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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 1st

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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Thursday, July 1st

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Thursday, July 1st  2021 

 

Middlesex vs Sussex - Lord's

Middlesex (166-7) beat Sussex Sharks (103-9) by 63 runs

 

Nathan Sowter produced his best Vitality Blast figures of the season as Middlesex’s bowlers staged an impressive fightback to see off Sussex Sharks by 63 runs.

The leg-spinner finished with three for 13, while teenage seamer Blake Cullen returned a career-best three for 21 to successfully defend a score of 166 for seven at Lord’s.

That total was concentrated around Stephen Eskinazi’s 59 from 35 balls, making him the tournament’s leading scorer, but Middlesex still looked light on runs.

However, the Sharks – whose quarter-final hopes had already been dented by five washouts in their previous six games – could only manage 103 for nine in reply.

Sussex inserted their hosts after winning the toss, but they looked understandably rusty in the field as Eskinazi and Max Holden, promoted to opener, built a solid platform during the powerplay.

The pair shared a partnership of 85 from 54 balls, with Eskinazi placing his shots shrewdly as he passed 50 for the fourth time in as many Blast innings.

Holden swatted Tymal Mills’ first two deliveries for four and six, advancing to 38 before he holed out off Archie Lenham and when Eskinazi perished in similar fashion, scooping Will Beer to deep extra cover, Middlesex lost their way.

A tight over by Ravi Bopara – in which he dismissed the dangerous Daryl Mitchell with a slower ball – turned the tide, while Mills came back strongly from his earlier mauling to finish with two for 31.

The Sharks conceded just 32 from their last six overs, along with collecting five wickets as Middlesex laboured to what looked a below-par total.

However, they swiftly removed both Sussex openers, with Luke Wright spooning Tom Helm to the diving Steven Finn, while Phil Salt drilled Mujeeb Ur Rahman straight to midwicket.

Mujeeb’s initial spell of three overs for 13 created pressure and Sowter compounded it by bowling Aaron Thomason with his first delivery – while Cullen’s second accounted for David Wiese, hooking into the hands of Holden at deep square leg.

Sussex’s best chance appeared to rest with Travis Head, who announced himself with a trio of boundaries off Helm, but the Australian was next to depart for 23, dragging a bottom edge from Cullen onto his stumps.

With Holden taking another running catch to dismiss Bopara off Sowter, the Sharks’ cause looked hopeless at 59 for six and so it proved, despite a promising knock of 22 by debutant Harrison Ward.

Lancashire vs Worcestershire - Old Trafford

Career bests for Rob Jones and Tom Hartley boosted Lancashire’s Vitality Blast quarter-final hopes with a battling 34-run win over Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford.  

The Lightning’s fourth win in 10 North Group games moved them above the Rapids into fifth place via run-rate and just a point outside the top four.

Unbeaten Jones top-scored with 49 off 33 balls in Lancashire’s 159 for six having elected to bat, with the 25-year-old steering a recovery from a mid-innings stutter.

Left-arm spinner Hartley, 23, then returned a brilliant four for 16 as Worcestershire were bowled out for 125 with nine balls remaining.

Openers Finn Allen and Keaton Jennings, the latter with 34, shared a streaky 52 inside the power play on a used pitch for an afternoon Lancashire women’s victory over Ireland.

Ed Barnard tipped a Jennings pull for six off Dillon Pennington in the second over before three miscued aerial shots narrowly evaded fielders.

But pace off prospered for the Rapids, who prevented a boundary for 45 balls between the eighth and 15th overs.

New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi returned one for 24 from four, removing Jennings, and overseas colleague Ben Dwarshuis and Pennington struck twice apiece.

Australian left-arm seamer Dwarshuis had Steven Croft caught behind and Luke Wells caught at long-on in the 17th over, leaving the Lightning 122 for six.

But busy Jones and former Rapid loanee Luke Wood hit late sixes as 30 runs came off the last two overs, including 20 off the last from Charlie Morris.

Lancashire built on that momentum as Worcestershire fell to 36 for three in the sixth over of their chase.

Saqib Mahmood had Brett D’Oliveira brilliantly caught low down at cover by Wells in the second over - a wicket maiden - before getting Jake Libby caught off a miscue in the fifth. 

Hartley then bowled Daryl Mitchell. But his key contribution came with the 10th over’s first two balls as he had Riki Wessels caught and bowled and Ross Whiteley lbw, leaving the visitors on the ropes at 59 for five.

He later had Ed Barnard caught at deep square-leg to record the third best figures by a Lancashire spinner in Blast history - 81 for six in the 14th.

Ben Cox’s meaty 36 briefly threatened a revival, but it was game over when he was bowled charging at Matthew Parkinson in the 16th, 106 for seven.

Mahmood then yorked Sodhi and Morris in the penultimate over to finish with four for 25 from 3.3 overs.

Essex vs Glamorgan - County Ground, Chelmsford

Glamorgan 104 lost to Essex 108/2 by eight wickets

Dan Lawrence produced his second Vitality Blast fifty of the season to set up Essex Eagles’ painless eight-wicket victory over depleted Glamorgan.

Essex were only chasing 105 after an all-round frugal bowling and fielding display stunted the visitors – who had four key players unavailable.

But Lawrence took charge of the chase with 55 off 31 balls, after a 70-run stand with Adam Wheater, to make sure the Eagles cantered to the victory line with 46 balls to spare.

The victory handed Essex their fourth win in their last five Blast matches to keep alive their hopes of regaining the trophy, while all but distinguishing Glamorgan’s chances of a place in the knockouts.

Glamorgan won the toss, decided to bat but never looked like scoring a big total on a slow hybrid pitch for the fifth time.

In mitigation for the Welsh side, Nick Selman, Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser were already absent due to Covid isolation before Prem Sisodiya was forced to pull out in the warm-ups.

Kiran Carlson began the revolving door when his wristy flick was caught on the square leg boundary by Michael Pepper as Jack Plom began with a wicket maiden.

South African Colin Ingram was bowled off his pads by Dan Lawrence and Plom produced a stunning piece of fielding to directly hit from the fine leg boundary to see off David Lloyd.

Chris Cooke and Billy Root added an innings high 37 for the fourth wicket before the former thrashed to extra cover and the latter picked Pepper at long-on.

Dan Douthwaite feathered Aron Nijjar behind and James Weighell flumped to long-off – where Pepper claimed his third catch of the innings.

The last three wickets fell in the 16th over Sam Cook had Sam Pearce inside edging behind and Roman Walker lbw either side of a Ryan ten Doeschate direct hit.

Wheater made sure the chase was as comfortable on the pitch as it looked on paper, thumping the third ball of the innings over mid-on to the boundary.

He lost opening partner Will Buttleman leg-before to Walker but continued his march with successive boundaries – giving himself a bit of space to carve a drive through the covers before cutting off his tip-toes.

Lawrence wasn’t at his fluent best, dropped on 11 and 15, but composed himself with a rocket cut and a straight six – the latter bringing up the 50 run partnership.

Wheater was stumped on 39 but Lawrence, who thumped two more maximums to bring up his half-century in 30 deliveries, and Pepper made sure there were no more hiccups – with the former striking the winning boundary.

Gloucestershire vs Somerset - County Ground, Bristol

Lewis Gregory took career-best figures before Devon Conway brought Somerset home with an unbeaten 81 to beat Gloucestershire by eight wickets in the Vitality Blast at Bristol.

It was a first T20 victory for Somerset at Bristol since 2015 and a win to lift them into the top four of the South Group.

Gregory’s five for 24 helped Somerset hold their hosts to 161 for seven before Conway passed fifty for a third time in four innings to deliver a very comfortable victory, despite only getting home with four balls to spare.

Gloucestershire were left to rue a poor drop by wicketkeeeper James Bracey when Conway had only eight in the opening over. Conway also survived a mighty close lbw against Tom Smith on 35.

He managed the chase perfectly and delivered with his side missing both Tom Banton, to England, and James Hildreth, to injury.

Conway opened the chase with consecutive cover drives for four before lifting further boundaries over the off-side infield. He nailed a sweep for his ninth four and then reached fifty in 40 balls.

He shared productive stands first with Will Smeed, who top-edged a six and whacked a full-toss through midwicket in making 36 in 23 balls, and then Lewis Goldsworthy, who helped his side home with 39 not out in 27 balls.

They backed up a fine performance with the ball having won the toss.

Gregory took five wickets in a T20 for the first time and a remarkable return considering he’d conceded 10-an-over in the competition before this game.

But he took advantage of a little nibble in the wicket, particularly when seaming one away to take out Glenn Phillips’ off stump for only four.

He also had Chris Dent and James Bracey caught top-edging pulls, Tom Smith held at short-third man and Benny Howell taken at long-off.

Howell played a rare anchor role in making 52 from 41 balls and Miles Hammond made a tournament-best 44 from 33.

Howell manufactured an angle to cut Jack Brooks for four in the fourth over and then slugged a horrible drag-down by Max Waller over long-on in the seventh over. He swung Gregory for six in the penultimate over to raise fifty but miscued a hit to long-off next ball. It was the story of the innings.

 

Nottinghamshire vs Leicestershire - Trent Bridge


A half-century from Samit Patel saw North Group leaders Nottinghamshire Outlaws home by six wickets with 13 balls to spare as the Foxes slumped to an 11th defeat of the Vitality Blast season.

Patel hit six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 63 and shared a 99-run fourth-wicket stand with Ben Slater, who made 48 from 31 balls in his first Twenty20 match for three years, as the Outlaws chased down a target of 155, the Foxes dropping three catches on a poor night in the field.

Leg-spinner Calvin Harrison took three for 20 and Luke Fletcher three for 31 as the Foxes were bowled out for 154 in precisely 20 overs, Harry Swindells top-scoring with 36, Aaron Lilley and Ben Mike each hitting 27.

The Outlaws were forced to make three changes with Tom Moores unwell and both Joe Clarke and Sol Budinger obliged to seek Covid tests after being alerted by the NHS app.

An eventful Powerplay saw the Foxes post 47 for two. They lost Scott Steel for a duck in the first over as Ben Duckett - keeping wicket for the absent Moores - showed neat glovework. Lilley survived on one as Fletcher and Lyndon James collided under a top-edged reverse sweep and made them pay with 27 off 20 balls before he was yorked.

They lost momentum after wickets fell in consecutive balls to Harrison, Josh Inglis finding long-off before Colin Ackermann chipped back to the bowler.

Lewis Hill lofting sixes off Steven Mullaney and off-spinner Matt Carter but was caught at midwicket off Fletcher, Rishi Patel was lbw sweeping as Harrison picked up his third wicket and Swindells misjudged a slower ball to be caught at mid-off. Naveen was run out and Fletcher was rewarded with wickets in his last two overs and though Mike clubbed two sixes off Ball the Foxes total looked below par.

The Outlaws Duckett, who hit Callum Parkinson to deep backward square, and Alex Hales, caught at point off Naveen-ul-Haq’s first ball, having just survived a run-out chance that saw Lilley ticked off for dissent.  Peter Trego perished to a jaffa from Naveen but 58 for three saw them ahead in the Powerplay.

Patel was dropped at backward point on 10 off Naveen and at short midwicket on 26 off Steel, albeit both difficult chances, but he and Slater brought the target down to 71 at halfway. Slater had an escape when he was spilled at extra cover off Mike on 37..

Slater missed out on a half-century, trapped in front by Parkinson, before Patel drove Naveen through the covers to finish the job.



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