Royal London One-Day Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday August 5th
Royal London One-Day Cup 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday August 5th
Royal London One Day Cup 2021 - Thursday August 5th
Result - Match Abandoned - Rain
A superb 140 from Glamorgan opener Nick Selman - a career-best in List A games - proved in vain as the Group 1 match at Leicester in the Royal London Cup was abandoned with no result.
The Australian-born batsman’s career-best List A score was backed up by 67 from Billy Root as Glamorgan posted 277 for eight in 50 overs, the pair sharing a partnership of 123 for the fourth wicket to set a competitive total after the early loss of New Zealand batter Hamish Rutherford for just a single.
George Rhodes claimed career-best figures of three for 44 with his off-spin and held three catches and Leicestershire, after winning the toss and giving their bowlers first use of a green-tinged pitch, would have fancied themselves at least to run the group leaders close.
But they were able to complete only one over of their innings before rain arrived, and though a restart with a revised target of 257 from 43 overs was proposed at one stage, more rain put paid to that and play was abandoned at around five o’clock.
The day had started with Leicestershire announcing that overseas player Marcus Harris would not play again this season.
The Australian opener had been set to stay until the end of the Foxes' Royal London Cup and County Championship campaigns but has been forced to return to Australian early because of concerns that coronavirus-related travel issues might affect his availability at the start of his own domestic season.
Harris, 29, impressed with four centuries across the two competitions, making 887 runs in all.
Selman’s runs came off 144 balls and included eight fours and a six. He almost batted through the full 50 overs but was run out off the first delivery of the final over. Root hit four fours and a six in his 60-ball contribution.
Earlier, after Rutherford had been caught brilliantly by Rhodes at backward point in the second over, Selman shared a valuable partnership of 92 with Steven Reingold.
They were not separated until the 20th over, when Reingold’s attempted pull against Rhodes saw him leg before.
Skipper Kiran Carlson soon became a second victim for Rhodes but Root was busy from the start and he and Selman found the open spaces in this ground’s expansive outfield to keep the scoreboard moving.
When they went on the attack, Root swept Arron Lilley for six and cut Gavin Griffiths for four to pass fifty from 47 balls, shortly before Selman, having gone to three figures from 120 deliveries, sent teenager Rehan Ahmed’s leg-spin clattering into the brickwork at long-on, requiring a change of ball.
The last five overs added 40 runs but cost five wickets. Root was leg before trying to paddle Rhodes, James Weighell fell to a fine catch by Ed Barnes at deep midwicket, Joe Cooke found the fielder at deep square leg and Tom Cullen top-edged to point two balls after Selman’s demise.
Leicestershire’s Ben Mike was another absentee as he completed a two-match suspension imposed after he was ruled to have deliberately damaged the pitch with his spikes during a match against Northamptonshire in the Vitality Blast.
Somerset 220 (48.3 overs) v Surrey 66/0 (8 overs) – No Result
Lewis Goldsworthy’s impressive 96 and Dan Moriarty’s controlled 4 for 30, both List A bests, were the stand-out performances of a rain-ruined Royal London Cup match at the Kia Oval in which Surrey were left an agonising two overs short of gaining victory against Somerset on Duckworth Lewis Stern calculations.
Surrey, to their huge frustration, were cruising at 66 for no wicket from just eight overs when rain intervened for the final time, in reply to Somerset’s 220 all out in 48.3 overs. With a minimum of ten overs needing to be bowled at the team batting second, both sides ended up with a point apiece from the no result.
Initially chasing 217 from 48 overs, due to the first of several afternoon rain squalls, Surrey were 7 without loss from 2.3 overs when more heavy rain arrived.
After a delay of 100 minutes, play resumed with Surrey’s DLS target now 147 from 25 overs and, immediately, openers Mark Stoneman and Ben Geddes set about Somerset’s attack to plunder 59 from 5.3 overs.
Stoneman, unbeaten on 29, smashed Josh Davey through extra cover and straight drove Sonny Baker powerfully for another four, while Geddes also hit out attractively with five boundaries to reach 31 not out before more rain forced the abandonment.
Goldsworthy, the highly-promising 20-year-old Cornishman in his debut season, had earlier almost single-handedly dragged Somerset past 200 with a superbly-paced 105-ball innings that featured three late sixes and also six fours.
It was, however, an ultimately disappointing day for a near 5,000 crowd and unbeaten Somerset now have three wins and two no results from their first five group 1 games, while Surrey have two wins and two no results from their initial five Royal London fixtures.
Matt Dunn struck two new ball blows after Somerset had chosen to bat, the Surrey paceman producing excellent deliveries to have Sam Young caught behind for a duck, driving, in the third over and James Rew pouched at second slip for 6 four overs later.
Steven Davies swung Rikki Clarke for six and also struck seven exquisitely-timed fours in a 32-ball 45 before steering Nick Kimber’s pacy seamers to backward point, and James Hildreth unfurled one beautiful extra cover driven four off Kimber before Clarke had him caught behind for 19 with the first ball after a drinks break.
Goldsworthy, who had narrowly avoided being yorked by Kimber first ball, could only watch as Moriarty had Eddie Byrom lbw for 2, prodding half-forward, and then sent back Davey for 5, edging to keeper Jamie Smith an attempted reverse-sweep.
That was 114 for 6, in the 24th over, but at least Kasey Aldridge and then George Drissell hung around long enough to help Goldsworthy put on 27 and 25, respectively, for the seventh and eighth wickets.
Both made 12 but Aldridge edged a rising ball from Kimber to slip and Drissell was smartly stumped by Smith from a legside ball from Moriarty that would have been called as a one-day wide had he not overbalanced.
Marchant de Lange was then bowled by Moriarty for 4, aiming a legside swipe when he might have better concentrated on supporting Goldsworthy, and it took a sensible 7 not out from last man Baker to enable Somerset’s rising young batting star to press down the accelerator in the closing overs.
Goldsworthy first swung Clarke high over long on before adding two more sixes, both off Dunn in a 47th over costing 22, again clearing the ropes over mid wicket and long on besides collecting two fours with a thick-edged slash to third man and a punch through extra cover.
There was one final four, a flat-batted pull off Kimber wide of mid on, before Goldsworthy was caught above his head on the wide mid wicket ropes by Tim David as he clubbed Ryan Patel’s medium pace to leg in a bid to reach three figures.
Surrey’s acting captain Jamie Smith, 21, said: “Having played for Surrey since the age of nine it was obviously a huge honour for me to be able to captain the team today. Hashim Amla’s injury gave me the opportunity and it was a dream come true. It is also definitely something I have wanted to do, and want to do again in the future.
“Today was extremely frustrating, and to be only two overs away from a win [when the rain caused the abandonment] is really hard to take. But we played very well as a team in the game, and I thought the bowlers were superb again – as they have been throughout this tournament so far. Both Mark Stoneman and Ben Geddes then batted brilliantly, and it was just a shame the rain had the final say.”
Somerset batsman Lewis Goldsworthy said: “That was the best innings I have played for Somerset and I knew if I was still there towards the end of the 50 overs that I could take advantage of the short boundary on one side. Thankfully a few shots came off at the end.
“Surrey bowled well and the ball was nipping around a bit, but it was good to have a long time in the middle after a couple of Royal London games in which we have lost a lot of overs to the weather.”
Durham 327/6 (50 ov) v Lancashire 240/10 (44.3 ov) Durham won by 87 runs
An unbeaten century from Sean Dickson and career-best performances with bat and ball from Luke Doneathy provided a winning platform for Durham to beat Lancashire by 87 runs in their Royal London Cup contest at Gosforth.
Dickson and Doneathy combined for a partnership of 156, lifting the hosts from 171 for six to a total of 327 from their 50 overs. Dickson took centre stage as he scored his first List A century, although Doneathy more than played his part with a career-best knock of 69.
Rob Jones and Josh Bohannon notched in-vain half-centuries for Lancashire. However, Doneathy was the visitors' bane once more with the ball as he claimed four wickets to allow Durham to claim their third win in five matches to lift them above Lancashire in Group A into second place.
Lancashire won the toss and inserted the home side, whose solid start to the contest was stymied as Graham Clark, Scott Borthwick and Cameron Bancroft were all dismissed cheaply. David Bedingham announced his arrival with a crisp straight drive down the ground to the fence.
He and Alex Lees allowed Durham to regain their footing amid the clatter of wickets. Lees reached his 14th List A half-century in the process from 62 balls, continuing his impressive one-day form. Bedingham's aggression allowed him to reach his second fifty of the competition in only 40 balls. However, Morley had his revenge to dismiss Lees, who missed a straight ball and was out lbw for 59.
Hurt then produced a fine piece of bowling and fielding to prise out Bedingham for 60, leaving Durham in trouble at 155 for five. Dickson and Doneathy responded with controlled aggression.
The two players put on a unbeaten stand of 156 for the seventh wicket, propelling Durham into a position of strength at the end of the innings and a total of 327. Dickson led the way his maiden List A century from 75 balls, smashing Danny Lamb to the fence in the final over. Doneathy played his role to perfection clearing the rope, and on occasions the ground, five times with a career-best 69.
Lancashire made a steady start, although regular boundaries eluded Luke Wells and Bohannon. Wells attempted to cut loose, but he was caught by Clark off the bowling of Salisbury. The Durham man then notched his second wicket to remove Steven Croft, ensuring there was no repeat of his 99 at South North two years previously.
Bohannon made a brisk half-century from 55 balls to end a lean time at the crease. His attempts to push on were ended when Doneathy produced a fine return catch to dismiss the right-hander for 52, forcing the visitors to regroup.
Jones and George Lavelle countered with a partnership of 89 keeping Lancashire in touch with the run-rate. Jones notched his second fifty in a row from 50 balls, playing the anchor role for his team.
Lavelle hit three sixes, but another lofty blow resulted in his wicket as Salisbury claimed a good catch over his shoulder. Paul van Meekeren dealt a massive blow to the visitors when he bowled Jones, who played onto his own stumps.
The Netherlands international then removed George Balderson to allow the hosts to close in on victory. Doneathy surged through the tail with figures of four for 36 to secure a dominant win for Durham in their bid to qualify for the latter stages of the competition.
Durham's Sean Dickson said: "It was a great day. We're pleased to get another win under the belt. It was tough to get in on the wicket and we struggled to get the ball away. Luckily things went our way with a few dropped catches, and Luke batted beautifully and showed what he can do. All credit to him. My hundred has been a long time coming. It meant a lot to me from a lot of angles. I was happy to get a competitive total on the board for the team. We've had a good campaign so far, and hopefully we can take it forward."
Lancashire's Rob Jones said: "Obviously they got away from us towards the back end of the innings. They got fifty too many from our perspective, but we were confident that we could chase it down at the half-way stage. Unfortunately for us we lost wickets at regular intervals, which is where we lost the game. It's pleasing that I was able to contribute again, but I just want to win the game. I've got to the stage where I've got to 60 and 70, but I've not been able to kick on which is frustrating. Hopefully in the next two games, if I get that opportunity I can kick on and it see it all the way."
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