Royal London One Day Cup 2022: Wednesday 10th August - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
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Royal London One Day Cup 2022: Wednesday 10th August
James Bracey scored a brilliant unbeaten century to propel Gloucestershire to a thrilling five-wicket triumph over previously unbeaten Nottinghamshire in an entertaining Royal London One-Day Cup contest at the sun-drenched Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol.
Chasing 295 to win, the home side reached their target with 10.2 overs to spare thanks to a superb fifth wicket stand of 179 between Bracey and Jack Taylor, who made 104 not out and 95 respectively to help Gloucestershire achieve a second success on home soil in the space of four days.
Australian Marcus Harris weighed in with a useful 48, while off spinner Matt Montgomery proved the pick of the Nottinghamshire bowlers, returning figures of 2-48 from seven overs.
Sol Budinger had earlier staged a high-class innings of 89 from 56 balls, dominating an opening stand of 77 in 10.3 overs with Ben Slater, who contributed 34. Lyndon James contributed a workmanlike 47 during the middle overs and Zak Chappell, Brett Hutton and Dane Paterson scored 32, 28 and 21 not out respectively to ensure the tail wagged as Nottinghamshire recovered from 216-8 to register a competitive 294 all out in their 50 overs.
Gloucestershire relied heavily on spin, Taylor, Tom Smith and Zafar Gohar sending down 30 overs and taking five wickets between them, while Paul van Meekeren claimed 3-73 on a day when the home side's seam attack found the going hard.
Back-to-back victories over Somerset and Nottinghamshire have revived Gloucestershire's prospects of making the knockout stages and their account will move into credit if they defeat Durham at Riverside on Friday. Despite suffering a first defeat of the campaign in this format, Nottinghamshire will remain well-placed to reach the quarter-finals should they overcome Middlesex at Trent Bridge in their next outing.
In buoyant mood following comprehensive victories over Sussex and Somerset, Nottinghamshire's top-order seized the initiative after winning the toss, Budinger and Slater trading almost exclusively in boundaries to raise 50 in 7.5 overs as Gloucestershire's seamers struggled with their line. Boasting a career average of 55 in List-A matches, Slater had moved effortlessly to 34 from 36 balls when he drove Zafar and was brilliantly held by Chris Dent on the run at mid-on.
Striking the ball cleanly from the outset, Budinger required 33 deliveries to raise 50, in the process taking van Meekeren for 17 runs in one over. Demonstrating guile in the face of spin, he also summoned no little power in accruing 7 fours and 5 sixes, and was just 11 runs short of what would have been a sparkling hundred when an unexpected loss of concentration caused him to hoist slow left armer Smith to the on-on boundary.
Unperturbed by Nottinghamshire's early onslaught, Gloucestershire opted to take the pace off, Taylor and Smith bowling in tandem to good effect as the visitors, handily-placed on 117-2, lost six wickets for the addition of 99 runs in 22 overs.
Fortunately for the visitors, James provided consolidation in a sensible innings of 47 from 64 balls, the Academy graduate from Worksop deploying low-risk options and running hard between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over during the middle orders. But when he was bowled by Jared Warner in the 40th over, Gloucestershire sensed an opportunity with the Midlands county teetering on 216-8 and in danger of falling short.
Thereafter, the lower order took matters into their own hands, the last three batsmen between them amassing 48 runs in boundaries as Nottinghamshire reasserted their authority during the final 10 overs. Inside knowledge garnered during two loan spells with Gloucestershire this summer no doubt assisted Chappell, who bit the hand that had so recently fed him by staging an exhilarating stand of 52 for the ninth wicket in 5.5 overs with Hutton, who then added a further 28 valuable runs with last man Paterson.
In need of solid foundations, Gloucestershire lost openers Dent and Ben Wells inside 11 overs, the latter falling for 28 to a wonderfully acrobatic catch by Montgomery at mid-wicket off the bowling of Paterson, leaving overseas hired hand Marcus Harris and Bracey to carry the fight to the visitors. These two added 56 in seven overs to keep the required rate below six, only for Harris to be bowled by a straight delivery from the ubiquitous Montgomery when just two runs shy of 50.
Montgomery's off breaks yielded further dividends in his next over, Oli Price pushing uppishly to mid-wicket, his tame dismissal leaving the home side on 115-4 in the 20th over. That was the cue for new batsman Taylor to inject a surge of positivity, Gloucestershire's captain producing a flurry of boundaries to fundamentally shift the balance of power and ease the pressure on Bracey, who himself proved no slouch in raising a progressive 50 from 54 balls.
In authoritative mood, the no-nonsense Taylor required 24 deliveries fewer to attain the same landmark and the partnership entered three-figure territory in the 33rd over, at which point Gloucestershire needed to score a further 80 runs at under five an over. Now under intense pressure, Nottinghamshire's bowlers were powerless to part the fifth wicket pair who, emboldened by their success, sought to hasten victory by opening their shoulders, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Bracey won the race to reach 100, smashing Hutton back over his head for a huge six to spark a standing ovation. With the scores level and one run needed to win, Taylor attempted to hoist Singh high over mid-wicket in pursuit of the six that would have secured him a hundred of his own, only to hole out to Martindale.
His high-octane innings occupied 55 balls and included 10 fours and 5 sixes, while Bracey's 93-ball sojourn was adorned by 9 fours and a brace of sixes, these two providing rich entertainment for those brave enough to endure the searing heat.
Middlesex (351-7) beat Surrey (249) by 102 runs
Stephen Eskinazi maintained his rich vein of form with a second successive century – and Middlesex’s highest-ever 50-over score – to steer his side to victory in their Royal London Cup derby against Surrey.
The 28-year-old Seaxes skipper, who had struck his previous best of 146 not out three days earlier against Durham, eclipsed that effort with a majestic 182 that included 17 fours and six sixes, at Radlett.
Eskinazi, who passed 1,000 List A career runs during his 136-ball knock, shared a third-wicket stand of 142 with Pieter Malan (64 from 60) and batted almost right through to underpin the Middlesex total of 351 for seven.
Ryan Patel’s resolute effort of 118 from 99 kept Surrey in the hunt but, once he was caught in the deep trying to force the pace, the visitors folded for 249 with 50 deliveries unused.
Invited to bat, Middlesex made a steady start as Eskinazi and Mark Stoneman put on 61, but they were pegged back by the introduction of Conor McKerr (three for 38).
McKerr’s additional bounce took Stoneman (23) by surprise and the left-hander slapped one to point, while Sam Robson played on after a brisk 18 that included a six and four off Nick Kimber.
However, that paved the way for Eskinazi and Malan to join forces and the pair calmly proceeded to accumulate runs, with the South African advancing to his second half-century of the tournament.
Teenage spinner Yousef Majid – who bowled tidily to finish with two for 51 – achieved the breakthrough, trapping Malan leg before as he attempted to sweep and that triggered a middle-order Middlesex wobble.
With runs drying up and wickets falling regularly to Majid and Cameron Steel, the home side drifted to 273 for seven before Eskinazi regained the initiative in the death overs, slamming two McKerr full tosses over the fence.
Although Eskinazi departed with three balls remaining, Josh Blake pulling off an impressive one-handed grab behind the stumps, the captain’s efforts were enough to lift Middlesex above the 350 mark.
Surrey were beset by problems at the start of their reply, with skipper Ben Geddes dragging on to Umesh Yadav in the third over and Steel forced to retire with concussion, having been struck on the helmet by a ball that leapt off a length.
Blake, who replaced the stricken Steel at the crease, was soon making the return journey after flashing outside off stump at his first ball from Ethan Bamber – leaving the visitors 23 for three in effect.
However, Patel rose to the challenge, clubbing Bamber for the first six of the innings and punishing some loose Martin Andersson deliveries as he and Tom Lawes (27) added 79 from 74.
The left-hander crashed consecutive leg-sixes off Yadav to reach his hundred, but he gradually began to run out of partners as Andersson’s smartly-judged boundary catch removed Lawes and Bamber (three for 46) returned to bowl both Nico Reifer and Nick Kimber in his second spell.
Patel eventually skied Andersson into the hands of long-off and, although Middlesex were held up by debutant Nathan Barnwell’s spirited 31 from 27, it was not enough to alter the outcome and Yadav (three for 52) wrapped up victory with two wickets in three balls.
A polished Yorkshire display with bat and ball on a used pitch which got slower and slower inflicted a first Royal London Cup defeat of 2022 on champions Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.
The Vikings won an important toss and compiled what proved a commanding score of 257 for nine, winning by 23 runs as the Welsh side could only muster 234 all out inside 49 overs.
Harry Duke made 87 and captain Jonny Tattersall 55, the pair both busy but far from destructive as they set things up for off-spinner Jack Shutt to claim a career best four for 46 from 10 overs.
Yorkshire won for the third time in four Group B games, leapfrogging Glamorgan into the all important top three qualifying places. This ended the hosts’ two-game winning start to their title defence.
Yorkshire opener Will Fraine crashed four boundaries in four balls off James Weighell in the contest’s fifth over, which went for 21, after Tattersall had elected to bat.
Fraine was the most aggressive batter on show for 40 off 40 balls.
That Glamorgan captain Kieran Carlson only hit two boundaries in 64 as he tried to steer the chase indicated just how tricky the pitch had become on a blazing hot Cardiff day.
Shutt’s career best haul came in only his seventh List A game, while Matthews Revis and Waite supplemented his work with two wickets apiece.
New ball seamer Ben Coad impressed with a miserly one for 26 from his 10.
Both sides dropped catches, but their ground fielding was without fault as the run-rate was squeezed.
Glamorgan’s hopes had long gone by the time last pair Weighell (33) and McIlroy shared 42 from 192 for nine in the 43rd over.
Given the margin of victory, you could look at that aforementioned fifth over of the match which yielded 21 from Fraine’s blade as being key to the outcome.
Just as important, though, was a 90-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Duke and Tattersall to hold Yorkshire’s innings together from 112 for three in the 26th over.
Tattersall’s impressive day later continued when two bowling changes - Revis and then Waite - yielded immediate success in their first overs back.
One of those was Revis getting Carlson caught at midwicket by the captain as the chase fell to 146 for six in the 32nd over. A Glamorgan recovery from there was as steep as the valleys which surround this city.
A sensational Ben Green century and Sonny Baker’s six-wicket haul failed to save Somerset from a third defeat in as many Royal London Cup group matches as Durham gained a thrilling nine-run victory at Taunton.
The visitors posted 342 all out after losing the toss, Scott Borthwick making 88, from 67 balls, including 3 sixes and 11 fours, and Graham Clark a more measured 86.
Somerset plunged to 195 for eight in reply before Green launched an incredible onslaught, crashing 12 sixes and 10 fours in an unforgettable inning of 157 off 84 balls.
It was only enough to boost the score to 333 all out, but provided rich entertainment for a crowd of 3,000, basking in hot sunshine.
Earlier, Jonathan Bushnell, making his List A debut, contributed a composed 24 to a Durham opening stand of 60 in 13 overs with Clark before becoming Baker’s first victim, miscuing a catch to fine leg.
Borthwick hit the first six of the match off Lewis Goldsworthy before Clark moved to a sold half-century, from 77 balls, with 6 fours.
Borthwick’s fluent fifty occupied just 42 deliveries as Durham laid the foundation for a challenging score, reaching 124 for one at the halfway point of their innings.
Clark cleared the ropes off Green and Goldsworthy before falling with the total on 191, bowled having a swing at Green. He had faced 101 balls and hit 2 sixes and 10 fours.
Nic Maddinson kept the momentum going with 24 off 13 balls before being bowled attempting a big hit off Baker. The Somerset youngster removed Borthwick in the same over, the 36th of the innings, then pinned Sean Dixon lbw for 11.
The hosts had given a debut to 19-year-old left-arm seamer Alfie Ogborne, from Yeovil, who bowled four tidy overs for 21 and ran out Paul Coughlin with a throw to the bowler’s end from deep mid-wicket to make it 260 for six.
Liam Trevaskis averted any thoughts of a Durham collapse with a rapid 44, including a six and 6 fours, while Tomas Mackintosh weighed in with 28 before driving a catch to long-on to give Baker his fifth wicket.
Oliver Gibson was yorked by Baker, whose previous best List A figures had been three for 46, and Durham’s innings was wrapped up by another run out in the final over.
Somerset’s reply had reached 26 in the sixth over when Steve Davies’ was caught behind for nine, chasing a wide delivery from Gibson.
Matt Renshaw survived a chance to Coughlin at mid-on off Chris Rushworth, but perished in the same over for 23, driving a catch to mid-off to make it 36 for two.
Playing in what may well prove the last competition of his illustrious Somerset career, James Hildreth was soon troubled by a muscle injury and made only 12 before being caught at deep cover off 18-year-old seamer Stanley McAlindon.
Goldsworthy (27) and George Bartlett (34) shared a stand of 56. But they fell in quick succession, Bartlett driving Gibson in the air to mid-off and Goldsworthy caught and bowled above his head by Borthwick to make it 120 for five.
Green and James Rew added 46 before the latter pulled a catch to deep square off Trevaskis. Kasey Aldridge fell leg before to Rushworth and Jack Brooks followed, but if Durham thought the job was done, Green had other ideas.
Having reached a 45-ball fifty, his maiden List A hundred occupied only 14 more deliveries as he blasted 4 sixes in an over off Borthwick and four more off successive balls from Gibson.
They were massive blows from the inspired captain, who continued to put Durham’s bowlers to the sword in a frenetic finale, dominating stands with Ogborne and Baker.
Somerset needed 11 off the final over, sent down by Gibson. There was visible relief among the Durham players when the second ball saw Green well caught by Trevaskis diving forward at long-on.
Lancashire returned to the top of Group B in the Royal London Cup on Wednesday evening when they eased to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Needing 249 to secure their third victory in four games, Steven Croft ‘s team reached their target with exactly five overs to spare, with the in-form Rob Jones making 85 not out, his second successive fifty and his best score in List A cricket. Worcestershire, by contrast, have now lost all four of their games and their chances of reaching the knockout stages of this competition are already remote.
In the afternoon’s first exchanges, Worcestershire openers, Azhar Ali and Taylor Cornall put on 48 for their side’s first wicket before Ali was caught at long leg by Jack Morley for 29 when he top-edged a pull off Danny Lamb. However, by that time Lancashire’s bowling options had been reduced by the shoulder injury suffered by Washington Sundar when making a diving stop at mid-on and Worcestershire’s hopes were further raised when Gareth Roderick settled in quickly and clipped Danny Lamb off his toes for a six into the latest Old Trafford building site.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Roderick was bowled via bat and boot by Morley for 30 and Lancashire struck another blow when Cornall, having reached his maiden half-century in county cricket off 79 balls without hitting a boundary, was bowled by Luke Wells for 58 when trying to cut a ball that spun past the angled bat.
That wicket left Worcestershire on 131 for three in the 30th over and ten minutes later Jake Libby was bowled off his pads by Lamb for 12. Ed Barnard became the third batsman to deflect the ball into his stumps when his attempted pull off Hurt caught only the bottom edge, but by that point Kashif Ali had smacked Wells for two leg-side fours and stroked Lamb deep into the stand at the Brian Statham End.
Ben Cox took his lead from Kashif’s strokeplay and the pair added 44 in less than seven overs only for Wells to remove both Cox for 24 and Joe Leach for a single in the space of seven balls. Those dismissals robbed the later stages of Worcestershire’s innings of some of its impetus but Kashif reached his fifty off 41 balls and was ninth out in the final over for 61 when he hit a Tom Bailey full toss straight to substitute fielder Jack Blatherwick at long off.
Wells, who took three for 42, was the most successful Lancashire bowler but their opponents’ 248 for nine looked a competitive total on a used pitch.
However, Lancashire’s openers did their best to make Worcestershire’s total look inadequate. Wells and George Balderson put on 76 in 11.4 overs before Wells drove Adam Finch to Leach at mid-off and departed with a 24-ball 49 to add to his three wickets
And once the former Sussex opener’s salvo had eased the required run-rate, Lancashire’s other top order settled for siege warfare, quietly scoring at around six runs an over, safe in the knowledge that such relatively gentle acquisition was all that was required.
The loss of wickets rarely slowed the run rate. Although Balderson was caught at cover off Libby for 35 and Steven Croft caught behind by Cox off Leach for 15, Lancashire reached the halfway point of their innings on 135 for three, well ahead of their requirement.
In Washington’s absence, Lancashire batting resources nevertheless looked a little thin but they were not called upon until Lancashire were within thirty runs of victory. When he had made 35 Bell gave Libby a second wicket when he skied a catch to short cover but Jones and George Lavelle took their side home.
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