Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 23rd
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 23rd
Vitality Blast Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Jack Leach picked up three wickets on his T20 debut as Somerset eased to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Surrey in the Vitality Blast at the Kia Oval.
Nine years after playing his first game for the county, the 30-year-old England slow left-armer took three for 28 including top scorer Will Jacks for 65 to help restrict Surrey to 146 for eight.
Somerset lost Tom Banton cheaply but James Hildreth and 19-year-old Academy graduate Will Smeed broke the back of the chase with a second-wicket stand of 103, Somerset's second-highest for any wicket in T20.
Hildreth celebrated his 200th T20 appearance with an unbeaten 72, made off 59 balls with nine fours and two sixes, as Somerset wrapped up their second win in the South Group with eight balls to spare.
Earlier, Jacks lodged his second Blast half-century of the season from 43 balls including a brutal assault on Josh Davey in the fifth over when he took 20 off the Somerset seamer from four successive balls.
Jamie Smith had become Leach’s first victim in his second over thanks to a well-judged catch over his shoulder by Ben Green. Jacks and Laurie Evans put on 52 for the second wicket, but Surrey struggled to accelerate after a mix-up led to Evans (10) being run out in the eighth over.
Somerset’s spinners relished the turn on offer, not least Leach who returned to the attack in the 12th over to have his former team-mate Jamie Overton (8) caught at extra cover before claiming Jacks in his next over, when he holed out to long off after facing 43 balls and hitting six fours and three sixes.
After Jacks, their next highest scorer was Rory Burns who made 18 before picking out deep mid-wicket with a slog sweep in the 19th over.
Surrey needed early wickets and Banton’s disappointing form continued when he mis-timed a pull off Gus Atkinson for five. Surrey also employed plenty of spin but Hildreth and Smeed took few risks against them, deciding instead to take on the quicker bowlers, Jade Dernbach’s solitary over going for 19.
Smeed impressed, hitting five fours and three sixes in 42 from 29 balls before Dan Moriarty had him caught off a leading edge. Goldsworthy (1) was bowled round his legs by Gareth Batty, but Tom Lammonby (23 not out), making his first Blast appearance of the season, and Hildreth got the job done.
Somerset batsman James Hildreth said: "It is a really good win for us and we're very happy with how we played. We're aware that we need to put a run of wins together to get some momentum and that's two wins in a row now, which is good.
The wicket was quite tricky. It was a used pitch, quite slow and spinning so it almost felt you had license to play some big shots. It was nice to get a score, and Will (Smeed) and Tom (Lammonby) came in and played with no fear to get us to the target. Dean Conway should be here for Friday (home to Hampshire) which can only help."
Will Jacks: "We were 20 runs short and not good enough with the ball. It was a lacklustre performance, we didn't reach the standards you need to win games of T20 cricket. It's tough to put your finger on it, we knew we had to take it deep with the bat but we lost wickets too frequently. With the ball we didn't execute our plans well enough, it's as simple as that. We've now got an opportunity now on Friday against Middlesex to turn it around."
Northamptonshire Steelbacks recorded their first win of their Vitality Blast campaign, hammering Durham by nine wickets in their clash at Emirates Riverside.
Adam Rossington and Ricardo Vasconcelos broke the Steelbacks' highest opening stand to chase down Durham's total of 158 with ease. Vasconcelos notched his highest T20 score of 78 to drive his side over the line, ending their winless run in the competition at the seventh time of asking.
Fine bowling from Mohammad Nabi and Graeme White limited the home side to 157 for five, with the two spinners claiming two wickets apieceas Sean Dickson was the only Durham batsman to look comfortable on the wicket. The hosts endured an evening to forget in both disciplines, dropping their second game of the term.
The start of the contest summed up Durham's evening as David Bedingham fell to the second delivery, feathering an edge behind off the bowling of Nabi. Ben Stokes tried to inject pace into the innings, but his attempt to strike Nabi out of the ground resulted in a leading edge that was well taken by White for 11.
Matters got worse for the hosts when White removed Clark as Rossington stumped him off a wide. Ben Raine followed in the next over, presenting debutant Freddie Heldreich with his maiden Blast wicket, leaving the hosts 57 for four. Cameron Bancroft and Dickson put on a stand of fifty for the second game in a row to propel their team towards the 150-run mark.
White halted the momentum when notched his second wicket via stumping as he dismissed the Durham captain for 27. Dickson provided the late burst, reaching his first fifty for Durham from 35 deliveries. He and Brydon Carse lifted the home side to a total of 157 for five.
Rossington got the Steelbacks off to a rapid start in response, striking 14 from Stokes' first over of the contest. Vasconcelos provided ample support, picking the gaps in the field to find the boundary. The Northamptonshire openers propelled their side well above the required rate in the powerplay, posting 66 from the opening six overs.
Rossington brought up a fine half-century from 28 balls, displaying a fine range of shots around the crease. The century stand for the opening wicket soon followed in style as Rossington produced a brilliant strike over cover for six.
Vasconcelos joined his skipper to reach a fifty for the first time in T20 cricket, pulling Stokes to the fence. In the process, the Steelbacks duo notched the club's highest partnership for the opening wicket. Liam Trevaskis removed Rossington for 59, but it did not affect the visitors as they marched towards their first win of the campaign with 13 balls to spare.
Durham coach James Franklin: "We certainly weren't at the races today. I actually thought we got a competitive total in the end after a slow start. Sean Dickson and Cameron Bancroft played beautifully. We got blown out of the water in the powerplay. Rossington played very well as did Vasconcelos. It was very much a below-par performance from us from how we've been playing. We've been playing some good T20 cricket, but sometimes you have these games. The games come thick and fast so we have the chance to get back to winning ways."
Northamptonshire skipper Adam Rossington: "It's nice to get that first win. We've been outplayed in a few games before this, but this was a real good performance from us all over the field. Freddie Heldreich was very good, and it's always lovely to see a lad take a wicket on his debut. He bowled brilliantly today.
"Mohammad Nabi set the tone for us with the ball in the powerplay. Freddie and Graeme White did a brilliant job for us. All three of them were fantastic. There's no doubt that we've struggled a little bit at the top of the order this year. I think we had the best of the conditions and once we got on top of them we were able to bat them out of the game."
Harry Brook and Jordan Thompson shared a Vitality Blast record sixth-wicket partnership of 141 to help Yorkshire recover from 15 for four to beat Worcestershire at Emerald Headingley.
Brook smashed 83 not out off 54 balls and Thompson 66 unbeaten off 28 as the Vikings amassed 191 for five after Dillon Pennington had earlier taken four wickets in his first eight balls without concession.
Not only did this 56-ball alliance produce the highest sixth-wicket partnership in Blast history, it was also the second highest ever in the world for that wicket and helped Yorkshire secure top spot in the North Group with a fifth win in seven games.
Riki Wessels’ 77 off 45 led Worcester’s spirited chase as they finished on 179 for five. This was their second defeat in 48 hours after last night’s defeat by 10 wickets against Nottinghamshire. This one, their third in seven games, came by 12 runs.
Pennington removed Adam Lyth, Jonny Tattersall and Gary Ballance in his first over - a triple wicket maiden in the third of the match - and then trapped Joe Root lbw for one in his next.
Wessels will rue dropping Brook at midwicket on two off Ed Barnard’s seamers. Yorkshire would have been 21 for five, and it was clearly the fixture’s key moment.
The 4,000 strong Headingley crowd were mesmerised by the remarkable power hitting of Brook and Thompson. They shared 11 sixes and recorded their second career fifties.
Pennington, four for 24, conceded three runs off his first three overs from the Kirkstall Lane End and later 21 off his fourth.
While Brook produced the higher total, Thompson’s was the most eye-catching innings.
He reached 50 off 21 balls as 158 runs came from the last 11 overs for the loss of one wicket.
The pair came together at 50 for five in the 11th and peppered the stands on both sides of the wicket and down the ground.
Opener Wessels tried his best to atone for the earlier catching error with a season’s best score.
From 50 for three in the eighth over, he shared 68 in seven overs with captain Ben Cox to keep the Rapids afloat.
But when he was yorked by Matthew Fisher at 118 for four in the 15th, it felt like the game for Yorkshire’s. And so it proved. But only just.
Cox finished 61 not out and helped take the target to 23 off the last over, in which Fisher (two for 33) struck again.
Yorkshire all-rounder Jordan Thompson said: “At 15-4, going at three or so an over, you’re staring down the barrel of only getting 100.
“But myself and Harry Brook just kept going. Every shot we tried to play came off, and we found ourselves with 190. It was very enjoyable.
“I’m quite annoyed our stand wasn’t the world record! No, seriously, we can’t complain.
“Having come off at half-time, we were desperate to win the game. Had we lost, it would have been a bit of an anti-climax.
“That’s the best innings I’ve ever played. Everything seemed like slow motion. To do in front of this crowd was good and to win even better.”
Worcestershire seamer Dillon Pennington said:“Tonight, we started well, but it got gradually harder. Brook and Thompson played very well, and going into the batting it was a challenge.
“But we gave it our best go. It just didn’t quite work out for us.
“It was amazing really (his spell). I’ve been nervous and have just wanted to get a performance in for the T20s. Luckily, that opening spell summed up what I wanted to do.
“To get Joe Root was pretty cool. It was awesome just to bowl at him, let alone get him out.
“Yesterday (Notts) was one of those games which happens in T20. Today was a chance to put things right. Although we were on the wrong side of it, I think we’ve had a pretty good game.”
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