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Vitality Blast 2020: Latest News and Results - Thursday September 17th

Lancashire opener Liam Livingstone top-scored with 69 off 43 balls
Lancashire opener Liam Livingstone top-scored with 69 off 43 balls
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Vitality Blast Fixture Schedule Thursday September 17th 



Notts Outlaws vs Derbyshire Falcons Vitality Blast 2020 Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Notts Outlaws 143-2 defeated Derbyshire Falcons 142-8 by 8 wickets in the Vitality Blast at Trent Bridge


An unbroken partnership of 98 between Ben Duckett and Chris Nash helped Notts Outlaws maintain their unbeaten start to the Vitality Blast competition with an 8-wicket victory over Derbyshire Falcons at Trent Bridge.

Duckett was unbeaten on 57 from only 31 deliveries and Nash hit 40 from 33 as the Outlaws strengthened their lead at the top of the North Group with their second victory over Derbyshire in five days.

The visitors were restricted to 142 for eight, after being asked to bat first by home skipper Dan Christian. Billy Godleman top-scored with 47 from 47 balls, whilst Jake Ball took three for 28 for the hosts.

Notts romped to victory with 5.5 overs remaining, after Duckett swept Matt Critchley for his ninth boundary, to add to the one six he had hit earlier.

In pursuit of just 143 Notts flew out of the traps before losing Alex Hales for 22 from only seven balls, which contained two sixes and two fours.

When Joe Clarke fell to Critchley for 16 the Falcons had some hope for the first time in the evening but that was snatched away from them as Duckett and Nash manipulated the bowling at will.

Duckett’s second 50 of the competition came from 28 deliveries and Nash, playing the 500th match of his career across all formats, struck five boundaries and a six of his own.

Earlier, the evening couldn’t have got off to a better start for the hosts, with an important breakthrough from the first ball of the contest. Wayne Madsen, promoted to open against a battery of different spin options, swept Imad Wasim into the hands of Duckett on the leg side fence.

Leus du Plooy and Luis Reece each made only five as the powerplay overs only produced 29 runs.

Billy Godleman held the middle order together but only three other players reached double figures; Critchley, Anuj Dal and Brooke Guest, who hit three boundaries in a spirited final couple of overs.

The contest was a quiet affair for Samit Patel; who wasn’t required to bat but took two for 26 from his four overs on the evening that he reached 100 consecutive T20 appearances for the Outlaws.

His current run of matches began in July 2012 and he has now featured in 186 domestic matches, six more than nearest rivals, Ryan ten Doeschate and James Hildreth.

Notts had gone into the contest knowing that they had already secured their tenth quarter-final appearance in 11 seasons and can guarantee home advantage at that stage if they win either of their remaining matches, at Leicester on Friday evening or at home to Durham on Sunday.

Derbyshire used nine different bowlers during the evening and remain at the foot of the table with only one victory to their name. They close out a disappointing campaign with a weekend trip to face Yorkshire Vikings in Leeds.



Lancashire Lightning vs Yorkshire Vikings Vitality Blast 2020 Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Lancashire 167-6 v Yorkshire 160-6, Emirates Old Trafford. Lancashire won by seven runs


Joe Root’s superb all-round display was not enough to prevent another Roses Vitality Blast defeat for Yorkshire as Lancashire qualified for the quarter-finals with a thrilling seven-run win at Emirates Old Trafford.

The England Test captain’s two for 25 from four overs of off-spin helped to stymie a blistering Lancashire start at 132 for one in the 15th over, with them ending on 167 for six.

Classy Root then hit a memorable third fifty in four North Group innings this summer, 64 off 39 balls with eight fours and a six, only for the Vikings to slip from 115 for one after 13 overs to 160 for six after 20, failing to get 12 off the last over.

Lancashire strengthen their second place in the North with a fifth win from eight games, while Yorkshire are now out of contention having lost their last four. 

Yorkshire are still without a Blast Roses win since August 2017.

Lancashire opener Liam Livingstone top-scored with 69 off 43 balls and Steven Croft almost matched him with 58 off 45, but Root’s off-spin contributed significantly to the loss of five wickets for 16 runs.

Twenty four hours earlier, on the same pitch, he returned a golden duck and two wickets in England’s ODI decider against Australia.

Second-wicket pair Livingstone and Croft shared 130 - their side’s record partnership in Blast games versus Yorkshire.

They united for 14.1 overs after the early departure of Alex Davies, caught behind off Duanne Olivier with the third ball of the first domestic match on this ground this summer (two for one).

The second-wicket pair were not without fortune. Inside the powerplay, there were three lbw appeals from the spin of Adam Lyth and Dawid Malan which all looked out. The first of those, with Livingstone not yet in double figures against Lyth, was hardly appealed for. 

Livingstone and Croft shared all seven sixes in the innings

Livingstone reached his fifty first off 34 balls before Croft’s came off 39.

Yorkshire employed five spinners in their seven-man attack, including Root and left-arm wrist spinner Sam Wisniewski, an 18-year-old debutant who bowled two overs for 15.

With five and a half overs remaining, Lancashire were eyeing close to 200. But then came the quite remarkable collapse of five wickets for 16 runs, including two wickets apiece for Root and seamer Jordan Thompson.

Thompson had Livingstone caught at long-on at 132 for two in the 15th over before Root had Croft caught at short fine-leg sweeping (135 for four in the 16th).

In all, Lancashire only added 35 runs for the loss of five wickets in the final 33 balls, with 13 overs bowled by spin through an innings which saw no other home batsman reach 20.

Lyth (44) viciously cut Luke Wood for six over backward point in the third over of Yorkshire’s reply, only for Malan (eight) to miscue a pull against Danny Lamb to mid-on in the fourth as the score fell to 24 for one.

Brilliant Root then pulled Wood for six over mid-wicket in the fifth over and also added four boundaries in his first 12 balls, scoring 28 out of 58 for one after six overs of powerplay.

He continued to dominate in classy fashion, helping reach 92 for one after 10 overs with 46. Lyth had provided impressive support with 32 on the way to his fourth fifty in this season’s Blast. 

The pair went on to share 91 inside 10 overs before a White Rose collapse to match Lancashire’s saw Lyth, Root and Will Fraine all run out coming back for two and Harry Brook trapped lbw as the score fell to 148 for five in the 18th.

The target became 19 of two overs, with Matthew Parkinson getting Thompson caught at long-on before Saqib Mahmood defended 12 off the last against Jonny Tattersall and debutant Matthew Revis.


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