Vitality Blast 2023 June 1st: Scores, Match Reports, Results, Scorecards and Reactions - All Matches
Here are all the Scores, Match Reports, Results, Scorecards and Reactions for all the matches played today, June 1st, in the Vitality Blast 2023.
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A career-best unbeaten 109 by veteran campaigner Wayne Madsen set up Derby Falcons for a first win of the Vitality Blast season over East Midlands neighbours Leicester Foxes, who ran them close but ultimately fell three runs short of their target.
The 39-year-old’s brilliant 61-ball innings, which contained 12 fours and four sixes, was his third hundred in the T20 format and his second in consecutive seasons after he made 100 not out against Durham last season.
It helped the Falcons post 189 for five after being put in, Tom Wood making 37 from 24 balls and Brooke Guest 25 from 20, spinners Rehan Ahmed (2-20), Callum Parkinson (2-36) and Colin Ackermann (1-16) sharing the wickets for the Foxes.
The Foxes, who have lost all of their opening four matches, put up a decent fight in the circumstances, Ackermann (59 not out) and Ahmed (28) scoring
58 off the last 31 balls after Rishi Patel’s 44 but it wasn’t quite enough.
Left-arm spinner Parkinson dismissed both openers in his first two overs, Luis Reece leg before and Haider Ali bowled, both attempting to sweep, yet it was the Falcons, at 52 for two, who came out of the powerplay on top after being put in, despite the return to the Foxes attack of Naveen ul-Haq after his successful stint in the Indian Premier League.
Madsen’s timing was immaculate as he dispatched Ahmed, Will Davis and Parkinson in turn for sixes out of the middle of the bat before cleverly reverse-sweeping Ahmed for four to bring up a 29-ball half-century - his fourth in as many innings this season - as the Falcons reached halfway at 96 for two.
Wood, after his uncertain start, was beginning to find his range when the Foxes at last managed to stem the flow, Wood reaching for one outside off stump and unable to control his shot, Sol Budinger pouching the catch at deep point.
That ended a 95-run partnership for the third wicket, after which the Falcons suffered a wobble as Ahmed struck twice in the space of five deliveries, having Leus Du Plooy caught behind down the legside for a second-ball duck before Anuj Dal fell leg before to the googly, 117 for two replaced by 120 for five on the scoreboard.
None of his colleagues could match Ahmed’s economy on a night when the Foxes were sloppy in the field. Naveen conceded 23 off his final two overs as the last four of the innings saw the Falcons’ total swell by 50 runs, Madsen lifting Davis over deep midwicket for his fourth six before driving Naveen through the covers to reach his hundred from 56 balls.
After a slow start to their reply in which Budinger lobbed tamely to mid-on as Zak Chappell claimed a wicket against his former county, the Foxes found some momentum in the second half of the powerplay to be 48 for one as Patel and Nick Welch began to find regular boundaries.
They lost Welch when the opener clipped a ball from left-armer into the hands of deep square leg and Patel had an escape on 33 when Zaman Khan spilled a chance on the legside off Du Plooy, but skipper Ackermann was into his stride with two fours and a six off George Scrimshaw as the home side reached 90 for two from 10.
Patel’s second six, launched over long-on off Mark Watt, and two reserve sweeps for four by Ackermann off Wood kept the scoreboard moving nicely but after Patel holed out off Watt’s left-arm aiming for another maximum the required rate was above 10. Wiaan Mulder thin edged behind off Chappell and the Foxes needed 55 from the last five overs.
Lilley fell for three, slashing Scrimshaw to deep backward point, but Ahmed uppercut his first ball for six to keep the Foxes interested and after a generally tidy over from Khan stretched the target to 39 from 18 balls, the sixth-wicket pair innovated nicely and ran well between the wickets to leave the Foxes needing 14 off the last over and put the pressure on Scrimshaw, who conceded a boundary to Ahmed from his first ball but the tall seamer held his nerve to avoid conceding another and the Falcons prevailed by two runs.
Derbyshire’s match-winner Wayne Madsen, who became only the third player in the county’s history to pass 20,000 all-format runs during the course of his innings, and the only player to score two T20 hundreds for the county, said:
“It is hard to compare one hundred with the other but to score both in winning causes is ultimately what I’m after.
“I said after the Notts game the other day that 50s were not enough, you need to be scoring 75-plus and to come out and get that tonight and help us win is a pretty special thing.
“It feels amazing to get the first win of the season, it has been a long time coming and it is a pretty special feeling for all the guys.
“Leicestershire played very well to get up near our total but when the pressure started building towards the end of that second innings our bowlers held their nerve.
“I spoke to George (Scrimshaw) before that last over to remind him that he had won it for us before in a similar position in a game but he was confident in what he was doing. It is about executing your skills in a moment like that and he did that and did a fantastic job.”
Leicestershire skipper and top-scorer Colin Ackermann said:
“I’m gutted that we didn’t get over the line. I felt like we had it in the bag in those last five overs. Rehan came in and played a fantastic knock, he’s a class player. It was a good wicket and the outfield was quick. It’s small margins in the end.
“It was an incredible innings by Wayne Madsen, of course. Mads has done it for years, he’s got such experience under his belt and knows how to play this format.
“We made a few misses in the field and ultimately they were costly. We pride ourselves on our fielding and although it is a bumpy outfield you still have to attack the ball and go for it and tonight it didn’t go as we had planned.
“But Rehan and Callum Parkinson bowled very well, so we can take some positives. The games are coming thick and fast and we have another one tomorrow night at Northampton, so we have to dust ourselves down and go again.”
England white ball captain Jos Buttler made just one off two balls in his first appearance of the summer as Lancashire were stunned by Yorkshire in the Vitality Blast Roses clash at Headingley, the Vikings winning by 15 runs.
After international colleague Dawid Malan celebrated his 300th T20 career appearance with a superb 83 off 50 balls in Yorkshire’s 195 for six, Buttler was caught at mid-off against the off-spin of Dom Bess seven balls into Lancashire’s pursuit.
A sellout 16,000 crowd - a number of whom missed the start due to traffic issues - saw Yorkshire win only their second game of the season and their second Roses game since the start of 2018. The Lightning finished on 180 for eight, with Ben Mike and Dawid Wiese each claiming two for 31.
Buttler, on the back of three successive IPL ducks last month, has now lost four of his last five Lancashire appearances, though that statistic will surely improve given he is with the Red Rose for another nine North Group games.
While New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme claimed three for 24 from four overs of skilful seam for Lancashire, Malan came into this fixture on the back of an unbeaten 95 in Tuesday’s win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Despite nearing 200, the Vikings actually felt they were light with the bat on a typically excellent Headingley surface: “We left a few runs out there,” said Malan as he spoke to Sky Sports mid-innings having hit eight fours and four sixes.
Amazingly, Yorkshire had been written off as no hopers by many, including their own supporters, before this fixture.
But, having been inserted, they made a fine start in the powerplay, reaching 59 without loss after six overs.
That included 17 in the first over as Adam Lyth took left-arm quick Luke Wood for four boundaries in as many balls to end the over.
Malan then took the lead role, pulling the same bowler over long-leg for the first six of the evening.
By the time Malan reached his fifty, off 33 balls, Yorkshire were 83 without loss in the ninth over with Lyth on 27.
Lyth fell for 32, caught at deep midwicket by Tom Hartley off de Grandhomme’s first ball in the 10th over - 88 for one.
De Grandhomme helped the Lightning drag things back.
Despite seeing Malan dropped on 63 at short fine-leg by Matthew Parkinson, he had Will Luxton caught at deep square-leg next ball - 106 for two in the 12th.
Malan hit a couple more sixes before he fell caught at wide long-off by Phil Salt off Liam Livingstone as the Vikings reached the 15-over mark at 139 for three.
De Grandhomme claimed his third wicket, a replica of his first - the Lyth dismissal, when Shan Masood found safe hands Hartley, and with two overs remaining the Vikings were 172 for four.
De Grandhomme’s fellow Kiwi Daryl Mitchell then struck twice in the final over, as Yorkshire fell just short of 200.
Wicketless Wood conceded 55 from his four overs, a joint Lancashire record in Roses cricket (Yasir Arafat one for 55 here in 2012).
Yorkshire then set about defending their target, and they did so with significant success.
That started with Buttler miscuing Bess’s first ball to mid-off as the score fell to four for one in the second over.
Steven Croft and Luke Wells played aggressive cameos - 22 and 21 respectively - inside the powerplay to keep Lancashire hopes alive.
But they both holed out to Jordan Thompson and Mike, the seamer who also had Phil Salt caught and bowled as the score fell to 64 for four in the seventh.
Despite wickets tumbling, this game was nowhere near over given Lancashire’s seven-strong international contingent in this fixture. Mitchell and captain Livingstone were still huge dangers.
Mitchell holed out to long-on off fledgling leg-spinner Jafer Chohan in the 12th over, and Lancashire still needed 99 at 97 for five in the 12th over.
But when Livingstone top-edged Wiese behind in the next, falling for 15 - 101 for six in the 13th - it really did feel like game over. So it proved.
A career best 39 from Hartley threatened that theory briefly, but Yorkshire held their nerve as Wiese struck again, Hartley was run out and Thompson defended 34 off the last over from 162 for eight.
Yorkshire captain Shan Masood said: “I tried not to overplay the occasion, but the boys have been brilliant. Yes it’s an important game, and yes the atmosphere was amazing. Playing against a Lancs side who could be an international side, we were good in all facets of the game.
“We delivered the blueprint of how we want to play, and the boys delivered in every stage of the game.
“The biggest lesson for us is that you’re never down and out. There’s always a way back. It shows the quality of our side. If we can beat Notts at Trent Bridge and Lancs here, we’ve got something in our ranks.”
Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone said: “It’s pretty disappointing. We probably could have kept them to 10-15 runs fewer had we read the conditions a bit better. Ultimately, I think we should have chased it. But it is what it is, we move on to tomorrow (Durham away).
“We should have changed the pace quicker (in the powerplay). One of our strengths has been going with seam first three or four overs, but maybe we should have gone to spin earlier or chatted to the bowlers about going to slower balls.
“I think the power we’ve got in our line-up, we back ourselves to chase anything. But we lost wickets at key times.”
Captain Simon Harmer took only the third T20 hat-trick by an Essex bowler as they thrashed Sussex Sharks by 25 runs to make it two wins out of two in the Vitality Blast.
The 34-year-old off-spinner struck with his first three balls after coming on in the third over as Essex easily defended a target of 164.
Sussex had already lost skipper Ravi Bopara in the first over of their reply when Harmer began to cast his spell, although he was helped by some poor shot selection by Sussex’s experienced batters.
His first victim Tom Alsop, fresh from a match-winning half-century in Sunday’s win over Surrey, tried to hit over the top and instead gave catching practice to Sam Cook at short third. Shadab Khan clipped the next ball to square leg and Michael Burgess was lbw sweeping the hat-trick delivery, which would have hit middle stump.
It was Essex’s first hat-trick in the format since Shaun Tait against Nottinghamshire in 2013 and the first against Sussex since Dimitri Mascarenhas for Hampshire back in 2004.
With Bopara, opening in the absence of the injured Ali Orr, having picked out short-third off the fourth ball from Sam Cook, Sussex were 15 for 4 with their chase effectively over before it had begun.
James Coles (35), Tom Clark (31) and Ollie Carter (27) offered some resistance but Harmer returned to have Fynn Hudson-Prentice brilliantly caught one-handed by Tom Westley off a full-blooded reverse lap to claim the fourth four-wicket return of his T20 career.
The South African finished with 4 for 28 on a good night for Essex’s spinners with Matt Critchley (3 for 28) and Dan Lawrence (1 for 15) also picking up wickets as Sussex were dismissed for 138 with eight balls unused.
Earlier, Sussex seemed to have justified Bopara’s decision to field first against his former county, restricting Essex to 163 for 7 thanks to a disciplined performance by their seven-man attack.
Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab led the way with 3 for 28, all to catches in the mid-wicket region. Shadab had been unable to bowl on his debut in last Friday’s defeat to Somerset after colliding with team-mate Nathan McAndrew in the outfield and concussion protocols ruled him out of Sunday’s win over Surrey.
He made up for lost time here, picking up wickets off successive balls in his second over as Critchley top-edged a sweep to mid-wicket and Paul Walter flicked the next ball to Bopara. Shadab returned to remove Westley off another mis-timed leg-side swipe in his final over.
Essex were indebted to opener Feroze Khushi who held the innings together with 55 off 38 balls before he drove a slower ball from Tymal Mills to mid-off in the 13th over, having hit four fours and two sixes.
Lawrence, released from England’s Test squad to play this game and tomorrow night’s match against Hampshire in Chelmsford, looked in the mood when he drove his first ball onto the roof of the South Stand, but he mis-timed a pull off Mills who finished with 2 for 32 and mixed up his pace nicely.
Robin Das was dropped by Bopara on nine and ended up with an unbeaten 31, putting on 35 at the end with Harmer (21 not out). They were crucial runs by the Essex captain, but his major impact on proceedings was still to come.
Essex captain Simon Harmer, who took a hat-trick, said, “After the way I bowled in the first game [against Gloucestershire] it was nice to make a better start! I’ve been in that situation before [of being on a hat-trick] in T20 in my career so it was quite nice for it to happen.
“It was quite a tricky wicket. We needed to bowl well and got off to a good start with the wicket of Ravi [Bopara] in the first over and to have them four wickets down in the powerplay made it hard for them to come back. To go back to back wins was good for us and sets us up nicely for tomorrow [against Hampshire].
“Tom Westley took an unbelievable catch and he is really important for us. He does a balancing act for us batting down the order when he plays the situation and it was nice for him to get a couple of catches and some runs and for us to get another win on the board.”
Sussex head coach Paul Farbrace said, “I thought we bowled and fielded well and felt that target was below par on a good pitch, it was a score we should have comfortably chased down.
“We didn’t have a very clear mindset when we chased and didn’t bat well at all. The first four wickets were very poor dismissals and Ravi [Bopara] set the tone, it was a lazy waft outside off stump and he gave his wicket away. Tom Alsop was looking to hit a wide ball over long on, Shadab has lobbed one to square leg and Michael Burgess played the first sweep I’ve seen from him in two weeks.
“That summed up our innings. I don’t mind people getting out but we gave our wickets away in a pretty non-aggressive way. It was a pretty lame performance, if that’s the standard of how we’re going to bat in the rest of the tournament we’re going to lose a lot of games. We should be ashamed of that. We’ve now got two games in two days at the weekend but we need to bat a damn sight better than we did tonight, that was not good enough.”
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