Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Sunday, July 18th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Sunday, July 18th
Hampshire stormed into the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast after a final round day of drama saw the two-time champions progress to the knock-out stages.
The Hawks, who sat bottom of the South Group only a month ago, found their form at the right time, reeling off five successive wins and then saw results work in their favour on Sunday night following their thumping six-wicket win over Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl.
The Hawks started the day sitting in sixth place on the South Group table, needing to chase down fourth-placed Surrey's run rate to have any chance of progressing or hope Sussex or Gloucestershire lose their matches on Sunday night.
But the emphatic fifth straight win moved the 2010 and 2012 champions up to third spot and they will now progress if Sussex lose to Kent or Gloucestershire are defeated by Somerset.
After being set an imposing 185 target for victory by Glamorgan, who were put into bat by James Vince, the home side needed to usurp that total inside 14.1 overs to leapfrog fourth-place Surrey -which they achieved in 13 thanks to a 43 from 13 balls from Joe Weatherley and 69 off 30 from D'Arcy Short.
After being asked to bat, the Welshmen took full advantage of the perfect conditions despite losing opener Kiran Carlson to the third ball of the match with David Lloyd and Australian Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne building an impressive 92-ball partnership.
Lloyd belted four sixes in his 52 off 33 balls before Labuschagne continued the assault against the home attack, clearing the rope six times in an entertaining 78 from 47 deliveries before falling to Brad Wheal, who finished with 3-39.
Dan Douthwaite added some extra gloss to the total, smashing 21 from eight balls to help the visitors finish their final innings of a disappointing campaign with a flourish.
However, Vince and Short showed they meant business from the off, with the Australian hitting three successive sixes off Timm van der Gugten's first over that went for 26 runs with the pair than taking 21 off Roman Walker's.
Short brought up his 50 off just 18 balls as the Hawks completed the power play at 79/0 before Vince departed for 39 when he was caught by Jack Cooke off Andrew Salter.
Colin de Grandhomme came in at three to try and continue the run bonanza, but he was caught on the boundary by Carlson off Labuschagne for five shortly before Short was dismissed by the spin of Salter.
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De Grandhomme scored just five against Glamorgan and was overshadowed by Short’s brilliant knock, but Weatherley said his arrival has been a huge boost to the squad: “Colin has come in and showed us how to play and given us that confidence in the middle to go for it from ball one,”
“For me, one of the younger guys, I am just feeding off that and it makes things a lot easier.
“It’s funny, when you are swimming against the tide it feels the hardest thing to win games and vice versa when you are going well.
“Of course we were going to do that today - it is that inner-confidence that at the start of the competition felt a million miles away.
“To have put ourselves in this position at this stage of the season is unbelievable.
"We have put so much in over the last five matches and we have found a formula that works. It's a real team effort, lots of guys have put their hands up, everyone is working hard for each other."
Birmingham Bears preserved their Vitality Blast qualification hopes for another few hours at least by closing their group campaign with a 14-run victory over Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
Their win turned the pressure on Worcestershire Rapids who visit Leicestershire Foxes this evening. Will Rhodes's side faces a tense wait - they will qualify if the Foxes do them a favour but a Rapids victory would take them through at the expense of their rivals.
The Bears' total of 191 for five owed much to a dazzling debut from Chris Benjamin. The 22-year-old struck an unbeaten 60 (34 balls, seven fours, two sixes) to lead a recovery from 68 for four.
The Steelbacks, qualification hopes long extinct, mustered 177 for eight in reply. They threatened briefly through Ricardo Vasconcelos (39, 33 balls) and Josh Cobb (35, 18 balls) and Rob Keogh bashed an unbeaten 55 (33 balls) when the cause was lost, but the chase fell away in the face of pressure built by superb spin bowling - 4-0-20-2 - from Jake Lintott.
After choosing to bat, the Bears received a brisk start from Adam Hose. The opener was injured embarking on a quick single on five, resumed with a runner and struck 37 (28 balls) before skying Graeme White to long on.
Three wickets fell in seven balls as Tom Taylor's excellent throw punished Kyle Mayers for hesitating at the start of a second run and Freddie Heldreich trapped Sam Hain lbw.
That was 68 for four but Benjamin, having already had a chance to acclimatise himself as a runner for Hose, started audaciously by reverse-sweeping his first ball for four. That launched a stand off 84 in 52 balls with skipper Will Rhodes (32, 25 balls), the debutant racing to a 27-ball half-century.
Fourteen balls remained when Rhodes lifted Mohammad Nabi to deep mid-wicket. Those 14 balls produced 39 runs as Carlos Brathwaite celebrated his 33rd birthday with three sixes in a thunderous ten-ball 27.
After the Steelbacks lost Ben Curran, lbw to Yates, to the seventh ball, Vasconcelos and Cobb thrashed 65 in 34 balls before Cobb was brilliantly caught by Rhodes at mid on off Craig Miles.
Seven runs from Lintott's first two overs cranked up the pressure which told when Vasconcelos top-edged Rhodes to short third man. Lintott removed Taylor and White with successive balls and the Steelbacks' Blast campaign was laid to rest while the Bears' attention turned to Leicester...
Bears batsman Chris Benjamin said:
"It definitely helped me a lot with the nerves to get out there as a runner for Hosey. Hopefully, Leicestershire will do us a favour and we can get through to the quarter-finals. I will have a bit of a celebration with the guys now and then start thinking about the 50-over competition and get ready for that, if I am selected."
Steelbacks captain Josh Cobb said:
"The big overs at the end of their innings cost us. They had a big finish but were still only a little bit above par on a good wicket. Then we did well at the start of our innings and were up with the rate but they bowled well and we got a little bit bogged down in the middle."
Middlesex 169/5 beat Esses Eagles 160/9 by nine runs
Sam Robson put a rare showcase of his Vitality Blast skills as Middlesex beat Essex Eagles by nine runs at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
Test capped Robson, known for his red-ball talents, was only playing his seventh T20 match but showed off his repertoire with 60, as Middlesex struck 169 for five in blistering heat.
Afghanistan international Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s cheap two for 18 put the stoppers on a promising start to the chase before Steven Finn (3-25) and Blake Cullen’s (2-26) late wickets made sure of the victory.
It made sure Middlesex avoided the South Group wooden spoon to claim their fourth victory of the Blast, while condemning Essex to their eighth defeat – although this fixture was already a dead rubber with both out.
Having chosen to bat, Robson had previously only played four games in 2011 and twice this season, scoring just 69 runs, but his inexperience in the format didn’t show.
His opening partner Max Holden nicked off first ball but Robson and Jacob Cracknell kickstarted the innings with a stand of 59 for the second wicket.
Cracknell pulled to deep midwicket as Robson glided past his highest score of 28 and to his maiden format half-century.
He reached fifty, in 40 deliveries, with a six straight back over Simon Harmer’s head before following it up two balls later by dispatching over wide long-on.
Robson fell for 60 when she holed out to long-on, to give Aron Nijjar a wicket to go alongside the miserly four overs going for 20.
John Simpson and Daryl Mitchell totted the score along, adding 24 and 43 before being stumped and paddling to short fine leg respectively.
Eagles were on top of the chase at the halfway mark having reached 88 for two.
Adam Wheater slogged out to deep midwicket but Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence confidently and comfortably struck a 50 partnership from 29 balls.
But wickets, and a run scrooge, in the 11th and 12th overs tilted the balance towards the visitors – as Westley was bowled by Luke Hollman and the impeccable Mujeeb castled Michael Pepper.
Debutant Josh Rymell showed some decent skills before being bowled by Mujeeb for 21 and then the bottom fell out.
Neesham was caught at deep midwicket, Paul Walter was caught and bowled and Simon Harmer skied to put Steven Finn on a hat-trick – although Nijjar thwarted the treble with a six – although the former England bowler got the last laugh when he was caught at long-on.
The loss of five wickets in 17 balls killed off the hosts.
Essex Eagles spin bowler Aron Nijjar, who claimed one for 20: “It has been a difficult campaign. We have played some very good cricket but also some cricket we have not been proud of as well.
“There has been a few games, including today, where we should have been winning. There has been four or five of those in the competition and for players of this calibre that’s not good enough from us.
“The batters back their abilities, as do the bowlers, and on another day the [poor] dismissals get hit into Row Z or win us the game. We have to play a positive brand of cricket as as long as every plays with intent and are backing themselves we’re happy.”
Middlesex batter Sam Robson, who scored 60: “It has been good to get a chance in the last couple of games. It hasn’t good well, losing both and not contributing, but today it was nice to contribute and end the campaign with a win.
“I enjoy my 50-over cricket and that went well a couple of years ago. I’m not going to hide I have been more focused on the four-day stuff and we have normally had players like McCullum, AB and Paul Stirling so there hasn’t often been gaps for me. It was nice to get the opportunity today.
“We knew it would be tough against the spinners and slower balls. We felt like we had a decent score and thankfully the boy bowled well to finish the job.
“You look at Mujeeb and he is our star bowler. There is a reason he is in demand all over the world. But it doesn’t matter what the format, that if you have a star bowler in your attack they are often the difference. It is a massive advantage and today he showed that.”
Notts Outlaws celebrated an impressive Vitality Blast group campaign with a crushing 78 run victory over Durham although the game was marred by a nasty injury to Brydon Carse.
The pace bowler was hit in the face by an Alex Hales drive when he slipped in his follow-through in the 4th over and played no further part in the match.
Ben Duckett, with an unbeaten 74 from 41 balls and 43 not out off 17 balls by Steven Mullaney propelled the Outlaws to 221 for 4 which was far too much for Durham.
They collapsed to 59 for 6 and were bowled out for 143 in 16 overs with Calvin Harrison taking 4 for 36 as the North Group winners claimed a ninth victory.
Joe Clarke, awarded his Nottinghamshire cap before the game, and Hales gave the Outlaws early momentum before both fell in Van Meekerelen’s second over.
Clarke skied to point and Hales, missed on 14, failed to clear mid on as the Outlaws ended the powerplay on 70 for 2.
Although Tom Moores was lbw first ball to Scott Borthwick, Duckett and Samit Patel got the Outlaws back on track by adding 67 in 7 overs.
Duckett swept Liam Trevaskis for two fours and a six and made Durham pay for dropping him on 28 when Alex Lees spilled a chance at deep midwicket.
Matty Potts held a much harder catch running in from long on to remove Patel for 34 off 26 balls but that only opened the way for Mullaney’s brutal late onslaught.
He pulled Graham Clark’s leg spin for three sixes in the 15th over which cost 24 and he and Ducjkett plundered 83 from 37 balls to take the Outlaws to an imposing total.
Any chance Durham had of chasing it down vanished when they lost four wickets in the powerplay with Clark and Lees both failing to score.
David Bedingham struck some defiant blows before he skied Dane Paterson and after Cameron Bancroft was yorked by Zak Chappell, Harrison removed Ben Raine and Borthwick in the 9th over.
Potts at least went down swinging, heaving Patel for three sixes in the 13th over, but Harrison wrapped up a comprehensive win with four overs to spare.
Notts captain Steven Mullaney said: "I felt it was really important for us to send the crowd away with a proper performance.
"I think we are showing we are a really versatile team and can perform on any type of surface. I'm really pleased for Calvin (Harrison), his bowling has gone from strength to strength and I think he's only going to get better."
Durham assistant coach Alan Walker confirmed:Brydon Carse had stitches in an ear wound but was not seriously injured. "Brydon tripped up in his follow through and couldn't protect himself. He's had a couple of stitches and thankfully should be ok.
"It's been a disappointing end to the T20 and now we've got to draw a line under it and start a new competition with a few fresh faces."
Tom Lammonby smashed a career-best 90 off just 36 balls as Somerset made sure of a home quarter-final in the Vitality Blast with a 23-run victory over Gloucestershire at Taunton.
Going in at number six, the 21-year-old left-hander blasted 11 fours and 4 sixes to transform a previously slovenly Somerset innings and lead them to 183 for seven in blazing sunshine.
Gloucestershire, needing a win to qualify from the group, replied with 160 for six, Ian Cockbain top-scoring with 72 off 46 balls. Craig Overton took two for 18 and Jack Brooks one for 19.
David Payne started the game with four dot balls after Gloucestershire elected to field and had Devon Conway caught behind off the final delivery of the opening over.
Dan Worrall and Josh Shaw provided decent support as the six-over powerplay saw Somerset score only 32, also losing Steve Davies, who fell hit-wicket to Payne.
Benny Howell and Tom Smith bowled customary tight spells as only Will Smeed of the Somerset top order offered much attacking intent with 2 sixes in his 39.
After 14 overs the scoreboard read 82 for four. But suddenly Lammonby cut loose in devastating fashion, Howell and Ryan Higgins bowling expensive overs before Worrall’s return to the attack for the 18th over.
It began with 6,4,6, the first off a no-ball, as Lammonby, made good use of the ramp shot to move to a 22-ball fifty, and ended up costing the Aussie seamer 21 runs.
Lammonby then took 20 off Payne in the 19th over, with four more boundaries. Roelof van der Merwe contributed just five to a sixth-wicket stand of 89 in 5.2 overs.
When Lammonby was run out off the last ball of the innings, his last 17 balls faced had brought him 56 runs.
All the momentum was with Somerset and skipper Overton bowled a wicket-maiden in the fifth over of Gloucestershire’s reply, removing Howell, as they struggled to 37 for two at the end of the powerplay.
Miles Hammond had already fallen to Overton. Glenn Phillips hit the first six of the innings off Ben Green in the seventh over and was given a life on 14 off the next ball when Smeed spilled a steepling catch running in to mid-wicket.
Green took his revenge in the tenth over as Phillips, on 29, skied again and Overton took the catch at extra cover. At the halfway point. Gloucestershire were 76 for three.
Cockbain and Jack Taylor did their best to make a fight of it, adding 52 in 6.2 overs before Taylor, on 26, was yorked by Green, who conceded only four from the 16th over.
Cockbain moved to a powerful 35-ball half-century and notched 4 sixes and 4 fours, but it wasn’t enough.
Before the game Josh Davey and Max Waller were presented with Somerset county caps by club captain Tom Abell.
Somerset top scorer Tom Lammonby said: "It was the best I have batted in this format. The pitch was a bit tricky before you got yourself in, but then the ball sat up nicely to be hit.
"It was especially satisfying to play so well against our local rivals and a team with such a good bowling attack in T20. But putting that aside, it was also great to have our supporters back and hearing Sweet Caroline echo around the ground.
"We have had a great week, reaching Division One in the Championship as well as the Blast quarter-finals. We pride ourselves on being multi-skilled across all formats and will be doing all we can to win both competitions."
Gloucestershire head coach Ian Harvey said: "Take nothing away from Tom Lammonby, who batted brilliantly, but the last six overs of their innings were poor from our perspective.
"We didn't execute our plans and allowed them to gather momentum. At the halfway stage, we still fancied ourselves to chase down the target, but their bowlers put us under pressure and we were not up to the task."
"It has been a very disappointing week for us, but we have had a good talk in the dressing room and now have to lift ourselves for the 50-over competition."
A second century of the Vitality Blast campaign by Josh Inglis denied Worcestershire Rapids a place in the quarter-finals as Leicestershire Foxes finished their North Group season with a seven-wicket victory at the Uptonsteel County Ground.
After victory for the Birmingham Bears earlier, the Rapids had to win to deny their Midlands rivals the final qualifying position but their 169 for six proved insufficient as Inglis made them pay for a dropped catch on 14 by hitting eight sixes and 10 fours in his career-best unbeaten 118 off 61 balls to see the Foxes home with 13 balls to spare.
Ed Barnard had hit 43 from 24 balls to top score for the Rapids, Jake Libby making 35 and Ross Whitely 31 but no one could go on to make the big innings that was needed.
The Foxes finish out of the quarter-final places but have the distinction of having the group stage’s top run-scorer and top wicket-taker in their ranks, Inglis totalling 531 runs and Afghanistan pace bowler Naveen-ul-Haq 26 wickets.
Having won the toss and opted to bat, the Rapids were 49 for two after the Powerplay. Jack Haynes lofted a Naveen slower ball to mid-on, Brett D’Oliveira made three off-side boundaries but clipped a Gavin Griffiths full toss to square leg.
Daryl Mitchell soon picked out long-off, his demise elevating left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson to all-time leading Foxes T20 wicket-taker on 70, overtaking Claude Henderson’s 69, and at 74 for three at halfway, the Rapids had work to do.
They suffered a blow when Libby, looking well set, was stumped, and Ben Cox was run out at the non-striker’s end as Colin Ackermann deflected a firmly-struck Ross Whiteley drive on to the stumps in his follow through. The Foxes skipper damaged a finger in the process and took no further part.
Whiteley and Barnard added 76 in seven overs before the former was brilliantly caught on the square leg boundary by Mike, Barnard picking up five fours and one extraordinary check drive for six off Griffiths.
In reply, the Foxes were level pegging with the Rapids at 49 for two in the Powerplay, although it would have been advantage to the visitors had the Inglis chance to Mitchell at short extra off Ben Dwarshuis been held.
The home side lost Lewis Hill and were only narrowly ahead at 79 for three from 10, but back-to-back sixes for Inglis off Pennington began to take the game away.
Inglis passed fifty from 33 and needed just 22 balls to move into three figures, attacking Barnard, D’Oliveira and Dwarshuis in turn to delight the home crowd before driving Morris over his head for the winning four.
Sussex Sharks are through to the Vitality Blast quarter finals after a four-wicket win over Kent Spitfires at Canterbury.
The Sharks closed on 134 for six, Luke Wright's 39 and Delray Rawlins’ 33 steering them into the last eight with 2.5 overs to spare.
Earlier Ravi Bopara took three for 15 and David Wiese two for 16 as a Kent side with 15 first-teamers still isolating struggled 130 for seven, Calum MacLeod their top scorer with 31.
Kent had already ensured top spot in the South Group and will play their quarter-final at the St Lawrence despite tonight’s defeat, while Sussex are likely to be away, pending the outcome of the Somerset v Gloucestershire game.
Kent won the toss and chose to bat, but Wiese quickly removed the openers, getting George Munsey caught by Oliver Carter for 11. Zak Crawley was given a life when Harrison Ward fell over while attempting to catch him at deep point, but Wiese then deceived him with a slower ball, which he chipped to Ollie Robinson at mid on for 19.
Will Beer caught and bowled Heino Kuhn for four with his first ball, before Harry Finch and MacLeod partially rebuilt the innings with a stand of 44.
Finch, however, fell for 30, caught by Ollie Robinson off Bopara and when MacLeod was lbw to Rashid Khan, Kent were 101 for five.
It was left to the lower order to nudge the score towards respectability. Dan Lincoln was caught by Wiese for 10 and the same combination removed Harry Podmore for 0, leaving Marcus O’Riordan and Safyaan Sharif unbeaten on 13 and seven.
The target looked low and although Elliot Hooper bowled Phil Salt for a duck with the third ball of Sussex’s innings, Wright and Bopara put on 61 for the next wicket. There was a wobble when the former holed out to O’Riordan and was caught by Munsey for 39, and Bopara was out in the same over for 19, caught by Matt Quinn.
However, Crawley stumbled when well-placed to catch Rawlins and by the time Wiese was caught by Kuhn off Podmore for 21, the run rate was down to 2.8.
Just two were needed when Kuhn made a diving catch off Podmore to dismiss Ward for 8 and Rawlins skied the next ball to O’Riordan, but Khan hit the winning runs with a four through cow corner.
Sussex’s Luke Wright said: “I think relief is the feeling, there’s been so many things thrown at us this season, so far. I thought the other night we’d get home, especially with a great score like that on the board, but to bowl like we did and come up against (James) Vince in the form he’s had was really disappointing. We knew we were going to come up a weakened Kent side but there are some really good players in there and they showed against Middlesex that they’re still a danger, so you’ve got to do a job and we did that today.”
Kent Head Coach Matt Walker said: “Even tonight I think the fight and the courage that everybody showed, that hasn’t waned at all. Middlesex was something quite remarkable that will live with everyone who witnessed it for a very long time. Tonight was a step up against a side with world-class players and it was slightly more of a struggle, but I thought the boys fought really hard. We were 30 or 40 runs short, I think that was obvious and in the end it became a stroll for them but I think had we got 165, 170 on the board it could have been very interesting. I couldn’t ask any more from this group.”
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