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Vitality Blast 2020: Latest News and Live Scores - Wednesday September 16th

Sussex Sharks' Luke Wright raised his competition aggregate to 350 runs by top scoring with 45
Sussex Sharks' Luke Wright raised his competition aggregate to 350 runs by top scoring with 45

All the latest news , updates and scores from the Vitality Blast for Wednesday September 16th 


Vitality Blast Fixture Schedule Wednesday September 16th 


Hampshire vs Essex Eagles Vitality Blast 2020 The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Essex Eagles 168/3 beat Hampshire 114/9 by 54 runs

Aron Nijjar celebrated career-best bowling figures as Vitality Blast holders Essex Eagles thrashed Hampshire by 54 runs to keep their faint quarter-final dreams alive.

Spinner Nijjar ripped through a shaky Hampshire batting line-up with figures of 3-22, while Jack Plom celebrated his maiden professional wickets to take 2-18.

Tom Westley had earlier clubbed his first half-century of the year, with Dan Lawrence marooned on 49, as Essex reached 168 before Hampshire could only manage 114 for nine in response.

Needing 169 to win, Hampshire’s batting was a revolving door of wickets.

George Munsey attempted three reverse sweeps off Nijjar, with the third slapped to Sam Cook at third man, who took an outrageous catch high over his head.

Captain James Vince was adjudged to have tickled down leg side to fall for a golden duck, the fourth time he had departed first ball in T20s against Essex.

It also handed 21-year-old fast bowler Jack Plom his first wicket on his third format appearance.

Sam Northeast and Joe Weatherley attempted to rebuild wit ha stand of 16, before the former hammered straight to Matt Quinn at mid-on and Ian Holland was bowled by Sam Cook.

Nijjar then dismissed Weatherley and Lewis McManus in three balls – caught and bowled and knocked back by a long hop, respectively – leaving Hampshire on 38 for six.

James Fuller pulled a rare boundary, one of 14 in the innings, but was caught by Nijjar on the mid-wicket boundary.

Fast bowler Quinn bowled a maiden at Chris Wood in the 13th over, before Simon Harmer had the top scorer caught at cow corner for 18.

Ryan Stevenson swung away to cow corner but despite Mason Crane and Shaheen Shah Afridi remaining unbeaten, the Eagles recorded back-to-back Blast wins.

Having chosen to bat first, Essex used partnerships to their advantage throughout their innings on a pitch perfect for batting.

Cameron Delport and Tom Westley got them off to a solid start with 57 in the first seven overs, despite Pakistani fast bowler Afridi's three powerplay over going for just 11.

Delport had struck two sixes in his 31 but didn’t quite time a straight slog off Crane as Stevenson pulled off a diving catch at long-off.

Westley had struck Ian Holland for three off-side boundaries before using his feet to club Stevenson over mid-wicket and Crane through the covers as he reached a 35 ball half-century.

It was Essex’s red-ball captain’s maiden fifty of 2020, having only managed 236 runs in his previous 15 innings in all competitions.

He was dropped on 50 by Afridi at deep cover, but fell having added another single, when he nicked Stevenson behind to Lewis McManus – having put on 38 with Dan Lawrence.

Michael Pepper was yorked by Wood, but Lawrence and Ryan ten Doeschate ran hard to add an unbeaten 58 in the death overs.

Lawrence had thrashed an aggressive 81 against Sussex in his previous outing but was more circumspect with just one six and four boundaries in his 49 not out, while ten Doeschate contributed 29 off 20 deliveries.

The score was about par, but proven much too much for the sorry hosts – who have lost five matches in a row.

Kent Spitfires vs Middlesex Vitality Blast 2020 The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

Middlesex 184/6 off 20 overs, beat Kent Spitfires 182/7 by two runs. Kent 0 pts, Middlesex 2pts.

Tom Helm was the bowling hero as Middlesex dented Kent’s Vitality Blast qualification hopes by landing a tense two-run win over the former south group leaders in Canterbury.

Set to chase 185 at an asking rate of 9.25 an over, Spitfires slumped to their second successive home defeat after failing to score nine runs needed for victory off Tom Helm’s nerve-tingling last over.

Jordan Cox ended a near heroic run chase unbeaten on 39, while skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond went for a season’s best 89 in trying to slog Helm’s first delivery of the final over  

The hosts had made a dismal start in losing England star Zak Crawley to only the fourth ball. Aiming a lofted straight drive against Helm, Crawley’s bottom hand took over and tugged a simple catch to mid-on.

Joe Denly soon followed, squared up by a Tim Murtagh cutter, the right-hander was caught at cover off a leading edge as Spitfires stumbled to 45 for two in the powerplay.

Heino Kuhn followed, down the pitch to Miguel Cummins, he spliced an attempted back-foot force low to Stevie Eskinazi at cover.

Alex Blake gloved an attempted leg-side pull to the keeper against Steven Finn then Jack Leaning’s disappointing tournament continued when he picked out deep square leg to gift Murtagh a second scalp.

Kent’s leading T20 run-scorer Daniel Bell-Drummond posted his third 50 of the qualifiers from 37 balls, reaching the milestone with a six over cover against Luke Hollman.

With 51 required off the last four overs, Bell-Drummond moved into overdrive with a flailed six over long off against Nathan Sowter, a lofted paddle to third man against Helm, who was dispatched over the ropes at mid-wicket for another maximum.  

Needing 25 off 12 balls, Bell-Drummond and Jordan Cox nurdled fours to third man against Cummins who was then cracked for a massive six over long on by Cox   

Grant Stewart was run out attempting two off the penultimate ball of the game from Helm and, with Cox off strike, Matt Milnes heaved at the last ball only to scramble a single and spark Middlesex victory celebrations.

Bowling first after winning the toss, Kent leaked late runs to a fifth-wicket partnership worth 70 in seven overs between John Simpson and Luke Hollman that took Middlesex to a respectable 184 for six.

Spitfires had made a miserly start with the ball in restricting the visitors to four runs from their opening two overs, pressure that paid dividends when Max Holden, in looking to make room against Fred Klassen’s first ball of the match, skied his miscued drive to mid-off.

Matt Milnes undid his side’s good early work by conceding two boundaries and the first six of the game to Joe Cracknell in a scrappy fourth over that cost 22 runs.

Joe Denly’s second over went for 18 as Cracknell, the 20-year-old right-hander from Enfield continued to tee-off and take his side to 65 for one after the powerplay.

Playing only his third T20 innings, Cracknell raced to a maiden short-form 50 from 21 balls with nine fours and a six, but his luck ran out next ball when he departed lbw playing across a full one from Grant Stewart.

Imran Qayyum struck in his first over of left-arm spin, drawing Martin Andersson down the pitch with a flighted delivery that beat the outside edge to have the right-hander stumped.

Kent used three spinners in a bid to stem the run-rate, but John Simpson upped the tempo with a straight six and swept four against Joe Denly, his old Middlesex team-mate, as the 100 came up after 11 overs.

Eskinazi’s steady 22-ball stay for 26 ended in comical fashion and a run out. After being sent back wanting a single to backward point, the visiting skipper slid over and was on his backside watching as Cox gathered the throw to whip off the bails.

Simpson, dropped off a sharp chance at wide mid-off when on 35, was run out in the final over for 46, while Hollman gave it the long handle to be run out off the final ball, for a quickfire 46 off 26 balls.

Qayyum, the pick of Kent’s attack, completed four tidy overs to finish with for one for 21.

Glamorgan vs Somerset CCC Vitality Blast 2020 Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff

Glamorgan (117) lost to Somerset (183 for 3) by 66 runs

Babar Azam, the prolific Pakistan batsman, with a career best 114 not out from only 62 balls, enabled Somerset to set up a formidable total which was enough for them to gain their third win  in the competition, and give then an outside chance of qualifying for the quarter finals.

They also improved their net run rate, with Glamorgan losing ten wickets with 25 balls of their innings remaining.

The Glamorgan bowlers weren’t at their best, the fielding was sub -standard, with Azam dropped twice. He then made the home team suffer as he guided his team to a total far beyond the par score at Sophia Gardens this season.

Glamorgan’s reply was a pitiful affair from the moment they lost their first two wickets in nine balls balls, with the game over as a contest when they collapsed to 47 for 5, and then 62 for 6 at the halfway stage.

Somerset, who were put in on the same slow pitch where Glamorgan defeated Northants the previous Sunday, lost two wickets in the opening three overs and were 39 for 2 after the power play.

Steve Davies was the first to go when he was stumped from Prem Sisodiya’s quicker ball, and in the following over 18yrold Will Smeed, a product of King’s College Taunton School who made 82 against Gloucestershire last week, mistimed an intended pull to give mid-on a simple catch

Azam, who was dropped from a difficult chance to cover on 10, scored freely on either side of the wicket, and reached a rapid fifty from 34 balls, and put on 52 with Tom Abell for the third wicket, before the Somerset captain  lifted Andrew Salter’s off spin to long off.

Azam was reprieved on 67, when Marchant De Lange, whose first over went for eighteen runs, had him dropped at third man, where Owen Morgan misjudged a top-edged cut. He was well supported by Lewis Goldsworthy, an18yr old all-rounder, formerly of Millfield School making his T20 debut.

Azam reached his century in the nineteenth over, the second fifty coming from just 23 deliveries, with the partnership for the fourth wicket yielding 110 in 10.4 overs.

Rolf Van Der Merwe started Glamorgan’s demise by having David Lloyd and Chris Cooke caught at backward point in his opening over, both by the substitute fielder George Bartlett. Although they were 38 for3 after the power play- one run behind Somerset and a wicket more- the rot then set in as the batsman found ways of getting themselves out.

Owen Morgan top scored with 24, but there was little resistance from the others, with the margin of victory testament to Somerset’s overwhelming superiority.

Yorkshire Vikings vs Durham Cricket Vitality Blast 2020 Emerald Headingley, Leeds

Yorkshire 104 v Durham 147, Emerald Headingley. Durham win by 43 runs 


Durham won their third successive Vitality Blast game by beating Yorkshire in a low-scoring affair at Emerald Headingley, maintaining their hopes of quarter-final qualification.

The visitors defended a 148 target against the under-strength Vikings, whose knockout hopes are all but over after a third straight defeat in which they were bowled out for 104 in the 17th over, losing by 43 runs.

Durham have seven points from eight games and jump to third in the North, three points behind Lancashire in second - their next opponents at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday. 

The best two third-placed finishers from the North, Central and South also qualify. Yorkshire have six points from eight games.

New ball seamer Matty Potts led the Durham defence with a superb three for 14 from three overs, while Paul Coughlin also struck three times.

The hosts were hurt by the continued Coronavirus related absence of Matthew Fisher, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden and captain David Willey, who missed their second game in three days after the latter and his wife Carolynne tested positive.

However, all players met up outside of cricket on Saturday and must undergo the 14-day self isolation period. They are unavailable for the rest of the group stage.

Durham reached 40 without loss after four overs, only to slip to 147 all out as South African fast bowler Duanne Olivier claimed two for 16 from four overs. 

In reply, Yorkshire lost England’s Dawid Malan for a golden duck and failed to recover.

Yorkshire, for whom stand-in skipper Adam Lyth and Jordan Thompson also claimed two wickets, and Durham came into this game in contrasting form.

And it was buoyant Durham who made a fast start having been inserted, with Graham Clark hitting three fours and a six in a brisk 28, the top score in the innings.

But Clark and opening partner Alex Lees fell within two overs of each other - Lees caught and bowled by Lyth’s off-spin and Clark caught at long-on off the same bowler as the score fell to 57 for two in the eighth.

Ben Raine (23) maintained Durham’s momentum with successive leg-side sixes to end the eighth over, but he was caught behind cutting at another off-spinner, Jack Shutt - 78 for three in the 10th.

Farhaan Behardien then dragged compatriot Olivier to mid-on in the 11th, leaving the visitors at 81 for four.

David Bedingham was caught at deep mid-wicket off Thompson’s seamers (94 for five after 13), undermining Durham’s chances of reaching 150.

Brydon Carse (22) counter-punched with a couple of lusty sixes down the ground off Shutt and Thompson, only to be caught behind the ball after hitting the second six as the score fell to 110 for six after 15.

Olivier further applied the brakes by getting Coughlin caught at mid-off in the 18th before Liam Trevaskis was run out in the 19th, in which Ben Coad also had Matty Potts caught at long-on (135 for nine). Scott Steel was also run out in the last over.

But that was far from the end of the drama.

Lyth cut the first two legitimate balls of the innings from left-arm spinner Trevaskis for four, only to miscue Potts to mid-on in the second. 

Next ball Malan chopped on, and when Harry Brook also miscued the same bowler to mid-on in the fourth, Yorkshire were 22 for three with their big guns gone.

Durham captain Nathan Rimmington then trapped Jonny Tattersall lbw as the score fell to 48 for four in the seventh, with 100 runs still required.

Will Fraine top-scored with 28, only for him and George Hill to fall in successive deliveries in the 10th and 11th overs, leaving the score at 73 for six.

Hill was bowled by Coughlin and Fraine caught behind off Carse.

The end came very quickly from there as James Wharton chipped Coughlin to cover. The same bowler later got Thompson caught in the deep.

Either side of the Thompson wicket, wily Trevaskis had Ben Coad stumped and Olivier bowled, sealing the win with 20 balls to spare.


Surrey CCC vs Sussex Sharks Vitality Blast 2020 The Kia Oval, London

Surrey (167 for 6) beat Sussex (165 for 7), by four wickets.


Surrey booked their place in the knockout stages after beating Sussex Sharks by five wickets at the Kia Oval to reel off their fifth successive south group win.

Set 166, opener Will Jacks broke the back of the chase when he followed up 55 against Middlesex on Monday with a blistering 65 off just 39 balls before Jamie Overton, who was dropped on 12, made an undefeated 40 to guide Surrey to a four-wicket victory with five balls to spare.

When Jacks was bowled by leg-spinner Will Beer in the 12th over, having just hit the leg-spinner for his third six, Surrey needed 62 off eight overs. Beer, who finished with 3 for 34, picked up his third wicket when Rikki Clarke was caught in the covers in the 14th over but Overton and Jamie Smith got the job done, adding 50 in five overs.

Smith (16) drilled Ollie Robinson to extra cover in the penultimate over but Overton leg-glanced David Wiese the next ball to the rope for the winning runs. He hit four fours a six off Robinson, having faced just 22 deliveries.

Surrey are now two points clear of Kent and one more win should secure a home quarter-final. Sussex, who are third after a second successive defeat, are one of three teams with a realistic chance of joining them in the knockout stages although they were left to regret dropping Overton when he was missed at long on by Robinson.

Jacks had a good night. He had earlier removed the dangerous Phil Salt with his first ball then with the bat cleared the rope three times and also hit six fours on a pitch which gathered pace under the floodlights. Overton, coming in at no.7, paraded some impressive ball striking to make sure Surrey always had their chase under control.  

Earlier, skipper Luke Wright raised his competition aggregate to 350 run by top scoring with 45 in Sussex’s 165 for seven after they were put in.

Wright found it tough to accelerate against accurate bowling and when he was deceived by Reece Topley’s slower ball halfway through the 16th over it left Sussex 108 for five. But the Sharks plundered 55 runs off the last 27 balls with Ravi Bopara providing the impetus when he struck Gus Atkinson for three successive leg-side sixes in the 19th over during a nine-ball cameo of 24.

South African David Wiese made 33 before falling to a superb relay catch on the mid-wicket boundary in the final over when Jamie Smith parried a ball at full stretch which looked like clearing the rope, enabling Atkinson to complete the catch.

Wright had lost his opening partner Salt to the seventh ball of the match when Salt, released from England’s one-day squad to play, was leg before trying to slog sweep off-spinner Jacks’ first ball.

Wright held the top order together as Calum MacLeod and Delray Rawlins departed after getting starts. MacLeod (22) was yorked by Liam Plunkett during the former England international’s first bowl in this country since last year’s World Cup final. Plunkett then held a well-judged catch at long off to remove Rawlins (12) in the 13th over.

Surrey would have been pleased with their efforts until Bopara and Wiese came together and left them needing their highest score at the Kia Oval this season but they accomplished it with relative ease.


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