Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 24th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 24th
Thursday, June 24, 2021
A change of captaincy worked wonders for Derbyshire Falcons as they beat Birmingham Bears by five wickets in the Vitality Blast Edgbaston.
In their first match since Matt Critchley replaced Billy Godleman as skipper, the Falcons excelled in the field to restricted the Bears to 167 for nine on a good batting pitch with a short boundary on one side.
Ed Pollock blazed 46 (21 balls) and Michael Burgess made 41 (34) but the Falcons bowled with aggression and purpose, led by George Scrimshaw (three for 23), Fynn Hudson-Prentice (two for 19) and Conor McKerr (two for 28).
Their reply then ignited immediately with 19 from the first over and they never looked back, reaching 170 for five with five balls to spare. Leus du Plooy hit 57 (34 balls) and Tom Wood an unbeaten 63 (48) to secure a victory that preserves their slender hopes of qualification from the North Group.
For the depleted Bears, with Dan Mousley (broken finger) the latest addition to the absentee list, the result meant back-to-back defeats from which they will seek to bounce back at home to Durham on Saturday.
Critchley's first act as Falcons skipper was to win the toss and choose to field and he must have thought captaincy was a piece of cake as the Bears lurched to 23 for three after 19 balls. McKerr removed Adam Hose and Will Rhodes in his first over before Sam Hain bagged only his second duck in 69 Blast innings for the Bears when he inside-edged Hudson Prentice behind.
Pollock struck five fours and four sixes but then lifted Logan van Beek to mid on before Matt Lamb's fluent 22 (17 balls) was terminated by a stunning catch by Luis Reece at extra cover off Scrimshaw.
Burgess's brisk 41 ended with a skier off Hudson-Prentice and only some late blows from Tim Bresnan (34, 24 balls) lifted the total above 150.
The Falcons' reply was given a spectacular start by Reeece who struck three fours and a six from the first over, from Liam Norwell. Reece and Harry Came both fell in the second over, by Bresnan, but du Plooy and Wood exploited the favourable batting conditions skilfully to add 90 in 60 balls.
Du Plooy lifted Brathwaite to extra cover but Wood advanced to a 44-ball half-century on his first T20 appearance of the season, and saw his side home.
Bears batsman Ed Pollock, who scored 46, said:
"It was disappointing. It is a game of fine margins. We ask guys to play positively and tonight Lamby hits a fielder and Hosey hits a fielder. If they miss the fielders they go on to make a score but then later on Tom Wood, who's got them over the line, batted really well for them but he just cleared the fielders a few times.
"But that's the way it goes in T20, there's no need to panic. We are in a good position in the group and have a quick chance to bounce back on Saturday."
Derbyshire batsman Tom Wood, who scored 63 not out, said:
"It was a great feeling to be there at the end and see the boys home after sitting on the sidelines and watching the boys go through a tough time. It was really pleasing.
"Everyone who plays cricket has always got something to prove, especially when you've not been in the team, because you want to show why you should be in the team. There is always pressure because you are trying to win every game, but I just try to embrace the pressure because pressure is a privilege, really, and we are in a privileged position to be able to do what we do for a living."
Glenn Phillips slammed an unbeaten 94 from just 41 balls to power Gloucestershire to victory by 34 runs over Glamorgan at Bristol, sending them top of the South Group.
Phillips’ fifth-highest score of his career, and first half-century in the Vitality Blast, powered Gloucestershire to 216 for two - their own fifth-highest T20 total.
He struck nine fours and six sixes to overwhelm Glamorgan, who gave game chase for a while but could only reply with 182 for eight.
Phillips and Benny Howell, promoted to three in place of the injured Ian Cockbain, shared 130 for the third wicket in 64 balls - a record T20 partnership for Gloucestershire’s third wicket.
Phillips arrived after Miles Hammond and Chris Dent had given the innings a lively start after losing the toss, making 60 without loss.
He cut Marnus Labuschagne through extra-cover before lifting Dan Douthwaite over the sight screen. He blasted Prem Sisodiya twice straight back past his for four and swept him fine for another boundary in going to fifty in 26 balls.
He took 14 from the 17th over, clubbing Tim van der Gugten over long-off, before uppercutting Douthwaite for a third six. An extraordinary reverse-scoop flew over third man for six as 23 came from the 18th.
In the final over, he launched van der Gugten over the longest boundary at midwicket, crashed him wide of deep cover for four and swung the final ball of the innings over deep-square.
Howell took his chance up at three to make an unbeaten 53 in 33 balls. He struck Callum Taylor for four through extra cover and wide of midwicket before a slug down the ground cleared long-off for six. He drove Weighell for four to raise a fifth T20 half-century.
Glamorgan needed their third-highest T20 total to win and stayed in the game for the first half of the chase.
David Lloyd gave them a rattling start with 44 in 22 balls, striking four sixes, three of them short-arm jabs over midwicket and Glamorgan reached 101 for four at halfway. But Tom Smith then bowled two overs for nine and then a wicket maiden to leave 15-an-over for the final five.
Labuschagne was, as ever, a crucial wicket and Payne yorked him walking across his stumps. 33 in 21 balls was well light of what Glamorgan needed.
Benny Howell said: “Glenn hit a six on about 40 and said ‘i’m getting a hundred here’ and when he says something it usually happens. It was a shame he didn’t quite make it.
“I think Glamorgan’s total was an okay score but the wind going towards the short side made it very difficult to contain from one end."
David Lloyd said: “I thought they played extremely well and Phillips was just one of those knocks you have to accept, he was great to watch.
“With the bat we were looking good and got off to a decent start and in our minds we thought it was doable but we lost too many wickets and they bowled pretty well at the end."
Stevie Eskinazi’s maiden T20 hundred proved in vain as Essex won a last-ball thriller by two wickets against hosts Middlesex at Lord’s.
Eskinazi hit two sixes and 11 fours in an unbeaten 102 as Middlesex reached 183-2.
Essex appeared to be cantering home on 170-3 with 11 balls remaining, but Dan Lawrence’s dismissal for 59 sparked a collapse during which the host’s New Zealand debutant Daryl Mitchell took three wickets in four balls.
But Simon Harmer had the final say, squirting the ball beyond short third man’s clutches for the winning boundary.
The hosts promoted Joe Cracknell to opener, but it was Eskinazi who gave the innings early impetus with a flurry of boundaries, including a six off Jamie Porter into the Tavern stand.
With Cracknell also finding the fence 56 came from the powerplay, Eskinazi reaching 50 from 29 balls soon afterwards with his sixth four.
The stand realised 80 before Cracknell fell lbw to Aron Nijjar. Calm followed as the hosts went four overs without a boundary, before oversea ace Mitchell on his Middlesex debut broke the shackles, he and Eskinazi taking 17 from one Paul Walter over
Mitchell (29) holed out in the deep to end a stand of 64, but Eskinazi responded by depositing Sam Cook into the Mound Stand.
John Simpson weighed in with the biggest six of the night over cow corner before Eskinazi reached his century in the final over.
Needing 184, The Eagles made a flying start courtesy of Will Buttleman and Adam Wheater. However, Buttleman was run out by Gubbins’s direct hit and Finn scattered Wheater’s stumps.
Lawrence and Michael Pepper took up the chase, the latter sweeping Nathan Sowter for a huge six as the 50 stand came up in 38 balls.
Pepper was caught and bowled for a career-best 43, but the visitors looked to be coasting as England man Lawrence clouted Tom Helm over the ropes at long on before repeating the dose off Steven Finn.
But Lawrence’s demise sparked a collapse as five wickets fell for nine runs in nine balls.
Helm bowled Jimmy Neesham before Mitchell took centre stage. Walter skied one to Chris Green, Ryan Ten Doeschate edged behind and Nijjar was brilliantly caught by Sowter.
With four needed off the last ball Harmer swung to leg, but the ball took the outside edge, evaded third man and crawled over the rope to give Essex a famous win.
Middlesex centurion Stevie Eskinazi said: "It's incredibly disappointing. I'm not usually one to say cricket teams are unlucky or don't have the rub of the green, but I think over the last week or two we can consider ourselves just that.
"The way we are playing our cricket should give you more wins than we've got. We are playing better than the ladder suggests.
"I know that is no consolation for the members and fans who support us, but the way we are playing it will turn and it'll turn quickly.
"It is phenomenally tough to take. We said that a lot over the last few months, but fundamentally it is a results business and we are aware of that. We'd rather play shocking and win than play well and lose.
"I'm pleased with my contribution and said at the halfway mark it's a phenomenal knock if we win the game, but it's not much consolation there at the end."
Essex batsman Dan Lawrence said: "It was a pretty nerve-wracking final over. I guess it wouldn't be an Essex game if it didn't go down to the final over.
"He writes his own scripts does Harmy (Simon Harmer). I always have the feeling when he's in the game something seems to happen. It was obviously a little bit fortuitous, but we'll certainly take it.
"I think their score was about par and our bowlers bowled better than their figures suggested. There was a very short boundary so we were comfortable chasing 180-200."
"But things can happen very quickly in T20 and the game can get away from you in a few balls. I was gutted not to take us over the line because Jimmy and I really wanted to do that."
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