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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday, July 9th

Samit Patel (Notts Outlaws)
Samit Patel (Notts Outlaws)

Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Friday, July 9

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Friday, July 09, 2021   

Gloucestershire v Middlesex (Cheltenham)

Benny Howell produced an outstanding spell to see Gloucestershire defend 171 to beat Middlesex by 10 runs in the Vitality Blast at Cheltenham College.

Howell’s three for 23 from his four overs helped deliver a victory to revive Gloucestershire’s chances of qualifying from the South Group. Their sixth win lifted them, perhaps only briefly, to second in the table.

Having lost the toss, Gloucestershire were well held for most of their innings but a late burst from new father Ryan Higgins, 43 from 25 balls, helped add 52 from the final fours overs as the home side posted 171 for eight.

Middlesex were fairly well placed at 83 for three after 11 overs but fell away badly and Max Holden’s late unbeaten 50 in 34 balls came too late.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman set the tone for a fine bowling from the home side as he bowled Miles Hammond fourth ball of the match and then had Howell taken at short third-man in his second over. Mujeeb’s four overs conceded only 23 runs.

Glenn Phillips cut Blake Cullen behind to leave Gloucestershire 26 for three after four overs.

James Bracey broke the shackles with a slog-sweep over deep midwicket as overs eight and nine collectively went for 33 but any momentum was ended as Bracey holed out to deep midwicket for 33 from 22 balls.

The home side needed a spark and Higgins, returning after the birth of his son on Monday, played a most-necessary late hand. He swung Cullen into the pavilion and pulled Finn over midwicket. 

Matt Taylor bowled his side to victory in the Championship on Thursday and he was back to make the breakthrough in the chase as Phillips pulled off a stunning flying catch at backward point to remove a disbelieving Stevie Eskinazi. Sam Robson then drove Josh Shaw to mid-off.

Howell bowled debutant Josh de Caires and then trapped Nathan Sowter lbw first ball and with 62 needed in 30 balls, the game looked over.

But Holden flicked Higgins over short third-man for four and swung him over midwicket for six. He slugged another maximum wide of midwicket to leave 40 needed from 18 balls.

Cullen then swung Shaw for three consecutive boundaries to end the 19th over to leave 17 required from the final set. It was defended comfortably by Higgins.

Ryan Higgins said: “Ian and James played really nicely, they took their chances when they needed to and then batting with Graeme, we’re really good mates so it’s always fun.

“We though 160 was probably enough but in the end we were glad for the finish we got and that was probably the difference in the game."


Middlesex assistant coach Nic Pothas: “You always ask did the opposition play well or did you allow them to play well? And this year we have allowed them to play well.

“There have been some clutch moments and decision making has been found wanting.

 “I think the disappointing thing is we are making the same mistakes over and over."

Worcestershire Rapids v Birmingham Bears (New Road)

Brett D’Oliveira sparkled with bat and ball for Worcestershire Rapids who moved a step closer to the Vitality Blast knockout stages with a 49 run derby triumph over Birmingham Bears at New Road.

Worcestershire totalled 174-6 after electing to bat thanks mainly to a rapid 45 from opener D’Oliveira and some late fireworks from captain Ben Cox with 43.

Bears skipper Will Rhodes led from the front with a T20 best 4-34 and his side reached 81-2 at the half-way stage with Ed Pollock hitting a fine century.

But D’Oliveira changed the course of the game with three wickets in nine balls and then fellow spinner Ish Sodhi collected three in an over as the Bears were dismissed for 125 in the 18th over.

The Bears attack was severely depleted through injury and Rapids openers Riki Wessels and D’Oliveira took full toll during the powerplay which yielded 64 runs..

Rhodes broke the stand on 70 as Wessels aimed a blow to mid wicket and was bowled for 35 off 25 balls with five fours.

Rhodes struck again when D’Oliveira picked out deep mid-wicket after making 45 from 26 balls with two sixes and five fours.

The Rapids were well placed at 92-2 at the half-way stage.

But Jake Libby made only 18 from 20 balls before he also fell in the deep after pulling a delivery from Miles.

The Rapids lost momentum and Ross Whiteley (4) and Ed Barnard (7) were both bowled aiming extravagant hits, the latter providing Rhodes with a third wicket.

Cox again made a valuable contribution and struck his second six over square leg in the final over from Rhodes.

He had made 43 from 28 balls when he was caught at long on with two balls remaining.

Rapids paceman Charlie Morris made an early breakthrough when Adam Hose (9) was beaten all ends by a fine delivery and bowled.

Rhodes was unable to match his heroics with the ball and on 11 became Morris’s second victim – also bowled – aiming an ugly hit across the line.

But Pollock looked in good touch and hit Daryl Mitchell over long on for six in an over costing 14 runs.

D’Oliveira entered the attack and struck twice in his first over.

Sam Hain (15) gave his first delivery the charge and was bowled and the fifth ball accounted for Matt Lamb (1) who was stumped by Cox.

It became three wickets in nine balls for the all-rounder as Michael Burgess (6) pushed forward and was also bowled.

Pollock reached a fine half century off 34 balls with his third six off Ish Sodhi but the New Zealander had his revenge with the next delivery which was top-edged to keeper Cox.

He followed it up in the next over by sending back Jacob Bethell (7), Rob Yates (3) and Jake Lintott (0) and ended with 4-24.

Ish Sodhi, who picked up four wickets for the Rapids, said: “I’ve been made well aware of the rivalry over the past couple of days and it is great to get the points.

“The first powerplay set the tone for us. Riki Wessels and Brett D’Oliveira scoring 60 odd in that period went a long way for us.

“It could easily have been a 190-200 score after that powerplay but the Birmingham bowlers bowled well during the middle period.

“We still managed to get a score on the board (174). We scrapped to get 168 in the previous game against Derbyshire and still won that game by 15 runs so we always thought 174 would be enough today.

“To get the points on the board today was fantastic for us and goes a long way for us in the tournament (qualifying).

“Brett again set the tone when he came onto to bowl and to get the wicket of Sam Hain with his first delivery again set us up very well.”

Bears captain Will Rhodes said: “We dragged the Worcestershire total back (after the powerplay) and we have made a habit of dragging scores back.

“But then we never got going with the bat. Ed (Pollock) played nicely for his fifty but we were a bit short today.

“We’ve had people coming in and out of the side because of injuries and COVID but the 11 we pick, we always believe we can win a game of cricket.

“We’ve got another game against these lads, where we would like to put things right, and then the final one against Northamptonshire.”


Hampshire v Somerset (Ageas Bowl)

Hampshire climbed off the foot of the Vitality Blast South Group with a crushing 75-run victory over high-flying Somerset at the Ageas Bowl.
The win was the second in succession for the Hawks, who bowled superbly to dismiss the visitors for 100 with young quick Scott Currie finishing with 4-24 after wicketkeeper Lewis McManus earlier hit a career-best 60 not out.

Defeat for Somerset, who were without Tom Banton, Craig Overton, Tom Abell and Lewis Gregory due to international duty and injury, hinders their hopes of a top-four finish on a difficult evening where they struggled with the ball, the bat and in the field at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire, who were also missing key men in skipper James Vince and Liam Dawson recovered well after being 22-3 inside the powerplay with McManus and Joe Weatherley hitting half-centuries to help their side to a competitive score of 175-6.

Inspired by McManus, Hampshire thumped 23 off the last two overs, taking full advantage of a sloppy fielding performance from the visitors who dropped three catches and bowled poorly after their strong start.
D'Arcy Short once again failed to register a score, when he found the hands of Will Smeed off Jack Brooks for two with teenage debutante Toby Albert departing for 13 and fellow rookie Tom Prest falling for five.

But that was as good as it got for Somerset, as Colin de Grandhomme, fresh from his 174 against Surrey earlier this week, and Weatherley rebuilt the innings.with a 52-run stand that saw the New Zealand all-rounder dropped on 17 by Tom Lammonby.
De Grandhomme clubbed two sixes and stroked two boundaries for his 28 off 19 balls before chipping Lewis Goldsworthy to James Hildreth at mid-wicket.

Weatherley brought up his 50 with a huge six over fine leg before falling to the very next ball, one of three shots to clear the rope in his 35-ball innings.

McManus continued where Weatherley left off as he hammered 60 from just 36 deliveries before Somerset got off to a disastrous start when in-form New Zealand opener Devon Conway fell second- ball as stand-in skipper Chris Wood found the edge of his bat and McManus took a simple catch.
Exciting young batsman Smeed looked in good touch with 15 runs of nine balls but his attempt to hit a big six off Brad Wheal only found the hands of  Mason Crane at cover.

Somerset then lost their last eight wickets for 76 runs with Currie ripping through the rest of the top order, dismissing James Hildreth and Lewis Goldsworthy before the spin of Crane and Short reduced the visitors to 70-6. 

Currie and Wheal then wrapped up the tail with Roelof van der Merwe, with 25, the only batsman to show any real resistance as the Hawks wrapped up victory with 24 balls to spare.

Lancashire Lightning v Northamptonshire Steelbacks (Emirates Old Trafford)

New Zealand opener Finn Allen made his third fifty in 11 Vitality Blast innings this season as Lancashire Lighting thrashed Northamptonshire Steelbacks by eight wickets at Emirates Old Trafford.

Allen made 66 off 37 balls with seven fours and three sixes as his side overhauled the Steelbacks’ moderate total of 142 for eight with 26 balls to spare.  

The result keeps Lightning’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals very much alive but the Steelbacks chances are very slim after an evening in which the visitors were not on form in any  of the three disciplines

Northamptonshire Steelbacks’ innings got off to a dreadful start when they lost their openers Ben Curran and Ricardo Vasconcelos to catches in the deep in the first 11 balls of their innings. Steven Croft and Tom Hartley  were the successful bowlers and they were joined by Liam Hurt in the fifth over when Josh Cobb clipped him to Danny Lamb at short fine leg and departed for 20.

Poorly placed on 42 for three after their Powerplay, the Steelbacks’ reconstruction of their innings was left in the hands of Rob Keogh and Mohammad Nabi and this pair added 60 in nearly nine overs before Nabi was leg before wicket for 27 when attempting a pull off Lamb.

Keogh went on to make a gutsy 56 despite appearing to suffer a leg injury but he was one of four wickets to fall in the final four overs as the Steelbacks innings ran out of steam. Lancashire’s cricket, by contrast, was outstanding with at least five fine catches being taken in the deep. Hurt’s 3-22 represented his best return in T20 cricket but no member of the Lightning attack was collared. Lamb took two for 27 and Luke Wells conceded only 18 runs from three overs of leg spin.

Lancashire reply got off to a very brisk start with the fifty coming up in 33 balls and both Allen and Jennings scoring freely. The pair had set a new first-wicket record for Lancashire against Northamptonshire before Allen pulled Nabi to Josh Cobb at midwicket.

However, neither this wicket nor that of Alex Davies, caught at deep midwicket by Nabi off Freddie Heldreich for seven materially affected the outcome. Having reached his own fifty off 38 balls, nine balls more than Allen had taken, Jennings was unbeaten on 54 when victory was clinched by Dane Vilas’s massive six. 

Finn Allen, the Lancashire opener, said: “It was nice to win a crucial game and win it comfortably. I think we bowled pretty well to keep them to that score. We bowled well throughout the whole innings. 

It gave us a little bit of momentum and we carried ourselves pretty well in the chase and Keaton carrying his bat was awesome. Keats and I knew the Powerplay was going to be crucial for us. We needed to make the most of that and I thought we did quite well.  

We still took our time a little bit to get a feel for the wicket. I think we set it up quite well for Alex and Dane to come in and finish it off with Keats. 

It’s been a little bit frustrating lately. I feel like I’ve been preparing well and doing all the right things but it just hasn’t been quite clicking.  So to get a little bit of personal success with a victory like that was nice.  

It can be a fickle game, especially with the way I try and play! I try and take an aggressive sort of approach and you live by the sword and die by the sword I guess. We back ourselves at home and it will be two pretty exciting games here next week [against Durham and Yorkshire].  

It’s a good position to be in and we have nothing to lose, We know that we have to win two games to guarantee ourselves a place in the quarter-finals.” 

David Ripley, Northamptonshire coach, said: “It’s true that very little went right. We lost two wickets at the start and although the partnership between Rob Keogh and  Mohammad Nabi was excellent, we still needed a strong finish. But instead of that we limped over the line and we were twenty runs short.

 We then needed to start well but we didn’t and our skill level was poor in the field. We dropped catches, there were overthrows and misfields. We didn’t have a lot of luck but the score reflects the gap between the sides. With a small target you need to create pressure but 100 without loss is at the opposite end of the scale.

 We’ve had some good nights of late and I know we are a good team but we’re just having too many nights when we are low on our skills and of course that’s very frustrating.”


Durham v Derbyshire (Emirates Riverside)

Derbyshire 180 for four beat Durham 176 for nine by six wickets

Derbyshire Falcons held their nerve in a tense run chase in the final over to defeat Durham by six wickets in their Vitality Blast clash at Emirates Riverside.

The Falcons successfully chased down their total of 177 from their 20 overs as Brooke Guest smashed the final ball of the innings for a boundary to beat the home side. Guest and Matt Critchley put on a stand of 64 to defy Durham and close out only their fourth win of the competition this term.

Earlier in the day, Alex Thomson claimed three wickets for 23 to limit Durham to 176 for nine. The hosts were made to rue lapses with the ball and in the field to put their hopes of reaching the last eight of the Blast in jeopardy.

After Durham were inserted by Critchley, David Bedingham's lean time in T20 cricket continued despite his excellent first-class form, edging Logan van Beek's second legal delivery to Fynn Hudson-Prentice at first slip. Graham Clark injected Durham's innings with pace, using his guile to make a rapid 25 in the powerplay before he chipped straight to Van Beek.

Ben Raine and Cameron Bancroft continued to move the scoreboard along at a brisk pace, reaching 64 for two at the end of the powerplay. Raine made a solid 32 before he attempted a sweep against Critchley that was well claimed by Luis Reece. The Falcons' excellent work in the field continued when George Scrimshaw made a great diving grab to remove Bancroft for a run-a-ball 20.

Scott Borthwick played a gem of the innings through the middle overs. He notched three fours and a six before he was bowled by Thomson for 33, who impressed with three wickets. Durham made a press towards a score of 180 in the closing overs led by Sean Dickson before being caught from the ball by Jade Dernbach for 37.

The Falcons lost Luis Reece early in their reply when Bancroft produced a brilliant one-handed catch, allowing Paul van Meekeren to notch his first Durham wicket. Leus du Plooy and Tom Wood steadied the ship, and put the Durham bowlers under pressure with placement rather than power to find the fence.

Wood and Du Plooy manoeuvred Derbyshire into a strong position, bringing the required rate under control in a partnership of 68. However, momentum turned when Van Meekeren broke the stand as Wood sliced a top edge to Clark at backward point. Luke Doneathy then claimed his maiden T20 wicket clean bowling Du Plooy for 47 to drag the hosts back into the contest.

The Falcons found a second wind as Critchley and Guest combined to dispatch Potts for 17 in the 17th over. Guest then launched Potts for another maximum in the 19th to leave Derbyshire requiring only eight to win. The Falcons held their nerve under pressure as Guest blasted the winning runs from the final ball of Raine's over.

Surrey v Kent Spitfires (Kia Oval)

Kent Spitfires 129/1 (15.3 overs) beat Surrey 128/7 (20) by 9 wickets

Kent Spitfires restricted Surrey to just 128 for 7 before strolling to a nine-wicket victory at the Kia Oval and strengthening their position at the top of the Vitality Blast’s South Group.

Daniel Bell-Drummond went on to a 37-ball 53 not out after he and Joe Denly (31) put on 64 in eight overs for the first wicket to set up a comfortable chase that ended with 4.3 overs to spare. 

Ollie Robinson also struck a breezy unbeaten 45 from 30 balls and Kent have now won eight of their 12 group matches while Surrey look unlikely to qualify for a quarter-final place.

Jordan Clark managed an unbeaten 37 from 31 balls, and there were brief flurries from Jamie Overton and Tim David as 86 came from the last ten overs, but otherwise Surrey’s batsmen could not handle an impressive Kent attack on a sluggish surface.

Adam Milne, the New Zealand fast bowler, was outstanding both with the new ball and in the final overs to take 2 for 13.

Surrey, put in, were in trouble even before the end of the six-over powerplay, in which they failed to hit a single boundary while staggering to 17 for 3.

Jamie Smith (1) top-edged a pull at Milne to extra cover in the second over, Ben Geddes fell for 8 when pulling Fred Klaassen’s left-arm seam to deep mid wicket and Laurie Evans departed for 6, skying Matt Milnes’ first ball to mid wicket at the start of the sixth over.

After nine overs Surrey had only reached 28 for 3 but then came three successive boundaries – the first of the innings – as Rory Burns first missed with a reverse swipe at Jack Leaning’s off spin, the ball running away for four byes, before connecting with two more reverse sweeps to ironic cheers from a 5,000 crowd.

Qais Ahmed bowled four overs of leg spin for 22, although driven straight for six by David, and Surrey slumped further to 59 for 5 in an extraordinary 12th over.

David, a big-hitting 25-year-old Australian-raised Singapore international signed for two Blast games in place of injured New Zealand paceman Kyle Jamieson, clubbed Darren Stevens for a big six before being brilliantly held by a diving Jordan Cox at long on for 20 from the next ball.

Stevens found himself on a hat-trick when Burns (19) was then magnificently caught left-handed by Klaassen, flinging himself to intercept a sliced cut at short third man, but Overton defended his first ball before swinging Stevens for the first of his three sixes in the veteran all-rounder’s second over.

Klaassen and Denly were hit for Overton’s other sixes before he mishit a knee-high full toss from Milne to extra cover to go for 23 in the 17th over.

Kent head coach Matt Walker said: “You don’t often get a perfect performance in this format but that was as perfect as you can get tonight.

“We didn’t concede a boundary until the tenth over and then kept our foot on their neck to restrict them to 128. Every bowler executed their skills well and were backed up by some outstanding fielding. There were a couple of world-class catches, which helped to hammer home our advantage.

“Then to bat like that, when chasing a relatively small total can be tricky on a used pitch, was really pleasing. Daniel, Joe and Ollie were all superb.”

Sussex Sharks v Essex Eagles (The 1st Central County Ground)

An unbeaten 62 by Ravi Bopara guided Sussex Sharks to a crucial six-wicket win over his former club Essex Eagles in the Vitality Blast at Hove.

The 36-year-old, who spent 17 years at Chelmsford before heading to Sussex last year, came in after skipper Luke Wright departed for a first-ball duck and supervised a successful chase of 147 with nine balls to spare.

Victory lifted Sussex into second place in the South Group and one win from their two remaining games, away to Hampshire and Kent, will be enough to secure a place in the quarter-finals. Essex will need to win both their games to have a chance of making the last eight.

Sussex were in trouble after two of their other experienced players, Travis Head and David Wiese, departed cheaply to leave them 67 for four at halfway. But after a skittish start Delray Rawlins gave Bopara impressive support in a stand of 85 in 8.4 overs which took the game away from Essex, despite miserly bowling by spinners Simon Harmer and Aron Nijjar, who had combined figures of three for 34 from 7.3 overs.

Bopara’s 62 came off 46 balls with eight boundaries while Rawlins produced some fireworks at the end, winning the game with a straight six off Nijjar which took him to a 29-ball fifty, with four sixes and three fours.

Earlier, Tom Westley made a half-century on his return after missing Essex’s six previous games but when he was brilliantly caught by Head running in from mid-wicket in the 16th over the Eagles nosedived, losing six wickets for 22 in 23 balls in a total of 146 for nine.

Westley and Michael Pepper had put on 72 from 52 balls for the second wicket after Ollie Robinson had Adam Wheater (6) caught at extra cover with his first ball.

Pepper made 38 before he was beaten in the flight by 16-year-old leg spinner Archie Lenham and Westley contributed 53 off 45 balls, with a six and four boundaries, but once he went a combination of tight bowling and excellent fielding put Sussex in control.

Chris Jordan, back after recovering from a groin injury, took three for 30 and showed all his experience while Robinson, who had to self-isolate for ten days after a team-mate tested positive for Covid-19, picked up two for 15 in his first game back.

Essex could only manage four boundaries and a six in the second half of their innings as well as  Harrison Ward and Bopara also took outstanding catches in the deep to back up some accurate bowling.

Notts Outlaws v Yorkshire Vikings (Trent Bridge)

Defending champions Nottinghamshire Outlaws secured a home quarter-final in this year’s Vitality Blast with a 10-wicket win over Yorkshire Vikings in a match reduced to seven overs per side after rain delayed the start.

With Alex Hales smashing 31 off just nine balls and Peter Trego 29 off 13, the Outlaws overhauled the Vikings’ 60 for three with 20 balls to spare, Hales winning the match by slog-sweeping three sixes in four deliveries off leg spin Josh Poysden.

After a 8.45pm start, Yorkshire’s total always looked a little light, especially after opting to bat first in a shortened match. Jordan Thompson made 28 from 19 balls and Adam Lyth 26 off 18, but Dane Paterson took two for five in his one over, and Samit Patel one for seven from two.

The result leaves second-placed Vikings still needing one more point from two matches to be sure of their place in the last eight.

The Vikings suffered a big blow at the start when they lost Harry Brook, the competition’s top run scorer with 463, to a third-ball duck, failing to connect as he went down the pitch to Patel and smartly stumped by Tom Moores.

Yorkshire managed only 12 runs in the 13-ball Powerplay section of the abbreviated innings and were fortunate not to lose a second wicket as a leaping Alex Hales just failed to grab the ball in the air at mid-on as Jordan Thompson went aerial to off-spinner Matt Carter.

Lyth got things moving with six off a Luke Fletcher full toss and Carter conceded two boundaries in the fourth over but Patel slammed on the brakes, giving away only three runs in the fifth.

An expensive over from Fletcher, with three wides, a six by Thompson and two fours added 19 to the total but Lyth was caught at long-on and Thompson at extra cover as Dane Paterson conceded a miserly five runs in the final over. On-loan San Northeast made his debut but did not face a ball.

By contrast, the Outlaws were off to a flying start, Trego hitting the first two balls sent down by England’s Dom Bess to the rope in an over that cost 18 runs including four boundaries.  

Hales survived a sharp chance to backward point off Matthew Fisher but then cleared the rope with a superbly executed uppercut, helping the Outlaws to be 29 without loss from the Powerplay.

Three more boundaries in the third over from Matthew Waite took the total to 45 before Hales finished the job in style, making light of the absence of Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke from their batting line-up.

Nottinghamshire’s Peter Trego, who hit 29 off 13 balls, said: “We needed an explosive start. We expected Yorkshire to bowl spin at the top and if there is one thing I would back myself to do it is whacking spin. And although it was Dom Bess at the other end, who is a great lad, I looked at him down the other end and thought, ‘sorry, you’re having it tonight’

“To be at the other end to Alex (Hales), even at my age that’s still a privilege because he is one of the best in the world and I can’t believe England can still have the audacity to leave him out.

“It’s great to have another home quarter-final and hopefully all the restrictions will be off by then and we can raise the roof.”

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: “When we won the toss and decided to bat, we thought we might get a shower or two but not rain for that long.  It was a tacky pitch, and it’s hard to know what a good score is. We were at least 20 short.

“We had to get off to a good start with the ball, and we didn’t. The game was done.  

“We’re still confident. We have played some good cricket and a lot of games with a lot of players missing. If we find that one win, I’d back us in the quarter-finals with some players back. You never know what can happen from there."

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