Royal London Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 22nd
Royal London Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 22nd.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Gus Atkinson’s four-wicket List A debut helped Surrey make a winning start to their Royal London Cup campaign as they eased past Yorkshire by five wickets at Scarborough.
Atkinson, 23, prospered with the new ball on a fast and bouncy North Marine Road pitch, claiming four for 43 to bowl the Vikings for 165 in only 35 overs.
Hashim Amla elected to bowl at the start of this Group B fixture, and the South African batting great later went beyond 10,000 career runs in this format with 29 to begin a successful chase.
But Mark Stoneman played the match-clinching innings, an unbeaten 73 off 110 balls, having only just returned to Surrey following a four-game T20 loan spell with Yorkshire.
Stoneman and co survived four for 57 for South African overseas quick Mat Pillans, who moved from Surrey to Yorkshire in late 2018.
This fixture included 12 players making their List A debuts, including Surrey’s Amla.
Eight of those - four on each side - were making the first appearance of their List A careers.
Atkinson made the initial breakthrough by bowling Will Fraine in the second over before getting George Hill caught at square-leg and Jonny Tattersall caught behind as the hosts slipped to 40 for four in the 10th.
Matthew Revis, another List A debutant, top-scored for Yorkshire with 43 off as many balls, while Gary Ballance made 39.
They shared 81 inside 13 overs for the fifth wicket. But wickets fell quickly once more.
The Vikings tumbled from 121 for four in the 22nd, losing their last six for 44 as most of the damage was done from the Trafalgar Square End.
Opener Harry Duke, Hill, Ballance and Pillans were all undone by extra bounce, while Revis and Dom Bess will reflect on loose dismissals.
This certainly wasn’t the way Yorkshire captain Bess would have wanted to celebrate his 24th birthday, with him skewing Dan Moriarty’s left-arm spin to long-off.
Hill and Pillans fell caught off top-edged pulls against Atkinson, the latter courtesy of a stunning diving catch on the run towards backward square-leg from wicketkeeper Jamie Smith.
Ballance fended a short ball from Conor McKerr to gully, sparking the late clatter of wickets from 121 for four.
Amla and opening partner Stoneman then steadily shared 59 inside the first 13 overs of the chase.
Stoneman hit two fours and slog swept Bess for six as 14 came off the 12th, only for Pillans to claim two wickets in three balls in the 13th - 59 for two.
He had Amla caught at wide mid-on pulling before bowling Ben Geddes.
That forced Stoneman back into his shell, but he shared an important 54 with Smith.
Pillans then struck twice in an over again, getting Smith caught at midwicket for 25 and Ryan Patel superbly caught one-handed in the gully by Tattersall - 116 for four in the 29th.
Bess also bowled debutant Nico Reifer for an eye-catching 26, but Surrey’s victory was secured with 10.5 overs remaining.
Yorkshire seamer Mat Pillans said: “Conditions suited fast bowling, and you have to make the most of it when they’re like that.
“The lads are upset we didn’t bat the overs, but we have a good talented team and it’s only the first game in.
“There’s still a lot of games to play, and I’m backing us to come back bouncing at the weekend.”
Surrey seamer Gus Atkinson said: “I’m very happy. We just tried to keep it simple. We knew there was enough in the wicket. If we bowled our areas, we’d get the rewards. That’s what happened.
“I’m very happy to be contributing, but as long as we’re winning personal accolades don’t matter as much. It was good to get the win.
“Rocky (Mark Stoneman) batted very well. We needed someone to step up and bat the innings, and that’s what we he did.
“It was a great start to the competition.”
Ice-cool spin duo Simon Harmer and Aron Nijjar batted Essex to a comfortable three-wicket Royal London Cup win over Hampshire at a sun-soaked Ageas Bowl.
The pair, who earlier took five wickets between them to dismiss the Hawks for an under-par 273, put on 54 for the eighth wicket to get their side over the line with more than five overs to spare.
Former England batsman Tom Westley laid the foundations for the win with a classy 69, but the Hawks' attack struck regularly after batsmen had got decent starts with the visitors looking in real trouble at 221-7.
However, Harmer and Nijjar batted responsibly on a placid pitch to finish unbeaten on 32 and 27 respectively.
Essex won the toss and elected to field and Hampshire quickly found themselves on the back foot when Tom Prest played all around a Steve Snater delivery to be bowled for a second-ball duck.
Felix Organ and Nick Gubbins put on 49 for the second wicket before Organ was caught by Harmer off Jamie Porter for 27.
In-fom Gubbins and Joe Weatherley looked in good touch in a stand of 92 but Snater struck again to break up the promising partnership when the on-loan Middlesex man mistimed a pull-shot and was caught by Adam Wheater for 62.
Essex struck twice in quick succession when Ian Holland was caught and bowled by Nijjar for seven and Weatherley fell for 54 when Harmer found the edge behind to Wheater.
James Fuller and Lewis McManus put on a quickfire 65 from 36 balls with one Paul Walter over being smashed for for 24,
But once again Essex broke the partnership before any major damage could be inflicted when veteran Ryan ten Doeschate trapped Fuller lbw for 27 and reduced Hampshire to 224-6 with 11 overs remaining.
Any hopes of an explosive finish to the innings evaporated when McManus departed for 50 and Essex ran through Hampshire's lower order to wrap up the innings with four balls to spare with Snater and Harmer taking three wickets apiece.
Hampshire got off to a perfect start with the ball as Essex slumped to 8-2 after Kyle Abbott trapped Will Buttleman lbw, before 20-year-old debutante John Turner grabbed the wicket of Alastair Cook for four.
Westley and young right-hander MIchael Pepper steadied the ship before Scott Currie bowled Pepper for an impressive run-a-ball 34.
Westley looked in imperious touch, stroking 12 fours, but his pleasing innings was ended when he mistimed a cover-drive off Felix Organ and caught by Weatherley.
Walter, ten Doeschate and Wheater fell for 35, 28 and 25 respectively as the Hawks continued to make inroads, before Hamer and Nijjar held firm.
Essex skipper Tom Westley - "I think both teams lost wickets at crucial times which made it an exciting game, to keep them at 273 was an outstanding effort. I thought Aron Nijjar and Simon Harmer bowled magnificently and players scored runs without there being a real big individual score so there were some real positives throughout the side.
"It was a game where everyone chipped in, the game ebbed and flowed and to get over the line was fantastic. It was a great win for Essex.
"To start the campaign with a win is brilliant and hopefully we can use this as a springboard for a bit of momentum going forward."
Hampshire skipper Kyle Abbott - "It was a game of almosts. We almost had something with the bat and we would lose a wicket. It was the same with the ball, we just seemed to let it slip and didn't take the game by the scruff of the neck.
"Chatting with the batsmen, they felt we were 20-30 runs short and that proved to be spot on considering that the extras we conceded cost us 30 runs.
"But we still had them seven down and fought back well, but we lost key moments throughout the day.".
Graham Clark and Alex Lees both hit centuries as Durham trounced Kent Spitfires by 103 runs in their Royal London Cup match at Beckenham.
The visitors posted their highest ever 50-over score of 405 for four, eclipsing their previous record of 353 for eight, set against Nottinghamshire in 2014.
Clark hit 141 from 119 balls, with two sixes and 20 fours, while Lees made a relatively pedestrian 100 from 98, including one six and seven fours.
David Beddingham then thrashed 67 and Cameron Bancroft finished unbeaten on 60.
Chris Rushworth took 3-29 to flatten Kent’s top order and although George Munsey made 96 and Harry Finch 64, the hosts fell well behind the run rate and eventually closed on 302 for eight.
On a sweltering day Kent won the toss, chose to field and repented at leisure: four catches went down off batsmen who went on to add a combined total of 225 after being reprieved.
Finch dropped Lees when he was on seven after he’d edged Harry Podmore, who himself spilled Clark when he was on 41. Beddingham was twice dropped in his thirties, first by Hamid Qadri and again by Tawanda Muyeye,
Clark got to three figures with a push to midwicket and finally perished when he swatted Marcus O’Riordan to Matt Quinn. Lees reached his hundred with a pull off Quinn and although he hit the very next delivery straight to Darren Stevens, Beddingham maintained the momentum, hitting his first ball for six.
Beddingham rode his luck before he eventually holed out to Stevens and was caught by Kuhn. Sean Dickson was then brilliantly run out for six by Ollie Robinson, with a direct hit from square leg, but the runs kept flowing. Liam Trevaskis hit the next ball for six and the final over went for 20.
Rushworth struck early in the Kent innings to remove Muyeye for 15, caught by Scott Borthwick. The same combination then removed Robinson for eight and Kuhn for six, reducing Kent to 50 for three.
Munsey and Finch put on 138 for the next wicket, but the former fell agonisingly close to his century when he swiped Paul van Meekeren to Trevaskis and Stevens made just three when he hit Jack Campbell to Lees.
With the required rate rising to well over double figures, Finch was bowled by Luke Doneathy and Podmore chipped Trevaskis to Borthwick for two. With the ground emptying rapidly, Marcus O’Riordan attempted to sweep Doneathy and was bowled for 22, although Qadri and James Logan showed some defiance to bat out the remaining overs and push the total over 300, finishing on 42 and 16 not out respectively.
Durham’s Graham Clark said: “Lees hasn’t played any cricket for quite some time so to come back in and score a hundred like shows just how good he is. It takes a lot of pressure off me at the other end, so it was just nice to spend some time together and watch him go about his business. He was brilliant.
"I don’t really take a lot of note of dropped catches, we just had a job to do and once we were out in the middle was wanted to score as many runs as we could. Fortunately we were lucky enough to post a really big total. It was a battter’s paradise to be honest. It was pretty flat, no real movement so there were runs to be had. The lads who came in the lower order managed to boost the score to 400, it took quite an effort from those guys, and once we were there we’d pretty much killed the game already.”
Kent’s Simon Cook said: “I don't think you can go far beyond the fielding performance (for what went wrong). We bowled reasonably well on a very flat wicket. We know it’s a good wicket for chasing and generally yields over 300 runs, but we had a couple of slip ups in the field and dropped catches, including two in the powerplay, which at that point would have certainly checked the scoring rate, and another in the 40th over which would have slowed them down.
"We were very confident of being able to chase down anything between 330 and 350 and if we’d taken those chances there was every chance that would have been the score we would have ended up chasing. We ended up stumbling our way to 300, so that just goes to prove how good a wicket it was.”
Despite a century for Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman on his return after taking a break from cricket, Leicestershire cruised to a comfortable six-wicket win on the opening day of the Royal London Cup.
Australian left-hander Marcus Harris hit 75, Rishi Patel 70 - a career-best in the 50-over format - and Lewis Hill 51 on his debut as captain as Leicestershire eased home with 24 balls to spare, overhauling Derbyshire’s 275 for seven, in which off-spinner Arron Lilley took three for 49.
The Foxes’ victory was overshadowed, however, by a serious injury to Nick Welch, their 23-year-old opening batsman, who suffered a dislocated right knee and potential ligament damage in a fall while batting.
The Zimbabwe-born player, who had made 32 from 43 balls with four boundaries in an opening stand of 83 with Patel, lost his footing as he executed an expansive drive against leg spinner Mattie McKierman, his right leg appearing to buckle under him.
He was treated on the field for almost 10 minutes before being taken off on a stretcher with the help of East Midlands Ambulance Service personnel, his dismissal for hit wicket after dislodging the bails as he fell rendered academic as it was clear from the outset that he could not have continued.
Derbyshire also suffered a casualty with wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein unable to field with a kneeinjury and with Derbyshire’s squad already badly hit by injuries and illness, coach Ajmal Shahzad had to field in his place, with Brooke Guest taking the gloves.
Godleman, who had taken a month away from cricket to “recharge his batteries” after struggling for form this season, found the break had done exactly what was intended by making 116 from 129 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, his seventh century in what has long been his favourite format.
He was himself struck two glancing blows on the helmet but was thankfully unscathed.
With Guest (40), Hosein (38) and McKiernan (20) the only other batters in double figures, Derbyshire’s total looked below par on a good batting surface, despite 84 runs coming off the last 10 overs.
They struggled through the middle phase against tight bowling from Chris Wright, Lilley and George Rhodes. Lilley had Guest caught at short fine leg, Fynn Hudson-Prentice at extra cover and picked up his third wicket when Hosein miscued to point.
Despite the return of Ravi Rampaul to the Derbyshire attack for the first time in a competitive match since 2019, Leicestershire made easy progress to 56 without loss from the opening Powerplay - compared with Derbyshire’s 48 for one.
Ironically, Welch should have been dismissed in the over before his injury when he top-edged a pull off Ben Aitchison but Nils Priestley, one of two Derbyshire players making their senior competitive debuts, spilled the catch.
Leicestershire lost Patel, who hit nine boundaries before chipping Rampaul tamely to cover to be 127 for two in the 24th, while Hill fell in the 36th just after reaching his half-century, bowled by a good delivery by Aitchison, and Harris hit Aitchison straight to mid-on in the 44th, but after needing 103 from the last 20 overs and 50 off the final 10, the result was never in doubt, Rhodes (39) driving Hudson-Prentice for the winning boundary.
Lukas Carey was the hero at Sophia Gardens for the second time in three days as he once again hit the winning runs to snatch victory for his side.
On Tuesday it was his 29 not out that steered the Wales Minor Counties team to victory over Glamorgan in a friendly and two days later he hit successive boundaries to secure a two wicket win for the Welsh county over Warwickshire in the first round of the Royal London Cup with two balls to spare.
The visitors were defending a total of 26 runs in the final five overs and some brilliant death bowling by Ryan Sidebottom and Ethan Brookes looked as though it might pull off an unlikely win as they conjured up 11 dot balls in that vital period.
A lusty six hit by Roman Walker off Brookes in the penultimate over eased the pressure on the home side, but the game was still in the balance as Sidebottom roared in against Carey with five runs still needed from the last over.
Sidebottom had only conceded a single bye in his previous over against the 24-year-old Carey and started with two dot balls to heighten the tension. Then Carey just reached the mid off boundary with a far from convincing drive and then walloped the next ball past the bowler to complete a two wicket triumph to give Glamorgan the perfect start to their Group B campaign.
Jacob Bethel’s white ball debut for Warwickshire saw him capture four wickets to keep his side in the hunt. The Barbados-born former Rugby School pupil was caught at the wicket for a mere two runs in Warwickshire’s total of 221, but hit back after coming on as first change to capture 4-39 off a terrific spell of 10 overs.
Having dismissed opener Nick Selman he then removed home danger man Kiran Carlson for 60 before setting up a hat-trick attempt after removing Callum Taylor and Tom Cullen in successive. He ended with 4-36 from his full 10 overs..
Warwickshire won the toss and opted to go in first on the same wicket on which Glamorgan had been beaten in a one-day warm-up game against the Wales team earlier in the week.
Michael Hogan opened with a maiden, but saw Billy Root drop the dangerous Ed Pollock at first slip in his second over. Pollock reacted positively to his second chance and hammered Lukas Carey for a six and two fours in the next over before being caught at point by Joe Cooke for 15.
That made it 21-1 and by the end of the 10 over power play the visitors had reached a modest 47 runs and had also lost Matt Lamb. South African youngster Chris Benjamin then took up the cudgel and reached his half-century off 55 balls.
Two balls later he was on his way to the pavilion have gifted a catch to Nick Sleman a catch at deep mid on off Taylor. The 100 came up with a wide off Carey in the 21st over, but with the very next ball he dismissed Bethell with an equally wide delivery that the left hander tickled into the gloves of the diving Tom Cullen.
When Cooke clean bowled Ethan Brookes for two to make it 109-5, Glamorgan’s stand-in skipper Kiran Carson must have been licking his lips. But opposing captain Mike Burgess dug in and found a useful ally in the 17-year-old debutant Ashish Chakrapani.
Burgess reached his half-century in 73 balls with successive fours off Hogan and by the time Chakrapnai holed out at deep mid wicket for 18 he had helped put on 60 runs. Burgess then went for a career-best 73 in white ball cricket as his di reached 221 before they were bowled out.
Glamorgan’s new Kiwi international signing, Hamish Rutherford, lasted only eight balls on his debut and the home side lost two more of their top order batsmen with the score on 41 to tumble to 41-3.
That brought Billy Root to the crease to partner Carlson and between them they got to grips with the Warwickshire attack. Carlson’s 50 came up in the 31st over off 60 balls, and included five boundaries, and the century partnership arrived after the pair had been together for 21 overs in the 33rd.
Off-spinner Bethell was then switched to the river Taff end and on his return to the attack he captured the wicket of Carlson for 60 to open the game back up. Glamorgan still needed 80 runs to win in 16 overs, but their talisman had gone.
Bethell took two more wickets, Root reached his 50, but was then got caught and Joe Cooke made an important 22. That left Roman Walker and Carey to reach the finish line with a stand of 27.
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