Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 26th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 26th
Durham returned to winning ways in the Vitality Blast with a 34-run victory over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.
Both sides went into action on the back of successive defeats and it was the visitors who ended their lean streak after they defended a total of 164 for eight (Cameron Bancroft 60, 45 balls, Ben Stokes 35, 20 balls).
Carlos Brathwaite led the Bears' bowling with three for 32, Tim Bresnan adding two for 25 and Will Rhodes two for 11.
Durham then regularly took wickets at important times to bowl the Bears out for 130 in 18.3 overs. Rhodes's perky 45 (27 balls) was ended by a run out and Matt Lamb's worthy 39 (33 balls, three fours, two sixes) was without support as Stokes, assisted by brilliant catching, added four for 27 to his cameo with the bat.
Put in, Durham started slowly, losing openers Graham Clark and David Bedingham, caught in the deep off Craig Miles and Bresnan respectively, on the way to 25 for two from five overs.
Stokes launched the counter attack with two sixes off Carlos Brathwaite. The England star looked dangerous but perished in pursuit of another maximum off his old West Indian foe, superbly caught by Sam Hain running around the mid-wicket boundary.
While Bancroft improvised impressively on the way to a 38-ball half-century, others flailed briefly around him. Scott Borthwick bashed a quickfire 18 before Bancroft sought his third six, over cover off Rhodes, and was held by Adam Hose on the rope. Late impetus arrived when Ned Eckersley and Liam Trevaskis took 20 from the final over.
Travaskis then opened the bowling and soon trapped Hose lbw, sweeping. Brydon Carss removed Ed Pollock, caught at mid off, to leave the Bears 18 for two and then Stokes took the big wicket of Hain, caught behind, in his first over.
Rhodes moved sweetly to 45 but departed after a mix-up with Lamb which saw him easily run out by Bedingham's throw.
The Bears needed 86 from the last ten overs but the next two, tightly delivered by and Trevaskis and Matty Potts, yielded just eight runs. As the pressure increased, Michael Burgess hoisted Stokes to fine leg.
Lamb launched a blow or two anger but Borthwick bowled Brathwaite through an attempted sweep, and after Lamb fell to a stunning one-handed catch by Raine on the long leg boundary, the equation quickly spiralled beyond the Bears' reach.
Bears captain Will Rhodes, who made 45, said:
"With the bat we didn't build enough substantial partnerships throughout the innings. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals and the batting was below par.
"We felt that 160 was about par on a good wicket and there was no reason we couldn't chase it. Possibly you could say the shot-selection was wrong but I think it was more the execution. A couple of the guys were caught right on the boundary edge and, on another day, those shots go into the stands for six."
"I had a role to play with the bat to try and get us to a total and it was just nice to contribute. Then with the ball I think the guys felt that if we were able to stick some dots together and create some chances, we could build pressure.
"Before we went out to field, we asked for some special performances out there, which we were going to need for us to defend that total. The catches by Liam and Ben were just outstanding and brilliant to watch."
Yorkshire Vikings’ Jordan Thompson made a T20 career-best 74 to help his side go top of the North Group with an 82-run defeat of Northants Steelbacks at Emerald Headingley. The in-form all-rounder hit seven sixes in his 35-ball innings as stand-in skipper Adam Lyth’s team posted a daunting 224 for three.
That was more than sufficient to defeat the Steelbacks, who mustered just 142 with Dom Bess collecting his own career-best short-form figures of three for 17.
In truth things had looked promising for the home side from the opening overs of the game.
Adam Lyth made 25 before being bowled by Tom Taylor but Mark Stoneman maintained the momentum in his first innings for Yorkshire since agreeing a short-term loan move from Surrey. At the other end Thompson showed why he merited his promotion to No.3 by hitting Brandon Glover for a six over long-on and levying two more maximums off successive balls from Rob Keogh.
The pair brought up their 50 partnership off 26 balls and Stoneman reached his own half-century off 30 deliveries, ten of which he hit for four. He was then immediately leg before wicket to Mohammad Nabi for exactly 50.
That wicket nothing to staunch the flow of runs, however. Thompson reached his own fifty off 27 balls and then hit three sixes in one Taylor over before giving the bowler the chance to take trifling revenge by catching the Yorkshire batsman at long-off when he hoisted a colossal skier off Glover.
That wicket ended Thompson’s 53-run stand with Harry Brook but Brook and Gary Ballance hit two sixes apiece off Ben Sanderson’s final over which yielded 27 runs as the pair put on an unbroken 58 in the final 4.3 overs of the innings.
Northamptonshire’s pursuit of 225 was scuppered almost single-handedly by Bess, who ran out Adam Rossington for 24 with a direct hit from cover before having Ricardo Vasconcelos caught at cover by Lyth for 16 with his second ball.
Next over both Nabi and Parnell perished in the deep when trying to hit the England off-spinner for sixes and Saif Zaib was dismissed in similar fashion for four two overs later, Stoneman taking the catch off Thompson.
Ballance’s direct hit from short fine leg ran out Charlie Thurston for four and the rest of Northamptonshire’s batting crumbled to Fisher, who took two for 25. Keogh topscored for the Steelbacks with 36.
Northamptonshire coach, David Ripley, said:
“I don’t think we were at our best. We couldn’t get a grip in the Powerplay and when they came hard at us it was very difficult for us to stop them. There were 12 sixes and that’s a lot in a T20 innings. But we kept our energy and our ground fielding was very good. However, our skills weren’t quite up to Yorkshire’s tonight. We were just a bit scruffy.
“Ben Sanderson’s been very good when bowling at the death in other games but you get punished if you’re just a fraction out. We’ve lost heavily but when you have to score that many runs games like this do happen.
“I still believe five wins on the bounce would get us somewhere near qualifying but we haven’t got any wriggle room now. We can’t afford a mistake, we have to win every game.”
On-loan Yorkshire batsman, Mark Stoneman, said:
Yorkshire’s on loan batsman Mark Stoneman, 34 today, said:
“To be entirely honest, I never thought we’d be breaking 200 after the Powerplay. It felt like 175-180 would be about the mark. There were fractional differences in pace in the pitch.
“But the way we held partnerships through the innings was fantastic. With the ball, guys just stuck to plans. We took our catches, a couple of run outs. It was a very good performance.
“I really enjoyed it. It all came around pretty quickly from getting a phone call at 1pm yesterday on the way to training with Surrey. I’m really grateful for the opportunity, and it was nice to get a score on the board and a couple of decent partnerships with the lads. I’ve been welcomed with open arms. It’s a great opportunity for me, and the club saw the chance to bring me in and use my experience and skillset. It’s the perfect balance really.”
Alex Hales hit the fifth T20 century of his career as the Outlaws continued to set the pace in the North Group with a seven-run win over Lancashire Lightning in the Vitality Blast.
The 6ft 5ins opener made an unbeaten 101 from 66 balls with 12 fours and four sixes, an outstanding performance given that only Steven Mullaney (25) was able to offer sustained support in an Outlaws total of 173 for six.
Steven Croft made 41, Alex Davies 39 and Luke Wood an unbeaten 33 to keep Lightning in contention but scoring 17 off the last over proved too much, off-spinner Matt Carter taking three for 17.
Put in, Nottinghamshire chalked up 58 in the Powerplay, having lost Joe Clarke to a catch at mid-off before Sol Budinger was run out as Hales chanced a single to backward point.
Ben Duckett miscued a reverse sweep to Tom Hartley but Hales cleared the rope off Matt Parkinson before completing his fifty with a freak four deflected off his perpendicular bat as he ducked a Luke Wood bouncer.
The Outlaws were 84 for three at halfway but Tom Moores found Alex Davies at mid-off and they lost another big hitter as Samit Patel top-edged to wide mid-off.
Hales paused to check on the health of a spectator who got in the way of his second six - who happily signalled he was okay - before sweeping Parkinson for his third maximum.
Mullaney finally provided some assistance, he and Hales adding 69 from 35 balls, Hales reaching three figures when his fourth six soared over wide long-on before Mullaney was caught at long off.
Carter bowled Finn Allen with his fourth ball in Lightning’s reply and dismissed Davies with his ninth as Clarke took a catch balancing on one leg to stay inside the boundary but between times Davies hit five sixes in a blistering 39 off 15 balls as he and Keaton Jennings added 52 in 23.
Lightning, 60 for two after six, saw Dane Vilas go leg before to Mullaney and Jennings caught and bowled by a diving Calvin Harrison, then Rob Jones was lbw going down the track to Carter.
After Lamb was run out, the visitors needed 58 from 36 balls but had only four wickets in hand. Croft was dropped by Patel at backward point on 20, a costly miss as the all-rounder added 52 with Wood to give Lightning a chance but went for a scoop against Jake Ball and Patel this time made no mistake at short third man.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning, Quotes
Outlaws centurion Alex Hales said: “T20 hundreds don’t come around very often and to do it in front of a home crowd was really special. It has been such a weird feeling to be playing in front of empty seats and I really struggled with that at times last year.
“I wasn’t my usual self today, didn’t play in the usual way. It was not a particularly easy pitch to score on early on with very steep bounce and you needed 10 or 15 balls to get used to it so it was important to get through that initial stage.
“And it was a good all-round performance, which you need as you build towards the later stages of the tournament, when you need everyone to contribute either with the bat, ball or in the field, and the bowlers finished it off really well.”
Lightning’s Steven Croft, whose 41 was in vain as his side fell short, said:
“It was a good game at a tough place to come and play cricket. You don’t like losing but after the performance against Northants the other night, the manner of that wasn’t what we wanted, but today we were aggressive with bat and ball and fielded well, so although we lost, it was better.
“The difference between the teams was Alex Hales, really. In T20 you don’t usually get someone staying around and he kept the board ticking all the way through, which was something we didn’t have.
“We haven’t hit top gear yet and there is obviously room for improvement but today we were brave all the way through and if you keep putting in performances like we can turn it round.”
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