Royal London One-Day Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday August 6th
Royal London One-Day Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday August 6th
Royal London One Day Cup 2021 - Friday August 6th
Ben Charlesworth kept Gloucestershire’s hopes of reaching the knock-out stage of the Royal London Cup alive with a career-best 99 not out in a seven-wicket win over Hampshire at Bristol.
The 20-year-old left-hander smacked 13 fours, sharing an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 130 with Jack Taylor, who finished on 67, having been dropped twice, as the hosts reached a target of 205 with nine balls to spare.
In a match reduced to 37 overs per side, Hampshire ran up 204 for eight after winning the toss, Tom Alsop top-scoring with 57 and sharing an opening stand of 90 with Tom Prest.
Graeme van Buuren claimed three for 36 with his left-arm spin and the total looked below par, despite a slow pitch.
On a blustery day, play did not start until 1pm following heavy overnight rain. Both Hampshire openers rode their luck early on, Prest being dropped on three by Tom Smith at point off Matt Taylor.
It proved an expensive miss as Prest and Alsop brought up their fifty stand in the ninth over and added to it with increasing confidence until Smith atoned for his error by beating Prest’s defensive push and bowling him to end the partnership.
Alsop went to his half-century off 61 balls, with 4 fours, before Nick Gubbins was caught at fine leg off Josh Shaw with the total on 110 in the 20th over.
Things began to go awry for Hampshire when Joe Weatherley called for a single to short cover off Smith and Chris Dent’s throw to the wicketkeeper’s end saw Alsop run out.
Ian Holland contributed 17 before falling lbw to van Buuren reverse sweeping and it was 145 for five when Weatherley was bowled by the same bowler on the back foot.
Lewis McManus lifted a big six over mid-wicket off van Buuren, who took his revenge with a smart caught-and-bowled above his head to make it 190 for six.
Felix Organ was run out in a mix-up over a quick single and, although James Fuller hit a superb six over extra cover off Dan Worrall, a clatter of late wickets saw Hampshire’s innings fold disappointingly.
With a required run rate of less than six an over, Gloucestershire openers Ben Charlesworth and Chris Dent began cautiously.
They had taken the score to 47 in the 11th over when Dent fell leg before, trying to sweep off-spinner Prest, who quickly followed up by having Tom Lace caught off a top edge attempting the same shot.
It was 75 for three when van Buuren fell lbw on the back foot to Holland and the game looked evenly poised.
But Charlesworth was looking increasingly in command as he moved to fifty, from 67 balls, with a gloriously timed four, lifted elegantly back over off-spinner Organ’s head.
Taylor attacked at every opportunity to reach a 47-ball half-century, but was lucky to get there as he was dropped at third man by Organ off John Turner on 49.
The century stand occupied 90 deliveries. Taylor was dropped again on 63, by Turner at fine-leg off Weatherley, before Charlesworth pulled a boundary off Holland to pass his previous best score for Gloucestershire of 87.
Time ran out for him to get a century. But it was an innings rich with promise that he will long remember.
Gloucestershire match-winner Ben Charlesworth said:
"To be honest, I was looking to hit that last ball for six to reach my first century for Gloucestershire. But I was pretty tired by then and didn't quite get it out of the screws.
"Jack Taylor took much of the pressure off me by being so positive from the start of his innings. I have had some decent scores for the team before, but it meant everything to be there at the end and see the job through.
"We have to win two away games on the trot to qualify, but we have done that before in the competition this season, which gives us confidence."
Hampshire first team manager Adrian Birrell said:
"We are very disappointed. I felt our score was around par on that pitch, although we would have liked 220, and we were ahead on Duckworth-Lewis for much of the Gloucestershire innings.
"In the end they deserved to win because two of their batsmen played really well. Jack Taylor is exceptional when it comes to chasing down targets.
"It sounds strange to say it, but we are still in with a chance or reaching the knock-out stage, despite having only won two games. We need to beat Kent and then Durham and see where it takes us."
Kent Spitfires (217-9) beat Middlesex (196) by 21 runs
Kent seamer Nathan Gilchrist recorded his best List A figures of five for 45 as the Spitfires finally broke their Royal London Cup duck with a 21-run victory against Middlesex.
Gilchrist’s opening burst wrecked Middlesex’s top order at Radlett, while off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri returned three for 47 to ensure the home side were bowled out for 196.
Half-centuries by Marcus O’Riordan – who reached that landmark for the first time in List A cricket – and George Munsey enabled the Spitfires to post 217 for nine after rain reduced the contest to 35 overs apiece.
Middlesex slid to 49 for four in reply and a valiant partnership of 57 from 44 balls between Josh de Caires and James Harris was not enough to complete the fightback.
The game eventually began just after 1pm and Kent, having lost the toss, quickly found themselves in trouble at seven for two.
Harris nipped one through to bowl Tawanda Muyeye first ball, while Ethan Bamber trapped Ollie Robinson lbw before the pugnacious Munsey and Jack Leaning rebuilt with a stand of 86 from 84.
Munsey cashed in outside his off stump, dispatching both Middlesex’s opening bowlers for successive boundaries as he reached 49 before grinding to a halt while wickets fell at the other end.
Leaning was bowled swinging across the line at Thilan Walallawita, while De Caires collected his maiden first-class wicket when Harry Finch pulled him into the hands of deep square leg.
Nineteen-year-old debutant Toby Greatwood matched that feat, finding Munsey’s outside edge to remove him for 59 and following up with the wicket of Grant Stewart to finish with two for 30.
O’Riordan took up the baton for the Spitfires, clubbing Martin Andersson for three leg-side fours as he added an invaluable 69 from 58 with Qadri, who hit an unbeaten 35.
O’Riordan was eventually run out for 60, attempting an ambitious second to long leg before Bamber picked up two late wickets in as many balls, returning three for 41.
Middlesex got off to a shaky start in pursuit of the target, with the in-form Stephen Eskinazi pulling Stewart’s fifth delivery straight to deep square leg.
Stewart’s first three overs went for just five, increasing the pressure before Gilchrist cemented the Spitfires’ advantage with three quick wickets.
Varun Chopra nudged the seamer to slip and Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb – who had started with a lively 17 from 10 balls – was adjudged lbw before Robbie White fell in the same fashion soon afterwards.
Max Holden batted solidly for 32 before he was bowled around his legs by Qadri, but Harris kept Middlesex in the frame, hitting a six and five fours in his brisk 34 until Matt Quinn had him caught behind.
Qadri collected the wicket of De Caires for 43 and also took a diving catch on the boundary to dismiss Walallawita before Bamber holed out to complete Gilchrist’s five-wicket haul.
Warwickshire 278/6 (46 ov) beat Northamptonshire 144/10 (33.4 ov) won by 134 runs
Michael Burgess, posting a one-day career-best of 73 for the second time in 15 days, and Will Rhodes, with 65, set up comfortable victory for Warwickshire over Northamptonshire by 134 runs in the Royal London Cup at Edgbaston.
With rain reducing play to 46 overs a side, the home team, put in, were eleven for two after 19 balls but the pair’s stand of 133 paved the way for a late onslaught. Matt Lamb, belting 65, and the innovative Dan Mousley, with 54 from 44 balls, smashed all but two of the 104 ultimately hammered from the final eleven overs.
Both men fell swinging in the last seven balls but a target of 279 at 6.07 an over always looked demanding. By the reply’s eighth over, it seemed formidable. As Ricardo Vasconcelos, the skipper and key batsman, edged behind, cutting at Jordan Bulpitt, Northants became 35 for three.
Bulpitt’s outswing to fellow left-handers also did for Saif Zaib and, with Manraj Johal also claiming two in his opening burst, the inexperienced new-ball partners, with only seven previous appearances between them, impressively covered for injuries to four senior seamers.
Rout beckoned when Rhodes, the captain, brought himself on to strike with his thirteenth ball, Rob Keogh dangling his bat to give Burgess a third successive catch at the wicket. With five gone and seven an over now needed, the match was essentially decided an hour into the visitors’ response.
To their credit, they refused to submit. But sadly, Charlie Thurston, pulling at Ethan Brookes, top-edged into his chin and had to retire on 21. Tom Taylor famously helped win a t20 game from the dead here last September but, though he reached an entertaining and unbeaten 57 from 65 balls, the four remaining wickets went at the other end in five overs, Thurston unable to resume.
Earlier, in a deceptive start, Ed Pollock lost off stump to Jack White’s inswing from the second ball of the match without a run on the board and his inform opening partner Rob Yates was soon gone for five. But Rhodes and Burgess followed 35 minutes of quiet reconnaissance by taking control on a pitch offering slow turn.
This Keogh exploited when his off-spin found Rhodes’s leading edge for the bowler himself to hold a fine, diving catch to his right, and he had Burgess tamely lobbing to mid-wicket. Nobody could shackle Lamb and Mousley, however.
WILL RHODES, Warwickshire captain:
"We wanted to keep this season alive in this competition and I think we've done that today. The last two matches against Surrey and Somerset become almost like cup games, potentially. The youngsters came through well. It's always nice when you see someone like Jordan Bulpitt take his first wicket at this level, as he did today.
The beauty of having seven or eight all-rounders in your team is that someone will always put his hand up - we've got four seamers and six spinners in the mix at the minute and so on any sort of pitch you can adjust accordingly.
It was lovely to see Ethan (Brook, the seamer) bounce back with three late wickets after the punushment he took in the last game at York (where his figures were 0-73). He's just one of the young guys who've now performed at the highest level. Playing at the Oval against Surrey in our next match means more high-level exposure and gives a fantastic opportunity for these young lads"
JOHN SADLER, Northants Head Coach for Royal London Cup:
“It was a very poor day, badly disappointing. We are a better side than we showed today which is the frustrating thing. Teams are scoring more runs at the end of an innings than they should do and yes, our death bowling has to be sharpened up but, make no mistake, it was the batting that let us down today.
The par score out there, we thought was around 260, maybe 250, but we felt we could still chase 280. Both games we’ve now lost in this competition this year were because we were three down early on and you don’t often come back from that. In ths case, three down, four down, five down.
Warwickshire’s young side did the basics right; we were very disappointing. It's as easily summed up as that, really."
Sussex Sharks are celebrating their first win in the Royal London Cup with three of their young players, in spin duo James Coles and Archie Lenham plus centurion Ali Orr, playing key roles in the tense two wicket success over Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.
Coles and Lenham, both aged 17, picked up three wickets apiece as Worcestershire were restricted to 233-9 after opting to bat on a used pitch.
Then Orr, 22, followed up his maiden County Championship century against Kent last month with a superb hundred in only his third List A innings.
He paced his knock perfectly, taking 93 balls to reach his fifty but only another 35 to get to three figures with four sixes and six.
Sussex were cruising at 160-1 but a late collapse meant they still needed seven from the final over but Travis Head, with 38 not out, settled matters by smashing the third ball from Josh Baker for six over long on.
A third successive defeat was a blow to the Rapids hopes of reaching the knockout stages after winning the opening three games.
They were on the back foot after Brett D’Oliveira (11) was run out by Sussex skipper Tom Haines direct hit at the non striker’s from widish mid-on.
Jack Haynes on 24 was caught behind in Coles’ first over and then Lenham came into the attack and struck in each of his first three overs.
Tom Fell (29) was bowled by a fine delivery before Lenham held onto a return catch from Gareth Roderick (0) while Ed Barnard (7) dragged a ball onto his stumps.
Coles turned the screwand Joe Leach, 12, was lbw after sweeping and in his next over Libby, having made 40 off 58 balls, was also trapped in front after working to leg.
Worcestershire were then 137-7 in the 34th over and the combined efforts of spinners Coles, Lenham and Will Beer produced figures of 30-0-110-6.
Jacques Banton, younger brother of England ODI and T2OI player Tom Banton, showed his potential as part of a fightback with the lower order.
He struck Lenham for a straight six in his final over and was given good support by Josh Baker in a partnership of 40.
Baker (16) holed out to wide long off against Crocombe but Banton went onto make 33 from 41 balls before he was caught behind from a leading edge.
The last wicket pair of Charlie Morris and Adam Finch gave the innings more momentum with an unbroken partnership of 39 in 3.5 overs.
Morris made the first breakthrough when Ben Brown (20) was caught and bowled with 33 on the board in the seventh over.
But Ali Orr and Haines batted sensibly during a second wicket partnership of 127 in 27.1 overs.
They were seldom troubled and accumulated effectively before Haines (46) attempted to lap Baker and was caught at short third man.
Orr accelerated and smashed Baker over mid wicket for his fourth six to reach his hundred out of 174-2 before he became one of two wickets to fall in Jacques Banton’s first over.
Orr (108) found the safe hands of Morris at long off and in the same over Coles (2) was taken by D’Oliveira at cover.
It became 195-5 when Oli Carter (6) perished at long-off against D’Oliveira and then Danial Ibrahim (1) went lbw to Banton with two runs added.
Will Beer, on 8, went lbw to Barnard and seven were needed from the final over by Baker and, although Lenham (1) fell to the first ball, Head had the final say.
Sussex batsman Travis Head, who hit the winning six against his former county, said:
“I think we got what we deserved. I think we played exceptionally well.
“I think we bowled well and fielded well and, for 90 per cent of the time, we batted really well.
“There are a lot of positives to take out the game and it was a quality innings from Ali Orr (to score his maiden List A century).
“The wicket was very difficult so to show that composure, especially through his middle to late part of his innings, was excellent.
“He showed a lot of talent today, and has done all season, a great temperament, bats in the nets for ages, has got a great work ethic as well.
“A lot of great signs and he has played an exceptional innings today and that partnership with Tom (Haines) was just what we needed.”
Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach:
“It is probably a closer game than it should have been to be honest.
“We didn’t score enough runs again. We bowled okay, not at our best to be honest, and then a couple of soft wickets (given away by Sussex) and then for the last 15-20 overs I thought we were exceptional to be honest.
“It is another game of ifs and maybes unfortunately. We were open minded about what target we needed to set. We knew it had been a good pitch for the other two games on it and also recognised 300 probably wasn’t going to be an average score today as it had dried out a little bit.
“We expected it to take a little bit of spin but unfortunately we didn’t cope with it well enough in that period after Jack (Haynes) got out.
“We went from 70-1 to 89-5 and in these games of cricket, you can’t do that.
“We recovered well and the young lads again have played really well and Jacques Banton, coming back into the side, was exceptional with bat and ball.
“Josh (Baker), Charlie (Morris) and Adam (Finch) at the end got us up to a score we felt could have been defendable had we bowled really well.”
Yorkshire vs Nottinghamshire *185/5 (33 ov)
Rain Delay : Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bowl
Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire remain in the hunt for the Royal London Cup knockouts after their rainy No Result at York’s Clifton Park.
Both sides have six points from six games with two still to play in the race for a top three finish in Group B. Notts currently occupy third place on net run-rate from Yorkshire.
Notts reached 185 for five in an entertaining 33 overs of play, with nothing possible beyond 2.30pm.
Had Yorkshire started a 10-over chase, the minimum required for a game, they would have needed 94 to win. But play was called off just after 5pm.
Openers Ben Slater and Sol Budinger made 74 and 71 respectively, while South African fast bowler Mat Pillans claimed four for 26 from six overs to underpin a visiting loss of five wickets for 19.
Play started on time before an 80-minute delay from 11.20am reduced the game to 43 overs per side.
Left-handers Slater and Budinger advanced from 25 without loss in the fifth over to share 146 inside 25, putting the Outlaws firmly on top.
Budinger hit four sixes, including one straight to reach his fifty off 44 balls. Slater had also got there off 58 balls earlier in the 17th over - 104 without loss.
But Pillans set about a home comeback with the help of a wicket for 21-year-old leg-spinner Josh Sullivan on his first-team debut in any format.
The Outlaws fell from 146 without loss in the 24th over to 165 for five after 29.
Pillans claimed the first four on his return to the side having missed Tuesday’s win over Warwickshire at York. He replaced injured compatriot Duanne Olivier (back).
He had Budinger caught behind off a top-edged pull before getting Slater in similar fashion at long-leg in the 26th. Then, next ball, he had captain Peter Trego caught behind for one.
Lyndon James then clipped Pillans to mid-wicket, leaving Notts 158 for four in the 28th before Sullivan’s maiden scalp - Liam Patterson-White lbw sweeping in the next.
Matt Montgomery steadied with an unbeaten 20 before more rain ended the Notts innings and brought about a lunch break which was interrupted by a fire alarm that forced the players out into the car park.
Yorkshire fast bowler Mat Pillans said:
“It’s always nice to get a few wickets under my belt, but ultimately it would have been nice to get a game in to get a result. Unfortunately, not today.
“We can definitely qualify, as you’ve seen with the performances the lads have put in.
“If we can string those types of performances together again in the next two games, and we get full games in, we’ll be in for a good shout.
“The lads are confident and ready to go for the last two games.
“It would be nice to contribute, but as long as the team comes out with the win it doesn’t matter whether I take wickets or get smacked all over.”
Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores said:
“I thought we played really, really well up front - credit to Sol Budinger and Benny Slater. But credit to Pillans, he bowled a quick spell and evened the balance.
“It became hard work, and it would have been a good scrap had we got a game at the end at what is a fantastic ground which had a real festival feel.
“Both sides would have had a fair crack at it (94 off 10 for Yorkshire). Small boundaries, but there was a bit in the pitch.
“We’re still scrapping in the group. It’s that sort of the league with some experienced and not so experienced players. There’s always a chance results go a bit topsy turvy, and there’s probably four or five sides who could get in the knockout phase. We’re one of them.”
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