Vitality Blast 2022 Finals Day - Hampshire Hawks win Vitality Blast 2022 - All Match Reports from Edgbaston
Vitality Blast 2022 Finals Day - All the News , Updates and Match Reports from Edgbaston.
Hampshire Hawks lifted the Vitality Blast title for the third time after a superb fightback with the ball squeezed them to a one-run victory over Lancashire Lightning in the final at Edgbaston.
Lancashire vs Hampshire, Final, Vitality Blast
Lancashire 151/8 (20 ov)
Hampshire 152/8 (20 ov)
Result - Hampshire won by 1 run
Chasing the Hawks' 152 for eight, the Lightning were well on course at 72 for one in the eighth over before a clatter sent them into the last over needing 11 with two new batsmen at the crease.
Nathan Ellis held his nerve to bowl a fine over which left the Lightning on 151 for eight and the Hawks celebrating a famous win.
It was gutting for Lightning who had been spun into a strong position by Matt Parkinson (four for 26) after the Hawks chose to bat. The England spinner's wickets included Ben McDermott whose 62 (36 balls) was the only major contribution to a modest total.
At halfway, Lightning were firm favourites and they raced to 50 in 28 balls but then wickets began to fall regularly as the Hawks bowlers and fielders rose to the pressure
The Hawks' decision to bat appeared to have backfired as they lost wickets regularly from the moment Richard Gleeson sent the ninth ball of the innings into James Vince's stumps. Semi-final hero Tom Prest sent up a fatal top-edged off Luke Wood and then Parkinson got to work removing Joe Weatherley, Liam Dawson and McDermott.
Parkinson added his fourth wicket when Nathan Ellis was superbly held on the long on rope by Tim David and it was left to Ross Whiteley (22, 20 balls) and Luke Wood (21 not out, 17) to eke their side to a total which gave them something to bowl at.
Lightning lost Phil Salt to the fourth ball of the innings, brilliantly caught by a tumbling Prest at deep mid-wicket, but there were already 12 runs on the board then and the early charge was continued by Steven Croft (36, 25 balls).
Croft and Keaton Jennings added 60 in 43 balls before Hampshire's spinners started to cause turbulence. Croft tickled a leg-side catch to the wicketkeeper off Mason Crane and Dawson had Jennings and Dane Vilas caught at long odd and extra cover respectively.
When James Fuller pinned Tim David lbw, it was 118 for five and suddenly the Lightning nerves were jangling with 35 required from four overs. The first of those, a brilliant from Ellis, cost just three runs and, as the pressure mounted, Lamb skied Fuller to mid off and Luke Wood was run out.
It came down to 11 needed from the last over, bowled by Ellis, and then six from the last ball...or so we thought! Ellis bowled Gleeson and the Hawks wheeled away in celebration before noticing a call of no ball.
The Lightning has a reprieve with three now required from a free hit...but Ellis stayed strong to beat the batsman's swipe and this time the Hawks' celebrations could continue.
Lightning captain Dane Vilas said:
"Of course it is very disappointing to have lost but it has been a great campaign for us and I am proud of the guys. It was a tough one to take but that is the nature of Twenty20. You are never really in control in this format. We knew we had to bat well and hopefully have a bit of luck and unfortunately we just came up short.
"But there are a lot of positives we can take from the tournament and from the day. It was a great win this morning and, over the tournament, some of the younger guys have really put their hands up and put in good performances. We will take all the positives and look ahead to the four-day games to come because we have a lot to look forward to in that."
Hawks captain James Vince said:
"All credit to Nathan for staying so calm at the end there. He's been brilliant for us all the way through. I have played against him in the Big Bash so know how good he is. He has played for Australia a few times and I am sure he will play a lot more. For him to stay so composed and then be brave enough to deliver a slower ball for that last ball was amazing.
"I am very proud of the guys. They showed a lot of resilience in the final. Lancashire started well in their innings but we have shown in the last few seasons that we are never out of a game, whether that's red or white ball. We have won a few games defending low totals now and when you do that the belief just grows and grows. The players have done really well, it's all very well me saying things, but they have to go out there and act them out and they did it brilliantly."
Hampshire vs Somerset, 2nd Semi-Final
Hampshire vs Somerset, 2nd Semi-Final, Vitality Blast
Hampshire 190/6 (20 ov)
Somerset 153/10 (19.3 ov)
Result - Hampshire won by 37 runs
Hampshire Hawks powered into the Vitality Blast final after beating Somerset by 37 runs in the second semi-final at sun-soaked Edgbaston.
The Hawks will meet Lancashire Lightning in this evening's final (6.45pm) after disciplined bowling, supported by razor sharp fielding, enabled them to defend a total of 190 for six as Somerset were bolwed out for 153 in 19,3 overs..
Hampshire's total was fuelled by Tom Prest's T20-best 64 (46 balls) supported by brisk, if brief, contributions from the rest of the top order. Roelof van der Meuwe was their biggest obstacle with a skilful spell of 4-0-29-2.
After their quarter-final demolition of Derbyshire, Somerset set out on their chase full of confidence, but it never took flight. This time the big guns misfired and only Tom Lammonby (34, 27 balls) reached 30 as James Vince's bowling unit, led by Liam Dawson (4-0-20-1) and Nathan Ellis (3.3-0-30-3) built excellent pressure.
After Hampshire chose to bat, their top order all contributed to a perky start. Vince struck 20 from 12 balls before chipping van der Meuwe to extra cover. Ben McDermott smashed 31 from 17 and looked dangerous until he hoisted Lewis Goldsworthy to mid off. The slow left armer then removed Joe Weatherly (24 , 19) thanks to a wonderful diving catch by Rilee Roussow at mid on.
Prest and Ross Whiteley (27,19) added 55 in 32 balls before both holed out. Prest thrashed van der Meuwe over the rope at mid-wicket but perished next ball trying to repeat the shot.
The 19-year-old's half-century had given Somerset plenty to do, though, and the Hawks quickly made inroads into their opponents' reply. Openers Will Smeed and Tom Banton, both potential match-winners, failed to reach double figures as the former lifted Ellis's third ball to mid on and the latter departed run out by Mason Crane's direct hit after hesitating over a single.
Calm catches from Weatherley ended the cameos of Roussouw (23, 20 balls) and Tom Abell (27, 21) and the regular loss of wickets kept the required run-rate on the rise. Lammonby kept his side in with a sliver of hope but that's all it was as 64 from the last four overs proved far too many. All of Somerset's top seven hit a six but none hit more than two and no one mastered the excellent Hawks bowling long enough to deliver the innings of required substance.
The Hawks deservedly went through to the final where they will attempt to lift the Blast trophy for the third time against a Lightning side aiming to secure it for the second.
Yorkshire vs Lancashire, 1st Semi-Final
Yorkshire 204/7 (20 ov)
Lancashire 208/4 (18.4 ov)
Result - Lancashire won by 6 wickets
Lancashire Lightning booked their place in the Vitality Blast final with a rock-solid six-wicket semi-final win over Roses rivals Yorkshire Vikings at a packed Edgbaston.
Lightning will face Hampshire Hawks or Somerset in the final at 6.30pm this evening after pacing a potentially difficult chase perfectly in the Birmingham sunshine.
Vikings posted a meaty 204 for seven thanks to Tom Kohler-Cadmore, whose 66 (44 balls) held the early innings together, and Jordan Thompson, whose brutal 50 from 18 balls in the closing overs included six sixes.
Lightning's pursuit was then given a vivid launchpad by Phil Salt (36, 15 balls) before Keaton Jennings (75, 51) and Dane Vilas (63 not out, 36) added 112 in 69 balls for the third wicket to seal their side's passage. Vilas crowned the victory with a six to tae his side to 208 for four from 18.4 overs.
Vilas crowned the victory with a six to tae his side to 208 for four from 18.4 overs.
After choosing to bat, Vikings lost Adam Lyth, caught at deep point off Luke Wood, in the first over but liftoff came in the fourth with four successive fours for Kohler-Cadmore off Richard Gleeson.
Kohler-Cadmore and Dawid Malan (33, 22 balls) added 61 in 35 balls before the latter was bowled trying to force Matt Parkinson through the covers. The Lightning spinners then imposed a squeeze, conceding 21 from four overs (seven to 10) and adding the wicket of Harry Brook who played on to Luke Wells.
Kohler-Cadmore reached his 26th T20 half-century before he was bowled middle stump by Wells. Impetus was then added by a stand of 74 in 29 balls between Shadab Khan (34, 24 balls) and Thompson whose 17-ball half-century included a blitz of five sixes in seven balls off Danny Lamb and Gleeson.
In reply, Lightning stormed to 50 in 21 balls after the third over, from Matthew Revis, went for 29. That over also brought the end of Salt, who edged behind, but some clean hitting from Jennings and a violent cameo from Steven Croft (14, five balls) kept the momentum high. Lightning ended the powerplay powerfully place on 89 for two.
Jennings and Vilas advanced with unhurried composure, working the ball skilfully around the big field to keep on top of the chase. Jennings reached 50, his seventh in T20, from 30 balls and the last five overs arrived with 41 needed and eight wickets in hand.
Fifteen from the first of those, from Lyth, pretty much settled the matter and, though Jennings lifted Drakes to mid on, Lancashire skipper Vilas steered his side safely through with eight balls to spare.
Yorkshire Vikings head coach Ottis Gibson said:
"It is disappointing but, as disappointing as it is, this quite young team showed what it can do by getting to Finals Day. Having got there, we would like to have done better, of course. You can have the best plans in the world but you have to execute them had we didn't really do that today.
"Some of the young players have played very well during the tournament and have really come on. Now we will have a look around and see whether we bring in someone with a little bit more experience to come in alongside them next year. Tom Kohler-Cadmore and David Willey are moving on to the next stages of their career and we thank them for everything they have done for us and wish them well. We missed David today."
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