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Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 27th

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The 1st Central County Ground)

Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 27th



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Sunday, June 27, 2021


Worcestershire Rapids v Leicestershire Foxes (New Road)

Leicestershire Foxes 156-7, Worcestershire Rapids 157-3


Brett D’Oliveira and Riki Wessels powered Worcestershire Rapids to a seven wicket victory over Leicestershire Foxes in the Vitality Blast as they climbed back into the top four of the North Group.

The opening pair put on 103 – a record for any wicket by Worcestershire against the Foxes in T20 cricket – as they chased down a 157 target with five balls to spare.

D’Oliveira achieved a career best score for the second successive game and it was the ideal way to celebrate his 100th T20 game for the Rapids.

He eventually fell for 69 from 53 balls with eight fours.

The Foxes were put into bat and Josh Inglis and Scott Steel scored 34 from the opening four overs but then three wickets fell nine balls.

Scott Steel (13) edged a Dillon Pennington delivery which bounced on him through to keeper and captain Ben Cox.

Pennington also removed Inglis (21) with the fifth ball of the same over when he was bowled attempting an extravagant shot over mid-wicket.

It became 38-3 in the next over when Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann (0) was also bowled after going for another big hit.

Pennington was allowed to complete his spell by the ninth over with excellent figures of 4-0-20-2 – including 2-7 from his last three overs.

The wickets continued to tumble after spinner Ish Sodhi came into the attack as Aaron Lilley (6) holed out to Riki Wessels at long on and then Daryl Mitchell struck as Rishi Patel (14) picked out Ross Whiteley at deep mid wicket.

Louis Kimber (1) survived a straightforward caught and bowled off Ed Barnard when on one.

It proved costly as Kimber and Hill put on 60 in 5.5 overs with the latter hitting three sixes in the space of four balls.

Dwarshuis returned to have Kimber (23) caught at deep mid wicket by Whiteley.

But Hill went onto to complete a 28 ball half century with four sixes and two fours before he hit a Dwarshuis delivery straight to Daryl Mitchell at cover.

Dwarshuis, the leading wicket-taker this winter for Big Bash League winners Sydney Sixers, again excelled with figures of 4-0-23-2

The Rapids reply was dominated by D’Oliveira and Wessels.

They negotiated an opening four overs of spin from Callum Parkinson and Ackermann and the entire powerplay without being parted in scoring 42 to lay the foundations for their side.

D’Oliveira, in particular, timed the ball sweetly and he completed his second successive half century in the competition off 40 balls with six boundaries.

A straight six by Wessels off Gavin Griffiths brought up the century stand in 11.4 overs.

The stand was worth 106 when Wessels, after making 46 from 34 overs, was caught at deep mid wicket off Parkinson who bowled his four overs for 20 runs.

Jake Libby (11) was caught off a top edge at third man against Naveen ul Haq and D’Oliveira’s excellent knock ended when pulled Gavin Griffiths to deep mid wicket.

Middlesex v Glamorgan (Radlett CC)


Stephen Eskinazi maintained his rich vein of form with an unbeaten 91 from 56 balls as Middlesex halted their four-match Vitality Blast losing streak with a seven-wicket victory over Glamorgan at Radlett.

Eskinazi, who had scored 102 not out and 64 in his two previous innings, dominated the Glamorgan bowling to steer the Seaxes to their target of 171 with 14 balls to spare.

His efforts outshone a Glamorgan record seventh-wicket stand of 88 from 47 balls between Dan Douthwaite and James Weighell, who both recorded maiden Blast half-centuries to lift their side to 170 for eight.

Glamorgan were hampered by the loss of their two leading run-scorers in the tournament – Nick Selman, who tested positive for Covid-19 and Marnus Labuschagne, isolating after being in contact with the opener.

Despite that, the visitors opted to bat, but spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, back at Middlesex for the remainder of the Blast, made an immediate impact – bowling three tight powerplay overs and removing the dangerous Colin Ingram for a duck to finish with one for 23.

Glamorgan’s reshuffled top order floundered, with only David Lloyd, who hit 29 from 25 balls, threatening to gain momentum before he fell to Steven Finn’s sharply-taken return catch.

But, having slumped to 76 for six, the visitors were revived by the partnership between Douthwaite and Weighell – the latter in particular striking his shots cleanly but also with power and accuracy.

The pair took 23 from Finn’s final over, including two sixes from Douthwaite – who was then dropped by Eskinazi off a skier and took advantage to bring up his half-century with another maximum off Daryl Mitchell.

Douthwaite holed out next delivery for 53, with Eskinazi taking the catch this time, and Weighell reached 51 before following suit from the final ball of the innings as Mitchell ended with figures of three for 37.

Eskinazi immediately settled into his groove when Middlesex began their reply, dominating an opening stand of 55 with Joe Cracknell as he struck both Weighell and Prem Sisodiya for successive boundaries.

Douthwaite made the breakthrough at the end of the fifth over, having Cracknell caught behind off a thick edge, but Nick Gubbins proved to be an equally capable foil for Eskinazi as the duo added 68 from 52 balls.

Gubbins eventually swept Sisodiya to deep square leg, but Mitchell bludgeoned 32 from just 13 balls before John Simpson sealed a rare Middlesex success, clipping his first delivery from Douthwaite for six.

Sussex Sharks v Surrey (The 1st Central County Ground)


The Sussex Sharks and Surrey were just one ball away from completing a Vitality Blast match at Hove when umpires Tim Robinson and Paul Baldwin led the players from the field.  They did not return, so each team took one point from a no result.

 Surrey had scored a challenging 175 for seven at the 1st Central County Groundand with rain in the air the Sharks openers Luke Wright and Phil Salt began their innings at a hectic tempo in order to get ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis rate.  They took 36 runs off the first three overs and at 43 for one off 4.5 over were well ahead on the D/L method.  But with the fourth ball of a Kyle Jamieson over the New Zealand bowler struck Sussex skipper Wright on the helmet.  With light rain falling and the light deteriorating the umpires conferred and then left the field with the players as a number of the controlled maximum crowd of 2,500 vented their frustration. To make a “match” a minimum of five overs must be bowled.

The outcome was particularly disappointing for Sussex, who were well positioned.  They lost their first game in the competition to Gloucestershire on Friday and before that they had three games washed out.

Surrey had made a positive start to their innings after Sussex chose to field, scoring 29 from their first three overs. But when Tymal Mills replaced Ollie Robinson at the Cromwell Road end he struck with his first delivery, as Will Jacks skied to Luke Wright at long-off.  Former Sussex batsman Laurie Evans looked in good touch against is old team-mates and hit Ollie Robinson for two sixes in an over, flicking him to long-leg before hoisting him over midwicket for another maximum.

Rain drove the players off the field for an hour after 6.1 overs, when Surrey were 53 for one.  When they returned the innings was anchored by Jamie Smith, who reached his fifty off 40 deliveries, with two fours and a six.  He then hit Robinson for another six, over extra-cover, before he walked across his stumps in an attempt to work the ball to leg and lost his leg stump.  England bowler Chris Jordan bowled only one over and came off early with an apparent injury.  There was a brutal cameo at the end from Jamie Overton, who hit three sixes and two fours in a 14-ball 28.  But it all counted for nothing at the end of the damp day.




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