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Royal London One Day Cup 2022: Wednesday 17th August - Latest News, Scores, Match Reports and Reactions

Royal London One Day Cup 2022
Royal London One Day Cup 2022: Wednesday 17th August - Latest News, Scores, Match Reports and Reactions
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Here is all the latest news, scores, match reports and reactions for the Royal London One Day Cup 2022: : Wednesday 17th August.

 

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Derbyshire vs Kent, Derby

Match Abandoned

Derbyshire’s hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup were ended by rain and a points penalty.

The abandonment of the Group B match against Kent at the Incora County Ground, Derby, left both teams chances in the balance with only two games remaining.

But Derbyshire have also been deducted two points for all-rounder Mattie McKiernan using a bat which failed a gauge test in the group game against Hampshire at Derby last Friday.

McKiernan was charged and accepted a breach of ECB Directives 3.2 and 3.3 after he used a bat which failed the test during and after the match due to excessive tape being applied.

In a statement the club said: “An Adjudicator of the Cricket Discipline Commission considered McKiernan’s clean record and apology and accepted that it was an unintentional breach of the ECB Directives.

“Adjudicating, Ricky Needham decided that the offence, while committed unintentionally, must be dealt with on a strict liability basis, in that it is entirely the responsibility of a cricketer to ensure that the equipment being used conforms to the laws of the game.”

It leaves Derbyshire on three points with a home game against Yorkshire at Chesterfield on Sunday and a trip to Nothampton on Tuesday to come.

Even before the penalty was announced, Derbyshire and Kent needed a win but heavy rain throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning left the outfield saturated and the game was called-off after a third inspection at 2.15pm.

Kent coach Simon Cook said: “You want to try and carry on momentum so it’s very frustrating.

“But when you walk out there you can see the water coming up underneath your feet. It’s an unusual situation where we’ve had that extremely dry weather for the last month, so the water is just sitting in that top inch of turf.

“We’re in a position where we need results to go our way and we’ve got to win the next two home games at Canterbury. We’ll be looking forward to Yorkshire and Lancashire.”

Derbyshire fast bowler Nick Potts admitted: “We thought it was a game we could attack and be aggressive in so it’s disappointing as a squad that we can’t do that.

“We have been going with the mentality that every game is a final and we need to take two points from each one but there’s still a chance to put in two strong performances.”

Essex vs Yorkshire, Chelmsford

Essex (240) beat Yorkshire (76-6) by 88 runs (D/L method)

Grant Roelofsen’s innings of sublime dominance helped Essex to a third successive Royal London Cup win and bolstered their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

The South African recorded his third half-century in a row in the competition, finishing with a season’s high of 90 off 97 balls before Essex’s last eight wickets fell inside 14 overs for the addition of 56 runs.

Roelofsen put on 151 – the only significant partnership of the game – with Essex captain Tom Westley, whose 52 was his fourth successive score above fifty.

Yorkshire were soon in trouble in pursuit of 241, losing four wickets in the first six overs, and never recovered before heavy rain ended play. Essex, winning by 88 runs on Duckworth-Lewis, leapfrogged Yorkshire into third place, though they have played a game more.

Roelofsen completely dominated the third-wicket stand to the extent that he had accounted for two-thirds of the runs when their first hundred was posted, and the same percentage when it was finally ended. Though not afraid to improvise with the reverse-sweep, the most eye-catching of Roelofsen’s impressive array of strokes was a punishing off-drive though the covers for one of eight fours.

There were two sixes for the South African in an over from Harry Sullivan over midwicket, and a third even more effortlessly off Matt Revis. At other times he was content to keep the scoreboard ticking along with nudges and flicks for singles and doubles.

Westley was very much the sleeping partner. His fifth boundary, clouted firmly past Revis, brought up not only his own fifty, but also 150 for the stand. However, without addition he miscued an attempted pull over midwicket and skied a return catch to Sullivan.

Roelofsen perished not long after when he went for one reverse-sweep too many against Sullivan and picked out Shutt at backward point.

The pair had come together 25 overs earlier after Feroze Khushi was bowled by Ben Coad playing down the wrong line, and was followed almost immediately by opening partner Josh Rymell, run out on his call by a direct throw to the non-striker’s end by Shutt fielding at mid-off.

However, the parting of Roelofsen and Westley prefaced a collapse from 184-2 to 240 all out.

Robin Das fell to a carbon-copy of Roelofsen’s dismissal, chipping up Dom Bess to Coad. Nick Browne was bowled trying to give himself room against Shutt. Luc Benkenstein attempted to slog Waite and was bowled before Aron Nijjar was castled by Shutt. Waite mopped up the innings by having Jamal Richards caught behind and Ray Toole held one-handed at full stretch by Will Fraine at wide mid-on.

The target did not initially look onerous, but Yorkshire were quickly in trouble. Roelofsen, swapping batting pads for the wicketkeeper’s, was soon back on the scorecard, catching Harry Duke behind off a faint tickle and then stumping Will Luxton, who tried to charge Nijjar.

Shane Snater then had Fraine edging to slip, and next ball trapped Jonathan Tattersall like a statue in his crease to claim his third wicket in 11 balls.

George Hill and Waite dug in doggedly for nine overs until Waite’s 35-ball vigil for 15 ended when he was lbw to one that kept low from Toole. The New Zealand seamer followed that by finding the edge of Revis’s bat and Yorkshire had fallen to 71-6.

Five runs later the players scuttled off as the first serious rainfall of an otherwise dry season quickly flooded the ground and forced Duckworth and Lewis into decisive action.

Essex captain Tom Westley said: “We wanted to bat first. Obviously knew that there was bad weather around and  actually I thought that we bowled very well to get the wickets  because, often, in a rain affected game, if you don’t lose wickets, it is potentially, quite easy  to  win.

  “The fact that it was the same pitch that we had used for the last two matches, we knew it was ging to deteriorate and we’ve had success batting first, so we stuck with that.

  “With 10 overs constituting a game, I brought myself on early because I’m going to get through them a bit quicker that Snates (Shane Snater). It just started spitting in the sixth or seventh over  and you could see clouds building everywhere  so that was the reason why I came on for those token two overs.

  “I suppose being bowled out before we had faced the full 50 overs went in our favour because it gave us a bit more time to move the game forward and give us a bit more time with the ball. It’s pretty infuriating though that our number 11 is having to bat in every single game after we have got ourselves into some fantastic positions.

  “We don’t want to sell ourselves short by making the same mistakes over and over again it is a learning experience for a lot of these guys but from where we started against Derbyshire, which was an appalling performance given the standards we set, we have gone from strength to strength.

  “We have got some incredibly talented young cricketers who are learning how to go about being professional cricketers in 50 overs cricket. We have got some exciting talent in that middle and lower-order and it’s all about piecing it all together for that prefect game especially if we can continue to win and push further in this competition.”

Yorkshire captain Jonny Tattersall said: “I thought we did really well first half. The pitch was used, but they were looking like they were going to post more than what they did. I thought the lads did well to stick at it. 

  “I felt, at times, we didn’t have a lot of luck when that partnership was going with Roelofsen and Westley. But they played nicely. When we managed to break it, they only put on another 60 or so after that.

  “But we haven’t turned up with the bat. Snater bowled a good spell early doors, and unfortunately we’ve come out on the wrong end of it. If we’d have managed to ride that wave, we could have been walking away with the two points. But it wasn’t to be today.”

 

 


Glamorgan vs Lancashire, Neath

Lancashire skipper Keaton Jennings scored an unbeaten 77 to steer his side to a nine wicket win over Glamorgan at Neath with 84 balls to spare in the Royal London One Day Cup.

Set a target of only 178 runs to win in 50 overs, the visitors strolled to their fourth win in Group B to stay on course for the knock-out stages. A fourth defeat in a row for the reigning champions means their chances of holding onto the title are now gone.

The Welsh County struggled to mount any sort of challenge against Lancashire and were on the back foot from the off after they lost openers Tom Bevan and Sam Northeast inside the first 19 balls.

After that they limped to 177 all out with five overs remaining. Only Colin Ingram and Joe Cooke made any real impact with the bat after the home side had been put in to bat, with Ingram top scoring with 54 and Cooke hammering 40 off 34 balls.

Each of the five bowlers in the visitors’ seam attack took wickets, with Tom Bailey the pick of the crop with his three for 22 from 8.1 overs. 

In what was Glamorgan’s first one-day fixture in Neath for 28 years, no amount of romanticism was able to slow down a Lancashire juggernaut who now sit in second place in Group B.    

With murky, overcast conditions dominating the early stages, Glamorgan lost the early wickets of Bevan for a duck and Northeast for two, leaving the Welsh county five for 2 after just 3.1 overs. Lancashire’s pave attack continued to gain the upper hand after home skipper Kiran Carlson nicked one off to Will Williams for 22, having been dropped on 18.   

Alarm bells were ringing when Chris Cooke fell for 9 off the bowling of Liam Hurt, leaving Glamorgan in a sticky situation at 76-4 off 23.4 overs and the home team struggled to provide any meaningful momentum thereafter.  

With Ingram and Cooke at the crease there was a glimmer of hope for the home fans as they put on 53 for the fifth wicket. Cooke hit one big six and six fours before he was caught in the deep with the score on 129. Ingram went 26 balls later and Lancashire were into the tail.

Lancashire’s bowlers dominated and used the helpful conditions to their favour. While they found wickets easy to come by, the Glamorgan attack toiled as the sun finally came out. 

Jennings and opening partner Luke Wells set about chasing the measly target set by Glamorgan, and they reached a half century stand after just 13 overs. Wells in particular was gaining in confidence and dispatching the ball to all corners of the ground, reaching his 50, before falling to the next ball from Carlson. 

Continuing his fine form this summer, Jennings effortlessly ended unbeaten on 77 and was ably assisted by Josh Bohanon (48 not out) in reaching their goal.

 

Mark Wallace - Glamorgan's director of cricket said: “Firstly, it is great to be back playing in Neath in Neath. Our ground cricket is pretty special. It has been fantastic to hold a game here, it has been an excellent occasion. It was a disappointing loss today, our performance wasn’t great today. 

“Losing the toss was a bit of a factor in the loss, they (Lancashire) bowled really well with the new ball and we couldn’t quite soak up that pressure. As the day went on the wicket got flatter and the game got away from us. 

“We have shuffled the pack a little bit with the bowlers. Some of which has been down to necessity, with Tim van der Gugten and Michael Hogan playing in the Hundred. In the competition you are playing on very different pitches and it is difficult to find that balance. 

“It has been a funny season really. We got out of the blocks pretty quickly, but since we have come up against some top sides. We have probably lacked some big scores and that has cost us in important moments. 

“The red ball season has been brilliant and we have a really exciting final month of the season coming up. From a white ball perspective it has been disappointing, we had hoped to be more competitive in this competition as champions, but it wasn’t to be. 

“Hampshire are a very strong side, they have had a brilliant season in all formats. They are doing well in the red ball stuff and they are T20 Blast Champions. They are very dangerous in this competition too, winning all their games so far. 

“It will be a good opportunity to test ourselves, these games come thick and fast and it will hopefully be a chance for us to bounce back strongly.”

 

Keaton Jennings - win ning Lancashire captain said: “It was a really good win, I think it was an important toss to win this morning and we didn’t look back after a pretty strong start. We bowled really nicely, attacked good areas, took wickets at important times and then batted really well. 

“I didn’t really need to think about what we were going to do at the toss, it was an easy decision to bowl first. The conditions definitely favoured us and were very clinical in taking the chances we got. 

“The guys have been absolutely fantastic throughout the campaign, our bowling group has been great and the fielding has been really pleasing as well. 

“Hopefully we can keep the momentum going, we can ensure a top three finish on Tuesday and we definitely want that home quarter final. 

“The attitude of the guys today was brilliant, it is really pleasing for the team to put in quite a complete performance and we kept the pressure on them (Glamorgan) all day. We need to keep that going and hopefully we keep going. 

“It has been great getting back into the dressing room with all the boys, it is a great group of lads and it is fantastic to just be around them. The lads have been incredibly professional, but it is a relaxed and happy dressing room after a performance like that. 

“It is really good to be back, but I am looking forward to getting back in my own bed tonight, but I am buzzing to be back with the lads and pushing for some knockout cricket.”

 

Warwickshire vs Nottinghamshire, Edgbaston

Warwickshire  tightened Group A of the Royal London Cup right up with a thrilling 14-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston. 

In a game reduced by rain to 34 overs per side, the Bears amassed 271 for six, led by captain Will Rhodes' maiden List A century - 113 from 85 balls with eight fours and five sixes. Rob Yates (46, 45 balls) and Krunal Pandya (37, 28) contributed useful cameos against an attack in which Dane Paterson, Zak Chappell and Fateh Singh took two wickets apiece. 

Nottinghamshire replied with a gallant 257 all out  as Haseeb Hameed (51, 48), Ben Slater (47, 28) and Liam Paterson-White (43, 17) each delivered innings which were dangerous but did not evolve into the match-winning contributions needed.  

The pulsating win was Warwickshire's third in five group games, leaving them in the thick of the qualification race. Nottinghamshire also remain in contention but are under more pressure having also won three but having played a game more. 

Nottinghamshire chose to bowl and quickly removed Dom Sibley, bowled through the gate by Paterson. Yates and Rhodes responded with a measured stand of 113 in 15 overs before 18-year-old spinner Fateh Singh turned one past the former's leg-side swat to trap him lbw. 

Michael Burgess soon top-edged Paterson to fine leg but Rhodes timed the ball beautifully. He eclipsed his previous List A career-best of 76 and planted five sixes into the crowd, all at the Pavilion End, one of which took him to a 77-ball hundred. 

Rhodes and Pandya accelerated in a stand of 90 in 59 balls before Notts hit back when both fell to well-judged catches in the deep by Lyndon James. A late flurry from 17-year-old Kai Smith (29, 14 balls) assured the Bears an imposing total. 

Nottinghamshire's reply was assertively launched by Slater and Sol Budinger (23, 22) before the latter lifted Olly Hannon-Dalby to deep mid-wicket. Dane Schadendorf skied Liam Norwell to long off and Slater's assault was gathering momentum when he lifted Ethan Brookes to fine leg where Smith ran and dived to complete a superb catch. 

The required run-rate was slowly escalating until Patterson-White thrashed 26 off a Norwell over. That swung the pendulum Notts' way but it swung back again when Patterson-White hoisted Garrett to deep extra cover and Hameed was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Burgess off Rhodes. 

When Lyndon James smashed Garrett straight to extra cover, the visitors needed 35 from four overs. Singh added a bold batting cameo (25, 22 ball) to his earlier wickets but when he lifted Rhodes to long off, the last pair needed to find from 12 balls. The end came quickly when Paterson was run out going for a bye.

Northamptonshire vs Worcestershire, Northampton

Azhar Ali led the charge with a commanding 130 off just 97 deliveries to help Worcestershire Rapids chase down a formidable target in this Royal London Cup clash against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

The Pakistan veteran defied a hamstring injury mid innings to put on a batting masterclass with 17 fours and one six, treating fans who had braved a rare cold day to some booming cover drives and shots over the infield as well as some sweetly timed strokes and scoops.

He shared an enterprising partnership worth 138 with rookie Taylor Cornall who made the second half-century of his brief career to date. While Azhar fell with 29 runs still needed, Worcestershire crossed the line with four balls and six wickets to spare. The victory was the Rapid's first victory of this year's campaign.

For Northamptonshire, skipper Will Young struck a battling unbeaten 104 from 94 balls (6 fours, three sixes) in bowler friendly conditions to help his side post a competitive 248 for four despite two lengthy interruptions for rain which reduced the game to 39 overs a side. Young struggled to find his timing early in his innings against the seaming ball and reached the boundary just twice in his first 50 runs. He kept the scoreboard ticking though, bringing up his half-century from 72 balls, before putting his foot down and reaching three figures with two legside sixes in the final over of the innings.

Earlier, put into bat under under gloomy skies, Northamptonshire soon lost Emilio Gay lbw to Ben Gibbon and had advanced to 44 for one when the first break for ran came.

When they came back, Ricardo Vasconcelos played and missed against the seaming ball but soon started to locate the boundary, scoring the lion’s share of an 84-run stand with Young. He smashed Dillon Pennington down the ground and played a sweetly timed late cut behind square off Joe Leach, but advanced to his half-century in less emphatic style, thanks to four overthrows. He looked well set for another big score after his century last week, playing a gorgeous on-drive off Ed Barnard and lifting the same bowler over the infield.

But Vasconcelos’ knock of 70 (80 balls, 10 fours) ended soon afterwards when Adam Finch got one to jag back sharply and hit the top of the stumps. Worcestershire collected their third wicket in the next over thanks to a brilliant direct hit from the deep courtesy of Gibbon which accounted for Saif Zaib and left Northamptonshire on 108 for three.

Young punched Leach down to backward point early in his innings, but did not locate the ropes again until he had reached 40. AS he accelerated, he hit over mid-on and brought out the scoop shot in a partnership worth 114 with keeper Lewis McManus.

McManus looked scratchy early on, wafting outside off-stump to a ball from Finch past a diving slip. He grew in confidence swinging high over square leg for six to bring up the century partnership off 86 balls in the penultimate over. He dispatched Pennington’s next two balls for four to reach his half-century from 47 balls before holing out in the deep.

That left Young to finish the innings in style with a four and two maximums off the final over. The blaze of boundaries saw 42 runs coming off the final 12 balls.

In the chase Azhar took four boundaries off Jack White’s opening spell and reached his half-century off 55 balls, finding a willing partner in Cornall who played some nicely timed drives mixed with aggression and innovation including an uppercut over the keeper.

Azhar offered one chance on 60 when a diving Sanderson put down a difficult chance in the deep but otherwise continued untroubled.

Brandon Glover made two crucial breakthroughs accounting first for Cornall who picked out mid-on after 83 balls at the crease. In Glover’s next over Gareth Roderick fell scooping as McManus ran backwards and took the catch to leave Worcestershire on 157 for two.

That was to be the last breakthrough for some time as Azhar and Libby shared a stand of 68. Azhar had to call Roderick back as a runner after suffering a hamstring injury, but unleashed a string of boundaries, pulling and cutting before clipping off his toes to bring up his century from just 78 deliveries.

The pair saw off a typically tight spell from Ben Sanderson, but with six runs an over needed off the final six, Azhar finally fell when he pulled Jack White to Vasconcelos who took a tumbling catch in the deep.

Barnard skied a catch off the final over off White, but with only one run required, it was scant late consolation for Northamptonshire.

Gloucestershire vs Leicestershire, Bristol

Showcasing his talent with bat and ball, Louis Kimber produced a superb all-round performance to guide in-form Leicestershire to a crucial four-wicket win over Gloucestershire in the Royal London Cup.

Leicestershire won the toss and Kimber claimed career-best figures of 4-61 as the home side were restricted to 262-9 in their 50 overs, Marcus Harris and Jack Taylor scoring 58 and 50 respectively.

He then played a starring role with the bat, brushing off the loss of early wickets to post 68 from 70 balls and lay the foundations for a successful run chase. Foxes skipper Lewis Hill and Wiaan Mulder took centre stage thereafter, both contributing half centuries and staging an alliance of 90 for the fifth wicket as Leicestershire reached their target with four overs in hand.

Hill top-scored with 82 from 75 balls and mustered 5 fours and 2 sixes, while Mulder finished unbeaten on 56 from 62 balls. Zafar Gohar proved the pick of Gloucestershire's bowlers, the Pakistani spinner taking 3-64 from 10 overs.

A third straight victory keeps Leicestershire top of the group and on course for a home semi-final, but Gloucestershire must now win their remaining two matches against Surrey and Middlesex this weekend and hope other results go their way if they are to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

Defending a below-par total, Gloucestershire needed to take early wickets and Zafar accounted for openers Nick Welsh and Rishi Patel, both caught by Oli Price at slip in the act of pushing forward as the Foxes slipped to 20-2 inside seven overs. Worse followed for the visitors, Kimber refusing a single and sending back Arron Lilley, who was brilliantly run out for 19 by Ben Charlesworth's direct hit from mid-off with the score on 63.

But Kimber was enjoying one of those days when everything he tried came off, the 25-year-old from Lincoln raising a 47-ball 50 to keep the chase on track. Spearheading the chase. he dominated a partnership of 63 with Hill for the fourth wicket to bring the required rate down to just over five, struck 7 fours and a six and was threatening to take the contest by the scruff of the neck when he inadvertently hoisted slow left armer Tom Smith to long-off in the 24th over to afford Gloucestershire much-needed respite.

Having hitherto been cast in the role of chief support, Foxes skipper Hill now assumed responsibility for steering his side to a fifth win in six matches. He went to 50 via 53 deliveries, his ability to punish the bad ball and

find the boundary taking a good deal of pressure off his new partner, Mulder. By the time Hill departed, caught at short fine leg off the bowling of Zafar, Leicestershire were required to score at fewer than four runs an over and were virtually home and dry.

Taking full advantage of the ankle injury which ruled out opener Chris Dent, Charlesworth came into the Gloucestershire side and contributed a useful 31 from 47 balls in a progressive stand of 73 in 13.5 overs for the second wicket with fellow left hander Harris. Australian Harris summoned some handsome off drives in raising a 47-ball 50 and the home side made more or less serene progress until Kimber entered the attack with the score on 82-1 in the 18th over.

An occasional bowler during his time at Loughborough University, Kimber has been pressed into service by Leicestershire in the 50-over competition in the absence of frontline spinners Rehan Ahmed and Callum Parkinson, both of whom are currently engaged in The Hundred. While his off breaks proved useful in previous matches against Warwickshire and Sussex, Kimber made an altogether bigger impact on events in Bristol, bowling Charlesworth with his first ball from the Ashley Down Road End.

He subsequently lured James Bracey into front-foot indiscretion and bowled the former England Test batsman for four and then had Australian Harris stumped for 58 in his next over as Gloucestershire subsided to 106-4, losing three wickets for the addition of 24 runs.

A rebuild was required and Oli Price and Taylor obliged in a restorative alliance of 75 in 17.1 overs, these two taking low-risk options to put the innings back on track. Taylor survived a scare on 31, driving Kimber to the long-on boundary where a back-pedaling Chris Wright succeeded only in helping the ball over the rope.

Gloucestershire's captain made good his escape, scoring a run-a-ball 50, including 2 sixes and 4 fours, before driving uppishly at Wright and holing out to extra cover. Hendricks had Price held at cover point for 37 and, when Zafar was caught and bowled by Kimber for 11, the home side were 199-7 and in danger of falling short.

That was the cue for Tom Price to launch a late rescue mission, the Academy product opening his shoulders to plunder 7 fours and a six in making a valuable 45 from 29 balls to out-score his younger sibling. He dominated an eighth wicket stand of 50 with Smith, which served to place Leicestershire bowlers under concerted pressure at the death and haul Gloucestershire to respectability.

Leicestershire skipper Lewis Hill said: "It feels good to win and we're in a very good position in the group with a couple of games to play. It looks as though we have a new spinner in Louis Kimber, who is turning into a really good acquisition for us. It was a good toss to win and then his wickets helped us keep things under control. Louis has then batted really nicely to give us a decent start after losing those early wickets. He's in decent form at the moment and playing with confidence. It was nice to get among the runs myself and stay out in the middle for a time to help get us over the line. The ball spun early on and we had to dig in, but we made it with something to spare in the end. Viaan Mulder looks a class act with the bat and he struck the ball so well to help get us over the line."

Gloucestershire captain Jack Taylor said: "We've pushed on and scored 280 or 290 in the last few games here and were weren't able to do that today. Tom Price has got us out of a bit of a hole today and, potentually, we could have scored more. But we still thought 262 was enough on what was a difficult pitch. The ball does tend to offer a bit more when it's hard and Zafar got it to do a bit early on. In hindsight, maybe I should have given him another couple of overs at the start to try and put them under. In the end, we simply weren't able to exert any real control, either with seam or spin, and Leicestershire played very well."

Durham vs Sussex, Chester-le-Street

Sussex maintained their push to reach the knockout stage of the Royal London Cup with a four-wicket win over Durham at Seat Unique Riverside as skipper Cheteshwar Pujara steered his side home in a nervy chase of 229.

The visitors were able to restrict Durham to 228 for eight from their 50 overs courtesy of three wickets from James Coles, while Aristides Karvelas and Bradley Currie claimed two wickets. Graham Clark top-scored for the hosts with 69 and George Drissell notched a career-best 37, but defending their total was always going to be a challenge.

Sussex made a composed start as Ali Orr provided the platform with a knock of 60, but regular wickets for the home side made life interesting as the South-Coast outfit wobbled during the latter stages of the chase. However, Pujara held his patience with an unbeaten 49 before Coles knocked off the winning runs with a drive down the ground.

Durham won the toss and opted to bat first at the Riverside, but the opening partnership lasted into only the fourth over as Nic Maddinson edged to second slip for only a single. Currie then claimed his second wicket of his first spell with a beauty to Scott Borthwick, removing the Durham skipper's off-stump to reduce the hosts to 24 for two. Sean Dickson joined Clark in the middle and two fended off the new ball to move the home side past fifty through the first powerplay.

Karvelas had an unsuccessful opening burst, but a change in ends brought the wicket of Dickson, who chopped on to his own stumps. Clark was the only Durham batsman to find his form, scoring a flurry of early boundaries before settling into his knock and reaching his second fifty of the season.

The opener looked well set to kick on, but played across the line to the left-arm spin of Coles and was out for 69. Coles handed Sussex complete control of the innings by bowling Tomas Mackintosh, leaving the hosts in a desperate scramble to post a competitive total. Useful knocks from Paul Coughlin and Stanley McAlindon provided impetus before Drissell notched a career-best 37 to steer Durham to 228 from their 50 overs.

Sussex began their chase in confident fashion as Orr and Tom Alsop eased their way into rhythm. Orr was given a chance off Chris Rushworth when Coughlin put down a skier at mid-off on 22, and he capitalised to post a half-century. The Sussex openers shared a stand of 94 before Trevaskis made the breakthrough as Alsop was caught behind miscuing a reverse sweep.

Orr worked his way to 60, but the break in play for drinks halted his momentum and from the first ball from the restart he was pinned lbw by Drissell. Trevaskis opened the door for the hosts to apply pressure as he removed Tom Clark for 19, with Sussex still requiring 98 runs for victory. Harrison Ward's frustration got the better of him, playing a loose drive straight to Drissell, while Delray Rawlins was dismissed for 13 by McAlindon.

Pujara held the key for Sussex in the closing overs as Durham dried up the runs amid tight bowling from Rushworth, McAlindon and Ollie Gibson. The visitors were forced to work the total off in singles as boundaries were at a premium, taking the game into a final over when five were required. Coles took the drama out of the equation by smashing a boundary straight down the ground to secure the win.

Surrey vs Somerset, The Oval

Surrey 302-9 (50 overs) beat Somerset 68-3 (12 overs) by 43 runs (DLS Method)

Tom Lawes starred with bat and ball as Surrey won a rain-affected Royal London Cup victory by 43 runs against Somerset at the Kia Oval on Duckworth Lewis Stern regulations.

Nineteen-year-old Lawes hit a quickfire 60 from 49 balls in Surrey’s 50-over total of 302 for 9 before taking 2 for 20 from five new ball overs as Somerset struggled to 68 for 3 in reply before the heavens opened just before 4pm.

No further play was possible and, with Somerset some way behind the running DLS score, Surrey ran out comfortable winners. It was Surrey’s second Group A win but neither they nor Somerset, who now have an unwanted record of six defeats from six group games, can reach the knock-out stages.

In Surrey’s case, however, this ultimately rain-ruined contest was still a hugely beneficial exercise with Lawes’ fellow youngsters Nico Reifer and Sheridon Gumbs also impressing with the bat, scoring 70 and 66 respectively, and 23-year-old keeper-batsman Josh Blake making a solid 36 to help resuscitate the innings after a poor start.

The 98 added for the fourth wicket by Reifer and Gumbs, and the 94 put on for the fifth wicket by Gumbs and Lawes, were both Surrey List A partnership records against Somerset.

That made it a day to remember in particular for 18-year-old Gumbs, in just his second List A appearance, and the left-hander batted with poise and maturity beyond his tender years after coming in when Blake had his off stump knocked back by a near-yorker from Jack Harding, a left-arm paceman making his List A debut for Somerset.

Somerset had made a good start with the ball, after putting Surrey in, with Kasey Aldridge – who finished with the excellent figures of 5 for 50 – removing both openers Ben Geddes and Ryan Patel to leave Surrey wobbling at 27 for 2.

Geddes nicked a good one behind on 6 and Patel (13) fell to a spectacular diving catch from Matt Renshaw, flinging himself from first slip to where a third slip might have been.

But Blake then joined Reifer in a stand of 58, hitting successive free hits against Alfie Ogbourne down the ground for six and four when the 19-year-old left-arm seamer was penalized first for a no ball and then for having too many fielders outside the circle.

Reifer pulled Ollie Sale’s medium pace over mid wicket with nonchalant power for six, bringing up the 100 in the 22nd over with perhaps the shot of the innings, and he also slog-swept Lewis Goldsworthy’s left arm spin for four as he and Gumbs went past Surrey’s previous fourth wicket best List A stand against Somerset of 93 between Alec Stewart and Graham Thorpe at Taunton in 1991.

And, after Reifer’s fine 85-ball knock was ended by a flick to deep square leg off Harding, the 87-run partnership between Mark Butcher and Adam Hollioake at the Oval in 1996 – Surrey’s previous fifth wicket List A best against Somerset – was also erased from the record books as Lawes arrived to drive Goldsworthy over long on for six and then ramp both Ogbourne and Jack Brooks for fours as he and Gumbs accelerated the scoring.

Their 12-over alliance had brought 94 highly-entertaining more runs when Gumbs - who struck seven fours in his 80-ball effort - was superbly caught by George Bartlett, diving forward at deep mid wicket off Aldridge.

A clatter of late-innings wickets followed a few more blows from Lawes, who edged Aldridge behind, and Nick Kimber (15), but Surrey’s total was a challenging one and Somerset’s loss of three early wickets immediately put them behind the DLS rate.

James Rew went for 3, caught down the legside off Lawes, and Andy Umeed (12) then nicked Matt Dunn behind after a couple of nice shots.

Renshaw and Goldsworthy counter-attacked as dark clouds crept closer, before Renshaw’s bright and breezy 20 was ended by a magnificent inswinger from Lawes, from around the wicket, that had the Australian Test left-hander caught on the crease and bowled leg stump.

Goldsworthy was 22 not out, and Bartlett was on 4, when the rain arrived.

Surrey all rounder Tom Lawes said: “We had a very long chat as a team after Sunday’s defeat at Sussex and we wanted to give everything today and bring together a performance with bat and ball.

“We also knew that Somerset have had a shaky competition so far and it was great to get 300 on the board after being asked to bat. Nico [Reifer] and Sheridon [Gumbs] gave us a platform and then we were able to kick on in the last part of the innings.

“We knew there was rain about so getting early wickets was key for us and, with every wicket we got, the Duckworth Lewis score was going up and up.”

Somerset fast bowler Kasey Aldridge, who took 5 for 50, said: “I’m very pleased with the way I’m bowling at the moment. It’s just great to get some games in and I think it’s just about getting a decent amount of bowling under my belt and added maturity this season too.”

 

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