Vitality Blast 2022 May 25th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here are all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast May 25th 2022
Wednesday May 25th
England new boy Harry Brook starred with an unbeaten 60 off 27 balls as Yorkshire secured a seven-wicket opening night Vitality Blast win over Worcestershire at Headingley, chasing 173.
After the Rapids slumped from 142 for three in the 16th over, losing six wickets for 30 to finish on a below par 172 for nine, England’s Dawid Malan (33) shared a 70-run opening partnership with Adam Lyth (40) to start the Joe Root-captained Vikings’ chase.
But both fell as the score slipped to 88 for three in the 11th over - only for Brook and Root to unite in an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 87 inside eight overs.
Root, captaining Yorkshire with David Willey at the IPL, played the ideal supporting role with 35 off 24 as the win was secured with 11 balls remaining.
Brook, who made his T20 international debut in January and is in England’s Test squad against New Zealand next week, posted his ninth fifty in 10 innings in both T20 and Championship cricket this summer.
Jack Haynes excelled for Worcestershire with 61 off 33 on a fast and true pitch.
After three hundreds in as many Championship games, the 21-year-old right-hander blazed a career best T20 score. But his side’s innings subsided badly shortly after his departure.
Jordan Thompson came back superbly from conceding 22 off his first over to strike twice in the 16th and finish with three for 35 for a star-studded Yorkshire team including Malan, Root and Adil Rashid plus Pakistan overseas duo Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan.
Haynes was strong on both sides of the wicket, but there was no support from the lower order.
He hoisted Dom Bess and Rashid over cover for big sixes and swept Khan over the rope at square-leg to bring up his fifty in 27 balls. By that time, the Rapids were 115 for two in the 11th.
But seamer Matthew Revis, in his first over in T20, had Haynes caught at deep midwicket pulling the following over (123 for two). It proved a key moment.
Yorkshire had started well by conceding seven off the first two overs, including Bess bowling Ed Pollock, only for 64 runs to come from the next four overs as Haynes and opener Brett D’Oliveira (32) got the innings moving after Ben Cox had elected to bat.
Later on, wickets came in a flurry as Thompson had Cox and Josh Baker caught at long-on and, sandwiched in between, Jake Libby (25) caught at cover. There were also two run outs.
Malan and Lyth then raced out of the blocks, and with the depth to Yorkshire’s batting - Rashid was batting at 10, they had complete control of the contest at 59 without loss after six overs.
Malan caressed Baker’s left-arm spin over wide long-off for a particularly memorable six inside the powerplay.
But that control was eroded by the loss of Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Malan - the latter caught at deep midwicket - to Ed Barnard, D’Oliveira and Charlie Morris, leaving the score at 88 for three inside 11.
Brook quickly got things back on track in eye-catching fashion. He punched Barnard over wide long-off for six and uppercut Pat Brown over backward point.
And by the time the 15-over mark came, he and Root had shared 53 unbroken to take the score to 141-3, with only 32 needed.
Brook’s latest fifty came off 23 balls with three sixes, by which time the game was realistically over.
While Yorkshire had significant firepower at their disposal, Worcestershire were without overseas duo Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo as well as captain Moeen Ali.
Munro and Bravo are yet to arrive at New Road and Ali is resting until next Wednesday because he has only just finished duties at the IPL.
Yorkshire batter Harry Brook said:
“We said in the huddle at the start that we want to stamp our foot down and show everybody what we’re about, and I think we did that tonight. It was a really good start.
“The boys at the end bowled unbelievably, Jordan Thompson especially.
“If you have two world-class spinners bowling through the middle, you can’t ask for much better. Rash and Shadab, eight overs and they’re not going to go for many runs. Then there’s Haris at the death. At the minute, we’ve got a good side.
“The wickets have been better this year, so I’ve been able to hit through the line a bit better. I’ve enjoyed it so far this season, and long may it continue.”
Worcestershire batter Jack Haynes said:
“We had a decent amount of momentum going into the last four or five overs of our innings, so it would have been nice to carry it on. But a couple of poor options from a few of us, myself included, and we fell 30 or 40 short.
“It was nice to score runs and contribute to the team, but I’m gutted to lose.
“Yorkshire are a really strong side, and 80 percent of that game we were fantastic. I don’t think we’re far away at all from our best cricket.
“Hopefully we can show that at Notts on Friday.”
Somerset have beaten the Kent Spitfires by eight wickets in the opening Vitality Blast match of the season at Canterbury.
The visitors exacted some revenge for their defeat to Kent in last year’s final, with Rilee Roussow hitting 81 from 54 balls (including seven fours and two sixes) and Tom Abell 48 from 29, as Somerset coasted home to finish on 166 for two with five balls to spare, after a Roussow and Abell shared an unbeaten stand of 121.
Earlier Jack Leaning hit 72 from 43 balls, as the champions recovered from just 52 for four at halfway to post 162 for six, Lewis Gregory taking 3 for 25.
The reigning champions made one change from the side that won last year’s final, but it was a big call, with Darren Stevens omitted in favour of overseas player George Linde.
After losing the toss and being asked to field, the visitors removed England’s Zak Crawley for four in the second over when he hit Josh Davey to Roelof van der Merwe at cover.
Daniel Bell-Drummond somehow survived Davey’s next over, during which he was nearly out thrice, only to fall for 12 when he swished Lewis Gregory to Lewis Goldsworthy.
Kent edged to 30 for two at the end of the powerplay and then lost captain Sam Billings for just five in the seventh, when he edged Gregory behind.
Ben Green bowled Joe Denly for five in the next over and then nearly had Jordan Cox caught for a golden duck, the ball just eluding backward point.
The Cox-Leaning partnership that repeatedly bailed Kent out during their title-winning season was worth 52, until the former spooned Goldsworthy to Tom Abell for 11 in the 14th over and it was left to Linde to hit the accelerator.
His 15-ball 29 included a maximum off Green that cleared the Knott-Underwood Stand and flew out of the ground. Leaning hit the first delivery with the replacement ball for a staggering six that landed on a top floor balcony on the Old Dover Road side of the ground.
Gregory had Linde caught by Lammonby at long on with the first ball of the 18th, but Grant Stewart added 14 from eight balls to set what looked a competitive target.
Somerset lost Tom Banton for nine when he swiped Matt Milnes to Leaning at deep square leg and Will Smeed for 21 when he pulled Fred Klaassen to Cox on the square leg boundary, but Kent’s failure to take wickets proved crucial.
The visitors were 65 for two at halfway and Rossouw and Abell kept the run rate under 11 an over. With wickets in hand they took 15 from Qais Ahmad in the 17th over, leaving them needing 26 from 18.
A misfield for four at the start of the 18th tilted the equation firmly in Somerset’s favour and Roussow then mowed Milnes for a six. Needing just a single from the final over, Somerset sealed the win when Roussow drove Klaassen down the ground for four.
Somerset’s Rilee Rossouw said: “It was a dream start I guess, I did not expect it all, I just came here thinking settle in, take it one ball at a time and I remember what the coach said to us at the pre-match briefing. He said especially the batters should take that extra ball as it’s the first game of the season and just play it as you see it.
“We one hundred percent fancied chasing it down. You’ve got to fancy chasing 200. Whatever it is, you’ve got to fancy chasing it down, especially with the youth and the flair that we’ve got in our line-up. I don’t think there’s any target that we can’t chase down it’s just on the day who executes better.”
Kent’s Jack Leaning said: “I think if anything the wicket got a little bit better, it became really wet and dewy towards the back of the game so I think we’ll probably look at that and assess what we maybe do first next time.
“If we’re honest we weren’t quite there in all aspects tonight. I think they played really well with the bat and they bowled very nicely. Probably with the rain we’ve had the last few days it just got a little bit damp, a little bit tacky and it was a little bit two-paced with the new ball. It certainly got easier as the innings went on and the ball got a little bit softer but I think they probably had the best of the conditions.
“Rossouw is obviously world-class, he played really well controlled the innings and picked up a boundary whenever they really needed one, credit to them I thought hey played really well tonight, they’re obviously a pretty good team and we beat them in the final last year so they probably came here wanting to owe us one.”
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