Vitality Blast: Latest News, Scores and Updates from today’s matches – September 2nd 2020
All the latest Vitality Blast news, scores and updates from today’s matches
Vitality Blast Schedule – Wednesday September 2nd 2020
Gloucestershire 157/3 (12 ovs) defeated Birmingham Bears 100 all out (11.1) by 57 runs
Gloucestershire brushed Birmingham Bears aside by 57 runs in a truncated thrash in the Central Group of the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston.
In a game shortened to 12 overs per side by rain, Gloucestershire piled up 157 for three thanks principally to Ian Cockbain's explosive unbeaten 84 from just 38 balls with six fours and seven sixes.
A second-wicket stand of 89 in 40 balls from Cockbain and Miles Hammond (41, 23 balls, six fours, one six) ensured the Bears would be facing a hefty target.
The mighty scoreboard pressure then told on the home side as they mustered only 100 all out in reply with left arm spinner Tom Smith taking a career best five for 16. From 55 for one, Birmingham lost their last nine wickets for 45 runs in 42 balls.
After Gloucestershire were put in, Dan Mousley, making his T20 debut, bowled Chris Dent with his fourth ball, but Hammond and Cockbain hit freely. They took their side to 42 from four overs and then smashed 22 from the fifth as Cockbain welcomed Tim Bresnan into the attack with a four followed by three successive sixes, over mid wicket, long off and extra cover.
Two more successive sixes, flat-batted over long off, then hoisted over cover, off Olly Stone, took the former Lancashire player to 50 from 19 balls.
Hammond's impressive support role ended when he lifted Henry Brookes to point but Gloucestershire's momentum remained high, with only two of the 12 overs costing less than ten runs. Cockbain charged on, chanced his arm, usually connecting sweetly and earning the luck that saw one or two edges speed away to the boundary.
Birmingham omitted Ian Bell from the side to make room for a hitter in the shortened contest, but they took just three runs from the first over from Graeme van Buuren.
Ed Pollock (21, 13 balls, three sixes) got the Bears going with two sixes in the next over from David Payne but perished in the next when he missed an attempted big hit at Van Buuren and was bowled.
Adam Hose and Sam Hain took the Bears to a reasonably promising 55 for one but the innings was then sent into freefall by three wickets in an over. Smith had Hose stumped and Hain superbly caught at long on by a diving Cockbain, then Will Rhodes was run out after responding to a misjudged call for a single by Michael Burgess.
Burgess himself perished, bowled by Ryan Higgins in the next over and then Smith ended Mousley's debut knock at just three in five balls. The 33-year-old had his third five-for in T20 cricket after Bresnan and Stone sent up catces. That was 83 for eight and by now the Bears were flailing wildly in the wilderness while Gloucestershire home and hosed.
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire – No Result
Torrential rain prevented any play in Lancashire Lightning’s Vitality Blast match against Notts Outlaws at Aigburth. The bad weather set in at lunchtime on Merseyside and never looked likely to relent. It was not surprising in the slightest when the umpires called the game off just before three o’clock.
The loss of Wednesday’s match left the sides tied on six points at the top of the North Group, although Leicestershire will join them in they can overcome Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley on Wednesday evening. Both Lightning and Outlaws have won two of their four games and also lost two to the weather. The abandonment may have come as a particular disappointment to the visitors, who were hoping to field
Imad Wasim for his first Blast game this season.
The Pakistani spinner played in the T20 international against England at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday evening but had received clearance to play at Liverpool. During the winter Wasim had agreed a deal to return for a second short-form campaign at Trent Bridge.
Lancashire’s next game in the Blast is at home to Derbyshire at Liverpool on Friday afternoon. That evening Notts Outlaws will take on the Leicestershire Foxes at Trent Bridge.
Match abandoned. No Result.
Match abandoned. No Result.
Yorkshire and Leicestershire suffered more weather frustration as their fourth Vitality Blast North Group fixture was washed out without a ball bowled at Emerald Headingley.
Heavy rain from early afternoon into the evening meant umpires Rob Bailey and Ian Ramage called the contest off approximately 10 minutes after the scheduled 6.30pm start time, by which time the outfield was covered in puddles.
This was Yorkshire’s second No Result in four matches after last Thursday’s opener here fell foul to the weather. They have won one and lost one of the other two.
Leicestershire, meanwhile, have now had three No Results - this one and against Lancashire (Saturday) and Derbyshire (last Thursday). They remain unbeaten having won their other fixture, against Durham at Headingley on Monday.
Both are back in action on Friday. Yorkshire travel to Durham (6.30pm) when Joe Root will make his final appearance before returning to England duty for the three-match one-day international series against Australia. Leicester travel to Trent Bridge (6pm) to face group leaders Nottinghamshire.
These two sides meet again at Headingley on Sunday in the final round of the Bob Willis four-day Trophy.
Yorkshire all-rounder Jordan Thompson said:
“It’s been a very unsettled group so far, which is frustrating. But, looking at the table, there’s still a long way to go. Six games and 12 points to play for, and we certainly back ourselves to qualify from here.
“We’ve still got a couple of tough games to come against Lancashire after the final Bob Willis game (against Leicester), but against Notts we did some good things and gained confidence even though we probably should have won the game.
“We should have got 10-15 more runs, which would have made it easier for us with the ball.
“There are certainly a lot of positives to take from that and the other game we won against Derby.”
Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said:
“It’s properly flooded tonight. It’s just belted down all night and hasn’t looked like stopping.
“We move on. We have a practice day at Grace Road tomorrow, which is wonderful, to keep our bodies in tune. Then we go to Trent Bridge on Friday.
“We’re in a good place, we have a good vibe, and the lads are working hard. We have to keep doing that.
“Notts, their batting is their strongest suit, but we bowled beautifully the other night (against Durham). Our bowling’s been exceptional in the last few weeks.”
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