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Vitality Blast 2020: Latest News and Live Scores - Monday September 14th

Surrey batsmen -  Amla and Jacks put on a 101-run opening partnership
Surrey batsmen - Amla and Jacks put on a 101-run opening partnership
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All the latest news, updates and scores from the Vitality Blast for Monday September 14th  2020



Vitality Blast Fixture Schedule Monday September 14th  2020

Hampshire vs Kent Spitfires Vitality Blast 2020 The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Hampshire vs Kent Spitfires at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 182/6 lost to Kent 183/2 by eight wickets

Zak Crawley continued his love affair with the Ageas Bowl as he smashed his maiden Vitality Blast century to propel Kent to victory over Hampshire.

England star Crawley notched a Test 256 last month at the ground and sustained his fine form with an outrageous unbeaten 108.

His 14 fours and two sixes saw Kent return to winning ways with an eight-wicket win, as they chased an imposing 182 with 17 balls to spare.

Along with his England heroics, Crawley had scored a Bob Willis Trophy century against Hampshire at Canterbury last week, partnered with 196 in his six previous Blast innings.

Those factors equalled an inevitable flurry of runs, but the manner of his century was jaw-dropping.

He showed his intent by drilling Shaheen Shah Afridi through the covers off his first delivery and barely slowed down.

Daniel Bell Drummond contributed 12 before he was caught at short third man, but Crawley hardly blinked as he hit Chris Wood for a four and six off the start of the next over.

His half-century arrived in only 26 balls, with a boundary through mid-wicket – his seventh four.

Crawley peppered boundaries to every angle of the ground, with his wagon-wheel leaving very little blank spaces.

A stunning cover drive and six off his legs off Afridi rockets mesmerised before his hundred, the ninth in Kent T20 history, was brought up with a sweep in 48 balls.

Joe Denly simply ticked along at the other end as the duo put on 121 before the all-rounder picked out long-on.

Heino Kuhn came in to waltz Kent over the line with 19 not out, but it was Crawley who led his side off to rapturous applause from his team-mates. 

Hampshire won’t have felt like they had bowled too badly, and would have been happy at the halfway point after James Vince’s 48 and James Fuller’s half-century.

Vince had failed in his two appearances since returning from the birth of his second child, but despite initially struggling to time the ball he quickly looked back to his free-flowing best.

He lost opening partner Tom Alsop, stumped to the fourth ball of the match, but quickly rebuilt with Sam Northeast – the pair putting on 82 for the second wicket.

Both targeted the short boundary on the Nursery Ground side of the Ageas Bowl, although Vince gained a life on 21 when he was spilt by Joe Denly at deep cover.

Northeast pumped a full toss for a square maximum but departed for a 28 ball 34 when he was caught at long-on.

Vince fell for 48 when he reverse swept Imran Qayyum straight to short third man, before Joe Weatherley upped the run-rate again with a quick-fire 17 – which included an audacious switch hit into the stands.

Hampshire looked on course for a good score, but Fuller and Lewis McManus made sure they set a very competitive total.

Fuller waited just four balls before he swung down the ground for a six, but it was Matt Milnes’ 19th over that sent his strike-rate into the stratosphere.

Two fours were quickly followed by back-to-back monsters into the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie Stand as the penultimate over went for 23.

McManus (15 of six balls) was run out after a 47-run stand and Ian Holland was caught and bowled first ball, but Fuller bought up his 23-ball fifty with a six to the long side of the ground off the final ball of the innings.

But Crawley made mincemeat of the chase.

Sussex Sharks vs Essex Eagles Vitality Blast 2020 The 1st Central County Ground, Hove

Essex Eagles (197-5) beat Sussex Sharks (185-8) by 12 runs.

 The Essex Eagles kept alive their fragile hopes of qualifying for the latter stages of Vitality Blast when they beat the Sussex Sharks by 12 runs for their first win.

 Sussex, who chose to field first, were looking to make it five wins out of seven.  But they were undone by a brutal innings of 81 off 44 balls from Dan Lawrence which was the basis of a challenging Essex total of 197 for five. Lawrence’s first 46 runs were made up entirely of boundaries.

 Sussex rarely looked like getting there.  With Phil Salt  away on international duty (the Sharks were also missing England men Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan) they were very dependent on Luke Wright to give them a good start.  But Wright, in prime form in this competition, had made just 20 from 13 balls, with five boundaries, when he got under a drive off Matt Quinn and skied to Simon Harmer at mid-off.

 As the asking rate rose to over 11 runs per over Calum MacLeod, swinging across the line, was lbw to Harmer for nine.  Aaron Thomason and Delray Rawlins, fresh from a match-winning innings at Canterbury, then took 19 off the 10th over to leave them 83 for two at halfway.

With 93 required off eight overs Rawlins – on his 23rd birthday – picked out his favourite leg-side boundary to heave the first two balls for six.   But he was out shortly afterwards, caught at short third man, for a 20-ball 37.  And Thomason was caught in the same area for 47 just four balls later as the asking rate crept to over two runs a ball.

 With 52 runs need off the last four overs, the game was still in the balance.  But Essex old boy Ravi Bopara, still to find his best form with his new county, was caught at long-on in the next over to swing the game in favour of the Eagles.  Sussex needed 30 off the last two overs and the match was virtually over when last hope David Wiese hit the next ball from Sam Cook to long-off.

Sussex made a good start to the match, restricting Essex to a couple of runs from the first two overs while dismissing the in-form Cameron Delport for a single.

The Eagles, without Adam Wheater for family reasons, looked up against it.  But, perhaps frustrated by recent results, they decided to make the most of a good pitch as Lawrence and Tom Westley put on 118 for the second wicket in just ten overs.

 It was Westley who launched the Essex innings, with 16 runs of the third over, bowled by George Garton.  But it was Lawrence, driving with immense power, who then dominated the scoring.  When the reliable Danny Briggs came on for the fifth over Lawrence hit him for three sixes and a four as he moved to 38 from only 15 deliveries.

 He reached his fifty from 24 balls, with four fours and five sixes.  At the halfway stage of the innings Essex, on 106 for one, looked capable of a score of well over 200.  But the Sharks fought back with three wickets in the space of two overs.  Westley was second out at 120, for a 25-ball 39, and in the next over the violent Lawrence fell to a tame catch to mid-off before Ryan ten Doeschate went for a single.  Essex were 150 for five after 16 overs before an unbroken stand of 47 between captain Harmer and Michael Pepper took them close to 200.

Middlesex vs Surrey CCC Vitality Blast 2020 Lord's Cricket Ground, London

Middlesex 188/5 (20)

Surrey 218/5 (20)

Result - Surrey won by 30 runs

Will Jacks and Hashim Amla shared a century opening stand as Surrey took a huge step towards the Vitality Blast knockout stages with a 30-run win over London rivals Middlesex at Lord’s.

Jacks brutalised the home attack, hitting five sixes and three fours in a stunning half-century and while Amla took a more classical approach his 67 proved the backbone of a huge total of 218-5.

Stevie Eskinazi struck his fourth half century of the competition and there was an encouraging debut from Joe Cracknell in Middlesex’s valiant chase, but they came up well short.

Victory takes Surrey top of the South Group on net run rate, while the hosts will now need three wins from three to have any hopes of advancing.

It didn’t take home skipper Steven Finn long to regret his decision to bat first, Amla unfurling five fours in the first three overs as Surrey teed off from ball one.

Jacks then caught the mood catching and passing his partner with a string of maximums. One six off Tom Helm was an extraordinary shot over cover point and 59 were on the board by the end of the powerplay.

The introduction of spin did nothing to stop the carnage, Jacks smiting a huge six off Luke Hollman which ended up somewhere in the building works at the Nursery End.

That was the first of four lost balls as the 21-year-old raised his 50 in just 26 balls. He perished soon afterwards caught at long-off from the bowling of Murtagh, but the wicket brought no respite.

Amla reached 50 with his first six and forced another ball change when belting Sowter into the Mound Stand, before the leg-spinner bowled him with a quicker ball.

Even then the assault was relentless with England Test opener Rory Burns blasting three sixes in his 25 from 10 balls, 21 coming off one over from all-rounder Martin Andersson.

And Jamie Overton rubbed salt in the wounds with 29 from 12, including the biggest six of all high into the upper tier of the Grandstand as 80 came from the last five overs.

Needing almost 11 runs an over, Middlesex looked to their leading run scorer in the tournament Eskinazi for early impetus and he obliged, hitting two sixes off Reece Topley’s second over, one a pull into the Mound Stand, the other a glorious straight hit into the members’ seats.

Max Holden followed suit, planting Gus Atkinson over the ropes at mid-wicket before being dropped at backward point off the next ball. It was a brief reprieve as he holed out to Jamie Smith on the cover boundary from the last ball of the over.

His departure brought Cracknell to the wicket and he announced himself by depositing an Overton delivery onto the top of the scorer’s box.

The stand raised 52 in 35 balls, but with the rate required heading northwards Cracknell advanced down the pitch to wily veteran Gareth Batty and was stumped for 28.

Eskinazi continued to hit out, reaching his half century from 27 balls with his fifth six. And John Simpson, promoted to No 4 after his heroics in Saturday’s win over Hampshire struck successive maximums over cow corner off Batty, who then limped off with a hamstring problem.

The 50-partnership came from 27 balls but Simpson (31) perished to the spin of Dan Moriarty (2-37) in the ever increasingly desperate chase for runs.

And the host’s defeat was sealed when Eskinazi (77) was run out by Overton’s direct hit in the following over.


Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning Vitality Blast 2020 Emerald Headingley, Leeds

Yorkshire 145-9 v Lancashire 148-4 - Lancashire won by six wickets.

Lancashire took advantage of Yorkshire’s lack of four senior players due to a Coronavirus related issue to seal a commanding six-wicket Vitality Blast win at Emerald Headingley, taking a significant step towards the quarter-finals.

The Vikings were without Matthew Fisher, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden and captain David Willey, and they now have a mountain to climb to qualify for the last eight. 

They actually made an excellent start, reaching 62 for one after six overs having elected to bat before stumbling to 145 for nine after 20 overs, with Matthew Parkinson and Luke Wood taking three cheap wickets apiece.

The Lightning, far from their best in the field and with the bat, then chased down the target in nervy fashion at times. They recovered from 77 for four in the ninth over as captain Dane Vilas top-scored with 44 not out off 36 balls, winning with 2.1 overs to spare.

They have consolidated second spot in the North Group with a fourth win, moving to 10 points - two behind leaders Nottinghamshire. More importantly, they are four points ahead of Yorkshire on six points in fourth. 

Both teams have three games remaining, including Thursday’s return clash at Emirates Old Trafford. 

The top two teams from the three groups qualify for the quarters, as do the two best third-placed teams.

After a racing start, Yorkshire’s innings fell away through the middle, with leg-spinner Parkinson striking twice in his first three balls to remove Dawid Malan (27) and former England Under 19s all-rounder George Hill.

The Vikings slipped from 78 for one in the ninth over to 87 for four in the 11th, with stand-in captain Adam Lyth also falling for an innings-high 36 having been dropped twice.

With no Willey and Kohler-Cadmore, Yorkshire’s batting order was particularly inexperienced, with Academy batsman James Wharton, aged 19, making his first-team debut.

Lyth and new opening partner Harry Brook (17) took 15 off each of the first two overs. Both men pulled huge sixes into the Western Terrace.

Brook was the first wicket to go in the third, brilliantly caught by a diving Tom Hartley running around from short third-man off Wood - 30 for one.

Malan, a reserve player in England’s bubble for the ODI series against Australia, was released to make his Yorkshire T20 debut and played confidently as the hosts reached 62 for one after six overs.

However, after Lyth was stumped off Hartley’s left-arm spin, Malan was the first of the two wickets to fall in Parkinson’s first over when he was caught at deep mid-wicket on the slog sweep.

Two balls later, Hill chipped to cover (87 for four).

Wickets continued to fall in excellent batting conditions as spin dragged things back for a somewhat lucky Lightning side who dropped a trio of catches - two from Tom Bailey. 

Wharton, like Hill, was caught at cover off Parkinson - 104 for five in the 15th - before Mat Pillans was stumped off Liam Livingstone’s leg-spin almost two overs later as the score fell to 121 for six.

Left-arm seamer Wood then snapped a run of five wickets to spin when he struck twice in the 17th over, getting Jordan Thompson lbw and Will Fraine caught behind for 24 - 124 for eight. Danny Lamb got Ben Coad in the last over of the innings.

Coad then conceded six wides with the first two balls of the Lancashire reply before Pillans and Thompson removed openers Livingstone and Davies.

Livingstone was caught behind and Davies holed out to deep square-leg as the score fell to 35 for two in the fourth.

Lancashire maintained a healthy run-rate, only to lose Steven Croft (27) run out following a mix-up with Vilas and Josh Bohannon bowled via inside-edge by Coad in successive overs - 77 for four in the ninth.

But Vilas and Rob Jones steadied the ship with Lancashire’s best fifth-wicket partnership in the history of this fixture, an unbeaten 71 inside 10 overs.

Jones hit a six over long-on in a career best 38 off 35 balls and hit the winning runs to ensure the Lightning are now unbeaten in this fixture since August 2017.


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