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Vitality Blast: Latest News, Scores and Updates from today’s matches – September 4th 2020

Alex Hales (Notts Outlaws)
Alex Hales (Notts Outlaws)

All the latest Vitality Blast news, scores and updates from today’s matches



Vitality Blast Schedule – Friday September 4th  2020



Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire Rapids Vitality Blast 2020 The Bristol County Ground, Bristol

Gloucestershire won by 30 runs

Chris Dent smashed a career-best 87 to propel Gloucestershire to a convincing 30-run Vitality Blast triumph over Worcestershire Rapids at the Bristol County Ground.

Making only his fourth T20 appearance in as many seasons, the left-handed opener dominated as the hosts raised a formidable 181-4 after being put in to bat. Ed Barnard took 3-44 to keep the visitors in the hunt, but James Bracey's 39 not out reinforced Gloucestershire's superiority.

Bottom of the Central Group table without a win in five attempts, Worcestershire came up short on 151-9, their prospects of making the knockout stages all but over. Jake Libby top-scored with 33, but Ryan Higgins claimed 4-34 and Matt Taylor 2-26 as Gloucestershire kept the lid on things. Gloucestershire have now won their last three games and are hard on the heels of leaders Northamptonshire, who they face next in the short format. 

Dent clearly enjoys playing against Worcestershire. Having plundered a quickfire 60 in a winning cause at New Road five days earlier, the left-hander went on another run spree in Bristol, crafting an impressive half century from 31 balls to afford Gloucestershire's innings a super-charged start. He dominated progressive stands of 47, 33 and 45 with George Hankins, Ian Cockbain and Ryan Higgins for the first, second and third wickets respectively, striking two sixes and 11 fours and scoring all around the wicket to keep the pressure on Worcestershire's bowlers.

Eclipsing his previous best score of 63, made against Glamorgan at Cheltenham in July 2013, Dent no doubt had his sights set on attaining three figures when he attempted to hit Barnard down the ground and holed out to Brett D'Oliveira at long-on. Gloucestershire's red ball captain had faced 52 balls and, with Gloucestershire handily-placed on 148-4 in the 17th over, laid the foundations for a big score.

Chastened in defeat to Somerset in midweek, Worcestershire's bowlers nevertheless mustered an improved performance, demonstrating resilience to bounce back after conceding 51 in the opening six-over powerplay. Adam Finch bowled Hankins for seven before Barnard took centre stage, inducing Cockbain to top-edge to cover for 18 and then bowling the dangerous Higgins for 17, before weighing in with the key wicket of Dent.

But James Bracey ensured the hosts finished with a flourish, smiting 39 not out from 20 balls, with a brace of sixes and a four, and sharing a progressive unbroken stand of 33 in 3.3 overs for the fifth wicket with skipper Jack Taylor (8 not out).

The writing was on the wall when Hamish Rutherford, Jack Haynes and Riki Wessels all departed inside six overs, Worcestershire limping to 36-3 at the close of the powerplay.

Matt Taylor accounted for the openers, Rutherford and Wessels both offering leg-side catches to Tom Smith, while Higgins bowled Haynes via a bottom edge as the top order faltered.

Charged with the task of rebuilding the innings, D'Oliveira and Libby tucked into spinners Smith and Graeme van Buuren, adding 57 in 6.5 overs for the fourth wicket to keep the reply afloat. George Scott broke the partnership, having D'Oliveira held at short fine leg for 26 in the 12th over, after which Ben Cox reverse swept Higgins to short third man as Gloucestershire reasserted their stranglehold. 

Libby represented Worcestershire's last chance, only to be run out for 33 by van Buuren's throw from deep mid-wicket as the visitors lurched to 109-6 in the 16th over. The outcome was already a foregone conclusion by the time Higgins removed Dillon Pennington and Ross Whitely in quick succession.

Worcestershire head coach Alex Gidman said: "We're nearly there, but not quite. We're doing the basics well for 15 or 16 overs in a game, but that's not enough against the sides we have been playing. Quite clearly, we're conceding too many runs and that was the case here again today. We didn't do too bad chasing, but it was a big score and we need to do the basics better with the ball. It's been the same in every game we've played and we're aware of the areas in which we need to improve."

Gloucestershire all-rounder Ryan Higgins said: "It was a really pleasing win. Denty's knock on that wicket was brilliant and the difference between the two teams. It was a slow pitch after all the rain and James Bracey also did well to get those runs at the end. I thought 181 was way over par on that pitch and then we bowled well to back that up. Matt Taylor was outstanding with the new ball and his powerplay bowling put them on the back foot. I could have bowled better, but it was nice to end up with some decent figures."

Lancashire Lightning vs Derbyshire Falcons Vitality Blast 2020 Aigburth, Liverpool

North Group: Lancashire Lightning 102-2 (17.2) beat Derbyshire Falcons 98-7 (20) by eight wickets


Lancashire Lightning went to the top of the North Group in this year’s Vitality Blast, at least until Friday evening, when they completed a very straightforward eight-wicket victory over Derbyshire Falcons at Aigburth.

Having won a vital toss and asked the visitors to bat on a pitch where run-scoring was never easy, Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas saw his bowlers restrict the Falcons to 98 for seven off their 20 overs. Lancashire then overhauled that total with 16 balls to spare to record their second win against Derbyshire in five days, Keaton Jennings finishing the match unbeaten on 49   

The Falcons’ innings got off to a dreadful start when they lost both openers in the third over. Billy Godleman was caught at mid-on for eight by Luke Wood off Tom Bailey’s first ball and Wood was in the action once again when his direct hit ran out Luis Reece for four.

Things went from bad to much worse for the visitors, first when Wayne Madsen was caught down the leg side by Davies off Bailey for one and then when Leus du Plooy’s appeared to think better of a pull shot off Danny Lamb but could only top-edge another catch to  Davies.

Abysmally placed on 18 for four at the end of the six Powerplay overs, the Falcons’ innings was sorely in need of rebuilding. Matt Critchley and Alex Hughes attempted to accomplish this but their shot selection was inevitably  constrained and Derbyshire had only 34 runs on the board at the midpoint of their innings.

In the next over Critchley was leg before wicket to Tom Hartley for six when attempting a sweep, and a mix-up between Anuj Dal and Hughes allowed Vilas plenty of time to run out Dal for five and leave the visitors on 48 for six after 14 overs.

In the 16th over hit Hughes swept Matt Parkinson to the boundary, thus notching Derbyshire’s first boundary since the seventh ball of their innings and the Falcons batsman repeated the feat a few balls later. However, Hughes was leg before to Stephen Parry for 32 when trying to reverse sweep the first ball of the next over.

Mattie McKiernan slog-swept Parkinson to register the only six of the innings but he and Harvey Hosein were then content to take their side past 81, their side’s lowest total against Lancashire, before McKiernan drove Bailey over mid-off for another boundary.

The innings ended with the Falcons on 98 for seven with McKiernan unbeaten on 24 and Hosein on ten not out. Their unbroken stand of 34 was by far the highest of the innings. Some of Lancashire’s bowling figures were miserly, indeed, Hartley taking one for 14 from four overs and Bailey two for 13 from three. Derbyshire’s innings contained five fours and one six.

Needing to score at a fraction less than five runs an over, Lancashire’s openers, Alex Davies and Keaton Jennings went about their task in a calm and efficient fashion. They brought up the fifty in the ninth over and had extended their stand to 61 when Davies was bowled by Critchley for 36, his first score under fifty in this year’s Blast.

Josh Bohannon was superbly caught by a diving McKiernan off du Plooy for three but any Lancastrian jitters were dispelled when Jennings struck successive straight boundaries in the same over. Vilas then ended the game in the 18th over with a straight six off du Plooy



Notts Outlaws vs Leicestershire Foxes Vitality Blast 2020 Trent Bridge, Nottingham

An explosive start by Alex Hales enabled Notts Outlaws to maintain their unbeaten start to the Vitality Blast.

Hales made 44 from only 16 balls to help Notts towards a five-wicket victory over Leicestershire Foxes in their North Group clash at Trent Bridge.

The opener smashed four fours and four sixes in his brief stay as the hosts made short work of a victory target of 124.

Although the Foxes removed Joe Clarke and Tom Moores in quick succession, captain Dan Christian plundered an unbeaten 33 from only 26 balls to guarantee the points.

Leicestershire had struggled to find any momentum during their innings and were restricted to 123 for eight in their allotted 20 overs. Gareth Delaney top-scored with 25, whilst Jake Ball nabbed two for 17 from four impressive overs for Notts.

Hales went on the offensive, despite the loss of partner Chris Nash in the first over of the chase, before falling to a boundary catch off Delany.

Clarke was dropped twice in making 19 but despite his eventual dismissal the home side weren’t overly stretched as they cantered towards the finishing line.

Ben Duckett, playing his 100 T20 match, chopped onto his stumps to give Delany a second wicket but by then Christian was into his stride and he clubbed the same bowler for his second maximum to tie the scores before stroking the winning run with 30 deliveries still remaining.

Earlier, the Foxes struggled on a sluggish wicket after winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Only eight runs were on the board when Harry Dearden fell to Ball in the third over.

Irish international Delany muscled Samit Patel over the ropes at long-on but fell in the same over to a catch by Steven Mullaney, who then bagged an even better one off his own bowling to remove Foxes’ skipper Colin Ackermann.

George Rhodes was then the unlucky victim of a mix-up with Lewis Hill and was run out as the innings began to unravel quickly.

Imad Wasim, back for a second season with the Outlaws, after recent international duty with Pakistan, bagged figures of two for 24.

He was indebted to a juggling catch from Chris Nash to dismiss Arron Lilley and then hung on to a return offering from Tom Taylor himself, as the Foxes limped towards the end of their allocation.

Notts Outlaws recapture the top spot in the North Group with their victory, although they remain level on eight points with Lancashire Lightning. Their first defeat of the competition leaves Leicestershire Foxes on five points at the halfway stage of the qualifying round.


Durham Cricket vs Yorkshire VikingsVitality Blast 2020 Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street

Durham 169 v Yorkshire Vikings 198-3 - Yorkshire Vikings win by 29 runs.


Yorkshire Vikings earned a vital 29-run win in the Vitality Blast North Group against Durham as Tom Kohler-Cadmore took centre stage with an unbeaten knock of 85 at Emirates Riverside.

Kohler-Cadmore exploded after a steady start, scoring five sixes in his brilliant innings. Will Fraine added a blistering knock of 36 in the latter overs of the Vikings' knock to propel the visitors to a formidable total of 198-3 from their 20 overs.

Graham Clark offered resistance for the home side with a half-century of his own. However, no other Durham batsman could match his intensity as Josh Poysden tore through the line-up with three wickets, while David Willey also took three scalps to bowl out the hosts for 169. Yorkshire secured their second victory of the competition, boosting their hopes of qualification from the North Group, while Durham remain winless after five matches.

Adam Lyth took the initiative in the early overs of the innings, dispatching two boundaries from Brydon Carse's first over. Potts made the breakthrough when Lyth went for a swing towards the legside, but was caught a deep mid-wicket by Liam Trevaskis. Kohler-Cadmore made a slow start to the innings, but was able to up the ante by striking his first six in the sixth over. Yorkshire built a solid platform reaching 51-1 at the end of the powerplay, which allowed Kohler-Cadmore license to attack.

He clubbed Trevaskis straight back over his head for a maximum and then sent the next over the rope. The opener and Root put on fifty for the second wicket in the ninth over from only 30 balls. Root deployed the sweep to great sucess against the spinners, but his attempt to clear the rope against Paul Coughlin resulted in his dismissal for 25. Kohler-Cadmore continued his assault and reached a 33-ball fifty in style, hammering the ball into the car park for his fourth maximum. Harry Brook kept the pressure on the Durham bowlers, quickly finding his range with 23 from 12 before he was caught at third man off Coughlin.

The Vikings' maintained their impetus as Kohler-Cadmore continued to clear the rope down the ground. Fraine played a gem of a knock in the closing overs, easing the burden on his skipper. He blasted 36 from only 15 deliveries, including three sixes, to set the home side a daunting total of 199 to chase to register their first win of the season.

Clark responded for Durham with three boundaries from Willey's opening overs before dispatching Matthew Fisher into the pavilion with a huge six. Through the striking of Clark, the home side raced to their fifty at the end of the fifth over. The openers continued to get on top of the Yorkshire bowlers, refusing to let the visitors settle.

Clark reached his second fifty of the season from 26 balls, but the opening stand was broken by Root on 77 when Lees was caught at deep backward square leg for 24. Poysden stunted Durham's progress with the wicket of Ben Raine, which pushed the required rate up above 10 per over. Clark guided the home side past the 100-run mark, but his attempt to hammer Root down the ground resulted in his dismissal stumped for 68.

The chase was left in the hands of David Bedingham and Farhaan Behardien, but the boundaries were beginning to dry up for hosts. Bedingham's attempt to cut loose against Matthew Pillans saw him pick out Fisher on the fence. Poysden handed Yorkshire control of the contest by removing Berhardien and Carse. Willey took charge with two wickets in two balls before adding a third in the final over to allow the Vikings to ease over the line, putting them back in contention in the North Group.


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

Birmingham Bears 107/4 beat Somerset 120/7 by four runs (DLS) 


Birmingham Bears overcame Somerset and the weather to claim a four-run Vitality Blast Central Group under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

The match was interrupted for an hour and three-quarters by rain, which set in with the Bears 85 for four from 11 overs. When play became possible again at 9pm, the umpires ruled that it would be a 12-over match.  

Birmingham added 22 in the final over of their innings, Sam Hain finishing 55 not out in a total of 107 for four, and Somerset were set a revised target of 125 to win under DLS. 

They could manage only 120 for seven, Tom Lammonby top-scoring with 43 off 20 balls , and lost a game they seemed to have under control before the rain-break. 

Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory struck a double blow for his side in the second over of the match to reduce the Bears to two for two. 

First he took a return catch to dismiss Ian Bell for a duck off a leading edge and two balls later had former team-mate Adam Hose caught behind attempting to pull a short ball, also without scoring. 

Ed Pollock responded by pulling the first six of the game off Ollie Sale and cleared the ropes again in Gregory’s next over with a sweet pick-up over long-on. 

Pollock was looking dangerous when trying one big shot too many off Josh Davey in the fifth over, a thick edge carrying all the way to James Hildreth at third man. 

The opener departed for 20, but soon Hain was taking up the attack, despite being hit on the grille by a short ball from Lammonby when on 17. 

Having already claimed a maximum off Sale, Hain clubbed Lammonby over mid-wicket for another six to bring up a half-century stand with Will Rhodes. 

The pair had added 53 in 6.3 overs when Rhodes was bowled by Lammonby looking to open the face of the bat. Only two more deliveries were bowled before the rain set in. 

After the break, Warwickshire’s one remaining over of batting saw Hain smash 2 fours and 2 sixes off the inexperienced Sale, a surprise choice to bowl it, to reach a 31-ball half-century. 

Babar Azam posted notice of Somerset’s intent by pulling the first delivery of their innings from Tim Bresnan for six. But two balls later the veteran seamer took revenge, having the opener caught behind attempting to cut. 

James Hildreth arrived to hit two quick boundaries, but the first ball of the second over from Olly Stone saw Steve Davies miscue a catch to mid-on. 

Hildreth replied with a square cut four and an upper cut six as the over ended with Somerset 28 for two. But Tom Abell was caught at cover off Henry Brookes and worse was to follow for the hosts in the fourth over, bowled by Jeetan Patel. 

Hildreth was slow responding to a call for a quick single and failed to beat Bresnan’s throw to the bowler’s end. The batsman pulled up clutching a hamstring and had to be helped from the field. 

Lewis Gregory was given a life on five, with the score 44 for four, when Michael Burgess missed a stumping chance off Jake Lintott. But Eddie Byrom holed out to long-on of Brookes to make it 50 for five and Gregory quickly followed, lbw to Lintott. 

Lammonby and Roelof van der Merwe (25) swung lustily in the closing overs, but had been left too much to do. Twenty-year-old left-hander Lammonby took the game down to the wire with some savage blows, but couldn't quite turn the tables.



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