Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 18th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 18th
Friday, June 18, 2021
Glamorgan v Middlesex (Sophia Gardens)
Colin Ingram smashed 75 runs off 48 balls to lead Glamorgan to a Vitality Blast triumph over Middlesex.
The Glammy batsman carried his side to a total of 150 for nine before Timm van der Gugten starred with the ball, taking three wickets for 16 runs to secure a 21-run victory in Cardiff.
Glamorgan won the toss and chose to bat. A sweeping six from Colin Ingram in the first over was a sign of things to come before Blake Cullen came into the attack and trapped Nick Selman lbw to halt their early momentum.
The early wicket brought Marnus Labuschagne to the crease, but it was his batting partner Ingram who accelerated the run rate through to the end of the sixth over to take the score to 41-1 after a strong finish to the first powerplay.
But Steven Finn dented Glamorgan’s positive start in the 10th over.
First, he bowled Labuschagne for 13 before dismissing stand-in skipper David Lloyd with the next ball to leave Glamorgan 74-3 at the halfway stage.
Ingram celebrated his fifty off 30 balls before Kiran Carlson was caught and bowled by Luke Hollman.
Callum Taylor was next to fall to Hollman and was followed by Dan Douthwaite who was caught in the deep by the 20-year-old attempting to hit a Finn delivery for six.
Finn bowled Ruaidhri Smith for a duck to collect his fourth wicket before Ingram’s important innings came to an end when he was caught by Paul Stirling off the bowling of Cullen.
van der Gugten hit a quick 18 runs at the tail to help Glamorgan set Middlesex a target of 151 runs for victory as Finn ended with four wickets at the cost of only 19 runs.
The Middlesex chase got off to a nightmare start when Stephen Eskinazi nicked a Prem Sisodiya delivery into the hands of Tom Cullen.
Sisodiya played his part in a second early wicket as he caught Joe Cracknell off the bowling of van der Gugten to bring England captain Eoin Morgan to the crease.
The visitors had posted 35 runs for two wickets at the end of the first six overs.
Stirling was denied his half-century when Ingram caught him off the bowling of van der Gugten for a spirited 46 off 36 balls.
Simpson went for a duck after being trapped lbw by Lloyd as the chase stalled, and their chances of victory took another hit when Morgan was bowled by Smith for 33.
With the required run rate creeping up, Hollman went for 12, and Middlesex were tasked with hitting 31 runs from the final two overs.
But they ultimately fell short with a total of 128 to leave them cemented to the bottom of the South Group.
Notts Outlaws v Derbyshire (Trent Bridge)
Veteran all-rounder Samit Patel took the starring role as Nottinghamshire Outlaws beat Derbyshire by two runs to go second in the North Group after a Vitality Blast match shortened by rain to 15 overs a side.
The 36-year-old hit three sixes and six fours in an unbeaten 62 - his first half-century in the format for three years in his 110th consecutive appearance - and in taking two for 14 from three overs of his left-arm spin entered the record books as the first English player to complete the double of 250 wickets and 5,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.
Luis Reece hit 56 from 26 balls and Leus Du Plooy an unbeaten 58 including a six off the last ball but Derbyshire fell two runs short of their target of 153.
Ben Duckett supported Patel with 38 off 25 balls as the Outlaws totalled 152 for six, the wickets shared equally between seamers Logan Van Beek and George Scrimshaw.
Asked to bat first, the Outlaws lost top scorers Alex Hales and Joe Clarke in the opening over, Hales leg before for a duck after Logan Van Beek’s opening delivery was called wide, Clarke well caught by Billy Godleman on the run from mid-off.
Debutant Sol Budinger confidently cut his first ball for four off Conor McKerr but was dropped at mid-off in the same over and miscued Van Beek to be caught by the wicketkeeper in the next.
The Outlaws were restricted to 40 for three from a 4.3 over powerplay before Scrimshaw removed Tom Moores. Duckett pulled Luis Reece for the first six of the night but fell when Scrimshaw found some extra bounce and had him caught at backward point. Scrimshaw claimed his third wicket as Mullaney holed out to midwicket but Patel lifted Finn Hudson-Prentice and Critchley’s leg spin over the rope in a 23-ball half-century and did the same to McKerr.
Derbyshire were 19 without loss after an untidy first over by spinner Matt Carter. They were checked by Jake Ball taking wickets with his first two balls as Harry Came looped to deep gully and Billy Godleman hit straight to mid-off but Luis Reece hit Luke Fletcher for 18 and there were sixes for both Reece and Leus du Plooy in Ball’s second over as Derbyshire posted 61 for two in the powerplay.
Reece fell when he picked out Hales on the long-on boundary before Patel took his place in the record books by pinning Critchley leg before as the left-arm spinner teamed up with skipper Mullaney in stemming the flow of runs, Patel bowling Hudson-Prentice, before holding a tricky catch as Carter dismissed Brooke Guest.
Du Plooy hit three sixes to take the Falcons close but ultimately not close enough.
Yorkshire Vikings v Durham (Emerald Headingley)
The Vitality Blast match between early North Group high flyers Yorkshire and Durham at Emerald Headingley was washed out without a ball bowled.
Steady rain in Leeds throughout the afternoon and into the evening forced umpires Graham Lloyd and Tim Robinson to call the game off at 8pm.
Both sides came into this fixture having won three and lost one from four, and the one point apiece now gives them seven points from five games.
Yorkshire sit second and Durham third, positions which could be altered later should Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.
Both sides are back in action on Sunday at 2.30pm.
Yorkshire host Derbyshire Falcons at Headingley in a game which will see Joe Root return to county colours for the Vikings. He is expected to play their next “three or four” Blast games, according to coach Andrew Gale.
Captain David Willey will now depart for England T20 duty, with the White Rose yet to confirm the identity of his replacement.
Durham, meanwhile, host league leaders Birmingham Bears at Emirates Riverside.
Yorkshire captain David Willey said:
“It’s been a good start to the competition for us. Different people have stood up and performed, which is what good sides do.
“The England lads have helped us get off to a good start. We’ll lose a few now, including myself. But hopefully we can maintain the momentum.
“We’ve had a set game plan as to how we want to play, and we started work on it over 12 months ago. Last year was a bit disjointed, but it’s going well now.”
Durham coach James Franklin, with an update on Ben Stokes’ return to action following a broken finger, said:
“There’s no timeframe at the moment. Every day, he feels like he’s getting that little bit closer. But when that day is that he gets out there, that’s to be determined by himself and the ECB.
“We’re really looking forward to that day, but exactly when that is I can’t say.”
Surrey v Hampshire (Kia Oval)
Surrey’s Vitality Blast match against Hampshire Hawks at the Kia Oval was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy and persistent rain in south London.
Conditions were so wet, and the evening forecast so poor, that the decision to abandon was taken by umpires Paul Pollard and Peter Hartley at around 4pm, two and a half hours before the scheduled start at 6.30pm.
Both teams took one point from the no result, and for Surrey it completed a sad double as their home fixture against Sussex Sharks 24 hours earlier had also fallen foul of the weather – albeit after five overs had been bowled.
Surrey, still unbeaten in the South Group after winning their first three games, now have eight points from five matches and Hampshire have three points from their first five fixtures.
The Hawks next face Gloucestershire at Bristol on Sunday, while Surrey can enjoy a weekend off ahead of their floodlit clash against Essex Eagles at the Kia Oval on Monday evening.
Worcestershire Rapids v Northamptonshire Steelbacks (New Road)
Worcestershire Rapids and Northamptonshire Steelbacks were thwarted by the weather as their Vitality Blast North Group clash at New Road was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Umpires Nigel Llong and Paul Baldwin called off play after making a third and final inspection at 6.30pm.
Steady rain fell during the early part of the afternoon and a wet outfield plus continual gloomy light meant both sides had to settle for one point apiece.
It was a frustrating end on his 34th birthday to Moeen Ali’s five game spell as Rapids captain before he links up with England for their T20I series against Sri Lanka.
The Steelbacks collected their first point of the campaign after losing their opening four matches.
Essex Eagles v Gloucestershire (The Cloudfm County Ground)
Match Abandoned without a ball bowled
Gloucestershire’s trip to the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford in the Vitality Blast was abandoned without a ball being bowled for the fifth year in a row.
Persistent heavy rain throughout Friday meant that the outfield became saturated and any play was unlikely, despite Stuart Kerrison and his ground staff team’s hard work.
The umpires made sure the curse of the fixture remained at a 5.15pm inspection to give Gloucestershire and Essex Eagles a point each.
The two sides now haven’t met at the Eagles’ home since 2016 – where Michael Klinger’s 78 set up an eight-wicket victory.
Of the Eagles side which played that day, only three were in the squad to feature tonight – including Dan Lawrence who was due to make his return after his England Test appearances.
In 2018 and 2019 rain meant no action as possible, with 2017 the outlier due to a toss being made and teams named before the inclement weather arrived.
The 2020 fixture was also cancelled although on that occasion it was the Covid-19 pandemic, with the two counties split into different groups, rather than the weather that accounted for the lack of action.
Essex are back in action on Sunday against Kent Spitfires, aiming to halt a four-game winless run in the Blast, while mid-table Gloucestershire face Hampshire Hawks at home on the same day.
Birmingham Bears v Lancashire Lightning (Edgbaston)
Birmingham Bears and Lancashire Lightning endured an evening of frustration at Edgbaston where their Vitality Blast clash was washed out.
Relentless Birmingham rain meant that a mouth-watering tussle between two of the leading sides in the North Group never got off the ground with. The game was officially called off at 5.30pm, an hour before the scheduled start.
The Lightning were denied a chance to bounce back from their defeat at Durham last night while the washout interrupted the Bears' sequence of four straight wins.
The Bears will seek to resume that sequence away to fellow high-fliers Durham on Sunday while the Lightning face Notts Outlaws at Emirates Old Trafford.
Sussex Sharks v Somerset (The 1st Central County Ground)
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled
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