Vitality Blast: Latest News, Scores and Updates from today’s matches – September 3rd 2020
All the latest Vitality Blast news, scores and updates from today’s matches
Vitality Blast Schedule – Thursday September 3rd 2020
Somerset won by 16 runs
Somerset achieved their highest ever T20 score away from their Taunton headquarters as they defeated bottom placed Worcestershire Rapids by 16 runs in a Central Group encounter at Edgbaston.
Steve Davies continued his liking for batting on the ground as he top-scored with 60 in a total of 229-8 after being put into bat.
It was a total Somerset had only surpassed twice in scoring 250-6 against Gloucestershire in 2006 and 235-5 versus Middlesex in 2011 – both on their home ground.
But they were aided by some indisciplined bowling by the Rapids who conceded 14 wides and three no balls and saw skipper Ed Barnard removed from the attack for bowling successive high full tosses.
The Rapids lost early wickets but Jake Libby – with a T20 best of 75 not out – and some late hitting by Daryl Mitchell, who had earlier become Worcestershire’s leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket, lifted the final total to a respectable 213-7 with Josh Davey returning 4-41.
Somerset’s second win has kept them in contention to qualify for the but the Rapids, winners in 2018 and runners-up last September, are without a win after four matches.
Davies has scored centuries on his last two appearances in the County Championship at Edgbaston – in August 2019 and last month – and his assault today provided the perfect platform.
Somerset welcomed back Babar Azam and Vitality Blast captain Lewis Gregory who had been on opposite sides in the Pakistan-England IT20 Series at Emirates Old Trafford.
Pakistan IT20 captain Azam scored 578 runs in 13 knocks for Somerset in the Blast last summer with one century and four fifties at an average of 52.54. He replaced George Bartlett with the rested Craig Overton making way for Gregory.
Worcestershire handed a Blast debut to paceman Adam Finch who has impressed this season while on loan to Surrey in the Bob Willis Trophy with four wicket hauls against Essex and Kent.
He came into the side for Rapids spinner Brett D’Oliveira as part of a four-pronged pace attack on the same pitch as which Gloucestershire plundered 157-3 off 12 overs against Warwickshire yesterday evening.
Former Worcestershire wicket-keeper Davies clubbed Pat Brown for sixes over long on and mid on in his first over.
He picked up two further boundaries at the expense of the England IT20 paceman to complete the powerplay at 53-0.
Barnard’s first over cost 17 runs including a six over long on by Azam.
Daryl Mitchell broke the stand with the total on 90 when Azam on 42 from 35 balls chopped a delivery onto his stumps.
It meant that Mitchell has become Worcestershire’s all-time leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 93 victims, edging one ahead of Jack Shantry
Davies completed an excellent 27-ball half century with two sixes and seven fours.
The Rapids enjoyed a second success when James Hildreth (26) lofted Pennington into the hands of Riki Wessels at long on.
Davies’ excellent knock ended on 60 when he picked put Ross Whiteley at deep square leg off Pennington.
Mitchell struck in successive balls in his final over as Tom Abell (21) swung across the line and was bowled and Gregory (0) offered a low return catch.
There was another breakthrough when Ben Green (14) cut Brown straight to short third man but then Worcestershire’s attack lost its way.
Brown conceded three wides in an over and Barnard was removed from the attack for bowling successive high full tosses – which were despatched for four and six by Roelof van der Merwe – at the start of the 19th over.
Finch had to complete the over which cost a total of 29 runs although he gained some consolation with Eddie Byrom (18) taken at long on before Josh Davey (3) was run out in the final over.
Worcestershire had to score at more than 11 an over and they soon lost wickets in pursuit of their daunting target.
Wessels (1) skied Gregory to mid on, Hamish Rutherford (22) perished on the deep square boundary off Ollie Sale who in his next over had Jack Haynes (20) caught behind.
Jack Haynes looked in good nick and raced to 20 from nine balls before he edged a Sale delivery and was caught behind and then Ben Cox (7) departed to a sharp return catch by Davey.
Sale held onto a fine low catch at backward square to dismiss Ross Whiteley (15) to give Davey his second scalp.
Jake Libby brought the Rapids 100 up with a six from a highish Gregory delivery in the 12th over before Barnard (11) was lbw to a Davey full toss as he tried to work the ball to leg.
Mitchell was also in good form with the bat and Green was hit for three sixes – all in the mid-wicket region – in the same over.
Libby completed his maiden T20 fifty for Worcestershire from 35 balls with one six and four fours.
Mitchell – 45 off 22 balls – became Davey’s fourth victim to leave Libby undefeated with his 46 ball knock containing two sixes and seven fours.
Worcestershire T20 captain Ed Barnard said: “I was really pleased for the most part with the bowling. For the first 15 overs, we were a lot better than we had been for the first two games.
“The last four or five overs, especially myself, I was really disappointed with the execution.
“It is something we are looking at, and something we are going to have to go away and talk about and we are going to have to put it right quickly.
“We are trying. We are putting in as much practice as we can so it’s something we need to sort out as quickly as we can.
“I thought we put up a really good effort. I thought everyone struck it nicely. I thought Jake Libby was exceptional again. He’s been a wonderful addition to the squad. I was really pleased with the way Daryl came in and hit a few towards the end.
“We obviously needed one special innings which we didn’t quite have today.”
Somerset opener Steve Davies, who top-scored with 60, said: “I was thankful when I saw that short boundary when we rocked up today. I thought I might get a few.
“It was a really hard wicket to defend on and it was a tough day for the bowlers. It was nice to get a few today.
“I haven’t played T20 cricket or one-day cricket for over a year now so it was nice to get my opportunity today.
“Bants (Tom Banton) is away so I’m not sure how long I will be doing it for. My first couple of games didn’t go well. I was a little bit frantic. Today I was a little bit calmer and it was nice to bat with Babar Azam, a class act down the other end.
“I was a little bit worried we were scoring a little bit slowly early on and maybe could have made more use of the powerplay.
“Maybe we could have ended up with more than the 230 but it all worked out well today.”
Kent Spitfires (195 for 5) beat Sussex Sharks (194 for 7) by 1 run.
England’s Zac Crawley made an impressive 67 as Kent Spitfires held their nerve to beat Sussex Sharks by one run in a Vitality Blast thriller at Hove.
The Sharks, who were chasing 196, seemed to be on course for victory with two needed off two balls but Ravi Bopara (18) gloved a short ball from Fred Klaassen to the keeper and Ollie Robinson was run out looking for a single to mid-on that would have tied the game.
It was a spirited fightback by Kent, who looked beaten when Sussex needed nine runs off seven balls with David Wiese going well on 38. But the South African holed out to long off from the last ball of the penultimate over and although Klaassen began the final over with two wides he gave little away thereafter, calmly collecting Daniel Bell-Drummond’s throw and beating Robinson’s desperate dive to make his ground to spark jubilant celebrations.
Crawley top scored in Kent’s 195 for 5 after they had been put in. It was a competitive total but Phil Salt and Luke Wright launched the chase in typically explosive fashion with 58 in just 4.2 overs. Salt blasted 33 from just 13 balls as he peppered the short leg-side boundary including an extraordinary first ball by Grant Stewart that cost 13. Salt hit a no-ball for six, the free hit was a wide and Stewart’s first legitimate delivery was drilled to the extra cover boundary.
There was no let-up even after Salt holed out to long on. Wright smashed 40 from 20 balls with eight fours before mistiming a pull off Tim Groenewald and Sussex were 81 for 2 after the powerplay, having seemingly broken the back of the chase.
Delray Rawlins made 30 off 23 balls and although Sussex still needed 45 at the start of the 16th over Wiese seemed to have tilted the balance their way by taking 20 off Klaassen’s third over. Kent hung in there and even the donation of 19 extras, including 15 wides, didn’t prove costly.
Earlier, Crawley had made the most of being dropped on five in the second over by Rawlins to hit six fours and two sixes from 49 balls before falling in the 13th over to Tymal Mills, aiming to hit the left-armer over the short leg-side boundary again.
Crawley had put on 55 from 33 balls with Bell-Drummond for the first wicket before Bell- Drummond (22) was caught at backward point off George Garton in the last over of a powerplay which brought Kent 59 runs.
Sussex dragged the scoring rate down during the middle overs thanks mainly to the accuracy of left-arm spinner Danny Briggs who conceded just 18 runs in his spell and picked up the wicket of Heino Kuhn (4) in his first over.
Kent reached halfway on 95 for 2 and although the next five overs only produced 35, Alex Blake and Jack Leaning accelerated in the last five.
Blake, who had shared a third-wicket stand of 68 from 47 with Crawley, hit 41 off 28 balls with two sixes and three fours, although he was also dropped on 21 by Robinson. Garton eventually pinned him in front in the 17th over but Leaning swatted Mills for three leg-side sixes in four balls during the 19th over on his way to 37 from 13 deliveries.
Matt Walker (Sussex Head Coach) - Those tight games can be a bit of a lottery so it was great to get over the line and I was so impressed with how we held our nerve and executed our skills at the end.
You know with Salt and Wright at the top of the order for Sussex can put you under pressure but we took wickets at the right time and the calmness shown by what is a relatively inexperienced bowling group was excellent when the pressure was on was outstanding, they delivered their skills really well.
Luke Wright (Sussex captain) - We're gutted because right up until the last couple of balls we looked to have got over the line, it's a game that got away from us.
I thought we probably gave Kent 15-20 too many runs but there were still lots of positives for us. David Wiese apologised because he didn't think he hit his usual standards which shows you the type of cricketer he has become while I thought Danny Briggs was outstanding again.
We've got a week now before our next game and hopefully we can get some momentum going when we start again. We're still in a strong position.
Middlesex 167-7 (20 overs) beat Essex Eagles 156-8 (20) by 11 runs
Teenager Luke Hollman starred with both bat and ball as Middlesex clinched their first victory in the Vitality Blast, overcoming defending champions Essex Eagles by 11 runs at Lord’s.
The 19-year-old leg-spinner, making only his second senior appearance, struck a valuable unbeaten 25 to stem a Middlesex batting collapse and lift them to 167-7 after Stephen Eskinazi and Max Holden had posted an opening stand of 97.
Hollman then returned figures of 2-26 to restrict Essex – who have failed to win any of their first four games in this season’s Blast – to 156-8 in reply.
Middlesex captain Steven Finn backed up the youngster with 3-18, including the key wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate, who had threatened to guide the Eagles home with his knock of 32 from 25 balls.
Spin duo Simon Harmer (2-23) and Dan Lawrence (1-31) appeared to have turned the game on its head as they stifled Middlesex in the middle overs, following the opening partnership between Eskinazi (51) and Holden (46).
Holden took a liking to Aron Nijjar, striking the slow left-armer for three sixes while Eskinazi looked strong outside the off stump, cutting Matt Quinn over point to the boundary as the home side made good progress after being asked to bat.
Medium-pacer Cameron Delport eventually made the breakthrough for the Eagles at the start of the 11th over, trapping Holden leg before – and Middlesex wickets immediately began to tumble.
Eskinazi, having reached his third consecutive T20 half-century from 37 balls by cutting Delport for two, paddled the next one into the hands of Quinn at backward square, and Martin Andersson (2) followed in Harmer’s next over.
John Simpson, promoted up the order to three, did his best to rally Middlesex with 16 at a run a ball, before he fell to an excellent catch by Ryan ten Doeschate, running around from fine leg.
It was mainly thanks to a bustling 25 not out from 18 deliveries by Hollman – who went for his shots, smoking a straight six off Shane Snater – that the home side clambered to 167-7 in their 20 overs.
Tom Helm raised Middlesex’s hopes of defending that total by capturing the wicket of Varun Chopra (4), lbw to a straight one in the first over, but Delport (20) and Tom Westley looked comfortable as they made solid starts.
The dangerous Delport appeared to be well set as he survived a top edge that flew between the fielders and then clubbed Miguel Cummins into the pavilion for six.
However, both batsmen perished to neatly-taken catches, with Westley (18) top-edging a hook off Cummins into the hands of Hollman at backward square and Dan Lincoln racing in from cover to pluck out Delport’s drive just above the turf.
Dan Lawrence also appeared to have settled at the crease, reaching 23 from 20 balls before he drove Hollman straight to long-off – and the youngster, in tandem with fellow leg-spinner Nathan Sowter (0-27) applied the brakes.
Middlesex continued to hold their catches, with Nick Gubbins taking a skier to remove Paul Walter (7) off Finn before ten Doeschate picked out Holden at long-on later in the same over.
Although Harmer (23 off 12) hammered Cummins for two sixes to keep his side in with a sniff, the game was up for Essex when Helm yorked him with two balls remaining.
Steelbacks win by 4 wickets
Nathan Buck’s productive season continued as his 4 for 29 led Northamptonshire to a fourth-straight Vitality Blast victory with a four-wicket win over Glamorgan at Edgbaston.
His spell helped hold Glamorgan to 160 for 7, a total that never seemed enough, but Northamptonshire couldn’t find a significant innings to kill the chase and only won with four balls to spare thanks to Alex Wakely’s unbeaten 36 from 29 balls.
Having been cruising, Northamptonshire needed 19 from the final two overs before Graeme White struck Graham Wagg over point and then cover for four - but both White and Wakely survived missed chances. Wakely then powered Marchant de Lange down the ground for four first ball of the final over.
It kept Northamptonshire in pole position for a quarter-final with the best record in the competition while Glamorgan were already staring at another disappointing campaign.
Given the carnage that had ensued in the previous two matches on Edgbaston’s hybrid pitch with a hideously short boundary towards the Priory and Raglan stands - the first innings of both previous matches had yielded 386 runs in 34 overs - Buck’s figures from his four overs were miraculous.
But he has made noticeable improvements in this shortened summer and, after a double-wicket maiden helped his side to victory on Monday, again was effective with a number of deceptive changeups and an excellent yorker.
Glamorgan were actually well placed in the at 95 for 1 in the 12th over before Buck returned for his second over. He had Nick Selman caught at deep square before taking out the visitors chief threat, Andrew Balbernie, with a pinpoint quick yorker.
Balbernie made 58 in 38 balls - passing the ninth T20 half-century of his career in 33 deliveries - but his wicket left Glamorgan short of firepower in the closing overs.
Buck also had Owen Morgan caught at short-third man and Graham Wagg taken by the third, and most spectacular, of Saif Zaib’s catches.
Zaib took Wagg with one hand on the edge of the long-on boundary, threw the ball up as he tumbled over the rope and calmly stepped back into play to complete the catch.
His second catch - to remove Callum Taylor off Graeme White for 2 - was also impressive as he ran and dived to his left from deep midwicket.
Glamorgan failed to take advantage of the short boundary and struck only five sixes. Selman’s 35 off 32 balls was pedestrian given the circumstances. Dan Douthwaite, who slugged two fours and two sixes in making 23 from 13 deliveries, was the only other batsman to put Northamptonshire under pressure.
By contrast, Northamptonshire struck four sixes within 21 balls of the reply. But neither Richard Levi - who pulled de Lange to deep midwicket for 28 - nor Paul Stirling - caught at deep square two balls later for 22 - could kill the chase. And when Josh Cobb fell lbw pulling at Prem Sisodiya for only 14, none of Northamptonshire’s power hitters had done too much damage.
Wakely and Ricardo Vasconcelos, with 25 in 23 balls, steered the chase calmly and 37 were needed from 30 balls. But Callum Taylor struck first ball of his spell to remove Vasconcelos and then took Zaib caught and bowled to build the pressure only for White and Wakely to finish the job.
Victory for Northamptonshire was a fitting tribute to David Capel, their former allrounder and head coach who died on Wednesday aged 57. The players wore black armbands in his memory.
Surrey 81/1(10.4 overs) beat Hampshire 77/5 (11 overs) by 9 wickets (DLS Method) at the Kia Oval
Surrey 2pts, Hampshire 0
County cricket’s first live attendance of the Covid-shortened season saw Hashim Amla and Will Jacks steer Surrey to a nine-wicket victory against Hampshire in a Vitality Blast south group match affected by rain.
It was Surrey’s first win of the summer, following four Bob Willis Trophy defeats plus a tie, a no result and a defeat from their opening three Blast fixtures, and they were always in charge once Gareth Batty had won the toss and opted to field.
Chasing 80 on Duckworth Lewis Stern, after Hampshire’s innings was delayed and then disrupted by the weather, Amla and Jacks put on 64 in 8.1 overs to ensure there would be no alarms as they chased down a total that always looked inadequate.
It took until the fourth ball of the final over, though, for Jacks to finish off Hampshire when, after six runs were still required from the last six balls, bowled by Ryan Stevenson, he top-edged a pull for his fifth four to reach 45 not out from 31 balls. Laurie Evans was 4 not out at the other end.
Former South Africa batsman Amla took an immediate liking to Pakistan’s 20-year-old left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, making his Hampshire debut by conceding 30 from his three overs, with fours over extra cover and a lovely on-drive.
Jacks, meanwhile, twice lofted Afridi high over extra cover for boundaries and he also swept Mason Crane’s leg spin for four before Amla thin-edged an attempted reverse sweep at Crane to keeper Lewis McManus to go for a 27-ball 29.
Some much-needed late hitting from Sam Northeast and James Fuller had earlier hauled Hampshire to 77 for 5 from their eventual 11 overs. Northeast made a run-a-ball 31 before being caught at long on in the final over, while Fuller smashed a flat six over square leg off an excellent Gus Atkinson bouncer with a flashing blade to finish 17 not out.
Jamie Overton’s only over, on his debut for Surrey on loan ahead of his permanent move from Somerset this winter, went for 12 runs as Northeast cut and forced successive fours in the innings’ penultimate over.
Surrey were permitted to allow 2,500 members into the Kia Oval, as part of the government’s ongoing process of getting live crowds back to sporting events, but those spectators initially found themselves frustrated rather than feeling fortunate as bad weather hit south London.
A long burst of applause rang around the ground, however, when Batty led out the Surrey team to begin a match initially reduced to 17 overs-per-side, following an hour’s delay to the original start time of 6.30pm.
But, after just three overs, more rain arrived to drive the players off with Hampshire 21 for 1. Reece Topley had bowled two tidy overs for ten runs but it was Jacks who grabbed the first wicket to fall, and his first in T20 cricket, when he turned an off break to have Tom Alsop stumped for 1 attempting a big hit from down the pitch.
On the resumption, at 8.25pm, slow left-arm spinner Dan Moriarty bowled Felix Organ for 9 and then, in his second over, was delighted to see Rory Burns slide around the deep square leg ropes to hold a tremendous catch when Joe Weatherley swept powerfully.
Weatherley had hit the first boundary of the innings in the previous over, the fifth, with a sweep at Batty’s off spin, but it was Surrey’s 42-year-old captain who then reduced Hampshire to 41 for 4 by having McManus held at point for 2 from a reverse sweep. Moriarty ended with the impressive figures of 2 for 12 from three overs.
The only crowds previously allowed into county grounds this summer before tonight were at the Kia Oval and Edgbaston for two pre-season friendly contests in late July between, respectively, Surrey and Middlesex and Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
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