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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 19th - 20th

Vitality Blast 2021
Vitality Blast 2021
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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 19th - 20th

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Sunday, June 20, 2021 - all matches start at 2.30 PM BST

 

Gloucestershire v Hampshire (Bristol County Ground)

Persistent, and unexpected, rain caused Gloucestershire’s Vitality Blast match with Hampshire at Bristol to be abandoned.

 The forecast suggested a grey but dry afternoon, only for steady rain to move in and remain over Nevil Road.

 The umpires finally ended any chance of play at 4.20pm with both sides taking a point each.

 Gloucestershire welcome Kent to Bristol on Tuesday while Hampshire travel to Taunton on Friday.

Kent Spitfires v Essex Eagles (Canterbury)

Kent Spitfires thrashed Essex Eagles by 67 runs in a record-breaking Vitality Blast win at Canterbury.  

A blistering display by openers Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond made Essex rue their decision to bowl first after winning the toss, as Kent posted 236 for three.

Bell-Drummond smashed 88 from 44 balls, including six sixes, while Crawley hit cleared the rope four times on his way to 69 from 39 balls. After a mini-wobble, Jack Leaning’s 42 not out from 17 steered Kent to their highest ever Blast score. 

Leaning then took three for 15 as Essex were all out for 169, Adam Wheater their top scorer with 46. 

The start was delayed by an hour due to a wet outfield and the visitors made a poor start, Wheater missing two early chances. He could have stumped Crawley when he was on nought and subsequently dropped him on 34. 

Bell-Drummond reached 50 with successive sixes off Aron Niijar and Kent were 145 for nought in the 12th over when Crawley was finally lbw to Paul Walter. 

Bell-Drummond survived till the 16th when he was caught by Wheater off Sam Cook and Denly fell for 8 in similar fashion, slashing at Jack Plom. This slowed the scoring rate slightly but Leaning hit 25 off the penultimate over from James Neesham and Alex Blake hit an unbeaten 16 to steer Kent past their previous record Blast score of 231. 

Essex initially kept up with the run rate, but lost wickets too frequently to seriously threaten. Denly bowled Will Buttleman for eight with the fourth ball of the innings and Dan Lawrence then chopped Grant Stewart to Qais Ahmad for 16. 

Michael Pepper holed out to Darren Stevens and was caught by Blake for seven, before Leaning produced a brilliant catch off his own bowling to remove Neesham for one, holding a violently-struck drive. Cox stumped Ryan ten Doeschate off Leaning for one and Leaning then bowled Walter for eight. 

Ahmad dismissed Wheater with his first ball, caught by Blake at long on and Simon Harmer went down swinging with 31 before he was caught by Leaning on the cow corner boundary, off Fred Klaassen. 

Plom was caught behind for nought off Matt Milnes, who secured an emphatic victory for Kent when Blake sprinted in from the long on boundary to catch Sam Cook for 18, with four balls remaining. 

Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond said: The umpires made a great decision to get the game on. It was really wet out there and I think in most normal circumstances out there, without a crowd, we wouldn’t have been playing. We were a bit confused about how to start and everyone was finding their feet, but Zac got going and I followed suit. 

(Asked what he thought their chances were of posting a record in the wet conditions at the St Lawrence). “Zero chance! I thought the boundaries were really small towards the Old Dover Road and I wanted to bowl first because we thought it would seam about. The groundsman said part of the wicket was a tiny bit wet, but it clearly didn’t matter. Four overs in Zac said to me I think this is really flat, I think I’ve been playing this wrong, which he wasn’t, but we all saw a green, wettish wicket, with gloomy conditions. Luckily we were able to make use of that last few overs in the powerplay and carry on.” 

Essex’s head coach Anthony McGrath said: “It wasn’t a great start. There was a stumping chance in that first over which could have made a difference but when someone gets a hundred odd for none, you’re up against it. We fought back a little bit but in the end 230-odd’s always going to be a big chase. At the moment we’re not batting well and we’re not bowling well so we’ve got to find some solutions and pretty quickly. 

(On bowling first) “We just felt with the wicket being under cover for the last couple of days with the rain there might be a little bit there early on. We went with the extra batting options today and made a couple of changes and changed the balance of the team, so we felt chasing was obviously the best way forward.” 

Yorkshire Vikings v Derbyshire (Emerald Headingley)

Joe Root top-scored with 49 off 36 balls as he captained Yorkshire to a 39-run Vitality Blast win over Derbyshire Falcons at Emerald Headingley.

The England Test captain is back in Vikings colours prior to one-day international duty next week and contributed significantly, alongside Harry Brook’s unbeaten 48, to their 174 for six having been inserted. 

Seamer George Scrimshaw claimed a career best three for 30 for the Falcons, who then fell well short of their target at 135 all out in 19 overs. 

Dom Bess and Lockie Ferguson finished with three for 21 apiece as Yorkshire claimed a fourth win in six North Group games to move top of the group at time of victory. Derbyshire suffered their fifth defeat in seven. 

Root missed out on a sixth half-century in his last seven Blast innings dating back to July 2018. But he still averages a fabulous 75.59 with 378 runs in that sequence.

He came into Yorkshire’s team as one of four changes from last Wednesday’s win at Worcestershire - Friday’s clash with Birmingham was rained off - with Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid and regular skipper David Willey all on T20 international duty.

Root was in after five balls of the game and navigated his side away from danger at eight for one and later 56 for three in the eighth over on a true pitch.

Typically busy, he shared 57 in six overs for the fourth wicket with Brook before being caught at mid-on off impressive Scrimshaw, who also removed Gary Ballance and Will Fraine.

Jordan Thompson twice, Brook and Matthew Waite shared four sixes in the last nine balls of the innings to boost Yorkshire’s total.

And Root, captaining his county for the first time in a limited overs game, struck 10 balls into Derbyshire’s chase when Luis Reece skewed his off-spin high to point - three for one.

New Zealand overseas quick Lockie Ferguson and seamer Matthew Waite also struck in their first overs to remove Harry Came and Billy Godleman.

And when Bess claimed a sharp return catch to remove Leus du Plooy, Derbyshire were in deep trouble at 49 for four after nine overs.

Bess had Matt Critchley caught at long-on and Brook Guest caught at long-off to secure career best figures in only his 10th T20 appearance - 84 for six in the 14th.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice hit 34 and Alex Thomson 28, but they only added respectability before falling to successive Thompson deliveries in the 18th over - 126 for eight.

Ferguson then cleaned up the tail in the penultimate.

Yorkshire off-spinner Dom Bess said: 

“I haven’t played a lot of first-team T20. When I was at Somerset, it was mostly in the second team. It’s nice to get the opportunity and contribute to a really strong win. It was great fun.

“There’s still a long way to go in the group. We know that when you get on runs, you can do what we’re doing now - tick along. But, visa versa, when things aren’t going your way. 

“It’s really important we keep this momentum going, and it’s a big game against Worcester here on Wednesday.

“We’ve had Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid and Dave Willey out, but it shows the strength we have in the squad that people have come in and done a job.

“It was nice to nice have Rooty back. Rooty just played like Rooty does. It’s absolute gold dust to have him around.” 

 

Derbyshire’s T20 head coach Dominic Cork said:

“That’s our poorest performance of the season. In Yorkshire’s innings, we got ourselves in a good position. We just lacked a bit of a quality in our bowling. 

“I don’t want to harp on about it, but we were up against three internationals. They are facts, and I don’t want to make excuses.  

“I don’t know what was wrong with us - whether it was playing at Headingley or playing against Yorkshire or playing against Joe Root! 

“We’ve won only two games, and it would take a magnificent effort for us to qualify. But if we get on a roll, you never know.

“I hate losing, and anybody who has followed my career knows that. But any side can have some disastrous days. 

“We’ve had a meeting, and we’ve all been honest. All I can ask of the players is that when they come off the field, they have left everything on it.”

Durham v Birmingham Bears (Emirates Riverside)

Durham 185 for four beat Birmingham Bears 163 for eight by 22 runs

Durham made it four wins out of six in their Vitality Blast campaign as Ben Stokes made a successful return in a 22-run win over Birmingham Bears at Emirates Riverside.

Stokes made his first appearance since April returning from a broken finger, and his first game for the hosts since August 2018. He scored 29, notched one wicket and claimed two catches, although Cameron Bancroft's unbeaten 76 was the foundation of Durham's triumph.

The Bears lacked the pace to accelerate their innings to chase down the required 186 to win. Brydon Carse recorded career-best figures of three for 30 to limit Birmingham to 163 for eight, allowing the home side to ease over the line and join Yorkshire Vikings and the Bears on nine points at the top of the North Group.

After a 10-week absence from the field, Stokes was called into action in the first over as David Bedingham's run of fifties came to an end when he was stumped off Danny Briggs' bowling. The England man found his rhythm by sweeping Briggs for back-to-back boundaries.

Stokes looked to accelerate and notched two further fours off Carlos Brathwaite, but his old adversary accounted for his wicket as he was caught behind attempting a reverse sweep for 29. Despite his departure, Durham were in a solid position at the end of the powerplay at 51 for two.

Bancroft kept the innings ticking through the middle overs, although boundaries were at a premium considering the size of the outfield. The skipper put on a partnership of 88 for the fourth wicket with Sean Dickson handing the hosts a strong platform for the final five overs. Bancroft reached his maiden T20 fifty for Durham from 40 deliveries, providing the anchor for his side.

The Aussie's confidence was flowing towards the climax of the innings, ramping and sweeping Brathwaite to the boundary, allowing Durham to post 185 from their 20 overs.

Birmingham made a solid start in the powerplay, but Stokes ended the opening stand with a brilliant catch to remove Ed Pollock after he skied a Carse delivery. The Bears reached 48 for one after the first six overs to keep up with the required rate. Adam Hose took a painful blow for Stokes in a sensitive region and struggled to regain his composure before being bowled by Scott Borthwick.

Will Rhodes made a brisk 36 from 25 balls before falling to Liam Trevaskis, putting pressure on Sam Hain to keep the chase moving. Brathwaite announced his arrival at the crease with a huge six over mid-off, but Carse had his revenge as Stokes claimed his second catch of the day to dismiss the West Indian.

Tim Bresnan offered late hope with 20 from eight deliveries, but the Bears ultimately fell short courtesy of late strikes from Borthwick and Stokes to close out the win for the hosts.

Durham captain Cameron Bancroft: "It was a pretty good performance from us today. I thought we got 20 runs over par with the bat on what turned out to be a tough pitch. We executed quite well with the ball. Any win and any momentum you can build you take in this competition. It's going well for us at the moment. You always want to try to contribute to the team. It was nice to be involved in a couple of partnerships to get us up to a decent score.

"It was awesome to have Ben Stokes out there. He was awesome out there. He brings great energy to the team. He loves putting on the Durham shirt. Clearly no matter what team he is playing for he is passionate and committed to playing each game. Today was no different and the boys really enjoyed it. Hopefully he can stick around for a little bit longer.

 Birmingham Bears skipper Will Rhodes: "We let them get 10 to 15 runs over par. Bancroft and Dickson played very well in the middle overs. They clearly knew their home conditions and stuck to it. They're a very good team and you don't mind being outplayed, and we've been outplayed today. Fair play to Durham.

 "We gave ourselves a chance, but wickets in hand and scoreboard pressure all took its toll in the end. We were chasing that little bit too much. It's a massive outfield here at the Riverside so it was always going to be tough. It's only our second loss this year, it's T20 cricket, you're not going to win every game, but we've got to bounce back against Derbyshire next."

Lancashire Lightning v Notts Outlaws (Emirates Old Trafford)

Lancashire Lightning 172-4 (20) v  Notts Outlaws 172 (20) Match Tied

Superb death bowling by Notts Outlaws’ Jake Ball and Luke Fletcher was enough to secure a tie for their side against Lancashire Lightning after the tensest of T20 matches at Emirates Old Trafford.

Needing eight runs off the last two deliveries of their innings to overhaul the Outlaws’ 172 all out, Lancashire looked to be home when Keaton Jennings hoisted Fletcher over midwicket for six but the opener was run out for a 61-ball 88 by Steven Mullaney’s accurate throw when attempting to complete the second run that would have won the game.  It is Nottinghamshire’s second tie in this year’s Vitality Blast. 

Much earlier in the afternoon the Outlaws scored 55 runs in the Powerplay but lost three wickets in doing so. Tom Hartley was involved in all the dismissals, with the catches that removed Joe Clarke and Sol Budinger sandwiching his snaring of Alex Hales, who skied the left-arm spinner to Finn Allen at cover when he had made 33.

Clarke’s innings had included five successive boundaries in Steven Croft’s second over and something of that fearless momentum was maintained by Ben Duckett and Tom Moores, whose fifty partnership off 36 balls was brought up with Duckett’s six over square leg off Croft.

Hartley returned to end the 58-run stand when he had Duckett leg before wicket for 35. Moores, however, held things together before being eighth out for a 40-ball 48 in the nineteenth over, caught by Davies off Lamb, who finished with three for 22, his best T20 return.

Lancashire’s pursuit of their 173-run began in brutal fashion as Allen and Jennings scored 64 runs over their Powerplay overs with both openers hitting two sixes. The pair maintained a brisk rate of progress and the home side were 92 without loss at the midpoint of their innings.

Jennings brought up the century partnership with a straight six off Calvin Harrison and Allen hoisted  Matt Carter over long on to reach his fifty off 36 balls. Jennings reached his own fifty off one fewer balls but Allen was caught at long off for 60 by Clarke off Patel in the same over.

The end of the 118-run opening stand was quickly followed by the departure of Alex Davies and Lancashire needed 43 runs off the last five overs.

Patel completed outstanding figures of one for 18 to leave Lightning needing 27 off three overs but 12 were still needed off the final over of the match, bowled by Fletcher.  

Notts Outlaws’ wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Moores:

“It was a great game for everyone to come and watch. I felt we could have won it but it was certainly enjoyable to play in. We thought 172 was better than par. There are large boundaries here and it was a used wicket, so we knew what they would use a lot of spin. We came well-prepared but Finn Allen and Keaton Jennings played brilliantly.

“Calvin’s been very impressive for someone who’s just starting out on his career. He’s really cool and knows his job. Samit is Samit. He steps up for the big occasion, loves the contest and always wants to be man of the match.”

Lancashire opener Keaton Jennings:

“It was absolutely gutting to get so close, and get to the point where you should win it.  You want to get your team over the line and then you don’t win it and you only walk away with one point.

“It was a really good game of cricket and great to be a part of but bitterly disappointing when you don’t walk away with all the points.

“We felt their score might be a little over par.  We knew the surface was tiring and at halfway we knew it would get harder and harder. But we got into a really good position and you can look at a thousand different things from the 240 balls bowled where you think if something goes slightly more your way you get that extra run. 

“It wasn’t to be. It was a really entertaining game and the 4,500 here today got their money’s worth which is brilliant. It was great to be a part but I’m just disappointed not come away with a win against a really strong Notts side. 

Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Leicestershire Foxes (The County Ground Northampton)

Leicestershire 200-2

Northamptonshire 166-7

Josh Inglis struck a T20 career-best 103 not out as Leicestershire beat Northamptonshire by 34 runs to record a first Vitality Blast win of the campaign.

The Yorkshire-born Australian thrashed four sixes and 13 fours in a stunning 62-ball knock, sharing a century stand with skipper Colin Ackerman for the third wicket as the previously winless Foxes piled up 200-2.

Callum Parkinson with two for 19 and Gavin Griffiths two for 23 made sure still winless Northamptonshire fell well short, finishing 166-7 despite an unbeaten 50 from Rob Keogh.

Inglis dominated from the get go, his six over mid-wicket off Ben Sanderson in the second over a sign of things to come.

Fellow opener Scott Steel left early after splicing Tom Taylor to mid-off and the hosts were left to regret skipper Adam Rossington missing a chance to stump the new batsman  Arron Lilley when he’d made just 12, Nabi the unlucky bowler.

Lilley made the most of the reprieve, hitting Graeme White for successive sixes, the second landing in a garden of nearby Clark Road, as he made 44 off 29 balls in a second wicket stand of 67 with Inglis before holing out at mid-off.

Inglis, starved of strike during that stand, picked up where he’d left off, Going to 50 off with a glorious straight six off White.

With Ackerman (31) content to play second fiddle, Inglis unfurled nine more fours, finding all parts of the boundary in a stellar display of improvisation. He would also outdo teammate Lilley in smiting the biggest six of the day before dinking Ben Sanderson over fine leg to reach three figures in the final over.

The Steelbacks soon lost skipper Adam Rossington when he sliced one skywards to backward point from the bowling of Parkinson.

Richard Levi responded by bludgeoning Ackerman over the ropes at cow corner, but the visitors struck again when Naveen-ul-Haq produced a brute of a Yorker which struck the wicketkeeper on the foot leaving him plumb lbw.

Levi (30) was castled by a flighted delivery from Ackerman before Griffiths struck twice in three balls, removing Wayne Parnell for 15 and Saif Naib for a duck to leave the hosts 69-5.

Nabi hit a six onto the pavilion roof and Keogh reached his half century from the last ball of the match, but the game was long gone.

Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley said: 

"I think you have to give credit where credit is due and it was a very good inning by Josh Inglis. 

He didn't give us a chance in terms of a catch or anything like that. He hit the ball in different areas over short third man and fine leg and had power.

"You try and debrief as honestly as you can and put things we could have done differently on the table.

Maybe we could have kept trying to get Inglis out rather than dropping back to defend and just trying to stop him from scoring. 

"We were under the pump because 200 was above par and we needed something special from our top order, but we are short of runs. That was only our second 50 this year the one Rob Keogh scored there. We are short, we know we're short and time is running out."

 Leicestershire centurion Josh Inglis said: 

"While Arron (Lilley) was really going I just thought it was a better option for me just to get him on strike and take it deeper. I probably faced five balls in three or four overs, so I had to try and keep my head and not go too hard.

"The scoop is a shot I'm very comfortable in playing and it's one of my better boundary options. It's a pain for the bowlers because if you can play it, fine leg has to come up and it brings someone else in the ring and creates other options. 

"I was thinking about the hundred at 90 but by that time you are looking to hit most balls for four or six, so it is not the same as the pressure of being on 90 in a four-day game. I wasn't too bothered, I was just trying to get the ball over the rope." 

Saturday, June 19th , 2021 - match due to start at 7 PM BST

 

Somerset v Glamorgan

No play was possible in the Vitality Blast South Group match between Somerset and Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

Rain was already falling ahead of the scheduled 7pm start, delaying the toss and announcement of the teams.

The weather worsened as the evening progressed, forcing umpires Nigel Llong and Steve O'Shaughnessy to abandon any prospect of play at 8.25pm.

The abandonment left Somerset on four points from five games and Glamorgan on five from six matches, both with plenty of work to do to qualify from the group.

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Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond said: The umpires made a great decision to get the game on. It was really wet out there and I think in most normal circumstances out there, without a crowd, we wouldn’t have been playing. We were a bit confused about how to start and everyone was finding their feet, but Zac got going and I followed suit. 

(Asked what he thought their chances were of posting a record in the wet conditions at the St Lawrence). “Zero chance! I thought the boundaries were really small towards the Old Dover Road and I wanted to bowl first because we thought it would seam about. The groundsman said part of the wicket was a tiny bit wet, but it clearly didn’t matter. Four overs in Zac said to me I think this is really flat, I think I’ve been playing this wrong, which he wasn’t, but we all saw a green, wettish wicket, with gloomy conditions. Luckily we were able to make use of that last few overs in the powerplay and carry on.” 

Essex’s head coach Anthony McGrath said: “It wasn’t a great start. There was a stumping chance in that first over which could have made a difference but when someone gets a hundred odd for none, you’re up against it. We fought back a little bit but in the end 230-odd’s always going to be a big chase. At the moment we’re not batting well and we’re not bowling well so we’ve got to find some solutions and pretty quickly. 

(On bowling first) “We just felt with the wicket being under cover for the last couple of days with the rain there might be a little bit there early on. We went with the extra batting options today and made a couple of changes and changed the balance of the team, so we felt chasing was obviously the best way forward.”