (Glamorgan) leaked more than 10 runs an over in their four-over spells in Cardiff as Hampshire claimed a 22-run victory. Rilee Rossouw (18) and Gareth Berg (1-27) made contributions for the victors, with Jacques Rudolph (18), Colin Ingram (1) and Chris Cooke (16) featuring in the Glamorgan side.

Derbyshire’s seven-wicket win over Northamptonshire came off the back of an impressive spell of 3-28 from Hardus Viljoen. He was ably supported by Imran Tahir who took 1-31 for Derbyshire, while Rory Kleinveldt (1-31) and Tabraiz Shamsi (0-24) featured on the losing side. Wayne Madsen also had an impact on the Derbyshire win, chiming in with a vital 37 with the willow.

227 proved too great a total for Nottinghamshire to chase down, with Michael Lumb (1) and Riki Wessels (19) featuring in the Notts team that succumbed by 48 runs to Yorkshire at Leeds.

South African-born Tom Curran showed great maturity at the death to seal a narrow two-run win for Surrey over Essex – taking 3-28 in his four overs. Simon Harmer featured for Essex, taking 0-18 in two overs.

SATURDAY, 8 JULY

Imran Tahir, Wayne Madsen, Daryn Smit and Hardus Viljoen all played starring roles in Derbyshire’s three-run win over Yorkshire. Tahir (3-18), Madsen (1-22) and Viljoen (2-33) all shone with the ball, with Smit scoring an unbeaten 30 off 22 with the bat. Madsen was named Man of the Match as his miserly bowling was backed up with a score of 42 off 28 balls.

Warwickshire overcame Nottinghamshire by six wickets at Edgbaston with Grant Elliott smashing 38 off 22 balls in the victory.

SUNDAY, 9 JULY

Rory Kleinveldt (3-28) and Tabraiz Shamsi (2-20) restricted Durham to 161 for seven in their 20 overs, paving the way for a six-wicket win for their Northamptonshire outfit.

Warriors allrounder Colin Ackermann was the star in Leicestershire’s last-ball win over Lancashire. Ackermann blasted an unbeaten 62 off 41 balls, including a last-ball six when two runs were needed for the win. Cameron Delport (19 & 1-14) and Matthew Pillans (14 & 1-42) also contributed for Leicestershire, with Dane Vilas making just two runs for Lancs in a losing cause.

Roelof van der Merwe’s 3-27 in four overs was not enough to help Somerset overhaul Surrey as they went down by four runs. Tom Curran took 2-23 with two maidens, claiming the Man-of-the-Match award for Surrey.

A 130-run third-wicket stand between Colin Ingram and Jacques Rudolph helped Glamorgan to an 18-run win over Sussex. Ingram starred with 101 not out off 47 balls with a total of seven maximums, before taking 2-27 in his four overs.

Rudolph ended with 49 off 37 balls, while Chris Cooke smashed an unbeaten 37 off 17 deliveries. Stiaan van Zyl made a first-ball duck on the Sussex side, with teammate David Wiese taking 0-34 in four overs. Marchant de Lange removed Sussex’s Luke Wright for 101 as he ended with 1-43.

Simon Harmer once again had the Midas touch, taking 2-21 in his four-over spell for Essex against Kent. However, the offspinner’s efforts weren’t enough as Kent chased down 169 in the 19th over.