Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 15th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 15th
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Hampshire Hawks 215-6
Result - Middlesex won by three wickets
Joe Cracknell’s sensational 77 saw Middlesex beat Hampshire by three wickets in a Vitality Blast thriller at Radlett,
The Durham University student, on his recall to the starting line-up, blazed three sixes and nine fours in his 43-ball knock, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 122 with wicketkeeper John Simpson (62) as the hosts chased down a target of 216 despite three wickets for Hampshire’s Mason Crane.
Earlier the visiting trio of D’ Arcy Short, Joe Weatherley and Lewis McManus all made 40s as the Hawks posted a daunting 215-6.
A Hampshire side who had struggled for runs so far in the tournament made hay in the powerplay after being invited to bat, Short hitting three towering sixes as he and skipper James Vince raised 50 in 23 balls.
The pair added 79 before Vince pulled Blake Cullen into the hands of Stevie Eskinazi at deep square leg, but Weatherley carried on the onslaught, clearing the ropes three times.
Short, starved of strike since his early fireworks was caught in the deep for 48 off the bowling of Sowter (2-32) and when Weatherley followed for a rapid 41 from just 23 balls Hampshire were 124-3.
But Liam Dawson, dropped on nought, hit a six onto the pavilion roof and Lewis McManus plundered three more maximums in his 47 from 27 deliveries before departing in the final over.
Middlesex made a woeful start as Kyle Abbott flattened Stevie Eskinazi’s off-stump before both Paul Stirling and Eoin Morgan perished via uppercuts to third man, leaving them 30-3
It was left to Cracknell and Simpson to carry the fight for the hosts. Cracknell had hit the Lord’s score box with a six on his debut in this competition last year and he evoked memories of that occasion with some brutal hitting, taking 20 off Crane’s first over, including a towering six over mid-wicket, as he raced to 50 in 24 balls.
Simpson, helped by four sixes, took just two balls longer to reach 50 as the century stand came in 47 balls. He would clear the ropes once more before McManus stumped off the bowling of Crane.
The leg-spinner then bowled Luke Hollman for 10 before claiming the prize wicket of Cracknell held at the second attempt at backward point by James Fuller.
But Chris Green’s towering six saw the hosts to a first win of the tournament with two balls to spare.
An unbeaten knock of 96 from Alex Hales guided Notts Outlaws to their second win of their Vitality Blast campaign, defeating Durham by 13 runs at Emirates Riverside.
The former England opener notched 10 fours and four sixes in his 54-ball innings, falling just short of a century in the final over. Ben Duckett supported Hales scoring 52 as the Outlaws posted a huge total of 195 for five from their 20 overs.
Durham made a rapid start in their reply, but once the opening stand between David Bedingham and Graham Clark was broken their chase unravelled. Although Bedingham made 65, the home side fell short and slumped to their first defeat of the season.
Notts opener Joe Clarke appeared in great touch once again at the crease, striking Matthew Potts for three-straight boundaries. However, Potts responded by finding his outside edge and Ned Eckersley took the catch at the second attempt.
Hales and Ben Duckett upped the ante in response, with the visitors reaching 62 for two at the end of the powerplay. The two players guided the Outlaws beyond the 100-run mark inside the 11th over before putting on the century stand for the third wicket. Hales was the first to fifty from 32 deliveries before Duckett followed one ball later, notching his second half-century in a row in the competition.
Hales then accelerated his innings, clearing the rope twice from one Liam Trevaskis over. Ben Raine broke the 126-run stand for the third wicket, trapping Duckett in front for 52 in the 15th over. Potts produced a piece of brilliance on the rope to dismiss Steven Mullaney, pushing the ball from past the boundary back into the hands of Scott Borthwick.
Late striking from Hales almost guided him to a deserved hundred, but tight bowling from Raine denied the opener and prevented Notts from breaking past the 200-run mark.
Bedingham and Clark began the Durham innings at a rapid rate, smashing the Outlaws opening bowlers around the ground. They reached their fifty partnership inside four overs, handing the hosts a great platform in the powerplay. Clark dispatched Jake Ball over the fence to move to 39, but the bowler made the breakthrough to end the opening stand.
Matthew Carter turned the game on its head by removing Raine and Cameron Bancroft in the space of three deliveries as the home side fell from 73-0 to 77-3. There would be no repeat of Ned Eckersley's Leicestershire heroics for Durham as he fell to Samit Patel, allowing the visitors to take complete control.
Bedingham offered hope by reaching his first T20 fifty of the term, but once he was bowled by Patel the game was up for the hosts, despite a decent late effort from Brydon Carse and Trevaskis.
Somerset earned their first Vitality Blast win of the season at the third attempt with a 47-run success against Kent Spitfires at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Having been 53 for three, the hosts did well to post 204 for seven, Tom Abell leading the way with 68 off 33 balls and 20-year-old Lewis Goldsworthy making a career-best 48. Grant Stewart claimed three for 33.
Despite an impressive 48 off 23 deliveries from Zak Crawley, Kent never looked likely to reach their target and were bowled out for 157 in the 18th over, Marchant de Lange finishing with three for 18.
Tom Banton’s disappointing start to the Blast continued after Somerset had been invited to bat, the opener caught at deep square off Stewart for nine with the score on 33 in the fourth over.
Will Smeed followed in the next over and when James Hildreth was caught at long-off for 27 to give Joe Denly his only wicket, Somerset looked to be heading for their third below-par total in three Blast games.
Abell had other ideas, reverse sweeping Qais Ahmad for successive fours in the ninth over before unleashing sixes off Ahmad and Darren Stevens as the scoring rate accelerated.
With Goldsworthy lending excellent support, Abell moved to his second Blast fifty of the season off 26 balls, with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
He claimed another maximum off Stewart over deep square before falling in the same over, having added 90 with Goldsworthy off 45 balls.
Goldsworthy hit Fredrick Klasson for a straight six before Stewart had him caught at deep cover. He had faced 29 balls and hit 6 fours.
Kent’s reply got off to a bad start when the fourth ball saw Daniel Bell-Drummond caught at backward point off Craig Overton.
Joe Denly fell to Josh Davey with the score on 14, but Zak Crawley collected 2 sixes off Overton in the fifth over and the powerplay finished with the Spitfires 56 for two.
Goldsworthy’s left-arm spin was greeted with a four and a six by Crawley as he and Sam Billings brought up a fifty stand in 27 balls. But the latter fell to a catch at wide long-on in the same over.
Leg-spinner Max Waller bowled Crawley in his first over and followed up by having Jack Leaning stumped as Kent reached halfway at 89 for five.
With Goldsworthy showing great maturity to recover from conceding ten off his first two overs, Somerset controlled the middle of the innings. The youngster had figures of one for 30 at the end of his four-over stint.
Darren Stevens, Stewart and Ahmad all fell cheaply and Jordan Cox’s battling 33 was nowhere near sufficient to prevent a convincing Somerset win.
Birmingham Bears (170-3)
Northamptonshire Steelbacks (115)
Result - Birmingham Bears won by 55 runs
Birmingham spinner Jake Lintott produced career-best Vitality Blast figures as the Bears hammered Northamptonshire Steelbacks by 55 runs to secure their third straight win.
Lintott finished with four for 20, scything through the Steelbacks’ middle order as the home side subsided to 115 all out – with seven wickets going down for just 17 runs.
That left Northamptonshire well short of the Bears’ total of 170 for three, built around Sam Hain’s undefeated 69 from 42 balls and Pieter Malan’s knock of 62.
Ricardo Vasconcelos gave the Steelbacks hope with a lively 36 from 27 balls but, once he was out, the home side – who remain winless in this season’s Blast – folded rapidly against the Birmingham bowlers.
The Bears opted to bat first, but their innings began badly, with Ed Pollock chopping the first ball of the match from Graeme White into the hands of point, and they struggled to gain any traction during the powerplay.
Will Rhodes departed for 13, miscuing a paddle shot off Wayne Parnell – but the Steelbacks missed their chance to remove Malan, handed a life on 15 as he drove to mid-off, where Ben Sanderson spilled a straightforward catch.
Malan began to find some fluency, while Hain was immediately into his stride, dispatching Nathan Buck’s full toss for four and then slamming the resulting free hit over long on for a maximum.
Their 51-ball partnership realised 90 but, once Malan had holed out with a skier to the wicketkeeper off Sanderson, the Bears’ innings never regained momentum, with White’s impressive figures of one for 19 backed up by efficient death bowling from Parnell and Sanderson.
Like their opponents, Northamptonshire lost a wicket inside the opening over, with stand-in captain Adam Rossington dabbing Danny Briggs straight to mid-off for a second-ball duck.
The Steelbacks suffered a further blow when Hain caught Richard Levi in the deep for 10, but Ricardo Vasconcelos and Parnell appeared to have the rebuilding job under way with a partnership of 42 from 29 balls.
However, three wickets in five deliveries left the middle order in tatters, with Lintott’s change of pace deceiving Vasconcelos and Rob Keogh before Dan Mousley’s first ball trapped Saif Zaib lbw.
Northamptonshire’s collapse swiftly gathered pace as Lintott claimed the wickets of Parnell and White, while Craig Miles (two for 28) rearranged the stumps of Tom Taylor and Charlie Thurston.
Buck’s spirited late counter-attack, with sixes off Brathwaite and Chris Woakes in an unbeaten 26, lifted the total above three figures, but the contest had long been decided.
Yorkshire 240/4 (20 ov)
Leicestershire 222/8 (20 ov)
Result - Yorkshire won by 18 runs
Jonny Bairstow smashed 82 off 45 balls as Yorkshire added to Leicestershire’s miserable start to this season’s Vitality Blast with a thrilling 18-run victory in an Emerald Headingley run fest.
The Vikings amassed 240 for four before the Foxes gave them an almighty scare as Leeds-born Australian Josh Inglis matched Bairstow’s score off only 37 balls.
This was Yorkshire’s third highest total in Blast history and included Adam Lyth’s 51, 44 for David Willey and 48 not out for Harry Brook.
Leicestershire, 146 for three in the 13th over with opener Inglis unbeaten, later slipped to a fourth straight North Group defeat. But Inglis ensured they fought to the death at 222 for eight.
This was Yorkshire’s second win in three North Group games, and 462 runs combined equals the Blast record.
The triumph was built on a 113 opening partnership in 10.1 overs between Bairstow and Lyth, with further half-century stands for the third and fifth wickets.
On a glorious Leeds evening, there were 29 sixes hit.
Each of the Foxes six-man attack was taken to task after home captain Willey had won his side’s 10th toss in 11 in all cricket in 2021.
Afghanistan seamer Naveen-ul-Haq claimed two wickets, getting Willey and Bairstow caught in the deep in the 17th over. That left Yorkshire at 189 for four.
Fellow quick Gavin Griffiths had a night to forget, conceding 60 in three overs.
Bairstow set the tone, giving the Foxes fielders little chance with his power.
Leicestershire’s chase was always going to be a mountainous task.
But that suited the dashing style of 26-year-old opener Inglis, who emigrated to Perth just before turning 15.
Having lost Scott Steel to Willey in the first over, Inglis and Arron Lilley took their side to 50 for one after only 3.4 overs to threaten a miracle.
New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson had Lilley playing on with his first ball - 55 for two in the fifth over.
Inglis and captain Colin Ackermann (32) then shared 86 inside seven overs for the third wicket, but Jordan Thompson’s hand in their departures just about ended the game.
Thompson had Ackermann caught in the deep and then brilliantly caught former under 11s team-mate Inglis one-handed at deep cover off Matthew Fisher.
That left 95 needed off 7.3 overs with six wickets left.
Ben Mike’s 31 helped the target to 31 off two overs and 23 off the last - with three wickets in hand. But Willey comfortably defended that and finished with three for 44.
Derbyshire 196/5 (20 ov)
Lancashire 197/3 (18.2 ov)
Result - Lancashire won by 7 wickets
Alex Davies led Lancashire Lightning to an impressive seven wicket victory over Derbyshire Falcons in the Vitality Blast North Group match at Derby.
Davies hit 13 fours in an unbeaten 83 off 54 balls as Lancashire chased down a target of 197 with 10 balls to spare.
Liam Livingstone, dropped before he scored, smashed four sixes in 45 off 29 balls and Dane Vilas accelerated to an unbeaten 40 from 18 as Lancashire romped to 197-3.
Leus du Plooy scored a T20 best 92 off 56 balls and Harry Came made 56 from 37 in his third Blast appearance but 196 for 5 proved inadequate.
Derbyshire rebuilt after Tom Bailey had Luis Reece caught at mid off and Billy Godleman was bowled in the second over.
Came ramped Bailey for six and du Plooy repeated the stroke to take Derbyshire to 49 for 2 in the powerplay before du Plooy drove Tom Hartley onto the roof of the media centre.
The pair also ran well between the wickets to take the Falcons to 93 for 2 after 10 overs and the stand was worth 100 in 11 when Came pulled Danny Lamb to long on.
Derbyshire were aided by some sloppy ground fielding but there was little they could do when Critchley and du Plooy pulled Lamb for six to take 24 from the 17th over.
Critchley holed out to long on but Wood speared a no ball down the leg side for four byes in another costly over before du Plooy’s outstanding innings ended when he drilled Bailey to deep midwicket in the last over.
Lancashire’s chase began badly with Liam Livingstone dropped at third man by Conor McKerr on his T20 debut before Finn Allen was caught behind for a duck in the first over.
Livingstone ramped McKerr for six, pulled George Scrimshaw for two more before twice dispatching Finn Hudson-Prentice over the ropes as Lancashire ended the powerplay on 72-1.
Livingstone was threatening to run away with the game when he was well caught by Critchley at long off but Davies reached 50 with his 10th four to leave Lancashire needing 84 off the last 10 overs.
Jos Buttler hit two sixes before holing out to deep midwicket attempting a third but Dane Vilas and Davies took 18 off van Beek in the 17th over to settle it.
Essex Eagles vs Sussex Sharks at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Essex Eagles 128/8 lost to Sussex Sharks 130/3 by seven wickets
Luke Wright entered the 2021 Vitality Blast with a stunning 75 off 44 balls as Sussex Sharks made it three wins from three with a seven-wicket victory over Essex Eagles.
The Blast’s all-time leading run-scorer missed the opening two rounds after splitting the webbing in his hand while practising fielding on the eve of the competition.
But made up for lost time by bringing up his fifty in 33 deliveries as Sussex chased down Essex’s below-par 128 for eight with 36 balls to spare.
Wright looked at home right from the start, with boundaries from his second and third deliveries – two of eight fours.
Opening partner Phil Salt earned a life when he bludgeoned a full toss to mid-on, only to earn a reprieve for the umpire to judge the ball to have been above waist-height, much to Simon Harmer’s chagrin.
He was run out for 13, after putting on 54 with Wright before Travis Head added 60 together with the skipper.
Wright continued to his 26th Blast half-century, going past 8,000 T20 career runs, with a pair of straight sixes and another over cow corner.
He departed with six still needed but Delray Rawlins clattered the winning runs over long-off soon after.
Wright’s day had started perfectly as he won the toss and stuck the hosts in – although Will Buttleman struck successive sixes in the fourth over.
On a used hybrid pitch, scoring proved difficult for Essex with only Buttleman, Michael Pepper and Jimmy Neesham’s strike-rates topping 100, for those who reached double figures.
The strain on scoring was exemplified by the last over of the powerplay, which saw just one run, as Paul Walter struggled to lay a bat on Chris Jordan – the run-rate throughout the innings hovering just below seven an over.
To add to the Eagles’ woes, wickets were a regular occurrence.
Tom Westley and Buttleman fell in the powerplay – the former picking out deep mid-wicket off George Garton and the latter slapping a Tymal Mills slower ball to cover.
Walter was stumped, Ryan ten Doeschate clubbed old pal Ravi Bopara to long off, Pepper – having scored 38 off 25 balls – drilled to extra cover, Simon Harmer miscued to mid-wicket, Jack Plom skied to mid-off and Neesham was comprehensively bowled.
Garton ended up with three for 31, with Mills’ two for 21, Jordan’s one for 21 and Bopara’s one for 17 all going at under a run-a-ball.
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