Vitality Blast Finals Day: Latest Scores, News and Match Results
The Vitality Blast Finals Day finally got underway this afternoon and here are all the Latest Scores, News and Match Results......
FINAL - Notts Outlaws win the Vitality Blast 2020 by 6 wickets
Scorecard - Notts Outlaws v Surrey
Notts Outlaws won the Vitality Blast for only the second time after beating Surrey by six wickets in a 16-overs-per-side final under the Edgbaston lights.
Three years after lifting the trophy for the first time, they added a second triumph after chasing down a target of 128 with 16 balls to spare.
They put Surrey in and restricted them to 127 for seven, a total constructed almost entirely by a third-wicket partnership of 90 from 52 balls between Jason Roy (66, 47 balls, seven fours, one six) and Laurie Evans (43, 23 balls, three fours two sixes).
Nobody else passed five against a well-drilled attack. Samit Patel (4-0-25-1) and Jake Ball (3-0-17-2) set the tone with impressive early overs and Ball returned to take the big wicket of Roy before Dan Christian finished with 4-0-23-4 to wreck Surrey's hopes of a late charge.
Notts then lost Alex Hales to the first ball of the innings and limped to 19 for three but Ben Duckett (53 not out, 38 balls, eight fours) and Peter Trego (31, 21 balls, five fours and a six) added 63 in 33 balls to put their side in the box seat. Duckett stayed to see his side home, in the end, quite comfortably.
Surrey's innings started unevenly as Hashim Amla and Will Jacks made just three apiece before sending up catches. Patel's first three overs cost14 to apply an early brake on the scoring and only when Evans, on his former home ground, and Roy were together did Surrey escape the shackles.
Roy reached his 38th T20 half-century from 36 balls while Evans bated explosively until he lifted Christian to deep-mid-wicket.
Ball returned to the attack to strike the pivotal blow with an in-ducker that trapped Roy in front. The nine balls left in the innings after that brought just eight runs for two wickets as Ben Foakes and Liam Plunkett tried and failed to clear the ropes off Christian.
At half-time, Notts looked slight favourites - less so when they dipped to four for two after nine balls. Hales scooped the first ball of the innings from Reece Topley, to Evans at deep square leg and Joe Clarke fell to a fine catch by Jamie Overton in the same position.
When Patel holed out off Jacks, it was 19 for three and Notts needed shoring up but Duckett and Trego batted with composure and intelligence to wrest the initiative back the Outlaws' way.
Trego missed a slog-sweep at Dan Moriarty and was adjudged lbw but departed with his team needing 46 from seven hours, a task achievable without recourse to big risks on a large field. You could hardly have a better man than Christian to come in and finish the job and he joined Duckett to add an unbeaten 21 from 11 balls to his earlier four wickets.
Notts Outlaws captain Dan Christian said:
"It was a tough start to the tournament, it's been a weird year but it was very nice to get a reward like that. Winning is what we came for and we are incredibly happy with that result.
"We knew that the new ball would grip a bit, and it did quite a bit for both teams and knew therefore we had to get as many wickets with the ball. It was a massive wicket breaking the Roy and Evans partnership and by the end we reckoned they were 20 runs short.
"I'm happy with the way the ball came out but everyone stepped up and played their part tonight. It was an awesome innings by Ben Duckett. Those young guys all do so well and they are a massive reason we are all stood here as winners tonight.
Surrey captain Gareth Batty said:
"It was pretty tough out there with the bat, we were probably a few short with the bat and they put us under pressure with their long batting line up.
"We knew we needed to take wickets throughout and they got a few partnerships going and it was Ben Duckett who took the game away from us ultimately. We tried a few things that didn't work. We take our hats off to the Outlaws and say they played well. For us, it's back to the drawing board.
"It doesn't make it any easier having lost, but the Outlaws were brilliant and they deserve the win."
Surrey Won by 6 wickets
Surrey advanced to the Vitality Blast final with a six-wicket win over Gloucestershire in a low-scoring first semi-final at Edgbaston.
In an 11-over match, Gloucestershire were restricted to 73 for seven by a superb bowling display led by Liam Plunkett (2-0-12-3) and Will Jacks (2-0-5-1).
Surrey were, in turn, made to work hard for runs but reached 74 for four with eight balls to spare as Ben Foakes compiled a timely 20 (20 balls, no fours, one six).
After the loss of the whole of Saturday to rain, play finally began at 3.15pm thanks to an improvement in the weather and also a Herculean effort by the Edgbaston groundstaff.
Put in, Gloucestershire suffered a nightmare start, reaching the end of a truncated 3.2 overs powerplay on only 12 for one. Miles Hammond had already sent up a skier off Reece Topley and then, first ball after the powerplay, danger man Ian Cockbain miscued a hit at Will Jacks and perished for a duck.
Jacks conceded just five runs from his two excellent opening overs from the Birmingham End.
Chris Dent at least found the boundary a couple of times but fell for 17 (13 balls) when he skied a slog-sweep at Dan Moriarty and Jason Roy took a calm catch at mid-wicket.
Gloucestershire desperately needed impetus but the seventh over, which saw Plunkett enter the attack, only brought them more trouble. It brought just three runs and the wicket of Jack Taylor, caught by Jacks at mid on.
Ryan Higgins (19, 14 balls) perished at the start of Plunkett's second over which brought two more wickets. Benny Howell was the second when his defiant 21 (12 balls), which included the only two sixes of the innings, ended in pursuit of the third with another smart catch by Jacks at long on.
At a nightmare 66 for six after ten overs, Gloucestershire needed a big final over. It didn't come and the staccato innings was summed up by the last ball from Topley which Graeme van Buuren hoisted straight to deep extra cover.
Jacks and Roy launched Surrey's reply with three fours in the first over, from van Buuren, but Gloucestershire fought tigerishly. Roy fell to a brilliant catch by Howell, taken over his shoulder at mid-wicket, and Jacks (16, 11 balls) was bowled by a full toss by David Payne.
When Laurie Evans chopped Howell to point, in an over that cost just three runs, it was 41 for three from six overs and Surrey had work still to do. But Rory Burns is a pretty accomplished batsman to have coming in at five and he delivered a calm unbeaten 12 from nine balls as Foakes struck a run-a-ball 20 and Surrey reached their target with more than an over to spare.
Surrey bowler Liam Plunkeett said:
"The wicket was doing a little bit so I didn't try too much. It got up a little bit with tennis ball bounce, which suits me, so I didn't go too much away from what I do normally and managed to pick up a few wickets.
"The lads took some really good catches. You always look to attack the ball but it is pretty sticky out there so you have to be careful. It was a bit swamp-like where I was and I slipped early on so I passed that around the group.
"We're happy with the semi, now we have to watch the next game and see how the wicket changes and adjust in the final if we have to."
Gloucestershire captain Jack Taylor:
"I don't think there are any excuses, we all wanted to play and prepared to play and were very excited to get out there but we weren't quite good enough. We didn't quite sum up the conditions, I reckon we only need 15 more runs.
"The guys at top of order have done it for us all comp but Surrey bowled really well and we couldn't quite get it away it in the overs.
"I think the teams have an awareness now of how wicket is going to play, not going in blind. I'm not sure it's going to be a huge scoring couple of games.
"It's disappointing, winning eight out of the last nine and playing amazing cricket, but then come Finals Day and we didn't get over the line. We have to take the positives out of this, we are a quality T20 team but unfortunately we didn't turn up today. We have the tools to win, but it's just about coming back next year and putting that right."
Notts Outlaws won by 5 wickets
Notts Outlaws will face Surrey in the 16-overs-a-side Vitality Blast final after beating Lancashire Lightning by five wickets in the second semi-final at Edgbaston.
In an 11-overs-a-side match, Lancashire chose to bat and made 94 for four, thanks principally to Steve Croft's 33 (22 balls, two fours, two sixes) and Liam Livingstone's 22 (15 balls, two fours, one six). The Outlaws bowled collectively tidily, led by Matt Carter's 2-0-16-2 and Imad Wasim, 3-0-20-0.
Notts then reached 95 for five from just 9.2 overs after a well- organised chase topped and tailed by Alex Hales' 17-ball 29 (two fours, two sixes) and Dan Christian's explosive 30 (13 balls, no fours, four sixes). Christian hit 4 consecutive sixes in the eighth over to make the pursuit a formality.
An all-round impressive bowling performance from Notts restricted Lancashire to 94. The Lightning’s innings got off to an explosive start as openers Alex Davies and Livingstone found the boundary numerous times, before Davies was caught sweeping for 15 off Samit Patel.
A dangerous partnership for Lancashire began to flourish through Livingstone and Croft before Carter broke the 43-run stand as Livingstone was caught for 22. Carter's second wicket arrived in his next over when he trapped Dane Vilas lbw for five.
Croft continued his impressive performance, before being caught on the boundary for 33, to give Jake Ball his first wicket, as he bowled impressively at the end of the innings.
Notts started their innings with intent, reaching a 30-run opening partnership from 16 balls between Hales and Ben Duckett before the latter skied a delivery from Saqib Mahmood for 13.
Hales looked dominant alongside Joe Clarke, however Callum Parkinson bowled the opener for 29 to give Lightning hope.
Tom Hartley damaged the Outlaws further with two wickets in four balls, firstly dismissing Tom Moores for one, then dismantling Clarke’s stumps to oust the explosive batsman for 17 off 8 balls.
These two wickets brought Christian and Patel together and the former decided to take on the eighth over, from Livingstone. It cost 25 as Christian dispatched four sixes into the Hollies stand.
Callum Parkinson bowling the Aussie for 30 off 13 balls, but nevertheless, needing just four after his departure, Wasim Imad hit the winning runs to see the Outlaws chase down 95 inside nine overs.
Lancashire captain Dane Vilas said:
"I'm pretty gutted with our performance tonight, and obviously it wasn't our night. Dan Christian took the game away from us at the end but credit to Liam Livingstone, he put his hand up to finish the game and sometimes these things happen.
"I think momentum was with us, we were pretty confident at halfway stage getting near that competitive 100 mark and then we squeezed with our spinners. But unfortunately, in any game Dan Christian hitting those sixes takes it away from you.
Notts have some incredible players, Hales and Duckett up top, but we have a young squad alongside experienced players and tonight wasn't our night as their overseas stepped up and did the business, with overseas players maybe being the difference tonight.
"Notts bowled really well, read the conditions excellently and they bowled their slower balls were really well, and they kept up us under 100."
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