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Vitality Blast 2020: Latest News and Results - Friday September 18th

Chris Nash - on the move from Notts Outlaws
Chris Nash - on the move from Notts Outlaws
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Vitality Blast Fixture Schedule Friday September 18th

Hampshire vs Surrey CCC Vitality Blast 2020 The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Hampshire 138/8 lost to Surrey 143/1 by nine wickets

Reece Topley returned to the Ageas Bowl to haunt depleted Hampshire as Surrey remained top of the Vitality Blast South Group with a nine-wicket win.

England white-ball international Topley returned career-best figures of 4-20 to restrict his former county to 138 for eight.

Before Will Jacks (56) cracked his third consecutive fifty and Laurie Evans clubbed 81 not out in a 118-run partnership for the second wicket, as already qualified Surrey all-but booked a home quarter-final by easing to victory with 28 balls to spare.

Hampshire were forced to leave out four players who were self-isolating due to coming into contact with an individual with Covid symptoms.

The players, along with members of the coaching staff, are awaiting test results and should they come back negative, will be in contention to face Middlesex on Sunday.

A Hampshire statement said: “On the advice of our medical team a number of players have been withdrawn from today’s squad.

“This is as a precautionary measure and they are self-isolating while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test after coming into contact with an individual who has reported symptoms.”

As a result, they named an unexperienced XI which included Felix Organ, Tom Scriven, Calvin Harrison and Scott Currie – who had previously made six T20 appearances between them.

Hampshire, who had lost their last five matches in the Blast, then lost the toss and lost a wicket first ball, having been stuck in.

Topley spent three injury-plagued seasons at the Ageas Bowl, but returned with a bang as he splattered George Munsey’s stumps with his first delivery.

Organ drove and pulled a pair of boundaries before he was stumped off Will Jacks to leave the hosts on 11 for two.

Surrey’s leading Blast wicket-taker Dan Moriarty then dumped Hampshire onto 50 for four with two quick wickets.

The left-arm spinner had Vince, who had threatened to break free with 27, stumped before Scriven was lbw. Moriarty returning figures of 2-19.

Just as Hampshire looked set to repeat their showing against Essex, Holland and James Fuller combined to take their side towards respectability with a stand of 75.

USA international Holland’s previous format best was an unbeaten 36 against Sussex earlier in the campaign, but led the recovery with an impressive 65.

His innings was shaped by clever running but it was his clean three sixes – two straight and other picked up over mid-wicket – which caught the eye as he reached his half-century off 38 balls with a swept four.

After Fuller had stepped on his own wicket for 19, Topley returned to make sure Surrey regained control in the death overs.

The left armer had Holland caught at short third man and Harrison lbw in successive balls, before Currie drilled to Rory Burns at extra cover.

Needing 139 to win, Surrey lost Jason Roy in the fourth over, caught at mid-off to hand Organ his maiden T20 wicket.

But Jacks, on the back of scores of 55 and 65 against Middlesex and Sussex, barely flinched as he scored freely.

He crashed six fours and a six over midwicket in his 29-ball fifty.

With Lewis McManus undergoing surgery for appendicitis, Vince took the gloves but was not overly used as the ball rarely beat the bat.

While Jacks seemingly slowed down, Evans moved through his innings with a crescendo, with a six whipped off his legs and a driven slash taking him to his half-century in 34 deliveries.

The Jacks and Evans partnership moved past 100 in 66 balls, before they knocked off the remaining runs in rapid style – with back-to-back maximums off Harrison completing a sixth straight Surrey victory.

Kent Spitfires vs Essex Eagles Vitality Blast 2020 The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

Essex, who won the toss, 167/9, lost to Kent 171/6 by four wickets. Essex 0pts, Kent 2pts.

An unbeaten county-best 55 by Jack Leaning helped Kent to hold their nerve and land a four-wicket win with only two balls to spare over south group rivals Essex Eagles in Canterbury.

Leaning, a winter recruit from Yorkshire, kept a cool head toward the end of a shaky Spitfires run-chase to clinch Kent’s fifth qualifying win and secure Kent’s second place behind current south group leaders Surrey, who Kent play at The Oval on Sunday.    

Needing 168 for victory at an asking rate of 8.4 an over, Spitfires lost Zak Crawley in the fourth over when Jack Plom pegged back off stump with his first delivery after Crawley missed an expansive straight drive.   

Joe Denly plunder two fours off Plom then pulled a Sam Cook bouncer over the mid-wicket ropes for Kent’s first six as the hosts reached 46 for one at the end of their powerplay – 14 runs short of Essex at the same stage.

Denly tossed away his wicket for 23 by lofting a drive against Aron Nijjar straight to long off, then Simon Harmer struck with his fourth ball by having Heino Kuhn caught behind when cutting.

Sam Billings, back in the Kent side after his ODI century for England against Australia, also showed early intent. He reverse swept for four against Harmer and followed with a straight six, three balls later off the same bowler as Kent moved to 78 for three at half-way.

Bell-Drummond’s stay ended for 25 when his leg-side slog against Plom was caught at cow corner, then three balls later, Plom bounced Billings as the England batter advanced down the pitch to have him caught behind off the gloves when hooking for 18.

An Alex Blake maximum helped Kent into three figures in the 14th over leaving Spitfires to score 65 off the last 36 balls of the match.

Blake clipped Cook for another six then launched into a blistering cover-driven four drive against Matt Quinn to reduce the target to 42 off 24.

Leaning combined with Blake (29) to add 67 off 44 balls but, with 21 needed, Blake holed out to deep square against Quinn to increase the pressure.

Leaning pulled Quinn’s final ball for six to post his maiden T20 50 for Kent from 30 balls and leave Spitfires to score nine off Plom’s final over.

Leaning cut four through extra cover leaving Grant Stewart to finish it with a mighty six, picked up off a full-toss and clipped over mid-wicket. Plom had tried his best and finished with creditable, competition-best figures of three for 32 as Leaning strode off, unbeaten with 55 off 32 balls.  

Batting first having won the toss in glorious conditions, Eagles’ openers Cameron Delport and Tom Westley gave their side a flying start, only for Spitfires to battle back and restrict the visitors to a 20-over total of 167 for nine 

Cracking nine fours and a six between them, Delport and Westley posted a rapid 50 stand from only 29 balls with the latter boasting the lion’s share with 39 off 19 balls including seven fours.

Westley had just pulled a Fred Klassen bumper for the first maximum of the match only to club the next delivery to Crawley at mid-off.

With Essex on 60 for one after the powerplay, Imran Qayyum struck with his fifth delivery to have Dan Lawrence well caught, low down at long on by Alex Blake.   

Michael Pepper departed unluckily in the next over, run out when backing up at the non-striker’s end to a blistering Delport drive that Grant Stewart finger-tipped onto the stumps.   

Kent’s fightback continued when Billings, returned to the side to keep wicket in place of Jordon Cox, ripped off his right glove to run out Delport (28) with a direct hit to the striker’s end as Essex chanced a risky single to short third man.

Paul Walter added a brisk 19 before slicing an attempted drive against Matt Milnes to Bell-Drummond, then Harmer (10) holed out to long on to gift Qayyum a second scalp.  

Former Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate showed all his Indian Premier League experience and pulled the innings back together with a 32-ball 50 including three fours and a brace of sixes.

The South African moved to his half-century with a pulled four off Stewart, but was caught behind off the next delivery when flailing at a wide one outside off.

In the final over, Nijjar fell in near identical fashion, then Klassen had Cook caught off a miscued drive at short third man to finish with somewhat flattering figures of three for 35.

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

Sussex Sharks beat Middlesex by 3 wickets

George Garton had a day to remember with four wickets and a match-winning cameo of 24 from just nine balls as Sussex Sharks beat Middlesex by three wickets to keep their quarter-final hopes alive in the Vitality Blast.

Garton took four wickets for the second time in his T20 career to help restrict Middlesex to 155 for eight before making a spectacular contribution with the bat when he blasted 20 from five balls during the penultimate over from Steven Finn.

Middlesex seemed to have the game won when Sussex slumped from 70 without loss in seven overs to 121 for six with teenage leg-spinner Luke Hollman picking up 3 for 18 including Phil Salt for 56.

When Garton joined Aaron Thomason in the 17th over Sussex still needed 45 but Garton swung the game back Sussex’s way by hitting Finn for two straight sixes and two boundaries. Although he holed out off the final ball of the  19th over, Sussex needed three to win and Thomason smashed the winning boundary off Tom Helm with four balls to spare. Victory in their final game against Essex at Chelmsford on Sunday will guarantee Sussex second place behind south group winners Surrey.

The Sharks seemed to have things under control when Salt and Wright (24) launched the chase confidently but Hollman and Nathan Sowter, who between them took 4 for 40 in eight overs, relished a pitch offering turn and bounce.  

Salt made his highest score of the season, off 40 balls with eight boundaries, but he was bowled by Hollman who then picked up David Wiese and Callum MacLeod in successive balls in the 17th over before Garton came to Sussex’s rescue.   

Earlier, John Simpson scored 46 for the third time in this season’s competition as he and Hollman revived Middlesex after they had struggled to 81 for 5 in the 12th over.

The sixth-wicket pair put on 64 in 39 balls after left-arm spinner Delray Rawlins has picked up three wickets including Joe Cracknell, who made 37.

A day which ended well had begun promisingly for Garton when he picked up Max Holden with the second ball of the match, holding a one-handed return catch in his follow through. Umpire Ian Gould eventually sent Holden on his way after consulting colleague Rob White.

The competition’s leading run scorer Steve Eskinazi had taken his tally to 397 with 21 when Garton had him caught on the leg-side boundary before Rawlins picked up two wickets in three balls. The impressive Cracknell, 20, was bowled through the gate and Middlesex’s experiment of promoting James Harris (5) backfired when he missed an attempted cut.  

When Martin Andersson (4) was bowled through the gate in Rawlins’ third over Middlesex were in trouble but their two left-handers repaired the damage, selectively targeting the short scoreboard-side boundary and running hard.

Hollman struck Ollie Robinson for three successive boundaries in the 18th over but Garton dragged it back at the end. He took an excellent catch running in from long-on to remove Simpson and give Mitch Claydon his first T20 wicket since August 2019 before striking with successive balls in the final over. Hollman, whose runs came off 21 balls with five fours, slogged across the line and Sowter chipped a slower ball to cover. Garton finished with 4 for 27 and Rawlins a career-best 3 for 22.

Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws Vitality Blast 2020 , Grace Road, Leicester

Leicestershire Foxes 163-6 beat Nottinghamshire Outlaws 162-7 by four wickets

Skipper Colin Ackermann’s unbeaten 67 helped Leicestershire Foxes end Nottinghamshire Outlaws’ unbeaten record at the top of the North Group in the Vitality Blast T20 in a match that left the visiting side counting the cost of a controversial incident that handed their opponents the bonus of five penalty runs.

The Foxes completed their win with a ball to spare but the talking point was the decision by umpires Nick Cook and Paul Pollard to award them five extra runs in the very first over of their reply as they chased a target of 163, invoking a change in the laws under which the fielding side can be penalised  for deliberately distracting or deceiving the batsman on strike.

On this occasion, the umpires ruled that the Outlaws fielder Steven Mullaney had contravened this law by simulating the action of sliding and grabbing the ball in a way that, in their judgement, could have deceived the batsman, in this case opener Nick Welch.

It meant that Ackermann’s 53-ball innings, which contained five fours and a six, was enough to tilt the balance in favour of the Foxes, despite Mullaney making his mark with the ball by taking two for 17, with a result that means their chance of advancing to the quarter-finals remains alive.

The Outlaws had earlier looked  to be in control after Ben Duckett and Tom Moores put on 102 for the fourth wicket but neither man could add substantially to a half-century apiece, with Will Davis (3-38) dragging the Foxes back into contention after Parkinson had earlier taken two for 27.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first for only the second time in this year’s competition, the Outlaws did not have the powerplay they might have envisaged, registering a modest 42 runs and losing three key wickets, two of them for left-arm spinner Parkinson.

The Lancastrian dismissed Chris Nash with the last ball of the first over as the opener’s mistimed stroke went straight to the bowler and claimed the significant scalp of Alex Hales with the fifth ball of the sixth, clipping the top of off stump with a superb delivery that bounced and turned appreciably. In between, the in-form Joe Clarke bottom-edged into his stumps off Dieter Klein, having looked in ominous form again after launching the first two sixes of the evening off Klein and Gavin Griffiths.

Duckett, another Nottinghamshire player for whom this truncated season has gone well, signalled his confidence with a cheeky paddle-scoop for four off Parkinson but, in common with the other batsmen, found it difficult to time his shots on a used pitch and had a life on 12 when Klein, moving to his left from extra cover, put down what should have been a comfortable catch off Griffiths. At halfway, the Outlaws were 69 for three.

Nottinghamshire needed to find some momentum and it was Moores who provided it with some innovation in the 12th over, cracking Arron Lilley for six with an audacious switch hit followed by a scoop for four, 14 coming off the over.  Moores continued in similar vein as Klein returned, collecting six more with an effortlessly-time pick-up before unfurling a scorching drive through the covers for four more as his partnership with Duckett moved past 50, before the latter struck three boundaries in a row off Davis to take the Outlaws to 126 for three after 15.

The two busy left-handers were enthusiastically cheered on from the Outlaws bench as they rebuilt the innings, adding 102 in 12 overs for the fourth wicket, Moores completing a 34-ball half-century.

But the Foxes, and in particular Davis, conjured up a better finish. The right-arm seamer put the brakes on by dismissing Moores - superbly caught by Klein at deep backward square - and Dan Christian in the 18th over, the Outlaws captain out off a scoop shot to his first ball.  Duckett, whose half-century came off 37 balls, clipped Griffiths straight to deep backward square in the penultimate over before Davis picked up his third wicket as Mullaney, having lofted six over deep midwicket, was caught at long-off.

The total still required the home side to score at more than eight an over to half the Outlaws’ winning sequence but the wickets for Davis (3-38) at the end looked to have given the Foxes a chance, which was improved after the opening over of their reply as the umpires awarded the home side five penalty runs in the aforementioned circumstances.

This advantage was undermined when Welch was bowled behind his legs by Samit Patel in the next over, more so as Gareth Delany, having struck a booming straight six over the Mike Turner Centre, sliced his next attempted big hit to be easily caught in the short third man region.  However, a six and two fours by Foxes skipper Colin Ackermann off Imad Wasim redressed the balance as the home side reached 56 for two off the opening six overs.

Two meaty straight sixes by Lilley, one off Matt Carter’s off-spin, the second off the former Leicestershire seamer Zak Chappell, advanced the scoreboard and after 10 overs, the Foxes were 93 for two and the partnership with Ackermann building nicely at 67, with 70 more required.

An eventful 11th over from Christian began with three wides but secured a wicket when Lilley drove him in the air straight to long-on and ended with Harry Dearden dropped at slip first ball, although the let-off cost no runs, the new batsman caught by wicketkeeper Moores attempting to scoop Mullaney in the next over, a rare maiden in this format.  Mullaney struck again in his own next over, George Rhodes skying one to Wasim running in from cover, and at the end of the 15th, the outcome was a little more in the balance with the Foxes 124 for five, needing another 39 and much resting on Ackermann building on the 39-ball half-century he had completed in that over with his fifth four.

Patel dismissed Lewis Hill for 11 to increase the home side’s nerves but two boundaries from Parkinson off an unusually untidy Christian left six to get off the final six deliveries, Chappell given the responsibility of bowling them against his former colleagues but unable to deny them the win as a Parkinson hit the winning run with one ball to spare, Ackermann finishing on 67 not out.

Somerset CCC vs Steelbacks Vitality Blast 2020 The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Somerset 146/3 beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 140/9 by seven wickets 

Somerset kept alive their hopes of reaching the Vitality Blast quarter-finals with a seven-wicket Central Group win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

The visitors could post only 140 for nine after winning the toss, despite being given solid base by Josh Cobb (49) and Paul Stirling (25). Eighteen-year-old Somerset left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy claimed two for 21 on his second T20 appearance. 

In reply, Somerset cruised to 146 for three, with two overs to spare, Steve Davies contributing 45, Tom Lammonby 43 not out and Tom Abell an unbeaten 42. 

The Northants innings was a tale of two halves. After ten overs they looked well placed on 82 for two, despite the loss of Richard Levi to only the eighth ball of the match, caught at deep cover off Craig Overton for two. 

Cobb had hit the first six of the game off Max Waller in the opening over and he and Stirling looked comfortable in takin the total to 46 for one by the end of the six-over power-play. 

Stirling hit Lewis Gregory for six over deep square and then cleared the ropes over long-on as 14 came from the ninth over. 

But the momentum of the game changed when, with the score on 73, Stirling holed out to deep extra cover off Goldsworthy, having faced 20 balls. 

The boundaries dried up as Goldsworthy, Waller and Roelof van der Merwe shared the spin bowling duties to good effect and wickets tumbled with regularity. 

Adam Rossington smacked a Waller long-hop straight to Overton at long-on and Cobb’s 41-ball knock, featuring 2 sixes and 6 fours, ended when he was well caught at deep mid-wicket by a tumbling van der Merwe off Goldsworthy. 

There was just one boundary in seven overs as Somerset’s bowlers took control. Alex Wakeley was caught at mid-off to give Ollie Sale a wicket and Overton’s direct hit ran out Luke Procter for 19 as he responded to Saif Zaib’s call for a quick single. 

Graeme White and Ben Sanderson also fell cheaply and, with just 58 runs off the last ten overs, Northants looked well short of a competitive total. 

So it turned out, although Babar Azam’s disappointing sequence of scores at Taunton continued when he fell lbw to Nathan Buck in the third over of Somerset’s reply. 

It meant one of the best T20 batsmen in the world had recorded scores of 6,0,10 and 4 in four home group matches. 

Teenager Will Smeed also fell cheaply to Ben Sanderson, But Davies looked in good touch from the start and he and Abell were able to stick largely to textbook shots in a well-paced stand of 44. 

After ten overs Somerset were 70 for two and 11 more were added before Davies fell leg-before to Procter, his runs having come off 38 balls, with 5 fours. 

Abell and Lammonby were content to largely milk the Northants spinners as they closed in on a modest target. Steelbacks skipper Cobb used eight bowlers without being able to sufficiently curb the scoring rate. 

Lammonby hit the first six of the innings in the 16th over, bowled by White, and followed up with another maximum off Sanderson before ending the game by clearing the ropes again off the final ball of the 18th over. 

Abell’s only anxious moment came from a run-out scare with him stranded in mid-pitch as the throw missed the stumps. At the end he had faced 34 balls and hit 4 fours, while Lammonby’s runs came from just 23 balls, with 2 fours and 3 sixes. 


Birmingham Bears vs Worcestershire Rapids Vitality Blast 2020 Edgbaston, Birmingham

Birmingham Bears took a big step towards the Vitality Blast quarter-finals with a 16-run victory over arch-rivals Worcestershire Rapids at Edgbaston. 

On a chilly, autumnal night in Birmingham, the Bears totalled 179 for six. After Rob Yates' enterprising 37 at the top of the order, a solid total was assured by Sam Hain (61, 33 balls) and Dan Mousley (40, 31). Rapids captain Ed Barnard led his team's bowling with an intelligent spell of 4-0-20-2. 

Hamish Rutherford's violent 45 (23 balls) gave the Rapids' reply a lightning start and Brett D'Oliveira played beautifully for 61 (40 balls) but then fell to Henry Brookes with his team still needing 26 from 13 balls. That equation proved beyond the tail as the Rapids fell short on 163 for eight. 

The Bears chose to bat first, having omitted Dom Sibley after the England opener scored just four runs in three T20 innings. The aggressive Adam Hose was promoted to open but it was Yates who provided early impetus with 37 from 20 balls with five fours and two sixes.

The Rapids hit back hard, though, as the Bears, from 64 for one in the eighth over, last three wickets for six runs in 11 balls. The impressive Barnard forced miscues into the infield from Hose and Michael Burgess and D'Oliveira had Will Rhodes caught at mid-wicket. 

Hain and Mousley, playing only his second T20, rebuilt with a stand of 80 in 53 balls which ended when the latter was caught off Morris.  Hain continue his exceptional T20 form, reaching his half-century from 30 balls before edging Pat Brown behind in the final over. 

The Rapids' reply was spectacularly launched by Rutherford whose 45 came from just 23 balls, five of which he smote for six. His first-over assault on Tim Bresnan forced the Bears to change their plans and bring linchpin Jeetan Patel on early.  

Patel bowled Jack Haynes in his first over and Jake Libby sliced Olly Stone to point but Rutherford threatened to win the game single-handed before he fell to Jake Lintott's first ball, superbly caught in the deep by sub fielder Sibley. 

Lintott ran out Ben Cox with a direct hit but D'Oliveira advanced to a 31-ball half-century and batted with enormous aplomb until he edged Henry Brookes behind. The game was still very much in the balance but the 19th over, from Stone, cost just four runs and brought the removal of Daryl Mitchell's off-stump to leave the Rapids' lower order needing 18 from the final over - a challenge well beyond them. 

Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire Vitality Blast 2020 Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff

Glamorgan (188-4) beat Gloucestershire (171-6) by 17 runs

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie fell agonisingly short of becoming Glamorgan’s sixth centurion in T20 cricket as he led his side to a well-earned victory over Central Group leaders Gloucestershire by 17 runs in the Vitality Blast in Cardiff.

Balbirnie struck an explosive unbeaten 99, the highest individual T20 score by a Glamorgan batsman at Cardiff, to lay the foundations of a competitive 188 for four, adding 61 for the second wicket with David Lloyd and an unbeaten 79 for the fourth with Chris Cooke.

Defeat for the visitors means that they must now wait until their final match against Somerset on Sunday to discover whether they will have a home tie in the quarter-finals.

Glamorgan made three changes to the side that lost heavily to Somerset at Cardiff two nights ago - top scorer Owen Morgan, Callum Taylor and Marchant de Lange replaced by Kiran Carlson, Dan Douthwaite and Graham Wagg.

The Welsh county reached 51-1 in the powerplay as openers Lloyd and Nick Selman lofted the ball for a boundary apiece before the latter holed out to the mid-wicket boundary. However, Balbirnie continued the onslaught as Glamorgan reached 51 for one at the end of the powerplay.

Gloucestershire turned to the medium-pace of Benny Howell and Ryan Higgins, and then to the left-arm spin of Tom Smith – and it yielded success when Lloyd was bowled by Howell as he stepped away to the leg-side, before Carlson drove Smith to Howell at cover.

Balbirnie swept Taylor to the fine-leg boundary for his second six, bringing up his half-century, and continued to blast the Gloucestershire attack with Higgins conceding 17 in his second over.

Balbirnie waited nervously for his century, as Cooke was run out attempting a quick single, before Douthwaite despatched consecutive boundaries, but the Irishman ultimately fell one run short.

Chasing 189 to win, Gloucestershire made a slow start to their powerplay, despite two fours and a six by Chris Dent in the fourth over, before being caught at short third man in the fifth as the visitors reached 49 for one.

By the halfway stage, Dent, who was dropped by Salter before reaching his half-century from 32 deliveries, and Ian Cockbain, also dropped by van der Gugten in the deep, had guided Gloucestershire to 86 for one, still requiring 103 runs to win.

Graham Wagg gave Glamorgan important breakthroughs in successive overs, when he struck the top of Cockbain’s leg stump before catching Dent at long-off off Sisodiya.

He struck again when the equation was 65 from the final five overs as Bracey, although dropped at long-on on 29, skied to point from a leading edge on 37 in the eighteenth over.

Timm van der Gugten yorked Higgins from the final delivery of the penultimate over, and Wagg claimed a third wicket in the final over when Jack Taylor was caught at long-off as Balbirnie rounded off a memorable evening for the Dubliner.

Lancashire Lightning vs Durham Cricket Vitality Blast 2020 Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Lancashire 83 v Durham 157-5, Emirates Old Trafford. Durham win by 74 runs 

Durham maintained their Vitality Blast quarter-final hopes with a fourth straight North Group win - by 74 runs - as Lancashire crumbled in pursuit of 158 on a used pitch at Emirates Old Trafford.

Alex Lees top-scored with an unbeaten 67 in Durham’s 152 for five, boosted to 157 with five penalty runs for foul and abusive language - thought to come from Liam Livingstone after being dismissed in the home chase.

Matty Potts struck three times in a brilliant second over of Lancashire’s innings as the hosts slipped to nine for four and never recovered, being bowled out for their record low total of 83 in 15 overs. 

Potts finished with a career best three for eight from three overs.

While they still remain second in the North on 12 points and are already quarter-final bound, their chances of a home tie have been hit with this heavy defeat in their 200th T20 fixture, excluding abandonments.

Durham are now third on nine points and cannot catch the Red Rose. But they can still finish as one of the best two third-placed qualifiers should they beat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Sunday. 

Lancashire host Leicestershire here as they bid to finish as the best second placed team for a home tie.

Opener Lees anchored the Durham innings after they had elected to bat, hitting only three boundaries in his 60 balls and showing the composure no one else could.

Any thoughts of him being on the slow side were quickly dispelled as Potts’ early brilliance on the same pitch used for Wednesday’s ODI between England and Australia and last night’s Roses clash.

Graham Clark, the ball after hitting a six, Ben Raine and David Bedingham all holed out into the leg-side as the visitors slipped to 47 for three in the sixth over, with Luke Wood, Danny Lamb and Saqib Mahmood all striking.

Durham had been 40 for one after four overs before Lancashire’s renowned pace off the ball tactics through the middle of the innings dragged things back. 

Seamer Lamb mixed his pace and was the pick of the Lightning attack with one for 15 from three overs, getting Raine caught at deep mid-wicket (43 for two in the fifth).

Earlier, Dane Vilas took a superb one-handed catch diving backwards at mid-on to help left-arm quick Wood get rid of Clark. Wood finished with two wickets in two overs.

Former South African international Farhaan Behardien chipped in with a run-a-ball 26, sharing 61 inside 10 overs for the fourth wicket with Lees.

Brydon Carse then played as aggressively as anybody for 23 off 15 balls, including a straight four and slog-swept six off successive Matthew Parkinson deliveries in the 17th over as the score moved to 130 for four.

A couple of overs earlier, left-handed Lees had reached his fourth Blast fifty this season - and his second against the Lightning - off 45 balls.

Lancashire’s chase then got off to the most disastrous start as they lost Alex Davies, Steven Croft, captain Vilas and Rob Jones in the first two overs - the latter three all to ducks.

Davies struck two early boundaries before miscuing left-arm spinner Liam Trevaskis to mid-off five balls into the innings. 

Then came Potts’ unbelievable first over as he forced Croft to miscue a pull to short mid-wicket (Lees the catcher), trapped Vilas lbw and uprooted the off-stump of Jones.

In Wednesday’s win against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley, the 21-year-old took three wickets in his first two overs. 

Livingstone looked to have broken the shackles by muscling Paul Coughlin for successive leg-side sixes in the fifth over, only to lose his leg-stump with the next ball as the score fell to 34 for five after 4.5 overs.

As he departed, Livingstone seemed to get into a verbal exchange with the celebrating Durham players, resulting in umpires Steve O’Shaughnessy and James Middlebrook adding five penalty runs to Lancashire’s target.

With that, it was all but game over. 

Scott Steel’s off-spin claimed the wickets of George Lavelle and Luke Wood - the latter bowled with a beauty - in the eighth over (48 for seven).

Trevaskis returned to bowl Tom Hartley in the ninth before Steel had Mahmood caught in the deep in the 12th (66 for nine) to finish with a career best three for 20.

Lamb added a consolatory 29 not out before Parkinson chipped Nathan Rimmington to cover to wrap things up.



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