Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 25th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 25th
Friday, June 25, 2021
Durham 178-8; Worcestershire Rapids 181-2
Brett D’Oliveira and Jake Libby powered Worcestershire to a first Vitality Blast win in five matches with a record-breaking stand in the eight wicket success over Durham at New Road.
The second wicket pair enabled the Rapids to chase down a 179 target with three balls to spare and reignite their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.
The partnership was worth 145 in in 15 overs and surpassed the Rapids previous best for the second wicket versus Durham of 97 by Joe Clarke and Ben Cox at New Road four years ago.
Both D’Oliveira with 66 and Libby, unbeaten on 78, achieved career best T20 scores.
Ben Stokes continued his comeback from a broken finger but it was a testing night for the England all-rounder who scored a run a ball 20 and then bowled three overs for 40 runs.
Durham elected to bat on a used hybrid pitch and Graham Clarke struck occasional spinner Libby for six over long off in an opening over costing 15 runs.
But he carved Ben Dwarshuis to point in the next over after making 13.
David Bedingham looked in fine form with a series of powerful lofted boundaries including a lost ball six off Dillon Pennington over mid wicket.
He raced to 44 from 26 balls before attempting to cut Ish Sodhi and edging through to keeper Ben Cox.
Stokes, in his third Blast appearance since recovering from a broken finger, still looked rusty and managed a run a ball 20 before he aimed to slog Ed Barnard over long on and top edged a catch to Dwarshuis at backward point.
Dwarshuis also showed a safe pair of hands when Cameron Bancroft (26) lofted a Charlie Morris delivery to mid-off.
Morris enjoyed a further breakthrough as Sean Dickson (21) moved across his stumps and was lbw working the ball to leg.
Sodhi’s final ball of his spell as accounted for Brydon Carse who on 15 holed out to Brett D’Oliveira on the square leg boundary.
Ned Eckersley, on eight, found the hands of Jake Libby at long off to give Morris his third wicket and in the final over Ben Raine, after a quickfire 19, fell in the same to Dwarshuis.
When Worcestershire launched their reply, Scott Borthwick pulled out a superb one-handed catch at mid wicket to dismiss Riki Wessels after making just two off Matthew Potts.
D’Oliveira looked in good touch and smashed Stokes over long on for six in an over costing 16 runs and including two wides.
Libby produced two superb straight drives for four off Potts and the 50 stand with D’Oliveira came up in 27 balls.
The Rapids 100 came up in the 11th over in increasingly challenging light.
The stand was eventually broken when D’Oliveira was caught on the square leg boundary off Carse.
His 49 ball knock contained two sixes and six fours.
Libby continued to score freely but nine were still needed from the final over.
Ben Cox allayed any fears foe the Rapids by scooping the second ball from Potts for six and straight driving the next ball for four.
Middlesex 174/7 lost to Surrey 175/5 by five wickets
Jamie Overton blasted three late sixes and Ollie Pope finished on a high-class 52 not out from 35 balls as Surrey reignited their Vitality Blast campaign with a five-wicket victory against the South Group’s bottom team Middlesex at the Kia Oval.
Overton’s violent unbeaten 24 from 10 balls turned the game after Surrey, who had looked to be failing a trial by spin in reply to Middlesex’s 174 for 7, got home with an over to spare to put two consecutive defeats behind them. Middlesex have now lost six of their seven group games.
Leg spinners Luke Hollman, Nathan Sowter and Nick Gubbins shared five wickets as Surrey seemed to be fluffing their lines after being given a flying start through Will Jacks’ 26-ball 47.
And it was part-timer Gubbins who began Surrey’s slide. Brought on for the eighth over, with Surrey 73 without loss, he saw Jacks pull a short ball to deep mid wicket to claim his first T20 scalp and finished with 1 for 22 from his four overs.
Sowter removed Jamie Smith for 27, and Hollman then had Laurie Evans stumped for 4 and bowled Rory Burns, aiming a reverse sweep, for 12. When Hollman took a superb sprawling catch at long off, to send back Jordan Clark for 2 off Sowter, it left Surrey 115 for 5 with just 33 balls remaining.
But Overton and Pope were more than equal to the crisis. Overton launched Hollman for two sixes in the 17th over, Pope also swinging a six as 22 runs were plundered from it. Then, with 19 needed from two overs, Overton swung Tom Helm for another six off the first ball, with Pope following up with brilliant fours reverse-scooped and straight driven.
Middlesex’s total was built around a fine third wicket stand of 106 in 12 overs – a county record against Surrey – between Stevie Eskinazi, who added 64 to his century against Essex 24 hours earlier, and Daryl Mitchell, whose 36-ball 58 featured three sixes and five fours.
A double wicket maiden by Jacks rocked Middlesex after Eskinazi had pulled the last ball of Kyle Jamieson’s opening over for six.
Jacks’ off spin first accounted for Joe Cracknell, caught at the wicket toe-ending an attempted sweep straight up into the air, and two balls later Gubbins mishit to mid off to go for a duck.
But, from 10 for 2, Middlesex fought back strongly through Eskinazi and Mitchell, with the New Zealander first to complete his fifty with a driven six off Dan Moriarty.
Mitchell had earlier pulled the same bowler for his first six and also on drove Gareth Batty high over the ropes before he hit Batty high to long on in the 14th over, mis-timing the strike.
Gus Atkinson impressed with the ball at the death, ending with 4 for 36, although he was initially perhaps fortunate to have John Simpson caught down the legside for 1.
Eskinazi’s spirited 51-ball effort was ended by a smear across the line at Atkinson, who later in the same over held on to Hollman’s skier after the young all-rounder had contributed a useful 19.
Atkinson was then given the final over ahead of Jamieson, and Sowter was caught at mid off for 7 after he and Chris Green (15 not out) had found a couple of legside boundaries.
Glenn Phillips scored an unbeaten 94 for the second game running as Gloucestershire beat Sussex Sharks by 27 runs at Hove to make it four successive wins in the Vitality Blast and stay top of the South Group.
The 24-year-old New Zealander led a superb recovery from 35 for four at the end of the powerplay to 162 for five against the previously unbeaten Sharks.
Gloucestershire’s seamers, led by Benny Howell who took four wickets, then did their bit to ensure Phillips’ efforts did not go to waste. Only Luke Wright (33) got the measure of conditions as Sussex were dismissed for 135.
Such a scenario looked unlikely when Gloucestershire made a poor start having been put in. Ollie Robinson, making his first first-team appearance since he was banned by the ECB for posting offensive tweets, had Miles Hammond (3) caught at long on off his third ball before Howell (4) was run out by Ravi Bopara’s direct hit from extra cover.
Tymal Mills had Chris Dent (16) caught behind and James Bracey (1) taken at mid-wicket in his first over but that was the last success Sussex enjoyed until Mills, who finished with three for 20, removed skipper Jack Taylor in the final over.
Taylor helped Phillips add 124, a new Gloucestershire T20 record for any wicket against Sussex, although it wasn’t until deep in the innings before they really cut loose when 82 runs were plundered in the final seven overs, including 25 off left-armer George Garton in his last appearance before he joins up with England’s one-day squad.
Phillips, who made an unbeaten 94 against Glamorgan on Thursday, didn’t hit his first six until the 12th over but added four more and seven boundaries, to take his competition aggregate to 266 runs while Taylor gave him excellent support with 38.
Sussex would still have fancied their chances of chasing at eight an over, but they never recovered from losing Phil Salt (11) and Travis Head (1) in David Payne’s opening burst.
Bopara (4) and David Wiese (6) also went cheaply and after skipper Luke Wright sliced a drive off Benny Howell to backward point for 33 in the ninth over Sussex’s race was effectively run.
Howell bowled outstandingly, finishing with four for 15 as the Sharks slumped to 78 for eight before Robinson (31) and Mills (27) hit career bests at the end to provide the 2,500 crowd with some entertainment.
Kent Spitfires 167/9 beat Essex Eagles 31/4 by 18 runs on DLS
Daniel Bell-Drummond hammered 50 off 29 balls as Kent Spitfires beat Essex Eagles by 28 runs on DLS – after lightning and then rain brought an early end to the Vitality Blast match.
Bell-Drummond clubbed his third fifty of the competition during an 89-run stand for the first wicket with Zak Crawley.
The Spitfires endured two collapses to slump to 167 for nine as Simon Harmer claimed four for 26, including his 50th Blast wicket for Essex, and Dan Lawrence a county T20 record of four catches in the innings.
But 31 for four, including two scalps for Matt Milnes, in five overs meant the Eagles were short of the DLS target of 59 – handing Kent their sixth victory of the campaign.
Bell-Drummond and Crawley got the Spitfires off to a flier having been stuck in by Harmer on a used hybrid track.
Crawley received two lives, dropped on one and 14, as Bell-Drummond slapped Jamie Porter for two sixes – the visitors pummelling 82 off the Powerplay.
But after two miserly overs, Kent collapsed in sensational style with five wickets lost for 22 runs in 25 balls, as spin took over.
Nijjar, who eventually took one for 13 in an ungenerous spell, celebrated with Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic ‘Sii’ leap after bowling Crawley for 43, before Joe Denly was caught by Lawrence at deep midwicket trying to replicate the six he had struck the previous ball and Jack Leaning was stumped off Harmer.
Lawrence turned snarer when Bell Drummond – who had reached a 28 ball half-century – spliced to a sprawling Harmer and Alex Blake was caught behind.
Newly contracted Darren Stevens and Jordan Cox resuscitated the innings with a 44-run stand, with Stevens clubbing a pair of sixes, but another wicket furry ended the innings – this time four wickets falling in 16 balls.
Stevens, Cox and Qais Ahmed were all caught by Lawrence and Matt Milnes was bowled by Jimmy Neesham with the last ball.
Unlike the Spitfires, the Eagles did not pump runs early on.
Will Buttleman was beaten by Milnes’ pace and bounce to be caught behind and Adam Wheater was leg-before attempting to sweep Joe Denly.
Michael Pepper chipped a Milnes slower ball to mid-off and former Spitfire Jimmy Neesham edged Fred Klaassen thickly to gully.
With lightning striking behind the Hayes Close End and then rain the game was called off after the fifth over - the minimum needed to create a result.
Tom Banton returned to form with a vengeance to lead Somerset to a nail-biting seven-run Vitality Blast win over Hampshire Hawks at Taunton.
The home side posted 172 for nine after losing the toss, Banton smiting a brilliant 77 off 37 balls and 19-yearold Will Smeed contributing an unbeaten 63. Scott Currie claimed four for 31.
Hampshire replied with 165 for eight, Colin de Grandhomme’s bludgeoning 66 backed by 37 from D’Arcy Short. Marchant de Lange bowled his four overs for just 13 runs.
After James Hildreth had fallen cheaply at the start, Devon Conway marked his Somerset debut with a cover-driven four, only to fall in the same over, the third of the match, bowled by de Grandhomme.
It was 47 for two at the end of the six-over power play, Banton having got into his stride with 2 sixes and a four off de Grandhomme in the fifth over.
Two more maximums followed off the same Currie over as Banton showed the quality which has already earned him England recognition in white ball cricket.
But Lewis Goldsworthy was caught at cover off Currie and when Mason Crane bowled Tom Lammonby for a duck Somerset were 63 for four.
Banton, who had scored just 33 runs in his previous four Blast innings, went to fifty off 22 balls, finding a reliable partner in Smeed as the pair added 58 in seven overs.
A switch-hit six and 2 fours with the same shot further stamped Banton’s innings of the highest class. He was eventually caught at long-off in the 15th over, sent down by Currie.
By then teenager Smeed was going well, striking 2 sixes and 4 fours on his way to 39-ball half-century.
Despite the early loss of James Vince and Tom Prest, Hampshire raced to 58 for two at the end of six overs as Short and de Grandhomme cut loose in devastating fashion.
Short cleared the ropes twice in the same Josh Davey over before de Grandhomme launched Craig Overton for a massive six over mid-wicket in cracking 18 off four balls.
The pair had added 78 in 6.2 overs when Short holed out to long-on off Goldsworthy’s left-arm spin. He had faced 27 balls, hitting 2 sixes and 3 fours.
A late cut for four off Waller took de Grandhomme to an impressive fifty off 27 balls.
It proved too many, de Lange bowling his heart out and Waller pinning Lewis McManus for a duck. The tide had turned and Somerset could afford a couple of dropped catches as Hampshire's batting folded tamely at the death.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks (131-3) beat Lancashire Lightning (130-7) by seven wickets
Ricardo Vasconcelos top-scored again as Northamptonshire Steelbacks reignited their Vitality Blast campaign with a second successive victory, overcoming Lancashire Lightning by seven wickets.
The left-hander, who had scored an unbeaten 78 in the Steelbacks’ success at Durham two days earlier, struck 41 from 38 balls to help his side chase down a modest target of 131 with 10 balls to spare.
Mohammad Nabi and Rob Keogh completed Northamptonshire’s triumph with an unbroken stand of 54 from 40.
Northamptonshire remain bottom of the North Group despite their victory, while Lightning have now gone four matches without a win.
Ben Sanderson appeared to have made an early breakthrough after Lancashire had opted to bat, inducing an edge from Finn Allen – only for Vasconcelos to shell a routine slip catch.
However, the fielder made amends by scooping up a far harder chance at midwicket to remove Keaton Jennings and, when Sanderson’s slower ball bamboozled Allen and uprooted his middle stump, Lightning were wobbling at 23 for two.
Dane Vilas and Alex Davies began rebuilding with a steady partnership of 37 until the latter slapped Brandon Glover’s first ball into the hands of mid-off – and Rob Jones departed two deliveries later, run out by Tom Taylor’s superb pinpoint throw from long leg.
Danny Lamb did his best to lift Lancashire with some improvised shots taking him to 20 from 12 balls but, when he miscued Wayne Parnell to mid-off, it was left to Steven Croft to hold the innings together.
Croft eventually finished unbeaten on 35 from 37 balls, with Parnell taking two for 28 and spinners Nabi and Graeme White – who collected the 100th T20 wicket of his career by dismissing Vilas – yielding just 43 from their combined eight overs.
Saqib Mahmood, making his first Blast appearance of the season following an abdominal injury, raised Lightning hopes by removing Adam Rossington in the fourth over, with Jones holding the catch above his head at cover.
But Vasconcelos looked assured and, despite taking a glancing blow to the helmet from Luke Wood, he proved himself unharmed by striking Lamb for successive boundaries in the next over.
He and Parnell put on 49 from 43 balls although, when both departed in quick succession, there was just a hint of a Steelbacks wobble at 77 for three.
Nabi dispelled those concerns by hitting Mahmood for three fours in an over and he and Keogh, who struck Matt Parkinson for the only six of the innings, saw their side home, finishing on 27 and 25 not out respectively.
Lancastrians Arron Lilley and Callum Parkinson dealt North Group leaders Yorkshire Vikings a blow as Leicestershire Foxes won by 34 runs to chalk up a third successive Vitality Blast victory.
Lilley just missed out on a maiden T20 hundred, but as the Foxes piled up 207 for three, his 99 not out off 55 balls with four sixes was comfortably a career-best, while Parkinson took four for 35 with his left-arm spin.
Lilley shared a stand of 90 for the third wicket with Foxes skipper Colin Ackermann (40) on a poor night for the Vikings with the ball and in the field.
Chasing 208 to win, Gary Ballance and Harry Brook threatened briefly but after both fell in the 30s no other batter could pick up the pace and the Vikings were bowled out for 173 as Ben Mike took two wickets in the final over.
Opting to bat, the Foxes lost Josh Inglis in making 63 for one in the Powerplay, the Australian out to a tame return catch off a Joe Root full toss. Soon after reaching halfway at 98 for one, Leicestershire saw Scott Steel run out for 32 after a mix-up with Lilley, and Ackermann dropped without scoring in the same over, albeit a difficult chance in the air to bowler Dom Bess. Ackermann cashed in, hoisting Jordan Thompson over deep midwicket for six.
Lilley, who reached fifty off 28 balls, cleared the rope off Matty Fisher, Matthew Waite twice, and clouted Root over long-on.
Ackermann hit a Thompson full toss out of the ground over midwicket but was fortunate when he tried to do likewise to Lockie Ferguson, Thompson taking the catch but stepping over the rope. After a Fisher slower ball bowled Ackermann, Lilley was unlucky not to become the eighth Foxes centurion in T20, twice seeing lofted shots drop just short of the rope in the final over.
Two wickets in three balls from Parkinson checked the Vikings’ early progress as Jonny Tattersall hit straight to point and Adam Lyth was leg before sweeping but 58 for two in the Powerplay looked competitive.
Ballance was quickly striking the ball well but Parkinson struck another blow as Root hit a wide delivery to point to fall on 15 and after the Vikings reached halfway needing another 123 to win, Ballance chopped on to Steel’s off-spin for 34.
George Hill holed out to deep midwicket and Thompson was bowled by Parkinson for a duck to leave 86 required from the last five overs, the Vikings’ hopes effectively disappearing as Brook swung but was caught and bowled by Gavin Griffiths.
Sol Budinger let the chance of a dramatic victory slip through his hands as Notts Outlaws tied with Derbyshire Falcons in a pulsating Vitality Blast game at Derby.
Derbyshire needed five off the last ball from Calvin Harrison which skipper Matt Critchley drove to long on but Budinger dropped the catch and the ball squirted behind him for four to leave the teams level on 137 for 9.
The Falcons were cruising at 68 for 0 but collapsed to 129 for 9 and Harrison’s nerveless last over looked to have won it until Budinger’s fumble
They had restricted Notts to 137 for 9 on a slow pitch with leg-spinner Mattie McKiernan taking 3 for 9 and Logan Van Beek recovered from conceding 21 in his first over to claim 2 for 36.
Notts had set off like a train with Joe Clarke taking five fours from van Beek’s opening over but Derbyshire held their nerve..
Alex Hales was bowled first ball by Conor McKerr and van Beek returned to have Clarke caught at deep square leg.
Ben Duckett mistimed a pull to mid off as the Outlaws ended the powerplay on 58 for 3 and wickets continued to fall to a combination of good bowling and ill-judged shots.
Budinger sliced a pull to point the next ball after he was dropped on the midwicket boundary and Samit Patel was lbw to Critchley.
McKiernan struck twice in his first over as Tom Moores pulled to deep midwicket and Harrison was bowled to leave the Outlaws on 86 for 7.
Luke Fletcher skied McKiernan to point and although Steven Mullaney pulled van Beek for six, he sliced the next ball to cover.
Jake Ball and Matt Carter took 25 from the last three overs but Luis Reece threatened to win it at a canter by racing to 51 off 30 balls.
But his dismissal reverse-sweeping Patel was the first of four wickets to fall for seven runs.before Critchley and Finn Hudson-Prentice took Derbyshire to within 10 runs of victory.
Harrison and Fletcher both struck twice to leave Derbyshire needing eight off the last over and the Outlaws appeared to have stolen it until Budinger’s mistake consigned them to a third tie in the North Group.
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