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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Tuesday, June 29th

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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Tuesday, June 29th

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021


Glamorgan v Surrey (Sophia Gardens) 

Glamorgan kept their Vitality Blast qualification hopes alive with a thrilling one-run victory over Surrey for whom England batsman Ollie Pope top scored with 60.
David Lloyd and Billy Root both made 41 in Glamorgan’s total of 153 for six, but they should have reached at least 170 after making a strong start to their innings.

The Welsh county still did enough for victory, but only by the narrowest of margins. Pope couldn’t find anyone to support him, but Kyle Jamieson nearly took Surrey home.
The New Zealand bowler smashed 31 and with Surrey needing 13 from the last over, he looked like he would be the hero.

Jamieson needed two from the last ball, but Glamorgan’s Timm van der Gugten held his nerve and ran out the Surrey man off his own bowling.

Glamorgan were without Australian pair Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser again as they were in isolation after being deemed close contacts of Nick Selman who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Surrey chose to bowl first on a green wicket, but Glamorgan started well with Lloyd punching Jamieson down the ground for four in his first over.
Makeshift opener Kiran Carlson also smashed Gus Atkinson for six over cover and then followed that up with two more consecutive fours as Glamorgan went past 50 in the fifth over.

Carlson was caught by Rory Burns for 32 off Jamieson from just 16 balls.
Lloyd smashed Jamieson over fine leg for six, but after Colin Ingram departed, he was immediately run out by new man Chris Cooke. Will Jacks initially misfielded, but his throw was good.

It was a cheap wicket for Glamorgan to give away. They did go to 100 in the 12th over, but their innings fell away badly as Dan Moriarty finished with one for 16.
Billy Root, who had struggled to get the ball away, smashed four sixes in the final over bowled by Atkinson. Root ended unbeaten on 41 from 28 balls.

Jacks went to the first ball of Surrey’s chase, caught at cover by Roman Walker off the bowling of Prem Sisodiya and Laurie Evans soon followed him. This time it was Ingram with the smart catch. England Test pair Burns and Pope were charged with the rebuild.

Both did so impressively as they ran well between the wickets. Burns struck a six, but it was Pope who was the more aggressive until his partner was cleaned up by Walker for 24.
Surrey needed 79 at the halfway stage with Pope unbeaten on 37, but Walker’s one for 17 held them back. Jamie Smith, dropped poorly by Ingram off Sisodiya, departed for 20 and then Sisodiya claimed the wicket of Jamie Overton.

Pope went to 50 from 39 balls with six fours, but his team needed 45 from the final four overs.
When their main man was run out by Carlson coming back for a second run, the game looked up.
That was until Jamieson took charge only to fall just short.  

Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires (The 1st Central County Ground)

Sussex Sharks suffered their fifth abandonment in the Vitality Blast when tonight's game against Kent Spitfires at Hove was called off.

Umpires Neil Mallender and Gary Pratt made their decision two hours before the scheduled 7pm start because of a wet outfield. Moments later there was more heavy rain.  

It means more frustration for Sussex, who started their South Group campaign with three wins but have completed just one of their six subsequent matches, when they lost to Gloucestershire on Friday.

Their home games against Somerset and Glamorgan were abandoned without a ball bowled, just five overs were possible at the Kia Oval against Surrey and on Sunday play was abandoned with only one ball needed for a result in the return fixture against Surrey and Sussex ahead on Duckworth-Lewis.

With both sides picking up one point Kent moved above Gloucestershire into top spot and Sussex are up to third, although Surrey may overtake them again if they beat Glamorgan in Cardiff later today.

Sussex had to make late changes after Tom Clark tested positive for Covid-19 and three members of their squad for tonight’s game – Ollie Robinson, Henry Crocombe and Delray Rawlins – had to self isolate after being identified among seven close contacts.


Leicestershire Foxes v Northamptonshire Steelbacks (Upton Steel County Ground)

Northamptonshire Steelbacks climbed above Leicestershire Foxes at the bottom of the North Group with a comfortable five-wicket win in the Vitality Blast.

Rob Keogh hit the winning boundary with 10 balls to spare, top-scoring with 34 as the Steelbacks chased a modest target of 139, Ricardo Vasconcelos starting the ball rolling with 30 from 18 balls and Saif Zaib cracking two sixes in an unbeaten 21 from 11 balls.

Scott Steel, who had figures of two for 17 from his off-spin, hit 44 but had little support other than Harry Swindells’s aggressive 32 from 16 balls as the Foxes were bowled out for 138 in 19.5 overs.

Having opted to bat first, the Foxes struggled after being reduced to 25 for three in four overs against the Steelbacks spinners on a hybrid pitch.

Left-armer Graeme White dismissed Josh Inglis to a catch at deep midwicket for 12 after his unbeaten century at Wantage Road 10 days ago. Josh Cobb removed Lilley in similar fashion and held a return catch from Colin Ackermann in the same over.

Steel picked up a couple of boundaries to take the score to 38 for three after six overs and the Foxes were 58 for three at halfway before Lewis Hill holed out to long-off to give 19-year-old left-arm wrist spinner Freddie Heldreich the first of two wickets.

Swindells, recalled with Louis Kimber self-isolating over a Covid contact, made his presence felt, hitting three consecutive sixes in innovative style off the pace of Wayne Parnell, but was stumped - at the second attempt - as White moved one ahead of David Willey in the Steelbacks’ all-time list for the competition with 72 wickets.

A catch by White at long-on gave Heldreich his second reward as Rishi Patel perished, Ben Mike thick-edged to backward point, Tom Taylor bowled Steel with a full delivery and Parnell picked up two wickets in the last over.

Spin was less effective for the Foxes as the Steelbacks chalked off 44 of the required 139 in their Powerplay, the two wickets lost coming from  consecutive deliveries by Afghan pace man Naveen-ul-Haq, who had Ben Curran caught at mid-on with a slower ball before dismissing Vasconcelos via a brilliant diving catch by ‘keeper Inglis.

By halfway the Steelbacks needed just 53 more. Cobb, who hit sixes off Naveen and Callum Parkinson, was caught at wide long-off for 28, Nabi sliced to backward point and Parnell was smartly caught behind on the leg side but Zaib’s clean hitting meant the result was never in doubt.

Essex Eagles v Somerset (The Cloudfm County Ground)

Michael Pepper scored his maiden Vitality Blast half-century as Essex Eagles beat Somerset by six wickets on DLS to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the knockouts.

Pepper, on his 18th T20 appearance, struck a chase-perfect 55 off 35 balls, having put on 80 with Adam Wheater for the third wicket.

Harmer had bedazzled the Somerset attack as he claimed four for 24 – his second successive four-for – while New Zealander Devon Conway made it back-to-back half-centuries as he glued the innings of 153 together.

Before Pepper and Wheater made short shrift of the chase to win with five balls to spare – and give the Eagles only their fourth T20 victory at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford since the beginning of the 2018 season.

Somerset were stuck in by the Eagles on a hybrid pitch being used for the fourth time – a fact that made the proficiency of spin no surprise.

The visitors, on the back of chasing down 168 without losing a wicket against Kent Spitfires the previous evening, started off with stands of 30, 31 and 46 as they reached 77 for two at the half-way point – with Tom Banton caught at mid-on and Will Smeed sweeping Simon Harmer to the square leg boundary.

South African Harmer then grabbed three wickets in an over – Lewis Goldsworthy caught at midwicket, Tom Lammonby lbw and Lewis Gregory chipping into the leg side – as Somerset lost seven wickets in 26 balls.

Ben Green skied Aron Nijjar, Craig Overton edged to short third man, Marchant de Lange caught by Michael Pepper running in from long on and Devon Conway – having struck his fifty in 42 balls – picked out deep midwicket.

From the last ball of the innings Sam Cook castled Max Waller to land on 153.

After a delayed start to the chase, Adam Wheater and Will Buttleman were both dropped before another rain break saw an over chopped off and the target revised to 148.

The rain subsided and saw Buttleman drill to backward point and Dan Lawrence fluffed his slog to long off to leave Essex in danger of collapsing on 35 for two.

But Wheater and Pepper recovered with a brilliantly paced innings, which initially matched the DLS score before occasionally cutting loose to reach a 50 stand in 31 balls.

The stand was eventually as Wheater was caught at short cover for 49, to end a stand of 80, before de Lange pinned back Jimmy Neesham’s leg stump.

Pepper was dropped with 15 still needed before cutting to bring up his fifty – with Ryan ten Doeschate smashing Jack Brooks for six over long on to win the match.

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