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Vitality Blast: Latest News, Scores and Updates from today’s matches – September 1st 2020

Adam Rossington (Northants)
Adam Rossington (Northants)
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All the latest Vitality Blast news, scores and updates from today’s matches




Vitality Blast Tuesday September 1st 2020


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

Essex Eagles 139/6 lost to Hampshire 140/5 by five wickets

Ian Holland held his nerve as Hampshire ended Essex Eagles’ 13-month unbeaten run in all competitions.

All-rounder Holland snuck Hampshire over the line with a ball to spare to eke out a nervy five-wicket victory, having needed six off the final over.

Essex - who had been stunted by Mason Crane's impeccable three for 18 - hadn’t tasted defeat since they lost to Somerset in the Vitality Blast on August 7 last year, although they are still winless as holders.

In reply to Essex’s laboured 139 for six, Hampshire rode their luck in the early stages at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Scotland international George Munsey was dropped by Ryan ten Doeschate on nine, running back from point, and again on 12, this time by Tom Westley at mid-off.

His opening partner Tom Alsop was also given a life when Varun Chopra put down a one-handed reaction-effort at first slip.

Simon Harmer did make the breakthrough when Alsop – having struck the off-spinner for a four and six – was caught on the reverse by Westley, who appeared to dislocate his little finger in the process.

On a pitch being used for the third time, timing, and therefore scoring was difficult for both sides – with Hampshire reaching 64 for one at the halfway point.

Munsey, who top-scored with 32, attempted boost the run-rate by top-edging Dan Lawrence over the ropes only to pick out deep fine leg two balls later off Aron Nijjar in the next over.

Left-arm spinner Nijjar, on his fifth T20 appearance, caused problems with his two for 25 – as Sam Northeast was brilliantly caught by Simon Harmer at short midwicket.

Lewis McManus was caught in the deep, but Joe Weatherley took Hampshire to within 14 runs of victory with a gutsy 27 but was bowled by a Paul Walter slower ball.

Having forced a tie against Surrey at the weekend, Matt Quinn was forced to defend six off the final over – which he failed to do on this occasion, as Holland and James Fuller rotated the strike nicely, before the former handed Hampshire their maiden victory in the 2020 Blast with a straight drive for the needed single.

Earlier, Sam Northeast had won the toss and stuck Essex in – with both sides naming unchanged XIs.

Cameron Delport survived carving straight to a juggling Fuller at point, but generally found himself shackled as Hampshire bowled accurately.

Teenager Scott Currie was struck for 16 in his sole over on debut, against Sussex, but found control and his maiden professional wicket - Chopra drilling to mid-on.

Crane, who had taken three for 24 at Chelmsford last season, continued the visitors’ dominance through the middle overs.

The leg-spinner had Delport caught slog sweeping, Tom Westley stumped and Dan Lawrence chipping a reverse sweep up to short fine leg George Munsey.

But along with the regular wickets, Crane kept the run-rate down – only going for one boundary, a straight-six from Westley – as he returned three for 18.

The Eagles failed to hit a boundary between the ninth and 15th overs but thanks to the ageless Ryan ten Doeschate reached a competitive score.

The Dutchman enjoyed partnerships of 39 and 30 with Adam Wheater and Paul Walter, split by the wicket-keeper slapping Chris Wood to Northeast at extra cover.

Ten Doeschate, 40, showed little thrills with his unbeaten 37 from 29 ball, although did strike Wood back over his head for six.

Kent Spitfires vs Surrey CCC Vitality Blast 2020 The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

Kent Spitfires v Surrey, Vitality Blast south group, Canterbury. Toss: Kent, who elected to field. Surrey 161/4 lost to Kent 162/4 off 18.3 overs by five wickets. Kent 2pts, Surrey 0 pts.  

Former South Africa Test batsman Heino Kuhn marked his first innings as a father with a match-winning 42 not out from 31 balls to see Kent a five-wicket victory and their first win of this season’s Vitality Blast south group qualifiers.

On a slightly two-paced Canterbury pitch, Kuhn, whose wife Trudie gave birth to a baby daughter last week, kept his cool to garner four boundaries and see Spitfires over the win line on his season’s Blast debut.  

Kuhn and Grant Stewart, with a muscular, unbeaten 21, added an unbroken 48 for the sixth wicket to rescue Kent from a mid-innings wobble.

Chasing Surrey’s 161 for four at an asking rate of 8.1/over, acting Kent captain Daniel Bell-Drummond (25) gave his side a fluent start with four boundaries in the opening three overs.

Zak Crawley opened his boundary account in the next over with a clipped four and a whipped six against Gus Atkinson as Kent’s openers sprinted to 49 before Bell-Drummond’s miscue against Matt Dunn skied to Will Jacks at mid-off.   

Heino Kuhn, fresh from his spell of paternity leave, sat on his bat handle to see Crawley smash three successive fours during Atkinson’s next over as Kent reached 68 for one in their powerplay.   

Slow left-arm spinner Daniel Moriarty struck with his fourth ball and ended Crawley’s cameo stay worth 32 after an uppish drive flew into the hands of Laurie Evans at extra cover.

Reigate-born Moriarty struck again in his next over when Alex Blake chipped an innocuous delivery straight to mid-wicket as Kent reached 91 for three at the mid-point of their reply.

Surrey continued to take pace off the ball by giving leg-spinner Scott Borthwick an over. The experiment initially failed as Jack Leaning cracked two fours, but then Leaning (21) under-edged a long-hop into the gloves of keeper Ben Foakes.

Kent’s slide continued as Moriarty pinned Jordan Cox leg before walking across his stumps and aiming leg-side as the 21-year-old rookie spinner chalked up a competition-best return of three for 25.

With 25 needed from the remaining 24 balls, Kuhn plundered four off Dunn, then Grant Stewart raised Kent’s 150 with a sliced drive over extra cover against Topley to reduce the target to nine off 12 balls.

Stewart, who finished unbeaten on 21, muscled a back-foot six over long-off and then sprinted a couple to deep mid-wicket to win it with nine balls in hand.    

Earlier, classy knocks by Test batsmen Hashim Amla (75) and a competition-best unbeaten 56 from Rory Burns underpinned a Surrey total of 161 for four after the visitors had made a shaky start in stumbling to 28 for three inside four overs.  

Batting first on a testing pitch and after losing the toss, Surrey lost their first wicket to the 11th ball of the match when Jacks sliced an attempted drive against Fred Klassen to Alex Blake at extra cover.

Tim Groenewald dismissed a couple more in his opening over, the fourth of the game. Laurie Evans flicked leg-side to be caught by Cox, who replaced Oli Robinson behind the stumps. Then, four balls later, Foakes got a thick inside edge on a full delivery only to drag the ball onto his leg stump as Surrey ended their batting powerplay on 39 for three.

Kent turned to spin for the 8th over but Imran Qayyum’s first ball of left-arm spin, a full toss, was reverse swept by Burns for the opening six of the match to raise Surrey’s 50.  

Burns and Amla joined forces to post a 50 stand from 46 balls, Amla reaching the milestone with a clipped six from a Klassen length ball that Blake, positioned at cow corner, could only finger-tip over the ropes.

Stewart, who unveiled a full bag of tricks, finished a fine four-over stint with nought for 23, after which Amla reached a 40-ball half-century with four fours and a six.

The fourth-wicket partners extended their stand into three figures as Groenewald finished his bowling stint with two for 31, then Amla pressed the run-rate accelerator by swatting left-armer Klassen for another maximum.   

Burns duly reached his second T20 half-century from 44-balls with only a brace of fours and a six, but Amla’s fun ended in the final over when he risked a second run to Crawley at deep point to be run out and end a partnership that added 127 off 98 balls.

Middlesex vs Sussex Sharks Vitality Blast 2020 Lord's Cricket Ground, London

Middlesex 165-5; Sussex 168-7 - Sussex won by 3 wickets

David Wiese’s magnificent unbeaten 79 saw Sussex beat hosts Middlesex by three wickets in a thrilling Vitality Blast clash at Lord’s.

The Sharks’ all-rounder hit three sixes and eight fours, surviving a catch from a James Harris no-ball as the visitors recovered from 67-5 to reach a victory target of 166 with four balls to spare and go top of the South group.

Wiese’s winning hand came after Danny Briggs (2-21) had restricted the hosts to a below par 165-5 which owed much to Stevie Eskinazi’s 79.

Eskinazi, fresh from his 84 in the thrilling tie with Kent three days earlier came out bristling with intent, hitting two savage boundaries in the first over bowled by George Garton.

And when Ollie Robinson, so often Middlesex’s nemesis steamed in from the Pavilion End in the next over, the Seaxes red-ball skipper promptly pulled him for six eight rows back into the Mound stand.

However, Max Holden perished early, and the hosts were 58-1 at the end of the powerplay.

It was then the outstanding Briggs began to weave his magic, bowling Martin Anderson for 14 before having Nick Gubbins caught in the deep.

With Will Beer wheeling away effectively at the other end, even Eskinazi became becalmed and a reverse sweep from John Simpson in the 12th over was the first boundary for 34 balls.

The diminutive wicketkeeper would strike three maximums in his 46 from 31 balls as he and Eskinazi added 80 for the fourth wicket.

But both perished in quick succession to Robinson (1-30) and Tymal Mills (2-33) respectively just as a par score looked possible and the innings petered out.

Defending 165 looked a tall order even with in-form openers Phil Salt and Luke Wright striding to the crease.

Wright though would miss out, holing out to Steven Finn at mid-on for just 4 in a first over bowled by Helm the hero of Saturday’s thrilling finale.

Salt deposited Finn’s first ball into the Grandstand to signal his intent. But Finn extracted swift revenge when Salt pulled another short one from the Seaxes skipper into the hands of Dan Lincoln on the square leg boundary.

And when a brilliant piece of boundary fielding saw Lincoln parry a pull shot from Harry Finch off Finn into the hands of teammate Nathan Sowter, Sussex were 37-3

Delray Rawlins took up the chase, planting deliveries from both Finn and debutante Hollman into the same spot in the mound stand Eskinazi had found earlier.

However, there was delight just one ball later for Hollman (2-33) when he pinned the all-rounder leg before.

The youngster wasn’t finished, striking again in his next over when Ravi Bopara drove him to him to the safe hands of Eskinazi at cover.

He and Sowter (0-20) appeared to be bowling well in tandem, but James Harris was reintroduced and promptly produced a no-ball leading to a free hit from which Wiese smote the biggest six of the night.

It was the signal for the all-rounder to cut loose, hitting Hollman for 17 off his next over, including another towering six.

With George Garton proving an excellent foil, the 50-stand came in just 25 balls.

Wiese pulled Finn savagely to the boundary to reach 50 in just 33 balls, but Middlesex were back in it when Harris castled Garton with 36 needed.

Helm (2-17) returned to bowl Robinson and Middlesex sniffed victory when Wiese holed out in the penultimate over only for the umpire to call no-ball, but Wiese had the final say.


18:30 local    17:30 GMT Steelbacks vs Birmingham Bears Vitality Blast 2020 The County Ground, Northampton

Somerset CCC vs Glamorgan Vitality Blast 2020 The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Somerset 134/2 beat Glamorgan 133/8 by eight wickets at the Cooper Associates County Ground. 


Ben Green announced himself as a T20 player for Somerset with four for 26 in an eight-wicket Vitality Blast Central Group win over Glamorgan under the floodlights at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

The 22-year-old Devonian seamer, making only his third appearance in the competition, numbered Glamorgan’s top-scorer Chris Cooke (42) among his victims as the visitors were restricted to a modest 133 for eight after losing the toss. 

Josh Davey claimed two for 17 in an impressive Somerset bowling performance. The hosts then made short work of their target, racing to 134 for two from just 16.1 overs, skipper Tom Abell leading way with 74 not out and James Hildreth contributing an unbeaten 34. 

Their unbroken stand of 110 assured Somerset of their first win in the group, while it was a second defeat for a Glamorgan side comprehensively outplayed. 

The Welsh county’s tepid batting effort began with Dan Douthwaite falling for a first ball duck to Max Waller’s second delivery of the match, a flighted googly that pinned the batsman lbw. 

By the end of the six-over power play, the visitors were 39 for three, Andy Balbirnie (17) having miscued a pull to be caught at mid-wicket off Ollie Sale and Billy Root carving a catch to Green at cover off Josh Davey. 

Cooke, on whom his side rely heavily, did his best to raise the tempo with sixes over deep square off Sale and Green, but there was little support at the other end. 

Kiran Carlson fell for five, caught at deep mid-wicket to become Green’s first victim and at the halfway point of their innings Glamorgan had posted 62 for four. 

Cooke and Callum Taylor then added 26, with 11 of the runs coming off the 12th over, bowled by Waller. But the next one saw Taylor mistime a ramp shot to be caught off Green for 12. 

Any hope Glamorgan had of reaching a respectable total disappeared when Cooke, who had eased his way to 42 off 34 balls, drove a catch to extra cover off Green in the 15th over. 

Andrew Salter was caught at long-off for the second first ball duck of the innings and Green, who had been the sixth Somerset bowler used, could reflect on a good night’s work from the River End. 

Marchant de Lange produced some belligerent blows, including a six over long-on off Waller, but it was too little too late to give Glamorgan a competitive total. 

Somerset immediately had more momentum to their batting, despite losing George Bartlett and Steve Davies in the opening six overs to Salter and Tim van der Gugten respectively. 

By the end of the power play their score was 47 for two, with the experienced Hildreth and captain Abell running well between the wickets and content to wait for a loose ball. 

At the end of ten overs, Somerset were coasting on 81 for two, needing only 5.3 runs an over for victory. 

Having played largely textbook shots, Abell moved to a fluent half-century from 30 balls, with a classic back-foot forcing shot off Salter through extra cover for four. 

Hildreth was content to play a supporting role, one superbly timed reverse sweep for four standing out in his 36-ball knock. 

Abell brought up the century stand by hitting Salter over long-off for six and soon his side were celebrating victory with 23 balls to spare. 

The skipper had faced 45 balls, hitting 9 fours and a six, while Hildreth’s innings occupied 36 deliveries. The partnership was an object lesson in scoring quickly without resorting to unorthodox shots.


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