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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 11th

Middlesex's Captain Eoin Morgan
Middlesex's Captain Eoin Morgan
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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 11th

 

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Somerset v Surrey (The Cooper Associates County Ground)

 

Somerset 187/6 (20 ov)

Surrey 188/3 (16 ov)

Surrey won by 7 wickets

Laurie Evans and Sam Curran blitzed a century stand as Surrey made it maximum points from their first two Vitality Blast games with a merciless seven-wicket destruction of Somerset at Taunton 

The home side posted 187 for six after losing the toss, Tom Abell leading the way with 69 off 44 balls. Gareth Batty was the pick of the Surrey attack with one for 26. 

In reply, Surrey breezed to 188 for three with four overs to spare, Evans striking 2 sixes and 8 fours in his 65, while Curran’s career-best 72 not out featured six maximums and five other boundaries.  

Their third-wicket partnership added 104 in just 8.5 overs and sent Somerset crashing to an embarrassing defeat. 

Tom Banton fell in the first over of the home side’s innings, caught at short third-man off Sam Curran. 

Will Smeed smote 2 sixes and 2 fours in his 23, adding 41 with Hildreth before falling to Matt Dunn in the fifth over. 

Former Somerset player Jamie Overton conceded 15 off the sixth over as Hildreth connected notched three successive boundaries and at the end of the power play the scoreboard read 63 for two. 

Hildreth fell lbw for 31 looking to flick Batty to leg, forcing Abell and Eddie Byrom to regroup. 

They took the score to 101 in the 12th over before Byrom was caught off Tom Curran for 14 and the same bowler soon accounted for Lewis Gregory. 

Abell combined textbook shots with two boundaries from ramp shots and one from a reverse sweep in moving to a 34-ball fifty, with 7 fours before producing the shot of the innings by hitting Tom Curran for straight six. 

He was dismissed by Jordan Clark in the 18th over and, despite Ben Green’s unbeaten 24, Somerset’s total looked below par. 

After a good opening over from Jack Brooks, Surrey’s reply was boosted by two no-balls from Marchant de Lange in a second over that saw him concede 22, including a Jason Roy six. 

Josh Davey struck with his first ball, having Will Jacks caught at cover. But a poor fourth over from Lewis Gregory saw Surrey end it with 52 already on the board. 

Roy cruised to 30 off 14 balls before skying a leading edge off Davey to wicketkeeper Banton, but after six overs Surrey were well placed on 73 for two. 

Evans looked in prime form, lifting Gregory over mid-wicket for six as Somerset’s undisciplined bowling continued and the hundred came up in eight overs. 

He went to a quality fifty off 26 balls, while Curran blasted Waller for four and then six before surviving a caught and bowled chance in the 12th over and moved to his half-century off 25 deliveries. 

Evans fell to de Lange, but Curran was unstoppable and ended proceedings with a four.

Gloucestershire v Sussex Sharks (Bristol County Ground)

 

Gloucestershire *177/7 (20 ov)

Sussex 178/5 (17.2 ov)

Sussex won by 5 wickets

Phil Salt and George Garton gunned down a target of 178 with 16 balls to spare to get Sussex off to winning start in the Vitality Blast with a five-wicket win at Gloucestershire.

3,600 were admitted into Nevil Road, with all tickets sold in advance, but they were sent home disappointed but a flat-out chase.

Salt, in his first appearance of the season for Sussex, made 77 not out from 49 balls and Garton, who had only made 103 runs in 23 T20s before this, made 46 from only 25 balls as Sussex waltzed home.

The chase was initially under pressure as David Payne held Travis Head, for 2, at short-third man before taking Ravi Bopara caught and bowled first ball. Josh Shaw then took out David Wiese’s off stump for only 11 and Delray Rawlings lazily clubbed Graeme van Buuren to long-on to leave Sussex 57 for four after the Powerplay.

But Sussex kept the pedal down. Salt lifted two sixes over long-on and whipped Matt Taylor behind square for four. He slapped Shaw for two further boundaries and with Garton slog-sweeping two sixes to the short side, the chase was in control at 102 for four by halfway and they never relinquished their position.

It rendered Gloucestershire’s 177 for seven well short having been sent in. Glenn Phillips made 42 from 27 balls but he and the rest of the order threatened greater damage but Sussex took regular wickets to keep their hosts in check.

Sussex handed a debut to 16-year-old Archie Lenham, who became the second-youngest player in Blast history after Hamidullah Qadri for Derbyshire in 2017, and he enjoyed a fine debut with one for 34.

A legspinner who plays club cricket for Eastbourne, he was handed the seventh over and bowled with confidence, using his change-ups, bowling quickly and flat with a large leg-side boundary for comfort. He conceded five from his first over and then forced Jack Taylor to hole out to long-on, drawing a heart-warming joyful leap of celebration.

A third over saw him heaved twice over deep midwicket by Phillips but was trusted with a final over that conceded only seven.

Garton’s career-best effort with the bat followed a fine performance with the ball where he claimed three for 19, including leaking only three from two overs in the Powerplay.

 

Durham v Yorkshire Vikings (Emirates Riverside)

 

Durham 181 for eight (Carse 51, Thompson 4-44) vs Yorkshire 161 for six (Bairstow 67) - DURHAM WON BY 20 RUNS


Brydon Carse inspired Durham to a 20-run victory over Yorkshire Vikings in their first game of their Vitality Blast campaign at Emirates Riverside.

Carse took centre stage with the bat after it appeared the hosts had spurned an excellent platform. The 25-year-old scored his maiden T20 fifty to elevate Durham to a match-winning total of 181, despite career-best figures of 4-44 from Jordan Thompson.

Jonny Bairstow threatened the home side, but Carse made the decisive impact to dismiss the England man for 67. A late surge from Harry Brook proved in vain as the home side held their composure to get off the mark in the competition at the first attempt.

After losing the toss, Durham made a rapid start as Graham Clark dispatched David Willey for four-straight boundaries, including a massive six over square leg. The introduction of Lockie Ferguson brought about the breakthrough for the Vikings as the opener picked out Willey at mid-on for 34.

The home side enjoyed a solid start after the powerplay, reaching 54 for two. However, Thompson ensured that Durham could not maintain the pace of their innings, deploying slower deliveries to remove Ben Raine and David Bedingham.

Durham's innings was in danger of petering out when Ferguson had skipper Cameron Bancroft caught behind for a scratchy 15. Impetus arrived in the form of Carse, who excelled with a variety of blistering. He notched his maiden T20 fifty from 30 balls, striking Thompson over the rope, but the bowler had his revenge with his final delivery to claim his best figures in the format.

The Vikings lost Adam Lyth in the second over of their reply, lifting his drive off Matthew Potts into the grasp of Bancroft. Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan kept Yorkshire in line with the run rate during the powerplay, but the latter departed two balls after restrictions were eased, losing his off-stump to Liam Trevaskis.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore threatened to spark the Yorkshire innings to life, smashing the ball onto the roof of the health club on the edge of the ground. His next attempt failed as Raine prised him out with his first delivery for 16. Bairstow remained composed, notching his first fifty of the campaign from 40 balls. Carse delivered for Durham to halt the Yorkshire momentum by removing the England opener, taking his middle stump out of the ground.

Harry Brook offered brief hope for the visitors with a brisk 41, but his desperate late attempt to slog Potts resulted in being caught on the rope. Durham held their nerve at the death to close out their first win of the campaign.

Notts Outlaws v Birmingham Bears (Trent Bridge)

 

Nottinghamshire 211/9 (20 ov)

Warwickshire 229/5 (20 ov)

Warwickshire won by 18 runs

Defending champions Notts Outlaws slumped to an 18 run defeat after they were savaged by a brutal Birmingham Bears batting display in the Vitality Blast North Group match at Trent Bridge.

The Bears roared to  229 for 5, their third highest T20 total, with Sam Hain and Carlos Brathwaite plundering 84 from the last five overs after Ed Pollock set the tone with 62 from 34 balls.

Hain, already averaging 248 in T20 games at Trent Bridge, made an unbeaten 53 off 29 balls after being dropped on one while Brathwaite hammered four sixes in 44 from 18 balls.

Ben Duckett’s 51 from 27 balls gave the Outlaws hope and Tom Moores made 38 from 21 balls but Brathwaite took 2 for 28 and Jake Lintott 2 for 30 to restrict the Outlaws to 211 for 9.

Adam Hose set the Bears running by driving Samit Patel over the covers for the first six before pulling Luke Fletcher high over deep midwicket.

Fletcher responded by pinning Hose lbw but Pollock slog-swept and drove Dane Paterson for three consecutive fours to lift the Bears to 70 for 1 at the end of the powerplay.

Pollock pulled Steven Mullaney for six and dispatched Peter Trego for another to reach 50 off 28 balls and take the score to 112 for 1 after 10 overs.

Will Rhodes pulled Calvin Harrison to deep midwicket and Pollock was bowled by Matt Carter but Harrison’s failure to hold a return catch from Hain proved costly as he and Brathwaite thrashed the bowling to all parts.

Hain smashed two sixes in a Paterson over that cost 22 before Brathwaite bludgeoned Trego for 31, including four sixes, from the 19th.

Fletcher had him caught at long on but the Outlaws chances of pulling off a stiff chase suffered a blow when Alex Hales miscued the third ball from Danny Briggs to midwicket.

Joe Clarke was caught behind off a Brathwaite long hop, Trego drilled Tim Bresnan to mid off before Duckett revived the Outlaws by taking 21 from a Bresnan over.

But when he top edged a sweep at Lintott, the game slipped away to leave the Outlaws with work to do after taking only one point from the first two games.

 

Leicestershire Foxes v Derbyshire (Upton Steel County Ground)

Derbyshire Falcons 209-6 beat Leicestershire Foxes 186 by 23 runs



Matt Critchley struck an unbeaten 80 off 45 balls and Luis Reece 51 from 29 as the Falcons registered their first win of the Vitality Blast season, despite Afghan seamer Naveen-ul-Haq taking three for 26 on his home debut for the Foxes.

The two Derbyshire all-rounders struck four sixes each as the Falcons posted the fifth highest total in Twenty20 matches. Gavin Griffths, who took four wickets against Lancashire the night before, added one more but conceded 26 in an over for figures of one for 49 from three.

Critchley then took two for 31 with his leg breaks and Netherlands pace bowler Logan Van Beek three for 37 as the Foxes were bowled out for 186 in 19 overs to lose by 23 runs, Rishi Patel top scoring with 35 off 20 balls.

After Derbyshire were asked to bat, Foxes fans were soon enjoying the sight of Naveen bamboozling batsmen with his heavily disguised slower balls, the 21-year-old dismissing debutant Harry Came and Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman in his first two overs.

Came - in for the injured Wayne Madsen - miscued to mid-on before Godleman, despite all his know-how, was left groping for another floaty delivery that bowled him.

Two of Reece’s sixes came in the Powerplay as the Falcons advanced to 52 for two, after which Leus du Plooy was soon caught behind off a wide ball from off-spinner Arron Lilley.

Reece, dropped on 50, had added only a single when a Griffiths yorker beat his attempted reverse sweep but if Leicestershire imagined they had made the decisive breakthrough they were mistaken as Critchley and Alex Hughes added 85 from 47 balls before Hughes holed out to long on for 38.

Naveen avenged a huge six from Fynn Hudson-Prentice by having him caught off a miscue next ball but could not stop Derbyshire recording their highest score against Leicestershire in this format.

After the Foxes lost Scott Steel first ball, Lilley boldly tried to keep the required rate in reach by smashing 29 from 20 balls but then found the fielder at long-on and being eight ahead on the Powerplay score was tempered for the Foxes as Josh Inglis was well caught at deep mid-wicket to the last ball of the sixth over.

Ackermann and Lewis Hill were dismissed in consecutive overs and though Patel and Ben Mike attempted to keep their side in theoretical contention, they too fell in consecutive overs, after which Critchley dismissed Naveen and Will Davis for ducks in the same over before Van Beek wrapped things up by having Griffiths caught at long-off.

 

Essex Eagles v Hampshire (The Cloudfm County Ground)


Hampshire 155/6 beat Essex 142 by 13 runs

Chris Wood lead a superb defensive bowling display as Hampshire Hawks beat Essex Eagles by 13 runs to get their Vitality Blast competition rolling.

Left arm fast bowler Wood’s four overs went for just 15, along with the scalp of Aron Nijjar, with fellow homegrown star Liam Dawson returning a miserly one for 17.

Joe Weatherley top-scored with 42 as the Hawks struggled to 155 but despite Tom Westley’s 44 the Eagles were bowled out for 142 - losing the last five wickets for 22 runs.

Hampshire were stuck in and were contained well by the Essex bowlers as they reached 39 for the loss of James Vince – aggressively pulling Sam Cook to midwicket – in the powerplay.

Simon Harmer, for the second match in succession, struck with his second delivery to york Tom Alsop.

Cook took career-best T20 figures against Somerset and once again impressed with analysis of two for 21 as he had Australian D’Arcy Short caught behind by Will Buttleman – leaving the visitors 59 for three in eight overs.

Weatherley rebuilt with Dawson and James Fuller through 35 and 33 run stands without any explosion to the run rate.

Dawson was stumped off Harmer and Weatherley – having notched 42 from 34 balls – picked out deep midwicket to leave Hampshire facing a below-par total.

But James Fuller plopped Jamie Porter for back-to-back sixes back over his head at the River End in the penultimate over to boost the tally, before he skied to cover.

Buttleman lasted only seven balls on debut before he hooked Brad Wheal to fine leg.

Michael Pepper also departed in the powerplay, caught behind attempting to sweep Dawson, as Essex reached 41 in the first six overs.

The impetus was raised as Paul Walter lifted Mason Crane for sixes into the Hayes Close End houses from the first over of the leg-spinner’s first two over.

Tom Westley also lofted over the straight boundary, but Crane got the last laugh, and loud grunting send-off, as Walter danced past a straight one to be stumped, before Westley was run out by a Ian Holland direct hit.

Ryan ten Doeschate was bamboozled by Crane, struggling for four dots before slicing to short third man – as the England spinner pulled back his first 13 balls going for 37 to end up with two for 42 from his four overs.

Jimmy Neesham clubbed Wheal into the Doug Insole Pavilion with a pull to accompany some powerful fours but he was caught at midwicket with 36 still needed.

Nijjar pulled to deep fine leg, Simon Harmer and Sam Cook were run out and Plom was bowled by Wheal to confirm the victory.

Kent Spitfires v Middlesex (Canterbury)

Kent 178/8 (20 ov)

Middlesex 162/8 (20 ov)

Kent beat Middlesex by 16 runs

A brilliantly-measured partnership between Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning steered Kent Spitfires to a 16-run win over Middlesex in their Vitality Blast match at Canterbury.  

The hosts were wobbling on 47 for four before Cox and Leaning both made 64, helping them recover to 178 for eight, despite a hat-trick for Chris Green, who took five for 32. 

Luke Hollman countered with a high-class 51 off 33 balls, but the visitors lost wickets too frequently to seriously threaten the hosts and finished on 162 for eight. 

Middlesex’s decision to field after winning the toss initially seemed vindicated when Blake Cullen took wickets with the last two balls of the third over, after he’d been hit for 13 off the previous four by Daniel Bell-Drummond, before the Kent skipper skied the fifth and was caught by Eoin Morgan at mid-off for 15. 

Joe Denly slashed at the next ball and fell to a diving catch by John Simpson for 10 and in the next over Ollie Robison edged Steven Finn and was caught behind for eight, leaving Kent on a modest 42 for three at the end of the powerplay.  

Green had Alex Blake stumped off a wide for six, but Cox and Leaning responded with a cleverly-paced stand of 123, marked by smart running between the wickets and a well-timed acceleration that saw the last five overs produce 64 runs. 

Green’s final over saw Cox caught by Max Holden, a two, a six and then a hat-trick. Leaning was caught by Morgan, Stevens stumped off his first delivery and Milnes caught by Bamber. 

Middlesex’s reply got off to a disastrous start. Stevie Eskinazi was caught behind off Denly for four and Paul Stirling skied James Logan’s first delivery to Blake for a duck. Holden got a bottom edge to Stevens and was caught behind for 10, Simpson played a horrible shot to Leaning and was caught by Cox for four and Eoin Morgan cut Stevens to Bell-Drummond and was out for 27. 

Stevens then bowled Green for 16 and although Nathan Sowter offered some late resistance with an unbeaten 31, when Fred Klaassen had Hollman caught by Blake off the final ball of the penultimate over, it left Middlesex needing 25 off six, a task that finally proved beyond them when Cullen holed out to Milnes and was caught by Blake for 4 

 

 Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Worcestershire Rapids (The County Ground, Northampton)


Northamptonshire 153/9 (20 ov)

Worcestershire 185/7 (20 ov)

Worcestershire won by 32 runs


 

A blistering half-century and two wickets from Moeen Ali saw Worcestershire Rapids complete a 32-run victory over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road.

The England all-rounder, who also effected a runout, joined forces with Brett D’Oliveira in a partnership of 94 to set Worcestershire up for a big total in this Vitality Blast clash.

Although Northamptonshire’s bowlers pegged things back once Moeen holed out for 52 from 30 deliveries, Worcestershire’s 185 for seven proved too many.

The Steelbacks played aggressively from the outset but never regained the momentum once skipper Josh Cobb and Adam Rossington were parted in successive overs at the end of the powerplay.

Earlier tight work from Northamptonshire’s bowlers restricted Rapids to a lacklustre 36 for 1 in the first six overs.

Brett D’Oliveira broke the shackles with two maximums over long-on before Moeen got in on the action with the ninth and tenth overs leaking 37 runs.

Moeen brought up his half-century with his fourth six when he swung Graeme White over square-leg before he attempted one big shot too many. He and D’Oliveira had more than doubled the total in the powerplay in just 29 deliveries.

Josh Cobb pegged back the scoring with two tight overs before Tom Taylor enticed D'Oliveira to edge a wide one behind for 43.

Late hitting from Ross Whiteley and Ben Cox threatened to push Rapids towards 200, but Sanderson and Taylor finished with three wickets apiece to stem the flow.

Steelbacks reply got off to a bad start when Richard Levi fell to the first ball of the innings, offering a sharp chance to D’Oliveira at backward point. Two overs latter Ricardo Vasconcelos fell to a stunning diving catch in the deep by Whiteley.

Cobb was not going to die wondering and took four boundaries of Ben Dwarshuis’s second over and sliced Charlie Morris for a huge six over cover in the final over of the powerplay. His aggression came to an end next ball when he picked out the fielder at mid-on.  Rossington was then bowled playing for spin to a straight ball from Ish Sodhi.

The wickets continued to fall. Big-hitting South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell attempted a big heave across the line to Moeen and was stumped. Rob Keogh fell to a diving catch in the deep by Dwarshuis off Moeen to leave the Steelbacks in further trouble at 95-6

It was left to Saif Zaib to mount some late resistance with a flurry of boundaries but was left with too much to do.

 

Worcestershire Rapids captain Moeen Ali said: “We have a lot of options with the ball. I think we’re going well at the minute.

“I really enjoy playing at Worcester. I like that responsibility batting at three here. We have a fantastic team but I’ve enjoyed my cricket for a long time.”

Regarding England – are you in good touch with bat and ball?

“Yeah, hopefully. It’s important. We have such a good side and there’s so much competition in the team, you’ve got to be on top of your game and keep improving all the time. That’s the thing with international cricket with the team we have with so many good players coming in.”

 

Northamptonshire Steelbacks captain Josh Cobb said: “We bat deep and we want to play with a certain brand of cricket and aggression, I think we lost too many wickets early on. It was a good wicket and we could have gone a bit deeper.

“Worcester took their time in the powerplay and they came out of it okay and went well from then on. We thought if we could get off to a good start, we knew they had two good spinners who would hold a bit and be a bit tricky.

“So we thought if we got off to a good start and try and get ahead of the rate we could keep ticking along.

"We have had two days' training leading into this, so there was rustiness but we have to get into the competition now and keep working on our skills leading into the next few games.”

 

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