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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 13th

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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 13th

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Worcestershire Rapids v Lancashire Lightning (New Road) 14:30

Jos Buttler hit a half century but was unable to stop Worcestershire Rapids moving to the top of the North Group in the Vitality Blast with an eight wicket success over previous leaders Lancashire Lightning at New Road.

England wicket-keeper batsman Buttler top-scored with 55 off 46 balls in what his first Blast fifty of the summer.

But Lancashire were kept in check on a slow pitch by an excellent performance from the Rapids attack and restricted to 132-4 after opting to bat.

Then an opening stand of 79 in nine overs by Riki Wessels and Brett D’Oliveira ensured the Rapids reached their target with – to spare and maintained

D’Oliveira went onto complete a 36 ball half century and ended unbeaten on 61 from 45 balls with one six and seven fours as victory was achieved with 16 balls to spare.

The Rapids made one change from the side which triumphed away to Northamptonshire Steelbacks with Dillon Pennington replacing fellow paceman Josh Tongue while Lightning were unchanged.

Lightning opted to bat after winning the toss on the same pitch used for last Wednesday’s tied game with Notts Outlaws.

Ben Dwarshuis made the first breakthrough when New Zealander Finn Allen, after making 10, top edged a catch to Charlie Morris at third man.

Liam Livingstone showed his power in smashing Pennington over long off for six but batting was not straightforward on a slow surface.

There was a second scalp for the Rapids when Alex Davies on seven drove Morris to cover.

The Lightning scored 39-2 in the six over powerplay.

Buttler was soon into his stride with a reverse sweep for four off Moeen which brought up the 50 in the eighth over and he then lofted his England colleague over the mid-wicket boundary.

Livingstone made 25 off 26 balls and, when he tried to accelerate, he picked out Wessels at long on in D’Oliveira’s first over.

Butler brought up his 43 ball half century in the grand manner when he smashed Sodhi for a huge six over long off.

He survived one dropped chance at long off against Morris but was dismissed from the next delivery on 55 with Wessels holding on at long on.

Rapids openers D’Oliveira and Wessels both got off the mark with boundaries in the third man region and the former then flicked Danny Lamb backward of square for successive fours.

The initial powerplay produced 48 runs and no breakthroughs for the visitors.

Wessels had a let off on 20 when he dropped at long on in Matt Parkinson’s first over but otherwise runs flowed freely and he pulled the same bowler backward of square for six in his next over.

The opening stand was worth 79 in just 8.5 overs when Wessels, having made 40 off 27 balls, was bowled by Parkinson who then had Moeen on nine caught at mid wicket.

But D’Oliveira continued to impress and lofted Livingstone over mid wicket for six as the 100 came up in the 12th over.

Glamorgan v Essex Eagles (Sophia Gardens) 14:30


Glamorgan grabbed their first Vitality Blast win over the season after hammering Essex Eagles by seven wickets at Sophia Gardens.Figures of two for 13 from Ruaidhri Smith and Andrew Salter’s two for 31 limited Essex to 153 for six.

It was a total Glamorgan surpassed with ease thanks Nick Selman’s 65 and 59 from Marnus Labuschagne who continued his fine start to the Blast with a second straight half century. 
Invited to bat first, Essex openers William Buttleman and Tom Westley had early reprieves.
Buttleman survived a run out scare in the first over while Westley was dropped by Dan Douthwaite at backward point from the bowling of Salter.
Westley fell soon after to Smith, but Buttleman was quickly into his stride and reached an unbeaten 30 from the first powerplay with his team 49 for one.
Michael Pepper struck the first six of the day before Buttleman departed for 36 from 26 balls. Buttleman top edged an attempted sweep off Salter to Selman at deep backward square leg. Spin was Glamorgan’s main weapon and part-time bowler Labuschagne was next into the attack.
He immediately strangled Pepper who was caught down the leg side.
Salter cleaned up Paul Walter leaving Essex and New Zealand’s James Neesham – who struck Labuschagne for six – needing to rebuild.
Feroze Khushi also cleared the ropes, but Essex’s boundaries were rare.
Neesham struggled to get going too and as he tried to expand, he was caught on the long-off boundary by Glamorgan substitute Callum Taylor for 21. 
Essex’s total looked below par and Selman struck the first ball of Glamorgan’s reply through the covers for four. David Lloyd followed with an effortless six over midwicket and then a four before hitting the ball straight up in the air for a simple Essex catch.
Labuschagne started slowly, but Selman pulled for six and flicked for four in consecutive balls as Glamorgan went to 48 for one from their first six overs. 
At the halfway stage they had progressed to 72 for one. Labuschagne would have been run out, but Sam Cook couldn’t hit the stumps off his own bowling.
Labuschagne took 23 balls to find the boundary, but did so in two consecutive deliveries and Selman went to his 50 from 33 balls as Glamorgan reached three figures.
Selman was dropped by wicketkeeper Buttleman off the bowling of Jack Plom when Essex desperately needed a wicket and Labuschagne rubbed salt in the wound with a four and six from the same over.
Selman was caught and bowled by Simon Harmer and Australian star Labuschagne went too, but Glamorgan couldn’t be stopped.   

Derbyshire v Birmingham Bears (The Incora County Ground) 14:30


England all-rounder Chris Woakes marked his first appearance of the season by guiding Birmingham Bears to a three wicket victory over Derbyshire Falcons in the Vitality Blast game at Derby.

Woakes took 2 for 38 and struck an unbeaten 13 off five balls to take the Bears to 161 for 7 in reply to the Falcons 160 for 8.

Finn Hudson-Prentice top scored for the Falcons with 41 off 22 balls while Dan Mousley hit 56 off 40 for the Bears who won with an over to spare. 

Luis Reece got the Falcons moving by driving Danny Briggs for six but then top-edged a sweep at the next ball.

Woakes was pulled for six by Harry Came but he shattered his stumps with the next ball as the Falcons were restricted to 47 for 2 at the end of the powerplay.

Billy Godleman cut Jake Lintott to point and Matt Critchley sliced Carlos Brathwaite to the same position before Leus du Plooy drove Lintott to long on.

The Bears had restricted Derbyshire to 26 from five overs but misfields and a missed stumping which reprieved Hudson-Prentice on 21 helped the Falcons post a competitive score.

Hudson-Prentice drove Craig Miles for six and carved him for four in the 18th over but was run out in the next and after Brooke Guest skied Brathwaite to backward square, Michael Cohen ended the innings by lifting Woakes for six.

The Bears started badly, losing Pieter Malan, who bagged a pair in the championship match at Derby, caught at point for a duck off Logan van Beek in the first over.

Ed Pollock was brilliantly caught by Godleman diving at mid off and when Will Rhodes was caught down the leg side off George Scrimshaw, the Bears were 20 for 3 after four overs.

Indisciplined bowling got the Bears back on track with Sam Hain driving Hudson-Prentice for six in an over that cost 14 but then failed to clear long off.

The Falcons regrouped and although Mousley reached his 50 by hooking Scrimshaw for six, Critchley had him caught at long on to leave the Bears needing 35 off the last four.

Critchley took a fine diving catch at long off to remove Michael Burgess for 22 and although Brathwaite holed out to deep midwicket, Woakes hit van Beek for six and four to settle it.


Leicestershire Foxes v Durham (Upton Steel County Ground) 14:30

Durham beat Leicestershire by two wickets

Durham pulled off what will go down as one of the more extraordinary wins in their T20 history as Leicestershire Foxes threw away what looked like a nailed-on victory in the Vitality Blast at the Uptonsteel County Ground.

Chasing 169 to win this North Group match after Scott Steel hit 53 against his former teammates, Durham were 108 for eight in the 14th over and still needed 49 with only four overs left. That came down to 23 off two Gavin Griffiths conceded 15 in the 18th but winning still looked a tall order.

Yet former Leicestershire man Ned Eckersley (50 not out) and  Liam Trevaskis (30) saw their side home with an over to spare as the Foxes conceded 24 in a calamitous 19th over that was started by their overseas player Naveen-ul-Haq and ended by Ben Mike after the Afghan fast bowler was ordered out of the attack for bowling two head-high no balls.

Naveen’s first and sixth balls were called for height, the second of which Eckersley ramped for four, adding nine to the total just from no-balls. In between came a two, two singles and a leg-bye and a four for Trevaskis when he should have been caught at deep midwicket, Arron Lilley losing the ball in the sun.

Naveen’s second no-ball meant he could not bowl the extra ball. Mike took over and Eckersley clubbed the free hit for six over long off to complete a 36-ball half-century and win the game to a stunned silence from the home crowd.

Earlier, Durham had restricted the Foxes to what looked like a below-par 168 for nine, with Lilley hitting 31 but Matty Potts and ex-Leicestershire seamer Ben Raine taking three wickets each.  Having been 117 for three in the 14th over, the Foxes stumbled from 155 for four to 166 for nine, losing five wickets for 11 runs in 15 balls.

Steel’s 53 included five fours and two sixes, Lilley’s 31 off 21 balls sixes off Paul Coughlin over midwicket and two down the ground in consecutive balls off Scott Borthwick’s leg breaks.

Durham’s reply was off to a blistering start as David Bedingham blasted 38 off 19 balls with three sixes off left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson’s opening over.

At 58 for two after six, they looked well placed but after a bad call by Raine saw Cameron Bancroft run out they lost five wickets for 20 runs in 22 balls.

Lilley, who had Jack Burnham caught at short third man in an attempted reverse sweep and Paul Caughlin leg before, took his third wicket as Borthwick missed the ball trying to work to leg but a career-best three for 26 was small consolation for what happened at the end as Trevaskis took four and a six over deep midwicket off Griffiths and Naveen’s afternoon turned into a nightmare.

Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Notts Outlaws (Northampton) 16:15

Notts Outlaws 214/7 beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 200/7 by 14 runs

Joe Clarke caused chaos with the sixth-highest Vitality Blast score of all-time to guide Notts Outlaws the first win of their T20 defence.

Batter Clarke clattered 136 off 65 balls to record the 24th greatest innings in T20 history and the best for a Notts player – as the visitors racked 214 up on Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Josh Cobb’s monstrous 62 from 32 deliveries gave the Steelbacks hope of raining on Clarke’s parade but eventually fell 14runs short, with Matt Carter’s parsimonious one for 15 vital.

The 2020 champions had failed to win their opening two fixtures – with a tie and a defeat – but bounced back in style to condemn the Steelbacks to back-to-back losses.

Having chosen to bat, it didn’t take long for Clarke to strike the first of his 11 sixes – the fourth-most in this country – as he smoked one straight over the Lynn Wilson Indoor School.

Alex Hales cut a six-four combo before skying to mid-off, before Peter Trego joined Clarke for an 82-run stand in 48-balls – during which Clarke passed 50 in 28 balls.

Trego, Tom Moores and Lyndon James both slogged to deep mid-wicket, Steven Mullaney was yorked, Samit Patel was brilliantly caught and bowled by Wayne Parnell – but they were simply the supporting cast to Clarke.

The only blip on Clarke’s innings was being spilt on 29 at mid-wicket, everything else left the 1,100 in attendance flabbergasted.

The sound of leather onto willow onto concrete or steel seemingly accompanied every delivery – with the straight and mid-wicket boundaries, where he amassed 51 and 72 runs respectively, peppered.

His hundred was typically brought up with a straight six in 49 balls. Clarke is now the sixth Englishman to score three T20 centuries, and the first not to have been capped by England.

He departed with three balls to spare, picking out Saif Zaib at long-on – having scored 64 per cent of the Notts runs.

The Steelbacks’ reply saw a required ultra-aggressive approach result in early wickets – Richard Levi, Adam Rossington and Ricardo Vasconcelos all departed in the power-play – mixed with an equal worm to Notts.

Cobb maintained the rate bringing up fifty in 22 balls before pulling up when coming through for second run to bring Vasconcelos back out as a runner.

Rob Keogh clubbed two sixes over long-on but failed with the third attempt to fall for 45 off 31, after a 104-run stand with Cobb.

Cobb eventually departed when he smashed a full-toss to the leg-side boundary, with Parnell caught straight and Tom Taylor at deep mid-wicket as the run-rate spiralled – Northamptonshire ending on 200 for seven.

Kent Spitfires v Gloucestershire (Canterbury) 18:30

Kent Spitfires held their nerve to win a thriller against Gloucestershire at Canterbury. 

The visitors needed 10 off the final over, but Fred Klassen responded with two wickets from the first two balls, to give The Spitfires their third Vitality Blast win out of three, by five runs. 

Gloucestershire had looked favourites after racing to 54 without loss, Chris Dent making 40 and Glenn Phillips 38. Kent then reduced them to 125 for five, but just as Billy Howell seemed to have tilted the balance back in the visitors' favour he was out for 48, and they finished on 178 for eight.  

Earlier Jack Leaning hit an unbeaten 81 from 51 balls as Kent recovered from 16 for 3 to reach 183 for five. Daniel Bell-Drummond was the next highest scorer with 51, while David Payne took three for 30.  

Kent won the toss and chose to bat, but lost Joe Denly to the fourth ball of the innings, bowled middle stump by Payne for four. In the next over Josh Shaw bowled Ollie Robinson for two, sending his off stump flying and in the third Alex Blake was caught behind off Payne for nought, after a sharp one-handed catch by Phillips. 

Bell-Drummond and Leaning steadied the innings with 76 for the fourth wicket before the former was bowled by Graeme van Buuren. Payne then had Jordan Cox caught at first slip by a diving Matt Taylor for 15, but Leaning and Darren Stevens, who cracked a quickfire 16 from seven balls, put on 52, including 27 off the final over. 

Gloucestershire’s openers started well before Dent was caught on the square leg boundary by Leaning off Milnes. Miles Hammond then tried to reverse-sweep Qais Ahmad and was lbw for 14. 

Denly caught and bowled Ian Cockbain for seven and the momentum shifted when Ahmad had Phillips caught by Cox at long on and Jack Taylor holed out to Denly and was caught by Blake for nine. Howell, however, survived an appeal for caught behind off a Denly wide and nearly stole the victory, only to be bowled with the first ball of Klaassen’s death over. 

Klaassen then had Matt Taylor caught by Cox off the next delivery. Singles were scrambled off the next two deliveries before van Burren was run out for 17 chasing a second from the fifth ball. Needing six off the final ball to tie, Josh Shaw could only manage a single. 


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