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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday, July 2nd

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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday, July 2nd


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Friday, July 2nd , 2021    

Glamorgan v Sussex Sharks (Sophia Gardens)

 A first-wicket stand of 144 between Luke Wright (77) and Phil Salt (63) helped Sussex beat Glamorgan by 33 runs in the Vitality Blast.

The two openers guided their side to an imposing total of 201 for eight which was always going to be difficult to chase.

And so it proved as Glamorgan were all out for 168 with David Lloyd making 51. Sussex’s 16-year-old leg spinner and man of the match Archie Lenham continued his fine Blast form with four for 26.

A second defeat in as many days leaves Glamorgan needing a miracle to make the quarter-finals while Sussex remain in the qualification mix.
Sussex won the toss, chose to bat, and made a rollicking start.

Wright smashed a straight six over long on but his opening partner Salt was just as aggressive as Glamorgan’s bowlers were put to the sword.
Sussex reached 77 without loss after just six overs as both batsmen peppered the boundary.
Wright went to 50 from just 24 balls and the 100 came up in only the ninth over. Salt’s half century came from 28 balls with eight fours, but he was finally cleaned up by Dan Douthwaite.

Wright immediately followed him back to the pavilion in the same over when he was caught behind by Chris Cooke for 77 from 41 balls.
Sussex were still primed for a huge score at 154 for one with seven overs to go, but Ravi Bopara made just 12 and their middle order struggled to replicate their opening pair’s heroics.

David Wiese failed and Harrison Ward went first ball, but consecutive sixes from Australian Travis Head (26) helped Sussex past 200.
Douthwaite finished with impressive figures of three for 28. 

Glamorgan took 16 and 12 from Mitchell Claydon’s and Tymal Mills’ first overs in response as Lloyd started with a bang. It helped Glamorgan to 61 without loss from the first six overs.

Lloyd was more aggressive than partner Kiran Carlson who was the first to go, caught at long on by Head in Bopara’s first over.
Sussex waited until the eighth over to introduce Lenham, but his first six balls went for just four runs. Glamorgan then needlessly lost Colin Ingram, run out for three.

Lloyd went to 50 from just 27 balls but when he was superbly caught on the square-leg boundary by Will Beer off Lenham, Glamorgan were 82 for three at the halfway stage.

Douthwaite (35) did hit Bopara into the River Taff and the Sophia Gardens changing rooms for back-to-back sixes, but Lenham got him and James Weighell too as Sussex were comfortable winners.   

Glamorgan batsman David Lloyd, who top scored with 51, said: “It was always going to be a tricky chase after their first innings. We got a really good start but lost wickets at key times. Wright and Salt are two very, very good players who can do that to an opposition, but I think we showed character to claw it back and keep them to 200 because they could have got a lot more. The luck has gone against us in the last couple of days. I feel good and it’s nice to contribute, but today needed me to get a big score. It’s been very disappointing for us. We have shown glimpses of what we can do, but going forward we need to contribute as a team not as individuals. Things just haven’t clicked. Archie Lenham looks very young, doesn’t he? But fair play to him, he shows a lot of character and today he bowled really well even though leg spin is a tricky trade. He looks very comfortable.”  

Sussex leg spinner Archie Lenham, who was man of the match and took four for 26, said: “I just try to bowl my way and pick up a few wickets for the side.
“I just wanted not to go for a boundary, to keep the run rate down, and hopefully Dan Douthwaite might hit the ball up in the air and get caught. I thought it was going for six at first but David Wiese is a tall guy and it was a great catch in the end.
“It’s pretty amazing. At the start of the season I never thought this would be happening. I was so in the moment when I was bowling at Douthwaite. It’s an amazing experience for me to play in this side and the other players are great to play with.”  

Kent Spitfires v Surrey (Canterbury)


Adam Milne took a hat-trick off the final three balls to clinch a thrilling 11 run victory for Kent Spitfires over Surrey at Canterbury, smothering the visitors in the death overs to leave them on 180 for six, in reply to the Spitfires 191 for four. 

Milne took 4 for 38 and defended 18 in the final over, bowling Ollie Pope with the fourth delivery and getting Kyle Jamieson caught on the long on boundary with the penultimate ball to clinch an exhilarating win. He then had Laurie Evans caught off the last ball of the innings to seal an astonishing recovery. 

Surrey looked heavy favourites when Will Jacks smashed a Blast-best score of 87 from 54 balls, but after putting on 92 for the second wicket with Laurie Evans, who finished on 57, the run rate steadily increased. 

Kent had posted a challenging 191 for four, thanks to another hefty partnership between Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning, who hit 61 not out and 50 respectively. 

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Kent lost skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond to the second ball of the innings, lbw to Jacks, for nought. 

Zak Crawley made 24 before he was bowled by Jordan Clark and Joe Denly top-edged Gus Atkinson to Ollie Pope for 36. The run rate slowed to four in overs nine to 11, before, not for the first time this season, Leaning and Cox rescued Kent with a stand of 90 for the fourth wicket. 

Leaning reached 50 and although he was out next ball, driving Overton to Clark, Clark’s final over went for 19, Alex Blake hitting 12 not out and Cox ending the innings with a six over cow corner. 

Surrey made a ferocious start. Fred Klaassen ripped out Jamie Smith’s middle stump for 9, but Evans and Jacks batted through the next 10 overs until Klaassen had the former lbw.  

Kent were right back in it when Jamie Overton holed out to Milne and was caught by Qais Ahmad for six and Surrey needed 34 from the last two overs. The penultimate, bowled by Klaassen went for 16, and Milne's first three balls went for six, but the fourth splayed Pope’s stumps and needing to hit successive sixes, Jamieson perished in the deep. 

Kent’s Adam Milne said: “It’s my first ever hat-trick so it’s special. We’ve always had tight, nail-biting games against Surrey. With the bowling I got us off to a horrendous start but Fred (Klaassen) bowled really well and the last ten overs we managed to claw it back and close it out quite nicely, taking some wickets through the back end and bowling some tight overs. 

“After the first ten overs I felt a little bit like the Somerset game where we were battered all round, but Qais (Ahmad) bowled brilliantly well to keep (Surrey) in check for his four overs, which was remarkable bowling to that small side. He kept us in it. It was a bit of a horrendous hat-trick, they were all slot balls! Jameson’s went to the moon and back so it was a good catch from (Jack) Leaning. I was surprised it even came down it was that high, I thought it had snow on it.” 

Surrey’s Laurie Evans said: “I thought the way that we started with the bat was outstanding. Jacks is turning into one of the best in the country at the top of the order and it’s just great to see him keeping going in this tournament. I felt like we had it in the bag the whole way and we just didn’t finish it off. It’s bitter to swallow at the minute. Credit to Jordan Cox, he played a blinder there and it’s just one of those days.” 

Birmingham Bears v Notts Outlaws (Edgbaston)


Notts Outlaws continued their assertive defence of the Vitality Blast title as they thrashed Birmingham Bears by 114 runs at Edgbaston. 

The Outlaws made it seven wins from 11 games after brushing aside a Bears side hit by the loss of all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite after a positive COVID test. 

They totalled177 for nine thanks to Samit Patel (41, 30 balls), Ben Duckett (39, 20 balls) and Alex Hales (34, 21 balls) against a depleted attack led by Jake Lintott (three for 28). 

The Bears' reply then plunged into disarray at 19 for five and they were bowled out for 63, their lowest ever T20 total, as Jake Ball took three for 10, Calvin Harrison three for 12, including a triple wicket maiden, and Samit Patel two for eight. 

Having taken 18 wickets at 13.33 apiece in the tournament, Brathwaite was a big loss to the Bears' bowling and Notts, put in, set off in a manner to take full advantage. Opening pair Duckett and Hales smashed 54 in boundaries in a stand of 75 before both fell to superb catches.  

Duckett was brilliantly caught by Matt Lamb at deep cover off Danny Briggs and Hales was well-held by Sam Hain running round the long on rope. 

The introduction of spinner Lintott applied a brake and, though Patel batted with his customary verve, Notts were grateful for a late salvo of 18 in six balls from Harrison. 

The Outlaws then torpedoed the Bears' reply right at the top with three wickets in the first 17 balls. The spinners gave their side the perfect start as Patel dismissed Adam Hose, caught and bowled, in the first over and Matt Carter conceded just a single from the second. 

Ball delivered the third and ended it with 1-0-4-2 after Will Rhodes lifted to mid on and Ed Pollock dragged a pull on to his stumps. Patel and Ball had not finished, foxing Hain and Lamb into sending up skiers to leave the innings in ruins at 19 for five. 

Rob Yates and Michael Burgess took the score to 39, but a triple wicket maiden from Harrison, ousting Burgess, Tim Bresnan and Briggs, turned that into 39 for eight. 

Rapturous applause from the big, good-natured crowd greeted the raising of the 50 but the Bears still have much work to do to qualify while The Outlaws are pretty much there with three games to spare. 

Birmingham Bears captain Will Rhodes said: 

"We've got to park this very quickly. It was very similar for the Yorkshire boys on Wednesday night and you just have to move on to the next game. Obviously it was a very disappointing night. We came into this game with a lot of confidence but now we go straight into a red ball game and to change formats might be good for the boys after this. 

"It was a blow to lose Carlos Brathwaite. He has been massive for us with bat and ball. We were a bowler short today but it was our batting that let us down massively." 


Notts Outlaws bowler Jake Ball said: 

"We've got a lot of players that love the big occasion, we are used to playing in front of big crowds at Trent Bridge with a good atmosphere, so it does feel quite nice at Edgbaston and we handled it really well. 

"The batters put on an amazing score which we thought was above par. The opening stand from the guys put us in a strong position and really set up the win. 

"I feel like I am getting there. I am probably not quite 100 per cent but me and Fletch have been working together to see what we can do to keep improving because every year teams are coming back and trying something different. 

"It's a great achievement for us to be top of the group and I think the biggest achievement is to have won the last two games despite missing three key players. That shows our strength in depth."   


Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning (Emerald Headingley)


Harry Brook’s career best unbeaten 91 off 50 balls and a Lockie Ferguson hat-trick gave Yorkshire a rare Roses Vitality Blast victory over Lancashire that all but secured quarter-final qualification.

Brook’s average in this season’s Blast stands at a staggering 115.75 from 10 innings after his sixth unbeaten effort royally entertained the 4,000 strong Emerald Headingley crowd, pushing the Vikings to 180 for four.

The Lightning then responded with a battling 171 for eight, recovering from 70 for four to require 20 from last over. But New Zealand quick Ferguson claimed three wickets with the last three balls to seal a nine-run success and consign the Lightning to a fifth defeat in 11 games.

For Yorkshire, a seventh win in 11 moved them to 15 points - a total widely accepted as the qualification mark. This was their first Roses Blast win since 2017.

Yorkshire, having elected to bat, lost Mark Stoneman and Jordan Thompson to fall to 30 for two in the fifth over before Brook and captain Adam Lyth shared 77 inside nine.

Lyth’s 52 off 40 balls represented his first fifty of the 2021 Blast. Brook is the competition’s leading run-scorer with 463 and has the best average.

From 107 for two in the 14th over, Lancashire dragged things back admirably. 

But 20 runs came off Matthew Parkinson in the 17th, including two sixes over long-on for Brook, to take the hosts to 140 for four and precede late fireworks.

On a day which saw a host of Hundred signings announced, 22-year-old Brook, a Northern Supercharger for a couple of months now, proved he could be one to watch in the competition.

He hit the first three balls of the last over from Saqib Mahmood for four, giving his side momentum at halfway.

Lyth’s off-spin bowled Kiwi Finn Allen following an ugly slog sweep in the second over - 13 for one - to strengthen Yorkshire’s grip on what would be a first quarter-final appearance since 2016.

Matthew Waite and Ferguson also ousted Alex Davies and Dane Vilas inside the power play - 34 for three.

Given the Lightning’s recent batting struggles in 20-over cricket, it was difficult to see a way back.

But Jones and Steven Croft, with 41, superbly shared 85 to give their side hope from 70 for four in the 11th over. Unbeaten Jones top-scored with 61.

Ferguson, however, had Luke Wells and Tom Hartley caught either side of Luke Wood bowled to seal victory in style with Yorkshire’s first T20 hat-trick.


Yorkshire’s Harry Brook said:


“Like I’ve said in every interview, I’m just trying to play as low risk cricket as possible. Thankfully it’s paying off. If I take the lowest risk possible, I can’t really get out. Then, if I look to bomb it in the last few overs, it gives us a good chance to get a good total.

“It was a really good pitch, and we said at the interval that we had to bowl well in the power play. I think we did with three wickets. That just set us up.

“For them to get that close at the end was a phenomenal effort, and Rob Jones batted really well.

“Lockie is one of the best in the world. Even if we’d had 10 on the board in the last over, I would have backed him. 

“I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know it was a hat-trick. Oh my god. Well bowled!”


Lancashire’s captain Dane Vilas said: 


“We’re very disappointed we lost. It’s tough. These games are huge, and we need to start winning them. We’re putting pressure on ourselves.

“Saying that, it was an unbelievable fight all the way through from Rob Jones and Steven Croft to get us so close in the end. 

“Unfortunately we left them with a bit too much work to do at the back end. 

“Jonesy is bitterly disappointed, but he was unbelievable.

“We have three games left, and we know we need to win all three. And hopefully we can avenge this defeat at Old Trafford.”

Durham v Leicestershire Foxes (Emirates Riverside)


Leicestershire Foxes 88 for two beat Durham 115 for four by eight wickets via DLS Method


Leicestershire Foxes inflicted a damaging defeat on Durham's bid to qualify for the Vitality Blast quarter-finals by beating the home side by eight wickets via the Duckwork-Lewis-Stern method at Emirates Riverside.

Josh Inglis and Colin Ackermann were on point for the visitors in a revised chase of 88 from nine overs, powering their way over the line with four balls to spare.

Durham posted 115 for four from 15.1 overs before rain interrupted their innings. Graham Clark and Sean Dickson scored vital runs to allow the hosts to post a competitive total. However, their bowlers struggled to contain the Foxes to slip to their second defeat on the bounce, leaving their last-eight hopes in the balance.

After inserting the home side, Callum Parkinson made immediate inroads to dismiss David Bedingham, who chipped straight to Colin Ackermann. Ben Stokes' struggles to find his form continued as he looped an attempted pull to Parkinson at leg-slip to hand Naveen-ul-Haq his first wicket before two Foxes' men combined again as Cameron Bancroft fell attempting a scoop shot.

Clark found his rhythm with boundaries from the off-spin of Scott Steel and Ackermann. The opener made his way to 40 before he Rishi Patel produced a fine low grab at cover, allowing Gavin Griffiths to claim his 50th T20 wicket. Sean Dickson and Ned Eckersley rallied the home side's innings, putting on a stand of 45 before the rain brought a premature end to the Durham innings in the 16th over.

Play resumed after a stoppage of over an hour, with the Foxes chasing a revised target of 88 from nine overs.  Josh Inglis got the Leicestershire innings off to a strong start, scoring two boundaries off the first two balls of Harry Crawshaw's opening over. However, Scott Steel was run out against his former club for only two to set the visitors back in their chase. Stokes then removed Arron Lilly with a neat catch on the returnto put the pressure on the Foxes.

Inglis and Ackermann responded in turn with a brilliant counterattack, whittling down the required rate with superb striking to the fence. Matthew Potts and Ben Raine failed to contain the Foxes, leaving the visitors needing only 15 from the final two overs. Ackermann eased his team over the line four balls to spare scoring back-to-back boundaries off the first two balls of the final over, securing their fourth win of the competition.

Somerset v Middlesex (The Cooper Associates County Ground)


Somerset maintained their push for a top four finish in the Vitality Blast South Group with a five-run win over Middlesex under the DLS method at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

The hosts were bowled out for 152 in 18.1 overs after losing the toss, crashing from 97 for three at the halfway point. Devon Conway hit 45 and Will Smeed 33, while Dan Cullen picked up four for 32 and Steve Finn two for 16. 

Middlesex had replied with 114 for six off 16 overs when rain prevented further play. Nathan Sowter was unbeaten on 37, while Craig Overton had claimed three for 28. 

A seventh defeat in 11 group games ended the visitors’ hopes of reaching the knock-out stage. 

Already without four key players, Somerset were dealt another blow when skipper Lewis Gregory pulled out with a calf injury in the warm-up. 

But, despite the early loss of George Bartlett, the home side prospered in the powerplay. Conway looked in great touch from ball one, which he cover drove for four. 

The New Zealander uppercut a six off Tom Helm, while Smeed collected a maximum off Mujeeb Ur Rahman as they took the total to 53 for one after six overs. 

Smeed then dispatched Cullen over mid-wicket for six before the the ninth over saw Conway was run out by Stevie Eskinazi’s throw, sent back attempting a second run following Smeed’s pull to the mid-wicket boundary. 

Conway’s impressive knock had come off 26 balls and his dismissal proved a major turning point. The next over saw Smeed caught at deep mid-wicket off Cullen, having faced 23 deliveries, and suddenly Middlesex took a grip. 

From 95 for two in the middle of tenth over, Somerset lost eight wickets for 57 runs Cullen leading the way by removing Lewis Goldsworthy, Ben Green and Marchant de Lange. 

Overton, captaining his side in the absence of Gregory, fell for a first ball duck, but atoned in the opening over of the Middlesex reply by scattering Eskinaszi’s stumps. 

Soon it was 15 for two as Max Holden skied an attempted pull off Jack Brooks, to Conway, keeping wicket following Tom Banton’s call into the England one-day squad. 

Overton and Brooks shared the first six overs, which ended with Middlesex 45 for three, Overton having removed Joe Cracknell. 

Marchant de Lange, Ben Green and Tom Lammonby then provided excellent support as Daryl Mitchell, John Simpson and Luke Holman perished to aggressive seam bowling on a pitch with plenty of pace. 

Sowter did his best to revive Middlesex hopes, hitting a six off Max Waller and 4 fours before the rain intervened. But Overton had led his troops shrewdly and passionately to mastermind an important win. 


Derbyshire v Worcestershire Rapids (The Incora County Ground)

Daryl Mitchell became a record-breaker as Worcestershire Rapids beat Derbyshire Falcons by 14 runs in the Vitality Blast North Group match at Derby.

The 37-year-old became the first Worcestershire player to take 100 T20 wickets to help his side defend 167 for 6 which was built around Brett D’Oliveira’s 43 and 37 from 21 balls by Ross Whiteley.

Former England seamer Jade Dernbach took 3 for 23 in his debut on loan from Surrey but despite 46 from Tom Wood, Derbyshire collapsed from 123 for 3 to end on 153 for 8.

Dernbach quickly made his mark, using his experience to deny scoring opportunities and remove Riki Wessels.

Wessels chipped to mid on after scoring 17 and after ending the powerplay on 54 for 1, the Rapids unluckily lost Jake Libby run out when Matt Critchley deflected a D’Oliveira straight drive into the stumps.

D’Oliveira and Ben Cox found it hard to find the ropes against tight bowling and the pressure told when D’Oliveira drove Critchley low to cover with only one run coming from the leg-spinners’ third over.

The discipline of Derbyshire’s bowling had kept Worcestershire in check with the first six coming in the 15th over when Whiteley drove Mattie McKiernan back over his head. 

Whiteley pulled Logan van Beek for two fours before lofting Critchley over long on for six but fell to a superb running catch by van Beek at deep midwicket off the last ball of the 17th over. 

It was a big wicket as Dernbach and Finn Hudson-Prentice restricted Worcestershire to 20 off the last three overs.

Luis Reece drilled Dylan Pennington over long off for six but Harry Came was badly dropped at deep midwicket by Ed Barnard on 10.

The Falcons plundered poor bowling before Came was bowled for 21 swinging at Charlie Morris off the last ball of the powerplay which ended on 57 for 1.

Mitchell and Sodhi slowed the run flow and took two wickets in consecutive overs with Reece lbw to Sodhi before Leus du Plooy edged a reverse sweep to give Mitchell his landmark victim.

Derbyshire needed a big over and Wood delivered in the 16th, driving and cutting Sodhi for three fours.

But Critchley swung Barnard to deep midwicket and when Charlie Morris took two wickets in the penultimate over, Derbyshire's chase was up.

Derbyshire's T20 head coach Dominic Cork said: "We are in positions to win games so although they're not perhaps learning how to win, they're getting themselves into positions.

" I think at halfway we're happy, Jade Dernbach was excellent, the captain led really well again but T20 is in four little facets of the game. We all talk about a good powerplay but the major part is between overs six and 10 and what we are doing is losing momentum."


Worcestershire assistant coach Alan Richardson said: "It was a win we needed.The T20 is always going to be a bit of a rollercoaster campaign.

"We have to keep picking ourselves up and we put in a really good team performance.

“The league can change so quickly with one result so to be where we are with three games to go gives us a real chance.Congratulations to Daryl on his 100th wicket, the told timer keeps on going!"

Hampshire v Gloucestershire (Ageas Bowl)


Hampshire's teenage batting prodigy Tom Prest inspired his side to only their second Vitality Blast win of the season with an unbeaten 59 helping seal an 11-run victory over high-flying Gloucestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

The visitors needed 20 from the last over but fell short thanks to some fine death bowling from Chris Wood to secure a morale-boosting success for the bottom-placed Hawks who earlier won the toss and elected to bat.

Prest, who recently scored a triple century in a second XI match, showed maturity above his years in only his third senior appearance after the hosts lost their much-vaunted opening duo of James Vince and D'Arcy Short cheaply once again.

The 18-year-old anchored the innings superbly after the hosts were teetering at 34-3 when Colin de Grandhomme chipped a Josh Shaw delivery to Benny Howell at mid-off for one.

Joe Wetherley's breezy 30 off 24 balls breathed some life into the Hampshire innings alongside Prest before he fell lbw to Tom Smith who then immediately dismissed Lewis McManus for a first ball duck as the Hawks slumped to 90-5 after 12 overs.

But a crucial 53-run stand between Prest, who hit six fours and two sixes off 42-balls, and 38 from James Fuller saw the Hawks motor to 163-6 before Wood thumped 11 from five balls to help his side finish on 176-6 - their second-highest total of what has been a difficult season.

Hampshire dismissed Miles Hammond and Benny Howell inside the first four overs for the power-play but an 82-run stand for the third-wicket from Chris Dent and in-form New Zealand international Glenn Phillips put the visitors in a good position to push for victory.

But Dent fell for 42 when he was stumped by McManus off Short before Phillips, who scored 94 in back to back innings last month,fell for 57 when young quick Scott Currie tempted him into a pull shot which he mistimed and was caught on the boundary edge by Fuller.

Needing 47 from the last four overs, skipper Jack Taylor did his best to push for victory with 30 off 18 balls,but some tight bowling from Weald and Wood got their side home - much to the delight of the home crowd who witnessed a first T20 win by their side in 22 months.

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