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Vitality Blast: Latest News, Scores and Updates from today’s matches – September 11th 2020

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Vitality Blast Schedule: Friday September 11th 2020



Essex Eagles vs Surrey CCC Vitality Blast 2020 The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Surrey (198/6) defeated Essex (195/8) by four wickets at Essex

Laurie Evans hit a magnificent unbeaten 88 from 52 deliveries as Surrey pulled off a thrilling last ball victory in their Vitality Blast battle to leave Essex still searching for their season’s first victory in the competition.

They did so when Gus Atkinson found the boundary from the final delivery after Essex had posted a total of 195 for eight. Evans struck four sixes and seven fours in his 52-ball effort after Cameron Delport and Adam Wheater both scored half-centuries to give Essex a great start to their innings.

The openers put on 105 but in the end it did not prove enough once Evans got into his stride to point the way to a magnificent Surrey victory.

The Essex openers started off like an express train as they raised the 50 in the fourth over. Wheater collected three successive fours at the expensive of Gus Atkinson during an over in which Delport struck a six. Delport then punished Jamie Overton for three boundaries in succession and as the runs continued to flow the total moved into three figures by the ninth over.

Surrey were to claim their first wicket with the total on 105 when Daniel Moriarty had Delport taken at fine leg by Hashim Amla to end an innings of 64 that contained eight fours and six sixes and came from 32 balls. At the half-way stage Essex had reached 117 but then wickets started to fall in quick succession. Daniel Lawrence went for 17 when he was caught at deep cover by Overton to provide Moriarty with another success and the slow left arm spinner struck again to end the fireworks provided by Wheater. He perished when he was easily stumped by Ben Foakes after contribution of 63 from 40 deliveries with the help of five fours and three sixes.

Offspinner Gareth Batty then removed Paul Walter and Simon Harmer with successive deliveries while Topley claimed three quick wickets by removing Michael Pepper, Jack Plom and Aaron Beard. Following their great start Essex will have been disappointed at not reaching the 200 barrier. Ryan ten doeschate finished unbeaten with 27 from 20 balls while Moriarty and Reece Topley finished with three wickets each at a cost of 36 and 38 respectively. Batty proved the most economical with two for 23 from his allocation of four overs.

Surrey’s response began disastrously with Amla departing lbw to Aron Nijjar to the spinner’s first ball of the innings. That early setback, however, did not stop Will Jacks and Evans moving into top gear as they brought up the 50 in the fifth over of the innings. But then Surrey lost two quick wickets. Jacks was bowled by Sam Cook for 29 that contained six boundaries while former Essex player Ben Foakes was caught by Walter to provide Beard with success.

Evans continued to inflict punishment with some powerful hitting and reached a fine half century from 27 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. Soon afterwards he dispatched Harmer and Lawrence for sixes but lost Rory Burns for 30 after the pair had shared a partnership of 78 from just under eight overs. He was caught on the long-off boundary by Nijjar with a total on 137. With four overs left Surrey required 51 but were to lose Jamie Overton and Jamie Smith in the same Aaron Beard over, at which stage the visitors were still 21 runs short of their objective with less than two overs remaining. But in the end they squeezed home to register a victory that virtually put paid to their opponents making further headway in a competition they won last season.


Steelbacks vs Gloucestershire Vitality Blast 2020 The County Ground, Northampton

Chris Dent continued his second-coming in T20 to help Gloucestershire claim a significant 35-run victory over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road to take over from their hosts at the top of the Vitality Blast Central Group.

Dent made 50 in 27 balls as Gloucestershire posted 185 for 6 before Northamptonshire, hitherto unbeaten, struggled to 150 for 6 as Graeme van Burren took 3 for 15 with his left-arm spin.

The Glosters, quarter-finalists in three of the last four seasons, are a coming force. After losing at home to Glamorgan in their first completed match they have now reeled off four successive victories but do have Somerset to play twice in their remaining four matches.

Northamptonshire boasted the best record in the competition at the start of the day but were missing Brandon Glover and Saif Zaib and were left to rue their decision to field first on a pitch that took some turn.

Dent took full advantage of first use of the wicket. His last match in the shortest format before this season came back in 2016 but with Australian Michael Klinger no longer at the club, a vacancy became available at the top of the order.

After a golden duck on his return against Glamorgan, Dent has now reached 200 runs in five innings - the fifth batsmen to reach the mark in this season’s competition.

He reached his sixth career T20 fifty in his 48th innings before pulling Graeme White to deep-midwicket. But he helped his side to a blistering start as Gloucestershire made 66 for 1 in the Powerplay.

Dent began by cutting Gareth Berg for four through cover-point and lifted Nathan Buck over extra-cover. Berg was lifted for six over deep-backward square as his two overs cost 27 runs.

Ben Sanderson fared even worse. Dent pulled him backward of square for a boundary and then smashed him over his head for six as the usually-dependable seamer conceded 49 in four overs.

After Miles Hammond fell fourth ball of the match, Dent and Iain Cockbain added 90 in just 35 balls. 

Cockbain also continued his fine form making 40 in 24 deliveries. He swept Josh Cobb backward of square for the game’s opening boundary and stepped away to slap Berg wide of long-off and then pulled him wide of long-on. He added a maximum over the same boundary off Sanderson. 

But Cockbain swung Luke Procter to Tom Sole at deep midwicket in the 10th over as Gloucestershire were constrained in the middle overs - Procter’s three costing only 17 and White taking 3 for 28 from his four.

In need of a strong finish to ensure their racing start wasn’t wasted, George Scott struck 21 from 14 balls, including heaving Buck over midwicket for six, to help add 41 from the final four overs. 

Van Burren then decided the match by taking out Northamptonshire’s top three in 10 balls.

Paul Stirling struck five early boundaries to give the chase a bright start. But having reached 32 in 19 balls, shuffled away to try and drive van Buuren over cover, missed, slipped out of his ground, and was smartly stumped by James Bracey.

Two balls later Cobb advanced and was bowled for a duck and a fourth failure in five innings. And when a beauty gripped and lured Richard Levi out of his crease to give Bracey a second stumping, van Buuren had put Gloucestershire on course for victory.

More left-arm spin, from Tom Smith, also proved difficult to get away as his four overs cost only 18 and saw Alex Wakely sweep to deep midwicket.

The margin of victory quickly became the only debate and Procter and White struck six late boundaries to limit some of the damage to Northamptonshire’s net run-rate.

Notts Outlaws vs Lancashire Lightning Vitality Blast 2020 Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Lancashire Lightning 167-5 lost to Notts Outlaws 169-4 by 6 wickets


A destructive innings of 77 from Joe Clarke maintained Notts Outlaws’ unbeaten start to the Vitality Blast competition and strengthened their lead at the top of the North Group.

Clarke scored his runs from only 36 balls as the Outlaws defeated Lancashire Lightning by 6 wickets at Trent Bridge.

The right-hander hit five sixes and seven fours to speed Notts towards their pursuit of 168, eventually achieved with 18 balls remaining.

Lancashire had earlier made 167 for five, with Steven Croft top-scoring for 37, with three other players also passing 30. Samit Patel, with two for 19, was the pick of the home attack.

Clarke began this competition with an unbeaten century against Durham and added a further hundred in the Bob Willis Trophy match against the same opposition, which ended on Wednesday.

His eye clearly still in, he set about the Lancashire attack after arriving at the crease in the first over, following Chris Nash’s cheap departure.

Danny Lamb felt the full force of Clarke’s power-hitting, going for 27 in the sixth over as Notts ended the powerplay on 74 for one.

Alex Hales was almost the silent partner, making just 19, as their second-wicket stand stretched to 82 from 42 balls, at which point Liam Livingstone turned a sharp leg-spinner into the stumps of the former England international.

Having brought up his 50 from only 18 deliveries, with six fours and four sixes, Clarke cleared the ropes once more before hitting Livingstone into the hands of sub fielder Rob Jones.

Ben Duckett fell to Matt Parkinson for 18 but the hosts romped to victory thanks to more punishing batting, as Tom Moores and Dan Christian added 35 from only 21 balls to guarantee the win.

Moores hit three sixes in an unbeaten 31, leaving Christian to hit Hartley for the winning boundary, as he finished on 20 not out from just 13 deliveries.

Alex Davies and Livingstone got Lancashire off to a blistering start after the visitors had been invited to bat first by Christian, the Notts captain. The opening three overs produced 38 runs, including a huge six over square leg by Livingstone.

Steven Mullaney needed two attempts to catch Davies at midwicket for 18 off Christian but the opener was soon back in the middle, acting as a runner for Keaton Jennings, who pulled up injured at the end of the eighth over.

Both Livingstone and Jennings then fell to Samit Patel, with each making batsman making 33. Ball’s well-judged boundary catch to dismiss Jennings reduced the Red Rose to 101 for three in the thirteenth over.

Steven Croft hit Steven Mullaney over the ropes before falling in the penultimate over and Dane Vilas fell in the last, yorked by Luke Fletcher

On a good batting strip, against a side chock-full of confidence in this format, the eventual target didn’t seem large enough and Notts proved that convincingly to win their eighth consecutive Blast game at Trent Bridge against Lancashire.

Notts move on to 10 points and sit clear at the top of the group, whilst Lancashire’s first defeat leaves them on eight points.

Both sides are swiftly back in action, with the Outlaws facing Derbyshire at Trent Bridge on Sunday and Lancashire play Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley 24 hours later.



Birmingham Bears vs Glamorgan Vitality Blast 2020 Edgbaston, Birmingham

Birmingham Bears, 142/9 (20) beat Glamorgan 129/8 (20) by 13 runs 

Birmingham Bears made it back-to-back Vitality Blast wins with a 13-run victory over Glamorgan in a low-scoring contest at Edgbaston 

On a cool, grey evening, the Bears were restricted to 142 for nine by an accurate visiting attack led by paceman Timm vann der Gugtem (4-0-27-3) and spinner Prem Sisodiya (4-0-19-2).   

Only captain Will Rhodes, with a T20-best 46 (31 balls, six fours,  one six), batted with any fluency until a late flurry from Olly Stone, with 22 not out from 18 balls, gave his side something to bowl at. 

Glamorgan then mustered only 129 for eight in reply as Tim Bresnan (4-0-26-3) caused early damage before wrist-spinner Jake Lintott delivered a superb spell of 4-0-11-3, the fourth most economical full spell for the Bears in T20 cricket. 

Birmingham chose to bat but found life difficult against a disciplined display from Glamorgan's bowlers. 

Dom Sibley returned to county duty brought a first-ball duck when he chipped a return catch to Sisodiya. After a tidy start from the spinners,  paceman van der Gugten and Ruaidhri Smith each struck in their first overs, having Ed Pollock caught behind and Sam Hain trapped lbw respectively. 

Adam Hose struck four fours in a 20-ball 23 but then, tied down in a Salter over that had brought only four singles, lifted a full toss to long off.  

After Salter and Sisodiya each struck again to dismiss Michael Burgess and Tim Bresnan, Rhodes and Henry Brookes injected some momentum with a stand of 36 in 25 balls. Rhodes batted with intelligence and skill but perished when the Bears took a self-inflicted wound. Brookes called for an impossible second run and the captain was beaten by vann der Gugten's throw.  

Vann der Gugten, who had pooped a big Bears party three days earlier by bowling Ian Bell ten runs short of a century on his last first-class appearance, then added the wicket of Brookes, who skied to mid-off.  

The Bears were in deep trouble at 118 for eight but Stone supervised some crucial tail-wagging that hep the game alive. 

Glamorgan's reply was hit early by a triple blow from Bresnan who bowled his spell straight through from the Birmingham End. Nick Selman, David Lloyd (21, 13 balls) and Chris Cooke paid the price for attacking good balls when they sent up catches into the infield. 

Andy Balbirnie looked dangerous on his way to 30 (29 balls two fours, one six) but swept Lintott to deep square leg. The spinner took a stinging return catch to end Marchant de Lange's counter-attack before it had begun and then spun one on to Callum Taylor's stumps 

From a promising 79 for four, suddenly Glamorgan were 83 for eight and the run-rate required soon escalated beyond the tail's reach. 

Somerset CCC vs Worcestershire Rapids Vitality Blast 2020 County Ground, Taunton

Worcestershire Rapids earned their first success of the Vitality Blast with a three-run Central Group victory over Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

The visitors posted 168 for four after winning the toss, Ben Cox top-scoring with 56 not out, Jake Libby making 48 and Hamish Rutherford 46 off just 29 balls. Max Waller was the pick of the Somerset attack with one for 21 from his four overs. 

In reply, the hosts could manage only 165 for eight, Tom Abell making 60 and Pat Brown claiming three for 39. It left much-fancied Somerset with only two wins from six games and in danger of missing out on a quarter-final place. 

Despite the loss of Riki Wessels in the first over, bowled by Waller on the back foot, Worcestershire made a good fist of the initial six-over power-play, reaching 55 for one. 

Rutherford led the way with sixes off Ollie Sale, Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton, while Libby notched 4 fours to help keep the scoreboard ticking. 

Left-hander Rutherford looked in particularly dangerous form, adding another maximum off Roelof van der Merwe before attempting a further big shot off Gregory, who accepted a skied caught and bowled chance. 

The New Zealander was out to the last ball of the tenth over, with the total on 83 and his stand with Libby having added 80 in nine overs. 

Somerset then did well to put a clamp on the scoring rate on what looked a plum batting wicket, Gregory, who had Libby caught at deep mid-wicket, Waller and van der Merwe combining effectively. 

But Cox made good use of the ramp shot to accelerate and striking successive sixes over mid-wicket off Sale at the start of the 18th over. 

Ross Whiteley also claimed a maximum off Sale’s first ball of the final over before holing out to deep mid-wicket and Cox was still there at the end, having faced 34 balls and hit 5 fours and 3 sixes. 

Somerset’s reply got off to a calamitous start when Babar Azam fell lbw to the first ball of the innings, bowled by Charlie Morris. 

That brought in 18-year-old Will Smeed for what proved a short debut knock. The Academy product was dropped first ball by Morris, diving to his right for a return catch and then got off the mark with a boundary thanks to a misfield before skying a catch to wicketkeeper Cox off seamer Adam Finch in the second over. 

It was 30 for three when Steve Davies was leg-before to Brown and at the end of six overs Somerset were 43 for three.  

Gregory and Abell added 43 for the fourth wicket before Gregory, on 24, was bowled giving Daryl Mitchell the charge. At the halfway point in their innings, Somerset were 74-4. 

Eddie Byrom fell to a reverse sweep off Ed Barnard and at 94 for five, Somerset required more than ten an over. 

Sixes from Abell and Tom Lammonby raised hopes, but when Lammonby also perished to a reverse sweep off Barnard 58 were still needed. 

Abell had moved to a well-crafted half-century, with a six and 4 fours. He added two boundaries from ramp shots before cutting a catch to cover off Brown. 

With 24 required off the last two overs, van der Merwe took a couple of boundaries off Morris and it was 13 to win off the last. 

Craig Overton smashed the second ball from Brown over deep square for six, but the bowler responded by having van der Merwe caught behind and Somerset had left themselves too much to do. 



Durham Cricket vs Derbyshire Falcons Vitality Blast 2020 Emirates Riverside

Durham 223-3 v Derbyshire 168-5 - DURHAM WIN BY 55 RUNS

Ben Raine smashed eight sixes to power Durham to their first win of the 2020 season, defeating Derbyshire Falcons by 55 runs in their Vitality Blast contest at Emirates Riverside.

Raine scored 71 from only 39 balls, equaling John Hastings' record for most sixes in a T20 innings for Durham. He was supported by an unbeaten 77 from Alex Lees and Graham Clark (45) to post the home side's second-highest 20-over score of 223-3 - only two runs shy of their all-time record.

Leus du Plooy top scored for the visitors with a half-century, but Durham were always in control after their fireworks with the bat. Paul Coughlin and Nathan Rimmington claimed two wickets apiece for the hosts to allow them to secure their first win of the campaign, while the Falcons slumped to their fourth defeat in the competition.

Durham won the toss and elected to bat as Lees set the tone with two boundaries off Mattie McKiernan's first two balls. Clark then upped the ante, striking the first six of the game over the mid-wicket fence, taking 22 off Ed Barnes' first over from the Finchale End.

The Durham openers reached their fifty stand after only 24 balls, putting pressure on the Falcons. Derbyshire tried to rein in the hosts with spin as Wayne Madsen came into the attack. Clark notched his second six of the contest to race to 45, but he would fall to the final ball of the powerplay, lofting into the hands of Du Plooy at mid-off.

Raine took time to build into his innings, but he exploded into life after dispatching his first six of the game over mid-wicket. The left-hander then pulled Michael Cohen over the rope from the following over to find his rhythm.

Raine offered an opportunity on 18 when Matt Critchley should have taken a catch on the long-on boundary, only to allow the ball to slip through his grasp for a maximum. The following strike was far more convincing from the Durham all-rounder, smashing a six into the pavilion to bring up the fifty partnership for the second wicket from 30 balls.

Critchley was to rue his drop, becoming the next victim of Raine with ball in hand. The left-hander delivered two powerful strikes to notch consecutive sixes, including a huge hit straight down the ground. Raine brought up his second T20 half-century with his first four of the game through cow corner, reaching the milestone from only 29 balls.

Lees then took over with a pull to the fence to notch his third Vitality Blast fifty of the season, bringing up the century partnership with Raine in the process. Raine equaled a Durham record by clearing the rope for the eighth time - matching Hastings' knock from 2014 against Northamptonshire. The left-hander was finally out for 71, ending a stand of 123 for the second wicket.

Lees ensured that the hosts passed the 200-run mark with a leg glance to the boundary, while Brydon Carse finished the innings with a six and two fours, propelling Durham to their second-highest score.

Derbyshire were stymied in the opening overs of their innings before Reece cleared the rope against Carse and then drilled the penultimate ball of the over to the fence. Billy Godleman found his range to dispatch Matty Potts for a boundary over the leg-side. The Falcons skipper hit Coughlin for two fours in a row, but his bid for a third resulted in an edge behind to David Bedingham.

Reece displayed an impressive array of strokes in a fine knock of 42 before he was clean bowled by Scott Steel. The climbing run rate put pressure on the Falcons' batting ranks as Rimmington removed Madsen, and Coughlin notched his second wicket to dismiss Critchley for eight to tighten the screw. Du Plooy played well for a 31-ball fifty, including five fours and two sixes, but the Falcons were never in contention and fell to a heavy defeat on the road.

Leicestershire Foxes vs Yorkshire Vikings Vitality Blast 2020 Grace Road, Leicester

Leicestershire Foxes 192-7 beat Yorkshire Vikings 188-6 by three wickets

Leicestershire Foxes moved ahead of Yorkshire Vikings into third place in the North Group after a thrilling last-ball Vitality Blast victory at the Fischer County Ground.

The home side started slowly in pursuit of 189 to win before half-centuries from Gareth Delany and Colin Ackermann swung the contest round to the extent that victory seemed a formality with 26 needed from the final three overs.

A flurry of wickets - four in the space of three overs - then left the outcome in the balance with nine required from the last six deliveries, which looked to have been just too many for the Foxes until Ben Mike went for broke off the final ball, launching Adam Lyth over his head for six to win the contest.

Lyth earlier had given the Vikings innings the platform for a substantial total with 71 off 46 balls with three sixes after he and skipper David Willey had added 70 in 41 deliveries for the second wicket. The innings lost some momentum in the middle overs but Jordan Thompson flung the bat and rode his luck with 44 off 19 balls, with four maximums as he and Jonny Tattersall added 64 off the final 31 balls of the innings.  Seamer Will Davis and leg-spinner Delany claimed two wickets each.

Having been asked to bat first when the Foxes won the toss, the Vikings had an excellent powerplay, piling on 67 runs for the loss of only wicket, thanks largely to a 24-ball half-century from one-time England opener Lyth that included five fours and two enormous sixes behind square on the leg side.  The only casualty was Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who chipped straight to extra cover.

Davis was the successful bowler, striking with his first delivery, and it was the brisk right-arm seamer who made the second breakthrough in the 10th over as David Willey fell for a useful 27 off 17 balls, chopping on to a slow yorker. Willey had survived a very difficult caught-and-bowled chance when he drove down the ground to Delany’s leg-spin, before Lyth picked up his third maximum, just clearing the fielder at deep mid-wicket. The Vikings were 98 for two at half-way.

The next passage proved more fruitful for the Foxes, a couple of tight overs from spinners Callum Parkinson and Ackermann putting the brake on the scoring rate before Delany claimed the vital wicket of Lyth for 71, the left-armer this time holing out to deep backward square.  A smart piece of fielding by Ackermann then ran out Will Fraine at the non-striker’s end before the batsman had faced and after Delany claimed a second wicket with Harry Brook caught at long-on the Vikings were 126 for five after 15.

But new batsman Thompson started the scoreboard moving again with consecutive sixes off Parkinson before repeating the trick off Davis, punishing Delany for dropping him at mid-off on 16 in between. Thompson had another life on 34 in the penultimate over of the innings as Lilley put him down off Griffiths, seeming to lose the ball in the lights.  Jonny Tattersall picked up his first maximum, the sixth-wicket pair giving the card a much better look for Yorkshire, adding 64 off 31 balls before Thompson skied the last delivery of the 20 overs, eventually caught by wicketkeeper Lewis Hill for 44 off 19 deliveries.

The task facing the Foxes was to score at 9.45 runs per over.  The requirement was up to 10.14 at the end of the powerplay, despite Lilley laying into both Ben Coad - playing in his first domestic T20 for three years - and Matthew Fisher with the first sixes of the innings after Harry Dearden was caught at long-on. Leicestershire were 47 for one after six.

Delany clubbed six over long-on in Jack Shutt’s opening over as Lilley turned to his spinners but the off-spinner then had some good fortune when Lilley smacked a waist-high full toss straight to deep mid-wicket. But Delany was in the mood to take the initiative.

An expansive swing brought him a second maximum as Thompson took over from Shutt, the ball bouncing on the roof of The Meet before he launched another huge straight hit over the indoor school as Shutt switched ends, the Irishman completing a 32-ball half-century with his fourth four as the Foxes reached 97 for two from 11, having added 26 in two overs.  After another expensive over from Coad, the Foxes needed 75 from 48 balls, now ahead of the rate.

Josh Poysden’s leg-spin briefly threatened to stall the home side’s progress but the batsmen compensated with a furious assault in Thompson’s next over, which went for 28 as Ackermann cleared the ropes twice with some colossal blows and Delany picked up his fourth six, bringing the target down to 42 off six overs.

Willey brought himself back into the attack and was rewarded when Delany finally sent one soaring into the night sky for Tattersall to catch on the way down but the Irishman’s 64 off 41 balls looked like a match-winning innings. Willey conceded only three off the over, but the third wicket had added 89 and the Foxes remained favourites, Ackermann going to his fifty off 29 balls.  

Yet three wickets in the space of nine deliveries turned the pressure back on to Leicestershire as Tom Taylor, Lewis Hill and Harry Swindells departed in quick succession as Coad and Fisher (3-35) suddenly turned the screw, leaving the Foxes needing 20 off 12 deliveries.  

Mike relieved the pressure with a substantial six over square leg, then the loss of Ackermann, leg before to Willey, giving the finish another twist.  Willey trusted Lyth’s off-spin for the final over, and it seemed to have paid off until, needing three off the last ball, Mike swung and connected perfectly, the ball still rising as it cleared the rope at long-on.

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