London: England one-day captain Paul Collingwood got ready for Friday's Twenty20 clash against New Zealand by taking a career-best five for 14 as Durham beat Derbyshire in the opening round of Twenty20 Cup fixtures on Wednesday.
The medium-pacer helped restrict Derbyshire to 114 for nine at the Riverside before making seven as Durham, in a rain-affected North Division match, reached their victory target of 48 from seven overs with a ball to spare.
Spinner Nayan Doshi, who two years ago took an English Twenty20 record 21 wickets in a season, took a hat-trick for Derbyshire. But the son of former India left-arm spinner Dilip couldn't prevent his side being beaten.
Kevin Pietersen, an England team-mate of Collingwood, top scored with a typically dashing 43 off 29 balls for Hampshire and then took three wickets with his occasional spin but Middlesex still won by 33 runs at the Rose Bowl.
England batsman Owais Shah made 48 for Middlesex. Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria took three for 22 as Essex beat Surrey by seven wickets at The Oval.
Leicestershire, who've twice won this tournament since its inception in 2003, were thrashed by Lancashire in a 52-run defeat at Grace Road.
All-rounder Steven Croft led the Lancashire attack with three wickets for six runs in 2.2 overs.
Reigning champions Kent began the defence of their title with a six-wicket win over South Division rivals Sussex at Canterbury.
Pakistan seamer Yasir Arafat took four for 17 as Kent restricted Sussex to 137 for nine before opener Joe Denly's 50 helped the hosts win with just a ball to spare.
Elsewhere, Northamptonshire beat Somerset by 25 runs with David Sales making an unbeaten 71 for the victorious home side. Former England opener Marcus Trescothick showed England what they would be missing with 69 for Somerset.
Current England batsman Ian Bell, struggling for runs in Test cricket, scored 42 off 35 for Warwickshire.
But their game against Glamorgan at Cardiff then fell victim to the rain, with the Welsh county unable to start their reply.