Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Wednesday, June 30th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards for Wednesday, June 30th
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Surrey moved to the top of the Vitality Blast South Group after their bowlers successfully defended a target of 147 and kept Hampshire Hawks rooted to the foot of the table.
In the first Blast match to be played in front of a crowd at the Ageas Bowl in 22 months, the home side looked to have given themselves a great chance of securing a second win of the season after holding Surrey to 146-7 after winning the toss and elected to field.
However, a Jamie Overton-inspired Surrey restricted the Hawks to 126-8 to seal a 20-run victory with the former Somerset all-rounder finishing with figures of 2-14 from four outstanding overs and Gus Atkinson pitching in with 3-21.
On a sluggish pitch, Hampshire's attack also bowled magnificently with the visitors scoring just 36 runs in the final seven overs of their innings.
A fantastic spell from Scott Currie halted Surrey's hopes of posting an imposing total when he dismissed Jamie Smith, who top-scored with 59, and England batsman Ollie Pope for 22, within three balls.
Currie grabbed 3-21 from three overs with Brad Wheal taking two wickets and Mason Crane and Chris Wood one apiece.
D'Arcy Short and Hawks skipper James Vince got the hosts off to a flying start in their response as they scored 23 off the first three overs.
However, Australian opener Short's struggles with the bat continued when he thumped a full toss straight back at Overton to be caught and bowled for 13.
Short's departure brought 18-year-old Tom Prest to the crease but the talented teenager struggled to get bat on ball against Surrey's experienced bowling attack as the visitors put the brakes on the Hawks' run-scoring as they limped to 40-1 after the powerplay.
Veteran spinner Gareth Batty then grabbed the crucial wicket of Vince when he rattled the stumps of the England batsman, who departed for 19.
Overton's tight bowling in conjunction with Atkinson and giant New Zealand quick Kyle Jamieson shut down the Hampshire batsmen with boundaries hard to come by as Prest departed for 20 and Colin de Grandhomme for six.
Joe Weatherley tried manfully to up the run rate with a glorious shot that found the rope only to find himself back in the pavilion after the next ball thanks to a stunning flying catch on the boundary from Pope off Overton.
Hampshire scored just one four in the final five overs as wickets continued to fall leaving the Hawks needing 27 runs from the final six balls for victory as Surrey closed out an impressive victory.
Jamie Overton on Surrey's victory over Hampshire and a sensational catch from Ollie Pope.
"We thought we were probably 10 or 15 under-par. But the ball was sticking and gripping a little bit and with the big boundaries and it being a little bit soft due to all the rain they have had, runs were hard to come by,
"But we stuck at it well and wickets kept falling at the right times and we were outstanding in the field. Ollie Pope is an unbelievable batsman and in the field he is even better, being there on boundary taking worldies.
"I can't think of many better catches being taken off my bowling, it really is up there."
Hampshire bowler Scott Currie after Hampshire slumped to a fifth defeat of the season.
"It's tough, we are well aware of the position we find ourselves in. It's not ideal but it's not through a lack of trying, things are just not coming together at the moment and it is a shame to be honest.
"We have five games to go in front of our home fans and it is up to us to take what we can from the games and keep learning. I don't think we are far away, we are containing teams with the ball we just need to get across the line with the bat and that has been the hardest thing for us in a run chase."
Birmingham Bears blew the Vitality Blast North Group wide open with a thumping ten-wicket win over Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston.
The Bears bounced back from three successive defeats with the most resounding of victories after bowling the top-of-the-table Vikings out for 81 in 15.3 overs.
A Vikings side heavily depleted by England calls and injury lost all ten wickets for 62 runs in 86 balls as Carlos Brathwaite took three for seven, Craig Miles three for 19, and Danny Briggs two for 12. It was their lowest total in the Blast and the lowest by any team at Edgbaston.
Adam Hose (46 not out, 31 balls) and Ed Pollock (33 not out, 23 balls) then hurried their side to 86 without loss in 8.3 overs to secure the Bears' first ever ten-wicket Blast victory.
Yorkshire chose to bat and started at a gallop - after Adam Lyth struck two fours and a six in the first over, they were 15 without loss. Then they hit some turbulence - after six wickets fell for 23 runs in 40 balls, they were 42 for six.
Lyth, having smashed 19 from eight balls, was bowled by Brathwaite. Jordan Thompson edged Tim Bresnan behind then Brathwaite added two wickets in three balls, Gary Ballance brilliantly caught by Matt Lamb at fine leg, and Mark Stoneman, taken by Sam Hain at cover.
George Hill edged Briggs to slip and when Dom Bess chipped Miles' first ball to mid on, it was 42 for six. Smart wicketkeeping from Michael Burgess accounted for Jonny Tattersall, stumped off Jake Lintott, and Matthew Waite, caught off Miles.
Harry Brook and Matt Fisher added 16 before the latter top-edged a pull at Miles. Brook pulled Miles for six but Burgess swooped again when Lockie Ferguson charged and missed at Briggs and Brook was left stranded on 28 (24 balls, one four, one six).
Only an immediate clatter of wickets could salvage the Vikings but the Bears raced to 30 without loss in three overs. Hose greeted Waite to the attack, in the fifth over, with three successive fours and the openers raced past 50 in 31 balls when Pollock launched a flick 16 rows back over mid-wicket.
To the delight of most in a third successive Edgbaston sellout crowd, victory arrived with a whopping 68 balls to spare when Hose hoisted Ferguson into the upper tier of the West Stand.
Bears all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who took three for nine, said:
"I'm happy for the performance we had today because it speaks volumes for our belief. We have that belief that we had a few losses but didn't make changes but just continued to do the stuff we've been doing and today it came to fruition beautifully.
"We have been good on the road so it's great to get that first home win. To come here today and bring some joy to the fans was fantastic and hopefully we can do the same again on Friday."
Vikings captain Adam Lyth said:
“Five or six lads got out the same way - that can happen in T20, but we just didn’t adapt quickly enough and build partnerships.
The score won’t reflect it, but I thought it was a pretty good wicket - a bit of pace and extra bounce. To get bowled out for 81, we left our bowlers no chance.
“It’s not good enough, but we’ve got another game coming up on Friday night. Hopefully we can bounce back. We have to keep trusting the way we’re playing. Hopefully against Lancashire we can put up a good fight and get some more points on the board."
Northamptonshire Steelbacks 173/5 beat Durham 143 by 30 runs
Ben Curran became the third Curran brother to score a Vitality Blast fifty and Graeme White became Northamptonshire Steelback’s greatest T20 wicket-taker as Durham were comfortably beaten by 30 runs.
Curran thrashed 62 off 33 balls, with siblings Tom and Sam applauding while watching the live stream from the England team hotel – having reached his half-century in a blistering 19 balls.
The middle brother put on 101 with opening partner Ricardo Vasconcelos, who struck 60, as the Steelbacks set 173 for five at Wantage Road.
White then overtook David Willey to take his T20 tally to 76 wickets as he celebrated with four for 26 as Durham were bowled out for 143.
Curran was in boisterous form from the off, having been asked to bat by Cameron Bancroft on a pitch that slowed throughout the evening.
He particularly enjoyed himself against Ben Stokes.
Curran took down the England icon with four consecutive fours, firstly helping a bouncer over his shoulder then jabbing to third man, hoicking over long-on and then carving a slower ball through the covers to pass 50.
His fifty, slower only to Ben Duckett’s 17-baller in 2018 for the county, had been made up of 10 fours and a hoisted six over midwicket. Although he only scored a further 12 runs before he nicked debutant Jack Campbell behind.
Vasconcelos had played second fiddle to Curran but reached his own half-century with a four lofted over mid-off off 35 deliveries.
But the hosts’ run-rate slowed, with only two boundaries – a pair of sixes from Saif Zaib – coming after Vasconcelos had been bowled by Stokes with five overs to go.
Stokes also castled Josh Cobb in the same over, before Mohammad Nabi was bowled by a slower ball and Rob Keogh lost his off stump, as the Steelbacks slumped from 101 without loss in 9.3 overs to 173 for five at the innings close.
Curran and Vasconcelos’ scorching start wasn’t replicated by Durham as Graham Clark picked out Tom Taylor at long-on off Nabi with the second ball of the innings.
David Bedingham was brilliantly seized by a backtracking Wayne Parnell and Stokes caught behind for a four-ball duck in the following over, bowled by Taylor.
The third over saw Bancroft squirt to mid-on to put White level with Willey – who took 73 scalps – before overtaking him when Ned Eckersley top-edged to the square leg boundary in the seventh over.
White continued his special night as Raine swept to deep midwicket and Sean Dickson was stumped for 40.
Scott Borthwick was caught at long-off - a ball after he'd been dropped there - Harry Crawshaw was run out while backing up and Campbell was bowled as Durham never got motoring.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks batter Ben Curran, who scored 62:
“It is a long tournament and I’ve been waiting to get my turn to come into the team and contribute and it is ten times better in a winning cause.
“[Brothers Sam and Tom] said they were going to be watching on the stream. I couldn’t do much yesterday so I was under the pump today to perform. It was nice to give them something to watch in their hotel.
“I’ve now got to get a hundred to beat them! There is always that competitive edge, and we want each other to do well, but it is more when you play a bad shot then you will get a bit of stick.
“We went pretty hard and it came off for us and then we adapted when we bowled. It was a game of Powerplays and we came off.
“I mean how good is [Graeme White]? Once again, he showed his class. He has done it for numerous years now and is still doing it. He is an unbelievable bowler and long may it continue.”
Durham lead high performance coach James Franklin:
“We were pretty much behind the game all the way. To be fair we kept them to a score which was achievable.
“After the Powerplay we were staring down the barrel of a massive score but we managed to drag it back in the middle overs and held them to a score we thought we could chase down but we got blown away in our batting Powerplay.
“That is where the game has been won and lost; their batting Powerplay and our batting Powerplay. We didn’t get either of those right at all.
“Spin came into play. Borthwick bowled beautifully for us and then White and Nabi were a significant difference.
“It is a positive side for us as a team that we keep persevering and get better but I am very disappointed with our batting performance. We haven’t had many bad batting performances in our T20 campaign but we can certainly say tonight was far off the mark for us.”
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