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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday, June 28th

Tom Banton 107* for Somerset
Tom Banton 107* for Somerset
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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Monday, June 28th

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Monday, June 28, 2021

 

Kent Spitfires v Somerset (Canterbury)

A pyrotechnic century from Tom Banton helped Somerset coast to a 10-wicket Vitality Blast win over Kent Spitfires. 

Banton produced his maiden Somerset ton and his highest ever score across all formats, producing an almost chanceless knock that included seven sixes, while Devon Conway stood at the other end admiringly and chipped in with an unbeaten 51, as Somerset chased down their target with 4.2 overs remaining, closing on 169 for nought. 

Fog swept across the ground for much of Kent’s innings, but if anything it made visibility more difficult for the fielders and had largely cleared by the time Somerset batted. Lewis Gregory took four for 27 and Craig Overton two for 40 as Kent posted 168 for eight. Zak Crawley was their top scorer with 39, while Joe Denly made 36. 

Somerset won the toss and chose to field in ever-thickening mist, but it didn’t seem to affect their eyesight as Kent’s first seven dismissals were all caught.  

The hosts made a strong start before Daniel Bell-Drummond was out for 28, giving a return catch to Overton with the final ball of the powerplay, leaving Kent on 53-1. 

Crawley was taken by Max Waller at deep midwicket off Gregory, who then had Denly caught by Marchant De Lange on the long off boundary. Blake skied Overton and was held by a tumbling Gregory for 19 and Jack Leaning holed out to De Lange, caught by Tom Lammonby for five. 

Darren Stevens was snared for eight by Conway off Jack Brooks and Adam Milne made just one when he hit Gregory to Will Smeed. Qais Ahmad hit his wicket trying to scoop Gregory, before Matt Milnes hit a four with the final ball of the innings, leaving Jordan Cox unbeaten on 16. 

As the mist cleared, Somerset cantered through the powerplay to 73 without loss, aided by some ordinary fielding. Banton hit Fred Klaassen for six over fine leg to bring up his 50, passed both his previous highest Blast score of 71 and red-ball score of 79 and reached his century with a single off Milne.  

Conway tied the scores when he drove Milnes for two reach his 50 and an almost silent St. Lawrence crowd watched Kent subside to their first home Blast defeat of the season, when he glanced the same bowler for a single to backward square leg. 

Somerset’s Tom Banton said: “I rode my luck to begin with, a few went just over the fielders but that’s cricket for you. Some days they’re going to go straight to hand, so I’ll take it. I was nervous before the Hampshire game because obviously I had a few low scores, I think that’s the nature of how anyone would feel (so) I tried to exactly what I did last game and it came off.” 

“Devon’s been giving me a lot of stick recently for my football and cricket! But it’s still obviously nice to see one of the best in the world go about it. He just kept coming down to me and saying come on let’s see it home, let’s win by ten wickets, so it’s always nice to have someone like that at the other end." 

Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond said: “It’s a tough one to take, I’m still trying to get my head round it. None of our batters quite got going and Banton’s 100 was outstanding. The conditions did change a bit but not so much that we should have got thrashed by however many overs. It’s a tough one to take but we have to pick ourselves up for tomorrow. It’s still quite raw and it clearly wasn’t good enough.” 

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Hampshire v Middlesex (Ageas Bowl)

Hampshire Hawks' hopes of a happy homecoming was ruined by rain after Monday's Vitality Blast clash with Middlesex was washed out without a ball being bowled at the Ageas Bowl.


A torrential downpour over Southampton two hours before play was due to begin left the outfield covered in puddles. 

Although the ground staff did mop up most of the excess water, play was abandoned when the heavens opened again five minutes before a pitch inspection was due to take place.

It was the third time in four matches Hampshire have received a no-result point due to rain and it keeps them rooted to the foot of the South Group table.

The Hawks, who have played their first seven matches away due to their home ground being used for international purposes, desperately needed a win to keep alive their flickering hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition.

It was a similar story of frustration for Middlesex, who sit one spot above the hosts, but have played a game more having lost seven of their opening nine fixtures.

Both sides return to action later this week with Hampshire hosting Surrey on Wednesday and Middlesex taking on Sussex at Lord's on Thursday.




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