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Vitality Blast 2020: Latest News and Live Scores - Sunday September 13th

Worcestershire Rapids' Brett D'Oliveira in action
Worcestershire Rapids' Brett D'Oliveira in action

All the latest news , updates and scores from the Vitality Blast for Sunday September 13th  2020


Vitality Blast Fixture Schedule Sunday September 13th  2020


Worcestershire Rapids vs Birmingham Bears Vitality Blast 2020 Worcester

Worcestershire Rapids 178-4 lost to Birmingham Bears 181-4 by six wickets

Sam Hain hit a 30 ball half century as Birmingham Bears stepped up their bid to reach the knockout stages of the Vitality Blast with a six wicket success over local rivals Worcestershire Rapids at Blackfinch New Road.

The Bears chased down a 179 target with five balls to spare as they secured a third successive win in the competition.

They also lifted the Norman Gifford Trophy which the two counties compete for each season in the T20 format.

Defeat effectively ended the Rapids slim hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals after a fifth setback in their last six games.

Jake Libby continued his excellent form in all formats by top-scoring with 63 but the Rapids lost momentum in the latter part of their innings with Henry Brookes bowling a wicket maiden in the 19th over.

Hain ended unbeaten on 73 from 44 balls with three sixes and five fours as the Bears paced their innings to perfection

Both sides made one change with the Bears handing batsman Rob Yates his T20 debut in place of Ed Pollock and the Rapids bringing Dillon Pennington back for fellow paceman Adam Finch.

The Rapids, fresh from their first win of the season against Somerset on Friday, again opted to bat first and Hamish Rutherford collected two boundaries in Ollie Stone’s first over.

But the England paceman broke through in his second over when Riki Wessels (10) moved across his stumps and was plumb lbw trying to work to leg.

New batsman Libby was soon into his stride with three fours in Henry Brookes first over and added 59 in six over with Rutherford.

The New Zealander had made 41 off 32 balls with five boundaries when he lofted the returning Stone over cover but departed to a fine low catch on the boundary by Dominic Sibley.

Libby went into overdrive during the remainder of the over with a six over deep mid wicket and a cut and pull which flew to the boundary.

The former Nottinghamshire batsman reached an excellent half century off 29 balls with nine fours.

Cox continued the fine form he had shown in scoring his first T20 half century for two years at Taunton after again being promoted to number four.

He drilled Jacob Lintott over the long off boundary and cleared the ropes at backward square off Bresnan.

Libby advanced to 63 before being bowled aiming a drive in the penultimate over at Brookes who achieved the unusual feat at such a late stage of an innings in T20 cricket of bowling a maiden.

New batsman Ross Whiteley could not connect with a mixture of pacey and slower deliveries from the remaining five balls of the over.

He did manage to hit a six in the final over from Stone before being bowled for 12 as the Rapids closed on 178-4.

Stone ended with 3-45 with Brookes – 1-21 off three overs – the other wicket-taker.

Charlie Morris had dismissed Babar Azam with his first delivery at Taunton and repeated his performance by having Dominic Sibley (0) caught at mid off from the opening ball of the Bears reply.

But debutant Yates, who has played in all five Bob Willis Trophy matches, instantly looked at home and struck three sixes in his quickfire 29.

Pat Brown broke through when Yates went for a pull and edged through to Cox after adding 54 with Adam Hose.

But the Bears seized the initiative in an opening over from Brett D’Oliveira which cost 22 runs with the leg spinner hit for sixes by Hose and new batsman Sam Hain.

Hose, having raced to 43 off 25 balls, gave the home side a ray of hope when he swept Ed Barnard into the hands of Libby at backward square leg.

The Rapids were unable to stem the flow of runs although Will Rhodes (18) was needlessly run out attempting a quick single to Barnard at mid off.

Hain made sure there would be no late alarms with two sixes in the 18th over from Pennington.

Durham Cricket vs Leicestershire Foxes Vitality Blast 2020 Chester-le-Street

Durham 132-4 V Leicestershire Foxes 130-9 - Durham win by six wickets

Matty Potts claimed career-best T20 figures to inspire Durham to a comfortable six-wicket win over Leicestershire Foxes in their Vitality Blast contest at Emirates Riverside.

Potts was deadly accurate with the ball in his four-over spell of 3-19, leading a disciplined effort in the field from the home side. Liam Trevaskis was equally impressive with figures of 2-17, preventing the Foxes from setting a competitive total. Arron Lilley top scored for the visitors with 45 in their innings of 130-9.

Durham made a rapid start courtesy of Graham Clark, notching 35 from only 14 balls. Ben Raine continued his impressive form with the bat, playing the anchor role with an unbeaten half-century, ending the game in style with a six. Durham secured their second win on the bounce, giving them a glimmer of hope of advancing from the North Group with three games remaining in the term.

The Foxes won the toss and elected to bat and debutant Nick Welch began with a reverse sweep to the boundary, but the home side soon put the clamps on during the powerplay. Gareth Delany scored a blistering 68 in the first meeting between the sides this term, but he fell for a duck lbw to Trevaskis. The Foxes' other star from their victory over Durham at Headingley, Lilley came to the crease and dispatched Paul Coughlin for a six and a boundary to get his innings off running.

Welch tried to follow suit, but could only pick out Trevaskis on the leg-side boundary. Leicestershire struggled to find their rhythm in the powerplay, scoring only 26 from the opening six overs. The pressure to get the scoreboard moving was evident amid tight bowling from the hosts. It resulted in a brilliant run out as wicket-keeper David Bedingham gathered the ball and connected with his throw to the bowler's end to dismiss Foxes skipper Colin Ackermann for 10.

Lilley attempted to up the run rate, taking the attack to Scott Steel with two maximums in the 10th over. However, his third attempt at a six cost him his wicket for 45 lofting the ball into the hands of Trevaskis at long-off. Trevaskis continued to be a thorn in the side of the Foxes - this time producing a diving one-handed catch of his own bowling to remove Lewis Hill.

Brydon Carse and Potts continued to stymie the visitors with strikes to send Tom Taylor and Ben Mike back to the pavilion. Potts saved his best for the final over, which cost only four runs, removing Harry Dearden for 30 and Will Davis for a duck. Leicestershire limped to a total of 130-9 from their 20 overs, putting pressure on their bowlers to respond.

Clark was dominant from the off dispatching Taylor for 20 in the first over, including three fours and six to hand Durham a lightning start. Alex Lees continued the assault from the other end with two boundaries off Gavin Griffiths before Clark finished the over with a drive through the covers to the fence. The right-hander reached 35 from only 13 balls before he was pinned lbw attempting to reverse sweep Ackermann. Pace off the ball yielded another wicket for the Foxes as Callum Parkinson turned one through Alex Lees' gate.

The home side were well ahead of the required run rate, but Bedingham still managed to pick out the man on the fence to fall for nine to Mike. Raine kept Durham on course, maintaining his form from his impressive knock against Derbyshire. He cleared the rope with a well-placed hook to bring up the 100 in the 12th over. The left-hander was there at the end to notch his second T20 fifty in a row, powering his team over the line with 28 balls to spare by dispatching Will Davis for a maximum.

Glamorgan vs Steelbacks Vitality Blast 2020 Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff

After winning their first four games, Northants lost their second successive game as Glamorgan completed their second win with 29 balls to spare.  The visitors were dismissed in 17.2 overs, which did little for their run rate, while Glamorgan produced their best performance to date.

Had David Lloyd, their aggressive opening batsman, been available for every game, instead of only the last two, Glamorgan might have a chance of qualifying- which however still remains slim.    

After opting to bat first on a slow pitch, the visitors were soon in trouble, losing their prolific openers after just seven balls. Prem Sisodyia, who has been Glamorgan’s most effective bowler in the competition, trapped Richard Levi leg before with the fourth ball of the innings, then Paul Stirling overbalanced to his first ball from Andrew Salter and was stumped for a single.

Worse was to follow for Northants, as two more wickets fell to leave them  struggling on 33 /4  after the power play, although the batsmen failed to help their cause by playing some careless shots instead of attempting to build an innings.

Tom Sole, son of the former Scotland rugby captain David, was his team’s top scorer with 25, playing some inventive strokes, and of the ten fours struck in the innings, three  came from his bat, including one scoop which almost carried all the way for six.

The five Glamorgan bowlers returned satisfactory figures, with Sisodyia and Van Der Gugten taking three apiece, while Northants’ attack appeared to have surrendered before the second innings began.

Needing to score at only five runs an over ,Lloyd, playing in only his second game of the season because of injury, tucked in to Sanderson’s gentle medium pace by hitting him for three fours in his first over that cost fourteen runs, before Nathan Buck was plundered for fifteen in his first.

There was little respite for the other bowlers as Selman struck  Graeme White’s slow left arm spin into the River Taff at long-on, and Glamorgan’s openers were already half -way to their target-(52-0) at the end of the six over power play.

Th Northants spinners White and Cobb, also bowled accurately, taking a wicket apiece, conceding only thirty nine runs from their combined eight overs.

After sharing an opening partnership of 68 in only overs, Lloyd and Selman departed in quick succession. Lloyd, after a sprightly 40 from 29 balls, with a six and four fours, pushed an innocuous delivery back to Cobb, before Selman was stumped off White after scoring 29.

With fourteen runs required, Chris Cooke skied Gareth Berg to mid-on, but it made little difference to the outcome as the home team strolled to victory.


Somerset CCC vs Gloucestershire Vitality Blast 2020 Taunton

Gloucestershire 203/6 beat Somerset 192/8 by 11 runs 


Benny Howell announced his return to Gloucestershire’s team after more than a year on the injured-list by blasting an unbeaten 49 off 18 balls in an 11-run Vitality Blast win over Somerset at Taunton. 

The visitors posted 203 for six after losing the toss, Howell and Jack Taylor (31 not out) cutting loose after Ian Cockbain’s 50 from 27 balls had provided early momentum. Max Waller escaped the carnage with three for 18. 

In reply, Somerset made 192 for eight. 18-year-old Will Smeed hitting a valiant 82 on only his second T20 appearance and Lewis Gregory contributing 38 

The game summed up the contrasting fortunes of the two West country sides in the competition. For Central Group leaders Gloucestershire, it was a fifth successive win, while Somerset’s dismal campaign has now featured four defeats. 

Chris Dent got the Gloucestershire innings off to a flying start in glorious sunshine with 2 fours and a six off the second over, bowled by Lewis Gregory, before falling for 16. 

Cockbain and Miles Hammond then both scored freely to take the total to 53 for one at the end of the six-over power play. 

Hammond reverse swept Roelof van der Merwe for six before holing out to deep cover for 27 to become Waller’s first victim. 

The ninth over cost Somerset 30 runs. It was begun by Tom Abell, who had to be removed from the attack after bowling successive no-balled full-tosses and ended by Ollie Sale, whose first three balls were each dispatched for six by Cockbain. 

Gloucestershire were 109 for three at the halfway point in their innings, Ryan Higgins having departed lbw to van der Merwe. 

But Waller then removed Cockbain and James Bracey in quick succession to catches by Gregory at mid-wicket and cover and for a short time Somerset applied a brake to the scoring rate. 

When George Scott fell to van der Merwe, Gloucestershire were 135 for six and in danger of squandering their advantage. 

But Howell came in to join skipper Taylor in a stand of 68 that occupied just 5.1 overs. Making up for lost time after his long spell battling hamstring and calf problems, Howell smashed 5 sixes and 3 fours in an exhilarating exhibition. 

Taylor lost little by comparison and their combined aggression and skill ensured Gloucestershire of a hugely competitive score. 

Somerset rarely threatened to make a game of it as Steve Davies and Babar Azam fell in the first five overs of their reply, Ryan Higgins and David Payne claiming the wickets. After six overs the hosts were 35 for two. 

Dent then produced two superb throws from the deep to run out first Tom Abell and then George Bartlett, attempting second runs, as Gloucestershire tightened their grip and Somerset required 13 an over off the last ten. 

All the while Academy product Smeed was quietly going about his business with precious little support. The youngster lifted Howell over square leg for the first six of the innings. Gloucestershire’s had featured 14. 

Smeed’s second six, off Tom Smith, took him to a hugely impressive maiden Somerset half-century, from 36 balls, with 6 fours. Both he and Gregory were dropped as they added 65 in 6.2 overs. 

When Gregory was stumped giving Howell the charge it looked all over. Tom Lammonby had other ideas and hit two sixes and a four in the 17th over, bowled by Higgins. 

Smeed followed suit with successive sixes off Howell and another off Higgins before being caught at long-on in the penultimate over. Lammonby followed next ball and Somerset’s race was run. 


Derbyshire Falcons vs Notts Outlaws Vitality Blast 2020 

Derbyshire Falcons 185 - 6

Notts Outlaw 198 - 6

Result - Notts Outlaws won by 13 runs

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