Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 9th
Vitality Blast 2021: All the Match Scores, Results, Reports and Scorecards June 9th
Somerset vs Essex
Somerset 185/7 (20 ov)
Essex 187/7 (18.5 ov)
Result - Essex won by 3 wickets
Jimmy Neesham’s explosive 53 led Essex Eagles to start their Vitality Blast campaign with a three-wicket win over Somerset at Taunton.
Ben Green top-scored with 43 off 30 balls as the hosts posted 185 for seven after losing the toss.
But the most explosive batting came from the experienced James Hildreth, in a new role as opener, who hammered 39 off just 17 deliveries. Sam Cook took three for 15 from three overs.
In reply, the Eagles recovered from a poor start to reach their target with seven balls to spare, Neesham hammering a half-century off 23 balls, with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
The opening power play of the season at the Cooper Associates County Ground saw Somerset plunder 57 off the first three overs and only 11 from the next three.
Tom Banton and Hildreth set off at blistering pace, Banton smacking Aron Nijar for a six over mid-wicket in the opening over, which cost 14.
Jack Plom conceded 33 off the third over as Hildreth hit successive sixes over long-on. There were also 4 fours and 2 no-balls to the delight of Somerset members making up the 1,900 crowd.
But it was a different story after the two openers fell in the same Cook over, both caught off attempted pull shots, Banton’s 18 having been scored off seven balls.
Wickets fell steadily as, despite Eddie Byrom’s well-constructed 28, Somerset subsided to 144 for six after 17 overs.
It took Green’s 3 sixes and one from Marchant de Lange to provide a late boost.
Tom Westley and Adam Wheater fell cheaply to Jack Brooks and Josh Davey in the first 13 balls of the Essex reply.
Michael Pepper launched two powerful straight sixes before being caught behind off Davey for 18 and after six overs the Eagles were 51 for three.
That extended to 88 for three by the halfway stage, tall left-hander Walter looking increasingly assured as he pulled Roelof van der Merwe over mid-wicket for six.
Ryan ten Doeschate was dropped on 23, but added only three before edging Marchant de Lange through to wicketkeeper Banton.
Walter’s impressive contribution ended when he holed out to long-off to give Davey a third wicket, but Neesham responded with a six and a four off the next two balls.
The New Zealander then smashed 3 fours and a six off the 15th over, bowled by leg-spinner Max Waller, and by the time he became one of two de Lange victims in the 18th over momentum had swung decisively the Eagles’ way.
Plom ended proceedings with a six off Davey.
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath said: "We brought in Jimmy Neesham because we felt it was an all-rounder role we were really missing, someone who can go in and finish innings from number five or six, which he has done countless times for New Zealand. He did it in our warm-up game and again tonight.
"After three overs it seemed Somerset might get 250, but credit Sam Cook and Jamie Porter for pulling things around. It shows what a crazy game T20 is that Jack Plom conceded 33 off an over and then hit the winning six to finish the game on a high."
Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "We were not at our best with bat or ball. It has been a failing in recent seasons that we lose wickets in clusters and some of the dismissals tonight were cheap on a good wicket.
"You cannot afford that in tight T20 games. We should have put 220 on the board from the start we made and fell way short of that. Then, while some of our bowling was good, there was some really poor stuff as well."
Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire (Emirates Old Trafford)
Lancashire 171/4 (19.3 ov)
Derbyshire 168/7 (20 ov)
Result - Lancashire won by 6 wickets
Liam Livingstone’s controlled 94 not out off 58 balls ensured Lancashire cruised to a 169 target to beat Derbyshire by six wickets in the opening game of the 2021 Vitality Blast.
Opener Livingstone shared half-century partnerships for the first, third and fourth wickets with Finn Allen, Jos Buttler and Dane Vilas on an Emirates Old Trafford pitch which gripped.
The Falcons posted a competitive 168 for seven, including Luis Reece’s 59 off 32 and three for 28 for Matthew Parkinson, before the Lightning top order entertained a sellout crowd of approximately 4,000 to win with three balls to spare.
New Zealand debutant Allen crashed 29 off 13 balls in the afternoon sunshine before Buttler’s 30 off 28 in his first county appearance since Finals Day 2019.
Opener Reece was superb against his former side as Derbyshire recovered impressively from captain Billy Godleman’s four-ball duck in the first over, bowled by Livingstone.
Reece was powerful and inventive, though also lost Wayne Madsen retired hurt with a suspected hamstring injury on the way to 50 for one after five overs.
Madsen was struck by a throw from mid-on as he dived to make his ground.
Left-handed Reece reached 50 off 29 balls with a third six, only to fall lbw reverse sweeping at Danny Lamb - 88 for two in the 11th.
He had earlier hit 20 of 21 off Richard Gleeson’s only over on his return from 10 months out with a back stress fracture.
Leus du Plooy and Alex Hughes contributed 34 and 28, sharing 52 for the fourth wicket as they advanced from 91 for three in the 12th.
But both holed out in the deep off successive Parkinson deliveries in the 18th (143 for five).
Livingstone and Allen shared eight fours and two sixes to lay the platform for the Lightning.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice’s seamers then had Allen caught behind down leg and Alex Davies caught at deep square-leg - 53 for two in the fifth over.
But Buttler hit two of his first three balls for leg-side fours.
He later fell caught at short third-man reverse sweeping at Reece’s medium pacers, leaving Lancashire 109 for three after 13.
But a game which produced some rusty fielding from both sides was sealed as Livingstone, following his 36-ball fifty, accelerated to leave only four needed off the last over.
He hit 10 fours and two sixes and batted through a T20 innings for the first time for Lancashire.
Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone said: “That was a good day. We made a few mistakes that we’ll learn from, but it’s nice to win when you’re not playing at your very best.
“It’s good to start the campaign with a win, and hopefully we can kick on tomorrow (Leicestershire at home).
“Domestic cricket is very different to international cricket. To have Jos in that middle order makes a massive difference to our side.
“In my eyes, he’s the best white ball player in the world. To have that experience for the first six games is brilliant for us.”
Derbyshire all-rounder Luis Reece said: “Had we got to 190 and done a few things better throughout our bowling innings, it could have been a different game. We were in a good position after six or seven overs of the game, and it’s disappointing.
“Livvy (Liam Livingstone) played a hell of an innings, but we dropped him on 50-odd. Had we taken that, you never know. But it was a smart knock.
“These games come thick and fast, and there’s been enough encouraging signs to know that if we come back on Friday (Leicestershire away) and put some of the same processes in place then we should come out on the right side of the result.”
Worcestershire Rapids v Notts Outlaws (New Road)
WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS 152-6, NOTTS OUTLAWS 152-8
Result - Match Tied
Notts Outlaws began their defence of the Vitality Blast with a thrilling tie after seemingly set for a comfortable victory over Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.
The Outlaws were on course for what looked like a straightforward win after openers Joe Clarke and Alex Hales put on 76 in six overs in pursuit of a 153 target.
But Rapids spinners Moeen Ali and Ish Sodhi hauled their side back into the contest to leave five runs needed off the final over from Josh Tongue.
Luke Fletcher was run out off the third delivery and then the final ball saw Peter Trego (35) fail to beat Ed Barnard’s throw back to keeper Ben Cox attempting a second run.
Steven Mullaney took over the Outlaws captaincy from Dan Christian – called up by Australia - and put the Rapids into bat.
Notts spinner Matt Carter enjoyed a double success in his first over. Brett D’Oliveira on five was stumped and then Rapids captain Moeen Ali was bowled for six.
Riki Wessels on 14 was run out by Mullaney’s direct hit from mid off. Jake Libby and Ben Cox added 37 before the latter on 14 was caught and bowled by Mullaney.
Ross Whiteley produced the first six of the innings in the 16th over when he flicked Mullaney behind square.
The left hander clubbed a full toss from Paterson over the ropes in the same region and Libby reached a composed 50 from 42 balls with his third four, off Paterson.
Whiteley had made 42 off 34 balls when he was caught on the cover boundary in the final over from Fletcher after a partnership of 78 in 10 overs with Libby.
There was time for Ed Barnard (10) to hit Fletcher for a six over mid wicket and a ramp shot for four before he was caught on the boundary from the last ball of the innings.
Clarke and Hales got the Outlaws innings off to a flying start and Dwarshuis’ first over for his adopted county cost 15 runs.
Rapids paceman Josh Tongue was struck for three sixes and a boundary in his opening over which yielded another 25 as the 50 came up in just 4.1 overs.
The opening pair had put on 76 before Hales, with 31 from 18 balls, fell to the last ball of the powerplay from Charlie Morris when caught by Moeen at long off.
Sodhi struck in his first over when Clarke, having made 45 from 21 balls, holed out to Dwarshuis at long on.
It became three wickets in three overs when Ben Duckett (6) was lbw to a delivery from Moeen which kept low.
Whiteley then produced a superb diving catch at deep mid-wicket to account for Tom Moores after he attempted to pull a delivery from Moeen.
There was another breakthrough for the Rapids when Samit Patel (11) failed to beat Charlie Morris’s accurate throw to Cox.
Tongue produced a superb catch to dismiss Mullaney (7) running back to third man off Charlie Morris to set up the thrilling finale.
Worcestershire captain Moeen Ali said: “It feels like a win. I’m really proud of the boys. I thought we showed amazing fight there.
“We did well to get a score from the position we were in initially although I thought we were 20 short.
“They started well but you always have belief and I just wanted us to fight and we showed that. We’ve got so much fight in this team.
“We played them in the semi-finals a couple of years ago which was a very similar game and we ended up winning that one.
“We believe in ourselves and the way we play our cricket.
“We kept saying ‘a couple of wickets, get Halesy and Clarkey out and we’ve got a chance’ and we did amazingly well in my opinion. “
Outlaws captain Steven Mullaney said: “We bowled well. Three wickets in the powerplay. They got away a bit at the end but that happens sometimes.
“Really happy with the fielding and bowling performance.
“We lost wickets at key times and some poor decisions and poor execution.
“Fair play to Worcestershire. They got stuck in and got their deserved point in the end.
“You’d like to think you could pick up the odd boundary here and there which takes the rate down again.
“It wasn’t to be today but the good thing is we go again on Friday.”
Kent Spitfires v Hampshire (Canterbury)
Kent Spitfires beat Hampshire Hawks by 38 runs
The Spitfires posted 176 for six, before restricting the Hawks to 138 for nine with a miserly display in the field. Fred Klaassen took four for 32 and Darren Stevens two for 22, claiming his 100th Blast wicket with his very first ball.
Ollie Robinson anchored Kent’s innings with 48, after Joe Denly smashed 44 and Daniel Bell-Drummond 42 to get the hosts off to a blistering start, but they were hauled back as The Hawks’ Mason Crane took three for 23, while Chris Wood two for 42 and Lewis McManus claimed two stumpings.
James Vince made 34, but the Hawks fell way behind the run rate, despite a battling 37 from Joe Weatherley.
After losing the toss, the Spitfires raced to 67 for nought at the end of the powerplay, before Bell-Drummond holed out to Crane and was caught by Vince.
When Denly was stumped off Liam Dawson in the next over, the scoring rate slowed drastically. Crane took two wickets in five balls, bowling Alex Blake for two and then getting Jack Leaning stumped for one. Jordan Cox and Robinson put on 58 for the fifth wicket, before the former was caught on the boundary by James Fuller for 28 off Wood, with the first ball of the final over. Robinson was bowled with Wood’s next ball, leaving Stevens and Grant Stewart as the not out batsmen on one and six respectively.
Vince and D’Arcy Short put on 51 for the first wicket, but Stevens had Short caught behind for 29 before Cox took two brilliant catches. He snared Sam Northeast for six at long off, to give James Logan a wicket only four hours after he’d signed a deal with Kent, before making a stunning catch at mid-wicket to get rid of Vince, off Stevens.
Klaassen took a steepling catch off his own bowling to dismiss Dawson for 9, then had James Fuller caught for one by Blake at long on. After 10 overs without a boundary, Weatherley hit Matt Milnes for six through cow corner, but he was lbw to Klaassen, who then had Ian Holland caught by Cox.
Needing an impossible 48 off Grant Stewart’s last over, the Hawks lost Chris Wood for one and McManus for seven, both caught by Blake.
Kent's Fred Klaassen (who took career-best figures of 4-32) said: "The team effort was outstanding. I think the fielding, number one, was top draw. We got off to a flyer with the bat in the power play and posted a good score on that wicket. My first over went for 17 and I was a bit shellshocked really, but then Logan bowled absolutely brilliantly and then we had the Darren Stevens show of course. It was quite remarkable to field during that atmosphere, it went up a few notches I’d say and then Grant (Stewart) bowled bloody well, Milnesey as well. I was probably lucky to pick up a few at the end there.”
Hampshire's: Mason Crane said: "It wasn't to be today. In T20 everything changes really quickly so the lads were disappointed, especially because at half-time we probably would have taken that score. It's one of those things, it's a long tournament, there's loads of game so I'm sure we'll bounce back. It was nice to start the competion with three for 23, but I want it to be in a winning cause, so I'm still disappointed."
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