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Vitality Blast: Latest News, Scores and Updates from today’s matches – August 31st 2020

Leicestershire Foxes players celebrate a wicket
Leicestershire Foxes players celebrate a wicket
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All the latest Vitality Blast news, scores and updates from today’s matches

 Vitality Blast Schedule - Sunday August 31st 2020


Worcestershire Rapids vs Gloucestershire Vitality Blast 2020 Blackfinch New Road, Worcester

Gloucestershire (197-3) defeated Worcestershire Rapids ( 175-8) by 22 runs.

 Chris Dent justified his recall in the Gloucestershire Vitality Blast side after a lengthy absence with a match-winning knock and two crucial interventions in the field during a 22 run success over Worcestershire Rapids at Blackfinch New Road.

Dent, the captain of Gloucestershire’s red ball side, had registered a first ball duck in his first T20 appearance for four years against Glamorgan at Bristol on Saturday.

But his return, effectively to fill the gap at the top of the innings left by Michael Klinger’s retirement, reaped handsome dividends.

His 60 off 33 balls laid the foundations for Gloucestershire’s first league win of the campaign and he also played a key part in the dismissal of Hamish Rutherford and Riki Wessels when the Rapids replied.

In contrast the Rapids, winners of the competition in 2018 and runners-up last summer, having only one point from a wash-out at Glamorgan to show from their opening three matches.

Pat Brown, the Rapids leading wicket-taker in the competition for the past two years, was given permission by the ECB to play after being a reserve for England’s T20I series versus Pakistan.

It was Brown’s first appearance for his County since he sparkled during Blast finals day at Edgbaston 11 months ago - and his first senior appearance in any cricket for nine months. He looked ring rusty and conceded 57 in his four overs.

Gloucestershire opted to bat on the same wicket used for the Rapids opening home game against Northamptonshire Steelbacks 48 hours earlier.

Dent raced to his half century off just 25 deliveries with Worcestershire powerless to halt the left hander.

The home side opened their attack with part-time slow bowlers Jake Libby and Daryl Mitchell – a different ploy to against the Steelbacks when all-seam and pace was employed during the entire powerplay.

But, although Libby conceded just four runs, Dent then took centre stage with a barrage of boundaries including a straight six off Dillon Pennington.

A single off Brown brought up Dent’s half century out of 57 and he continued to dominate a stand of 80 with Miles Hammond – the best for the first wicket in T20 cricket against Worcestershire.

Leg spinner Brett D’Oliveira made the breakthrough when Dent holed out to Worcestershire T20 captain Ed Barnard at cover.

Hammond and new batsman Ian Cockbain maintained the momentum by adding 56 in six overs.

Pennington brought some temporary respite for the Rapids as Cockbain (28) and Hammond – 48 off 38 balls – departed in the space of three deliveries in the 15th over.

But new batsmen Ryan Higgins (30 not out off 17 balls) and T20 captain Jack Taylor (27 not out off 16 balls) ensured a formidable total for their side.

Brown conceded 22 in the final over of the innings including successive sixes by Taylor.

When Worcestershire launched their reply, Hamish Rutherford showed the same attacking intent as Dent in launching an even more spectacular start to proceedings.

The second over of the innings from Matt Taylor cost 25 runs – including six over long on from Rutherford – who reached off just 14 balls.

He then holed out to a fine low catch by Dent at long on off David Payne but his opening partner Wessels, and Jack Haynes continued in the same vein.

A straight six by Haynes off Higgins meant the Rapids powerplay had produced 79 runs and laid the ideal platform for the remainder of the innings.

But Worcestershire then lost two crucial wickets in quick succession with Haynes (23) lbw sweeping at Tom Smith and Wessels (30) lofting Graeme van Buuren towards the long on boundary only for Dent on the rope to grasp the ball and then off load to Hammond to complete the catch. 

Smith struck again as Jake Libby (12) lofted into the hands of Jack Taylor at widish mid off and D’Oliveira (26) perished in similar fashion off Higgins.

The run rate started to climb and Payne capitalized as Ben Cox (4) fell on the mid-wicket boundary and Barnard (10) was bowled before Ross Whiteley (25) was run out as the Rapids closed on 175-8.


14:00 local    13:00 GMT Derbyshire Falcons vs Lancashire Lightning Vitality Blast 2020 Emerald Headingley, Leeds

North Group: Lancashire Lightning 178 – 5 beat Derbyshire Falcons, 174 – 7 by four runs


A fine innings of 82 by Alex Davies helped steer Lancashire Lightning to a tense four–run victory over Derbyshire Falcons at Headingley to give the Emirates Old Trafford side their second win in three North Group games and consign the Falcons to their second loss in three.

Replying to Lancashire’s 178 for five, the Falcons managed 174-7, although a late onslaught by Matt Critchley, who was run out off the penultimate ball of the innings for 32, kept the outcome in doubt until the final delivery of the twentieth over.      

Having chosen to bat first, Lancashire skipper, Dane Vilas, saw his decision abundantly justified as Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies rattled up 54 runs in the Powerplay overs with Davies hitting three straight sixes, two of which were struck off consecutive balls from Sam Conners.

Leg-spinner Critchley, had Jennings caught at deep midwicket by Anuj Dal for 29 in the seventh over to end the 63-run opening stand. However, Davies powered on, reaching his second fifty in as many T20 innings off 31 balls with three fours off successive deliveries from Alex Hughes.

His second-wicket partner, Steven Croft soon picked up the tempo and hit three sixes of his own. The second of these made Croft the first Lancashire batsman to hit a hundred sixes in T20 cricket, although Critchley’s smart work ran out the Lancashire veteran for 38 soon afterwards. This ended his 74-run stand with Davies, those runs having been scored off just 50 balls.

Vilas managed only eight before holing out to Luis Reece at long off and in the next over Davies also perished on the boundary, caught by Leus du Plooy off Conners for a 56-ball 82 that included five fours and a quartet of sixes.

Barnes, Derbyshire’s loanee from Yorkshire, was his side’s most successful bowler with two for 27 from three overs but Critchley’s one for 30 from four was also valuable and Derbyshire’s ground fielding remained sound under pressure. 

Derbyshire’s response began poorly when the experiment of opening with Mattie McKiernan ended after two balls when he skied Croft to Vilas at midwicket and departed for only four. The “home” side suffered a more grievous blow three overs later when Godleman was bowled for seven when swinging across the line at Croft.

Reece and Wayne Madsen rebuilt their side’s innings carefully but only 39 runs came in the Powerplay and the introduction of Lancashire’s specialist spinners put a further break on the scoring rate. Reece had made 39 when his attempted scoop off Danny Lamb on 39 only feathered a catch to Davies behind the stumps  and his departure left the Falcons on 60 for three after nine overs.

Although Madsen revived Derbyshire’s spirits with a colossal six off Matt Parkinson, his side were 73 for three at the halfway point of their innings and sorely in need of the six and four Madsen levied off Liam Hurt’s next over, the second boundary being an outrageous ramp shot, concocted as the batsman avoided a bouncer.

Madsen paid the price for his invention, however, by suffering a leg injury which compelled him to use a runner for the rest of his innings. This handicap did not stifle the run rate, though. Du Plooy hit successive sixes off Parkinson, only to be caught at long off by Rob Jones for 29 two balls later when trying to repeat the trick.

That left Derbyshire needing 57 off six overs and their task was immediately made even tougher when Madsen holed out at long off for 44, Jones again taking the catch to give left-arm spinner Tom Hartley his maiden T20 wicket for Lancashire. Tom Bailey and Lamb then kept their nerve to see their side home.      


Lancashire captain Dane Vilas said:


“Nineteen off the last over is a good position to be in, but it doesn’t help when the first ball goes out the park for six.

“But credit to Tom (Bailey), he held his nerve and got us over the line, which is the most important thing.

“The way Al Davies was going - he batted incredibly well again - we were thinking 200. But I was happy with 180. I thought that was a good score.

“But we made a few mistakes in the field and didn’t bowl our best if we’re honest with ourselves.

“Alex has been in incredible form, and hopefully he continues. He’s only going to get better and better. He’s got a lot of talent, as everyone has seen before.

“We always seem to have tight games here at Headingley no matter who we play!”


Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman said:


“It was very close, and we’ve just said in the dressing rooms that we’re disappointed not to have chased that down.

“There were a couple of positions we found ourselves in from 10 overs out.

“As a collective group, a young inexperienced attack and in the field, I thought guys bowling the trump overs at the start and the death were phenomenal.

“With the added context of our run out against Yorkshire (defeat), I thought they did exceptionally well.

“180 was par. We would definitely have taken that at the start. It’s just so disappointing to have got so close and come away losing.

“I’m not quite sure at the minute whether (Madsen) it’s an ankle or calf injury. I think they’re still assessing it.”



Notts Outlaws v Yorkshire Vikings

 Notts Outlaws vs Yorkshire Vikings Vitality Blast 2020 Trent Bridge, Nottingham

A punishing innings of 86 not out by Ben Duckett steered the Notts Outlaws to a six wicket victory over Yorkshire Vikings in their Vitality Blast North Group clash at Trent Bridge.

Duckett scored his runs from 53 balls and hit 10 fours and two sixes to seal the win with four balls remaining. The left-hander shared stands of 85 with Chris Nash, who scored 51, and 51 from 27 balls with Tom Moores, who was undefeated on 21 when the target was reached.

Earlier, Yorkshire were dismissed for 190 from the final ball of their innings, after choosing to bat first, with Joe Root making 65 and Adam Lyth 53. Luke Fletcher took career best bowling figures of five for 43 for the hosts.

Root’s second half century inside 24 hours paved the way for the visitors to set Notts a challenging target. The England Test captain, who had scored 64 on Sunday against Derbyshire Falcons, arrived at the crease in the fourth over after Tom Kohler-Cadmore had been deceived by Matt Carter and was stranded several feel outside his crease.

Root and Lyth put on 54 together in only 4.5 overs, with the opener having a slice of luck on 29 when his pulled shot brushed the fingers of Steven Mullaney before being tipped over the ropes for six.

Appropriately, Mullaney got his revenge by having Lyth caught in the deep by Dan Christian but Harry Brook made 39 from only 26 deliveries to maintain the impetus.

Fletcher had conceded 25 from his opening two overs but returned at the back end of the innings to wreak havoc, picking up five wickets from his final nine deliveries.

Root had reached his 50 from 43 balls but fell to a stunning catch on the boundary from Alex Hales, one of four he held, including one to dismiss Mat Pillans from the penultimate ball of the innings. Fletcher then yorked George Hill to end the innings. Jake Ball also impressed, taking three for 36.

Notts were soon in disarray, losing the key wickets of Hales and Joe Clarke inside the first two overs of their reply but Duckett anchored their chase after lofting Jordan Thompson away for six.

Nash reached his second half century of the tournament from only 30 balls, with five fours and two sixes, but then wandered across his stumps and was given out leg before wicket.

Neck and neck with their opponents’ score throughout, Notts began to take control after Duckett clubbed the leg spin of Josh Poysden for 18 in the thirteenth over.

Outlaws’ captain Christian made 21 from just 11 balls but his dismissal failed to turn the tide in Yorkshire’s favour as Duckett and Moores brought the scores level at the start of the final over.

With the field in tight Duckett clipped Pillans away to the ropes to seal the victory and clinch the Outlaws’ fifth consecutive win over the White Rose in completed matches.

Notts remain unbeaten in the group, moving on to five points, whilst Yorkshire’s setback leaves them on three points.

Andrew Gale (Yorkshire First Team Coach)

“I thought we were excellent up until the last two overs of our innings. Rooty (Joe Root) was a little unlucky, another two inches and that would have gone for six and we’d have reached 200.

“Lythy (Adam Lyth) was outstanding, as always is for us, and got us off to a flyer and Rooty was the glue that helfd the innings together but we didn’t quite reach 200 and I felt all along that we needed that.

“We didn’t quite finish our innings with any momentum to be able to take into our bowling but we still had them 16 for two. We needed to keep the pressure on then but credit to them, they played well.

“Notts are a good team and this is a tough place to come, we’re disappointed not to get over the line but we can hold our heads up high with our performance today.”

 Ben Duckett  (Notts Outlaws, scored 86 not out)

“It was nice to score some runs but it was important for me to make sure I was not out at the end. At halfway I thought if I could still be there at the end then we would win it.

“I felt pretty comfortable out there and knowing that you’ve got the likes of Steven Mullaney and Samit Patel still to come at seven and eight shows how strong our batting order is. Last year I got caught up a little bit with all the big hitters but this was perfect for me, going along at 10 runs an over and knowing that there was a short boundary on one side.

“It was completely different without the fans in and without the atmosphere they create. They’re class here and would have been going wild there at the end. But we still have to get up for the job and get over the line and we managed to do that today.”

18:00 local    17:00 GMT Leicestershire Foxes vs Durham Cricket Vitality Blast 2020 Emerald Headingley, Leeds

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