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Vitality Blast: Latest News, Scores and Updates from today’s matches – August 30th 2020

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Vitality Blast Schedule - Sunday August 30th 2020



Glamorgan vs Birmingham Bears Vitality Blast 2020 Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff

Glamorgan (140 for 9) lost to Birmingham Bears (147 for 4) by 6 wickets.

There were seven balls remaining when the Birmingham Bears won their first T20 Blast game of the the summer, but Glamorgan will rue the fact that no one supported their captain Chris Cooke (72) in their disappointing total of 140 for 9.

The Bears’ batsmen showed a more disciplined approach, with all their batsmen playing useful innings- this after their five- man attack had restricted the home batsmen to a below par score.

 The Bears, chasing a moderate 141 to win, lost an early wicket when  Prem Sisodyia, Glamorgan’s left arm spinner dismissed Ed Pollock with his second ball, but Adam Hose soon made his intentions clear, by  striking Andrew Salter for four then lofting the off spinner over long on for six.

After he was dropped in the gully on 14, Hose continued to play freely on both sides of the wicket, and with the 38yr old Ian Bell in his usual sublime form, the second wicket pair continued to dominate.

They had put on 64 in 8.2 overs, before Glamorgan  made the next breakthrough, when Marchant De Lange bowled Hose, then in the following over, Bell was mortified to see a long hop from Salter end up in deep mid- wicket’s hands.

The Bears were well placed at the half- way stage, and with five overs remaining, needed a further thirty five to win, but after losing Will Rhodes  for 16, the run rate increased and eighteen were needed from the final two overs.

Tim Van Der Gugten deivered the penultimate over and was plundered for twenty two run by Sam Hain and Michael Burgess, including a six from a no ball to end the game.

  Glamorgan, who elected to bat, were soon in trouble, losing their first wicket to Olly Stone’s first ball and the seventh of the innings, and at the end of the first power play were 45 for 3. Stone, in only his second competitive game of the season, bowled within himself, and claimed two wickets in the innings.

Cooke had rescued his team the previous day, top scoring with an unbeaten half century, and much depended on him if Glamorgan were to set the opposition a challenging total. While his teammates found ways of getting themselves out – two were caught on the mid-wicket boundary, Cooke was selective in his shot selection.

  Jake Lintott, a 27 yr old left arm spinner, who has played only four previous T20 games with Hampshire, and was making his Bears debut, made the most of a slow pitch with some turn, and ended with the excellent figures of 4-0-13-1.

Jeetan Patel, the veteran off spinner, and in his final season, wasn’t so effective, conceding 36    runs, including two sixes, but the other Bears bowlers stuck to their task, while their fielders gave little away.

Cooke continued to plunder the attack, and when he was out in the final over, he had struck 72 from 56 balls, which included three sixes and five fours. Such was his dominance, no other Glamorgan batsman, apart from Dan Douthwaite, with 15, reached double figures.

Batting has been Glamorgan’s problem this season, and in this competition they will miss Colin Ingram, who is stranded in South Africa, and their influential all-rounder David Lloyd, who has broken his foot.



Steelbacks vs Somerset CCC Vitality Blast 2020 The County Ground, Northampton

Adam Rossington defied a hand injury as he struck a quickfire half-century to lead Northants Steelbacks to a nine-run win over Somerset at Wantage Road.

Rossington was left grimacing in pain for the majority of his 51 from 31 balls after he was pinned on the right hand by Somerset seamer Ollie Sale and required treatment on the field.

But the wicketkeeper-batsman, profiting from targeting the leg side, played the match-defining innings and he shared an 81-run stand with captain Josh Cobb.

Rossington was then unable to take his place in the field as the hosts held on to defend 171 for six, with 39-year-old all-rounder Gareth Berg, making his Northants debut in the Vitality Blast, claiming two for 31.

Somerset made a bright start to their chase, reaching the end of the six-over powerplay at 54 for one, but lost four wickets in the next five overs as Berg’s experience and changes of pace proved invaluable.

Berg initially fooled debutant George Bartlett with a slower ball that found his off stump after a 50-run partnership with James Hildreth.

Hildreth played fluently for 34 but picked out Saif Zaib in the deep off Berg before Tom Abell and Eddie Byrom fell cheaply from successive deliveries.

Ben Sanderson removed the big-hitting threat of the Overton twins, on his way to three for 36, but Roelof van der Merwe kept Somerset’s faint hopes alive with an unbeaten 41 from 25 balls.

Van der Merwe shared an unbroken 46-run stand for the ninth wicket with Sale, but with 21 needed from Sanderson’s final over he was left with too much to do.

Northants will now await injury news on Rossington, who missed last week’s Bob Willis Trophy match with a right finger injury, as the only misfortune of their otherwise fine start to the Vitality Blast.

After an opening-night washout at Gloucestershire the Steelbacks thumped last season’s finalists Worcestershire Rapids by nine wickets on Saturday before casting aside a Somerset side in good spirits following their Bob Willis Trophy form.

Paul Stirling, the hero of Northants’ opening win over the Rapids, had picked up where he left off by carving Craig Overton over point for six but was out next ball edging behind as he stepped away to try and replicate the shot.

Richard Levi was then unluckily run out backing up when Craig Overton got a finger to a Cobb straight drive.

Rossington suffered the blow to the hand early and while he was in visible pain, struck seven fours and a six, before an athletic diving catch from Sale at backward square-leg off Max Waller.

The impressive Sale was the pick of the Somerset attack and produced another smart piece of fielding off his own bowling when he held a reflex catch to dismiss Cobb, for 42 from 41 balls, just as the home captain looked set to accelerate.

Zaib ensured the late hitting with an unbeaten on 28 from 13 balls – including 10 from the final two deliveries – which proved invaluable.

Surrey CCC vs Essex Eagles Vitality Blast 2020 The Kia Oval, London

Surrey 143/8 (20) tied with Essex Eagles 143/6 (20) 

Both sides take 1 point

Ben Foakes’ 44 from 37 balls could not prevent Essex Eagles from clinching a thrilling tie against Surrey in an extraordinary finish at the Kia Oval.

Replying to Essex’s 143 for 6, in which Ryan Ten Doeschate top-scored with a 32-ball 35 with two sixes, Surrey always looked capable of chasing down their victory target, especially when Foakes was there as wickets kept falling at the other end.

An equation of 69 from the last 10 overs became 33 from five and, ultimately, 20 from the final three. Gus Atkinson, having struck Simon Harmer for a straight six, was then leg before to Cameron Delport’s medium pace from the second ball of the 19th over.

Nine runs were needed from the last over, and Foakes made Surrey favourites by clipping Matt Quinn’s first ball to square leg for four. A couple of singles and then a two left the scores tied – but, with the field up except for long leg, Foakes hooked Quinn straight to Paul Walter on the boundary rope.

Quinn’s final ball was full, James Taylor missed it, and keeper Adam Wheater took the ball well, standing up. The ball was then thrown to the bowlers' end to run out Matt Dunn, who was backing up as Taylor stayed rooted to the crease, to confirm the tie with Surrey finishing on 143 for 8.


Sussex Sharks vs Hampshire Vitality Blast 2020 The 1st Central County Ground, Hove

Sussex 177-4 (19.5 overs) beat Hampshire 176-5 by six wickets.

 Sussex captain Luke Wright led by example with a thunderous innings of 82 from 55 balls as Sussex beat Hampshire by six wickets with one ball to spare in the Vitality Blast.

Victory for Sussex was always likely once Wright and Phil Salt had put on 89 for the first wicket in just eight overs – the normally dominating Salt was on 23 when Wright reached his half-century.

But there was drama in the last over, when Sussex still needed six to win.  Ravi Bopara was out lbw to the first delivery, bowled by James Fuller.  New batsman Harry Finch then hit a single to leave five off four.  David Wiese pulled to the leg-side boundary for another single.  But when Fuller bowled a dot ball to Finch Sussex suddenly needed four runs off two balls.  But the Sussex batsman pulled the penultimate delivery of the game to square-leg for four.  Wiese was left unbeaten with a cool-headed 43.

One of Wright’s sixes broke a flat window outside the east side of the ground, something  Fuller had achieved in the Hampshire innings as both sides exploited the short boundary there.

The only moment of anxiety for Wright came when he was on 74, and sliced a high full toss from Ryan Stevenson to backward point.  But after a consultation between the umpires a no-ball was ruled.

Wright hit eight fours and four sixes and when he was out in the 17th over Sussex needed just another 22 runs for victory.  Wright and Salt, with two sixes apiece, took 29 runs from Fuller’s opening over.  But the Hampshire all-rounder had ensured this would be a meaningful match with a rapid fifty of his own earlier in the day.

Hampshire started poorly when George Munsey was out second ball, well caught by the returning Wiese at mid-on off George Garton.  And the Hampshire innings continued to falter, with just one of the first five batsmen reaching double figures.

They lost their second wicket in the fourth over when Sam Northeast, surprised by the bounce of a Tymal Mills delivery was caught at backward point.  And it was 49 for three when Joe Weatherley was caught on the leg-side boundary by Ollie Robinson to give Danny Briggs the first of his three wickets.

The first half of the Hampshire innings was held together by Tom Alsop, who took few risks in compiling a 42-ball fifty, with seven fours.  He lost his fourth partner, Lewis McManus, at 77, and he was out himself immediately after reaching his half-century to make it 88 for five in the 13th over.

The Hampshire innings was then transformed by some strong- arm tactics from Fuller, who made an unbeaten 53 from just 31 deliveries, with five sixes and a four.  Garton went for three sixes in the space of five deliveries.  Fuller was well supported by Ian Holland, who made a 22-ball 36 not out.  Robinson was the most expensive of the Sussex bowlers, his four overs going for 47 runs.




Yorkshire Vikings vs Derbyshire Falcons Vitality Blast 2020 Emerald Headingley, Leeds

Yorkshire 220-5 beat Derbyshire 121-9 by 99 runs


Joe Root’s commanding 64 off 40 balls followed by two wickets with his off-spinners helped Yorkshire end their Vitality Blast hoodoo against Derbyshire with a thumping 99-run win at Emerald Headingley.

England’s Test captain hit two leg-side sixes and seven fours as the Vikings posted 220 for five before easily defending it to end a run of six straight North Group defeats against the Falcons.

Derbyshire, last season’s semi-finalists, had done the double over the White Rose county in each of the last three summers, but they rarely looked like extending their dominance as they crumbled to 19-4 in the fifth over of their reply and later finished on 121 for nine.

New ball quick Matthew Fisher’s three for 21 from four overs were the pick of the Yorkshire figures.

Root, who also claimed two for seven from two overs, and Adam Lyth underpinned Yorkshire’s eighth score of 220 or more in T20 history.

The second-wicket pair shared 84 inside nine overs to advance from 32 for one in the third after Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who fell for 16, had won the toss and elected to bat.

Lyth, 61 off 36 balls, and Root hit five sixes between them, all leg-side, before Will Fraine matched that total on his own in a blistering 44 not out off 16 balls at the death.

Fraine hit his sixes on both sides of an excellent Headingley pitch. 

Luis Reece took two wickets in the penultimate over with full tosses. 

But, largely, the Falcons bowlers - there were seven used to Yorkshire’s eight in the second half of the game - struggling for line and length proved to their detriment.

Lyth made the early running for the hosts before Root serenely caught him up and posted his fifth career T20 fifty for Yorkshire, four of which have come in his last six innings dating back to 2015.

Root struck the ball crisply, with the odd reverse sweep and late cut to third-man thrown in for good measure.

He offered a sharp chance to Derby skipper Billy Godleman at cover on 43 off Matt Critchley’s leg-spin, though looked in little trouble besides in a clash between two sides who had their opening North Group fixture rained off on Thursday evening.

Both Lyth and Root eventually fell caught at deep mid-wicket sweeping at debutant leg-spinner Mattie McKiernan.

When Root departed early in the 16th over, Yorkshire were 160 for three, with Fraine then taking on the lead role as he set about an early career best score.

The former Nottinghamshire man took advantage of some loose bowling and smeared the the lion’s share of 22 off Fynn Hudson-Prentice in the last over of the innings.

Derby were then in the mire early in their chase - 19 for four in the fifth over - two wickets apiece for new ball quick Matthew Fisher and Root’s off-spin.

Key men Reece, Wayne Madsen (11), Godleman and Leus du Plooy all departed without impacting the chase, with Root getting Godleman lbw and du Plooy caught at cover in the fifth over - his second. From there, it was game over.

Leg-spinner Josh Poysden strengthened that theory by also striking twice - in his first appearance since last July having suffered and recovered from a fractured skull - as the score slipped to 70 for six after 13 overs.

Critchley’s measured 26 was nothing more than a consolatory effort, and it was ended by Harry’s Brook’s medium pacers. Fisher and George Hill claimed further wickets.

Yorkshire face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge tomorrow (2pm), while Derbyshire face Lancashire in a home match here at Headingley (6.35pm).



Yorkshire’s Will Fraine said: 


“It was good. The platform was set so well from Adam Lyth and Joe Root, and the pitch was really good. 

“It came off for me today. I had a good game plan, and luckily they missed their yorkers and I managed to get a few away.

“It’s been a really dominant performance today, and it was good to lay that marker down and show we’re capable.

“Rooty’s a joke - he’s a ridiculous cricketer. 

“He was exceptional today. He was hitting balls halfway up the stumps off the back foot for four, and it was just like, ‘How can you do that?’

“I would for sure have him in that squad (England World T20 squad in India next October). I think he’s such an underrated T20 player. He has a bag of tricks with his bowling - offies, leggies, he can do anything with the ball. 

“He’s very handy there, he’s handy in the field, and he showed today his calmness with the bat. You don’t need to bottom hand slog it. He was hitting the ball as hard as anyone and looked so good doing it.”


Derbyshire’s T20 coach Dominic Cork said: 


“That was a completely disappointing performance from start to finish. 

“I just thought we were completely off the boil, and that’s what I’ve said to the guys. It was almost like, ‘Let’s dip our toe and see how we go’.

“We always knew we have an inexperienced bowling attack - we had three debutants in T20 for us. 

“Yorkshire are a good side. We’ve had the wood over them for the last few years, but today we weren’t at the races.

“Let’s hope it’s the same as last year in that a bad game kicks us into action for tomorrow night, which is a big game against Lancashire.”

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