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Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Friday June 3rd - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast T20 2022 - Friday June 3rd  2022.

 

Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Friday June 3rd

 

Worcestershire vs Birmingham Bears, North Group New Road, Worcester 2:30 PM

Worcestershire Rapids are celebrating their first victory of the season in the Vitality Blast after Brett D’Oliveira hit a competition best 71 in a 15 run success over local rivals Birmingham Bears at New Road.

The opener struck three sixes and six fours from just 38 balls as the Rapids amassed 217-5 – their fifth highest ever T20 total.

It surpassed his previous best of 69 versus Leicestershire at New Road last summer.

D’Oliveira was given superb support by Jack Haynes, with a 22 ball half century, and Colin Munro after the Bears had put the home side into bat.

Then a three wicket burst with the new ball by Dillon Pennington had the Bears on the back foot as they slumped to a second defeat in 24 hours.

Only Sam Hain looked capable of pulling the game out of the fire as the Bears closed on 202-8.

Moeen Ali, fresh from being awarded an OBE, returned to lead Worcestershire for the first time this season after a short break following his spell in the IPL with the Chennai Super Kings.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo made his Rapids debut after also being part of the CSK side alongside Moeen.

D’Oliveira got the Rapids innings off to an explosive start on a hybrid pitch with 20 runs off the first over from Paul Stirling.

He hit the first three balls for four and then straight drove the final delivery for a huge six.

Ed Pollock was equally destructive as he faced his former county for the first time and the 50 came up in four overs.

Craig Miles broke the stand when Pollock went for a pull and feathered a catch  through to the keeper.

Moeen, in his first Rapids appearance since last June, hammered Danny Briggs for six over long on before being caught behind off Bears skipper Carlos Brathwaite.

But D’Oliveira galloped to a 29 ball half century and achieved his career best score before he drilled Jake Lintott to cover.

Munro and Haynes maintained the momentum for the Rapids with a stand of 56 in 4.5 overs.

Munro maintained the form which had brought him two half centuries in his first three appearances with powerful hitting in making 41 from 21 deliveries.

He was eventually caught behind off Brathwaite but Haynes produced some wonderfully clean striking in completing a 22 ball half century with four sixes and four fours.

Stirling seemed determined to make amends for his performance with the ball as he smashed 22 from the first over by Moeen.

But Pennington, restored to the side after a two game absence, swung the game Worcestershire’s way.

He had Jacob Bethell and Stirling caught behind and at short third man respectively in his first over and then in his next Alex Davies aimed a blow over mid wicket and fell to a fine catch by Haynes running back.

Adam Hose and Sam Hain tried to repair the damage during a partnership of 65 in 7.1 overs.

But Josh Baker broke the stand in his first over with D’Oliveira holding onto an excellent low catch at deep square leg to dismiss Hose.

He then had Chris Benjamin (27) caught behind and Brathwaite (5) was run out by Bravo’s throw to the non striker’s end.

Hain (45) holed out to deep mid wicket off Ed Barnard and Bravo’s debut wicket came when he bowled Brookes.

BRETT D’OLIVEIRA

Brett D’Oliveira, who hit a competition best 71, said: “It was nice to get a few today and make a contribution but I thought Jack Haynes played a special knock today.

“He showed tremendous maturity? I think that’s what stands out about Jack. I think we all know what his capabilities are with the bat but being smart and using his brain, he never lost momentum through that middle period when we lost wickets.

“They had to come out swinging, the state of the game dictated that, and we bowled the ball in the right areas and got the chances to take those wickets and that is what happened.

“That was a really good wicket and the boundaries weren’t absolutely massive so it made really challenging for the bowlers plus the wind was gusting to the shorter side.

“So we had to be tactically really smart when we bowled and how we bowled but having those options with DJ (Bravo), who is world class, and Moeen (Ali), who is world class, adds a lot to the team.”

SAM HAIN

Warwickshire batter, Sam Hain, said: “You’ve got to give credit to Worcestershire. They played really well and came out with some really good intent.

“Dolly (Brett D’Oliveira) and Polly (Ed Pollock) got off to a flier and they held their catches, bowled really well, and we came up a little bit shorter but we will crack on.

“We are back in the pack but I’m a firm believer of it’s not how you start but how you finish this competition.

“I feel like anyone can beat anyone on any given day, as we say today.

“We will assess things tomorrow and hopefully against Notts Outlaws on Sunday we will put a better foot forward and have a good game.”

 

Gloucestershire vs Essex, South Group County Ground, Bristol 6:30 PM

Gloucestershire and Essex were left frustrated as poor Jubilee Bank Holiday weather in Bristol caused their Vitality Blast South Group contest to be abandoned without a ball bowled.

Rain began falling steadily during mid-afternoon and the big covers were pressed into service at the Seat Unique Stadium from 4.30pm, rendering notional any prospect of a full 20-overs-a-side game.

The latest start time for a reduced five-overs-a-side contest was 8.58pm, but umpires Nick Cook and Peter Hartley, who conducted an initial inspection an hour before scheduled start of play, took the decision to call it off  at 7.45pm as rain continued to fall steadily.

A point apiece did little to aid either side's quest to reach the quarter-finals. Both have five points from as many games after being denied an opportunity to close the gap on South Group frontrunners Middlesex, Surrey and Somerset. Gloucestershire return to action when they take on Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens next Tuesday, while the Eagles next play bottom-of-the-table Kent at Chelmsford the same evening.

Lancashire vs Northamptonshire, North Group Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester 6:30 PM

Lancashire batsmen held their nerve to secure a tense two-wicket defeat of Northants Steelbacks off the final ball of their Vitality Blast match at Emirates Old Trafford. Needing six to win off the final over, the home side’s chances appeared to have gone when Jimmy Neesham dismissed both Danny Lamb and Tim David  but with three needed off one ball, the New Zealander bowled a wide and then a no-ball to give Lancashire the spoils.

However, Tim David’s 26-ball 42, which included a trio of sixes had been just as vital in enabling Lancashire to remain unbeaten in this year’s Blast and preserve their home 100% record against Northants, whose total of 153 for six had always looked competitive on a used, tacky pitch.       

All the same,  Northants’ innings began badly when Richard Gleeson’s superb yorker uprooted Lewis McManus’s off stump in the third over, but Josh Cobb hit Tom Hartley’s first two balls for leg-side sixes and the visitors eventually notched a respectable 53 runs off their Powerplay, 18 of those runs coming off Hartley’s first set of six.

The visitors’ attempts to accelerate were then frustrated by the loss of two wickets in successive overs. First Josh Cobb was caught at long on by Tim David off Liam LIvingstone for 21; then Ben Curran was bowled for 37 when attempting to reverse sweep a leg-spinner from Luke Wells, who probably owed his selection for this game to Matt Parkinson’s late call-up to England’s Test side.

Northants reached the halfway point of their innings on 81 for three but Rob Keogh and Saif Zaib were finding it difficult to increase the scoring rate on a sticky pitch against an accurate attack.

Just 25 runs had been scored off the previous 23 balls when Keogh was run out for 18 by Wells’ direct hit from mid-on and any hopes that Neesham might improve matters were dashed when the New Zealander was bowled by David for three, thus giving Lancashire’s overseas signing his first wicket for the county.

Tom Taylor was bowled attempting a deeply ambitious reverse sweep off Luke Wood and it needed Zaib’s leg-side six off Gleeson in the nineteenth over to ensure his side got to 140. A front foot no-ball in the final over also boosted the total and Zaib reached his fifty off 36 balls.

The Northants batsman finished unbeaten on 57 and his side’s total looked competitive in the conditions.  Wood took one for 27 but the pick of Lancashire’s miserly attack was Livingstone, whose four overs cost 21 runs.

Lancashire’s attempt to overhaul 153 began poorly when Keaton Jennings was bowled by Taylor for two and the same bowler had Steven Croft caught at point by Zaib for 10 after the Lancashire veteran had added 29 in 17 balls with Phil Salt.

The home side ended their Powerplay on 47 for two, six runs and one wicket worse than Northants had been. Lancashire’s attempts to increase the scoring rate were then hampered by the loss of two wickets to the spinners, first when Livingstone’s top-edged sweep was caught by Taylor to give debutant leggie Alex Russell his first senior wicket and then when Salt was leg before to Graeme White for 37.

Three huge sixes by David enlivened home supporters and left Lancashire needing 48 off the final six overs, only for Dane Vilas to be caught on the boundary by White off Neesham for 32. Vilas’s team still needed 33 off four overs and then 23 off three but Luke Wells holed out at deep midwicket off Neesham and 18 were required off the final twelve balls, thus setting up the tense climax to a fine game.

Neesham finished with four for 26 but it will be no consolation.        

Northants preparations for the game were disrupted by the withdrawal of Chris Lynn who was unwell before the game but is expected to be available for his side’s match at Durham on Sunday 

 

 

Yorkshire vs Durham, North Group Headingley, Leeds 6:30 PM

 Yorkshire raced to a record 208 target to beat Durham in a mesmerising Vitality Blast clash at Headingley as Adam Lyth and David Willey starred with brilliant innings of 77 and 75 not out. 

The Vikings were rocked by Durham’s 207 for eight, including 65 off 37 balls for opener Graham Clark and a career best 56 off 34 for on-loan Kent wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson.

But their mood was quickly turned by left-handed opener Lyth, who broke the back of the chase with 10 fours and three sixes in 33 balls before England all-rounder Willey saw his side home by six wickets with 2.2 overs to spare, crashing eight fours and three sixes in 39.

Never before had Yorkshire, who survived the loss of England’s Harry Brook for four following his release from the Test squad, chased 200, and this was their second win in five in the North Group. 

Their previous highest successful chase was 196 against Derbyshire here in 2005. 

Earlier, Jordan Thompson’s career best four for 32 had been crucial as the Vikings limited the damage late on. 

Belligerent opener Clark was expertly backed up by second-wicket partner Robinson as Durham excelled with the bat on a glorious pitch, the pair sharing 92 inside nine overs to advance from 34 for one.

Robinson and Clark pressured a Yorkshire side who lost back-to-back home games against Leicestershire and Derbyshire earlier this week.

Clark’s only six was slog swept off Adil Rashid over midwicket, while Robinson hoisted Dom Bess over long-on into the second tier of Headingley’s Howard Stand before slicing left-arm quick Dominic Drakes over backward point.

Clark reached his fifty off 27 balls before uppercutting Bajan overseas debutant Drakes (two for 43) out to deep cover as the score fell to 126 for two after 12 overs. 

Shortly afterwards, Robinson’s fifty came up in 29 balls. 

From there, Thompson claimed all of his wickets from the 15th over onwards as Yorkshire turned the tide.

He uprooted Robinson’s leg-stump as he shuffled across and played to leg - 148 for four at the start of the 15th - before getting Brydon Carse caught at deep cover at the end of the next. 

Carse (13) had usurped Robinson by finding the top tier of three-tiered Howard Stand off Revis, a shot brilliantly caught one-handed in the crowd.

In Thompson’s last over, the 19th, he had Durham captain Liam Trevaskis caught at short third and bowled Ned Eckersley off his pads as the score fell to 192 for eight.

Yorkshire then put Durham’s batting into the shade, with Kiwi Finn Allen clattering Carse for sixes over long-on and midwicket at the end of the second over. 

Seventeen runs came off each of the third and fourth overs, but Allen was caught at mid-off for 29 off 12 balls off Andrew Tye towards the end of the latter, leaving the hosts 54 for one.

Lyth was strong square on both sides of the wicket as the score moved to 79 for one after six overs. 

By the time he reached his fifty off 23 balls, Yorkshire were 97 for one in the eighth and things were looking ominous for Durham, who lost their third game in five at the start of the group phase. 

Lyth had whipped Paul Coughlin for his first six, uppercut Carse and despatched Coughlin over long-on.

Such was the ease with which runs were coming that even when Lyth miscued Ben Raine’s seam high to wide mid-off, leaving Yorkshire at 124 for two in the 10th over, the result was in little doubt.

Lyth had shared 70 in six overs with second-wicket partner Willey, who continued the assault with leg-side sixes off Carse and Trevaskis and reached his fifty off 27 balls.

Brook was caught at deep backward square-leg off Ben Raine - 160 for three in the 13th over - but it did not matter.

Somerset vs Glamorgan, South Group Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 6:30 PM

Will Smeed gave another reminder of his precocious talent with a scintillating 94 not out from just 41 balls as Somerset returned to winning ways in the Vitality Blast with a nine-wicket trouncing of Glamorgan at Taunton. 

The visitors posted 173 for seven after losing the toss, former Somerset player Eddie Byrom top-scoring with 37 off 26 balls and Devonian all-rounder Ben Green claiming career-best fugures of five for 29. 

In reply, Somerset openers Smeed and Tom Banton (45) put together a superb stand of exactly 100, from 9.2 overs, paving the way for a comprehensive win with 5.5 overs to spare. 

Twenty-year-old Smeed blasted 8 sixes and 6 fours in a memorable exhibition. The result left Somerset riding high, with four wins from their opening five group matches, while for Glamorgan it was a third defeat in five games. 

David Lloyd and Sam Northeast gave Glamorgan the platform for a decent total after the match start had been delayed half an hour by a wet outfield. 

No overs were lost and the opening pair were soon enjoying a true batting surface, taking the total to 49 in the final over of the initial powerplay before Lloyd was caught at short third-man for 31, made off 20 balls. 

The wicket-taker was Craig Overton, back with Somerset having been omitted by England for the First Test against New Zealand. He went on to bowl three overs and finished with one for 17. 

Lewis Gregory claimed the key wicket of Marnus Labuschagne, caught third ball off a mistimed pull shot for only a single to make it 50 for two. 

Somerset then applied pressure in the middle overs through Gregory, Green and the left-arm spin of Roelof van der Merwe. Northeast was unable to accelerate and had made 19 off 25 balls when caught at long-off. 

The same Green over, the 11th of the innings had accounted for Kiran Carlson, pouched at mid-wicket for 28, having just struck Green for six over long-on. 

Northeast’s departure left Glamorgan 87 for four. Byrom and Chris Cooke added 37 before the latter was caught at mid-off to give his third wicket.  

The other two came in the penultimate over of the innings courtesy of perfect yorkers which bowled first Byrom, whose return to Taunton had yielded 2 sixes and 4 fours, and then James Weighell, whose stumps were scattered first ball. 

Glamorgan’s total appeared below par, particularly when Smeed and Banton launched a savage assault that put 61 runs on the board by the end of the six-over powerplay. 

Smeed hit sixes over mid-wicket off Michael Hogan, Weighell and Micheal Neser, plus a cracker over cover off Dan Douthwaite, while Banton, short of runs in the opening group games, collected maximums off Douthwaite and Weighell. 

Smeed brought up the century stand and his own fifty off 27 balls in the tenth over, which saw Banton caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Prem Sisodiya, having faced 30 deliveries and hit 3 sixes and 3 fours. 

There was no way back for Glamorgan. Smeed smashed experienced seamer Hogan for 4,4,6,4, in the 11th over before the in-form Rilee Rossouw joined in, clearing the ropes off successive deliveries from Sisodiya. 

Smeed then hit sixes off successive balls from Labuschagne and was well supported by Rossouw (30 not out) as Somerset quickly atoned for their first group defeat by Sussex Sharks. 

 

Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire, North Group County Ground, Derby 7:00 PM

 A stunning display of muscular hitting from Alex Hales powered Notts Outlaws to a seven wicket Vitality Blast win over Derbyshire Falcons at Derby.

Hales demolished the bowling, smashing 12 fours and five sixes in a superb 91 which came off only 33 balls.

He dominated an opening stand of 119 from 51 balls with Joe Clarke as the Outlaws chased down the Falcons 178 in the 18th over.

Leus du Plooy top scored with 51 and Wayne Madsen made 40 but Jake Ball pegged the Falcons back by taking three wickets in the final over to finish with 4 for 40.

The Falcons started slowly after being put in but took flight when Luis Reece pulled James Pattinson for two sixes in the fourth over which cost 20.

Shan Masood relied on pure timing to ease Matt Carter through the covers for four and the Falcons skipper scored three more boundaries when Jake Ball returned in the last over of the powerplay.

The Falcons were motoring at 60 - 0 but the Outlaws slammed on the brakes when Calvin Harrison bowled Masood for 33 from 23 balls as he stepped away to cut.the leg-spinner.

Reece went for 27 in the next over, stumped charging Samit Patel, and the spinners conceded only 24 from four overs to leave the Falcons on 84 -2 at the halfway point of the innings.

Pattinson and Steven Mullaney kept up the pressure but Madsen reverse swept Matt Carter for six before du Plooy drove the off-spinner over the ropes at long on with 17 coming from the 14th over.

Du Plooy went to 50 off 33 balls before he failed to beat Dan Christian’s throw from cover but Madsen drove and pulled Ball for three consecutive fours in the 18th over.

Ball responded by bowling Madsen but Harry Came lifted Pattinson over the midwicket boundary as 15 came from the penultimate over.

Ball took three wickets and conceded only four runs in a superb final over to keep the Falcons under 180 but what looked a competitive total was shredded by Hales.

He launched the chase by driving Sam Conners for two fours and then swept Mark Watts for six before tucking into George Scrimshaw.

The fast bowler was pulled for six and driven for three fours with 20 coming from the fourth over and another 18 came from the next over as Hales raced to 50 off only 18 balls.

Hales took Conners apart in the 6th over, smashing a six and four fours to take the Outlaws to 95 - 0 at the end of the powerplay.

He drove Matt McKiernan for two more sixes but the leg-spinner broke the stand in the ninth over when Clarke swept him to deep square leg.

Hales’s brutal innings ended when he skied Scrimshaw to long leg but the Outlaws now needed just 52 from the last 10 overs.

Scrimshaw removed Ben Duckett but Samit Patel completed 25,000 career runs in all formats as the Outlaws cruised home.with 17 balls to spare.

 Sussex vs Middlesex, South Group County Ground, Hove 7:00 PM

 Ravi Bopara’s captain’s innings of 54 not out off 36 balls at Hove helped Sussex Sharks to inflict a first defeat of the Vitality Blast campaign on Middlesex.

Bopara was joined in a decisive sixth wicket unbroken stand of 58 in 6.5 overs by Harrison Ward as Sussex won a rain-affected contest by five wickets with three balls to spare to draw alongside their South Group opponents with a third victory – albeit having played one match more than Middlesex.

Ward hit Toby Roland-Jones over long on off the back foot for six in a 14th over costing 16 and in which both Ward and Bopara also collected legside fours.

And a crowd of more than 4,000 at the First Central County Ground lapped it up when, with 10 needed from the last over, Bopara swung Martin Andersson’s fast-medium high over long on and followed it next ball with a leg-glanced four to complete the win.

West Indian left-arm seamer Obed McCoy, meanwhile, claimed 4 for 30 in Middlesex’s 163 all out, in which Joe Cracknell hit two sixes and eight fours in a 49-ball 68.

Rain delayed the start of Sussex’s chase, leaving them to score 146 from 17 overs to win on Duckworth Lewis Stern regulations, and Roland-Jones struck with his first ball to have Luke Wright caught for 5 at deep mid wicket.

The Sharks were 20 for 2 when Jason Behrendorff bowled Ali Orr for 10 and an even shakier 37 for 3 as Roland-Jones returned to have Tom Alsop caught in the deep for 8.

New Zealand keeper-batsman Tim Seifert played attractively for a 21-ball 35 on his Sussex debut, with six fours and a six pulled off Luke Hollman’s leg spin, but he was leg-before to a Martin Andersson near-yorker and two overs later, in the 10th, Delray Rawlins was pinned lbw for 10 by Chris Green having just smeared the off spinner for six.

But Bopara and Ward made an equation of 46 from the last five overs look relatively simple, with Bopara finishing with a six and seven fours and Ward unbeaten on 22.

Earlier Steven Finn took 3 for 29 against his former county, striking with his first ball of the evening when Max Holden lifted a square drive straight to the fielder on the cover boundary to go for 5 in the second over.

Stevie Eskinazi also played well for 31, from just 18 balls, but after slashing Finn and driving Rawlins for sixes he fell to the last ball of Middlesex’s powerplay – making room to hit Finn away for what would have been a third four of the over but thin-edging instead to keeper Seifert.

Middlesex were 101 for two at the halfway mark of their innings, but instead of pushing on to something intimidating they fell away in disappointing fashion, losing their last eight wickets for 56 runs in 9.1 overs.

McCoy began the slump, picking up the wickets of Jack Davies and Andersson in his second over, the 11th. Left-hander Davies went for 14, slashing high to deep cover, and Andersson edged behind for 1.

Finn, with his first ball back, then made it 113 for 5 at the start of the 13th over when John Simpson, slicing a back-foot force, was spectacularly caught right-handed by a diving Wright at short third man to go for 2.

Cracknell did pick up Tymal Mills for six behind deep square leg, having earlier plundered three fours from McCoy’s opening over to take Middlesex racing past 50 in the fifth over, but later in that same 16th over the 22-year-old skied an attempted big hit against a slower ball and Mills accepted the caught and bowled.

McCoy removed both Hollman (5) and Roland-Jones (1) when recalled for over number 17, Rawlins catching them both, first on the cover ropes and then running in from deep mid wicket respectively.

Thilan Walallawita fell to Mills for a duck in the next over, weakly chipping to cover and Middlesex were still well short of par despite Green (22 not out) driving Mills for six and also pulling him for four in a final over in which the bowler later ran out non-striker and last man Behrendorff for 2 after stopping another Green drive – to leave two balls of the Middlesex innings unbowled.

 

 

Kent vs Surrey, South Group St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 7:00 PM

Reigning Vitality Blast champions Kent Spitfires continued their abject title defence title with a 32 -run defeat to Surrey at Canterbury.  

The Spitfires have now lost all five of their Blast matches this season and after limiting Surrey to 159 for six, they slumped to 127 for nine in reply. It was a comprehensive and fully deserved win for the visitors, who smothered Kent’s run chase and shared the wickets around, with all six bowlers claiming at least one victim.   

Reece Topley had Surrey’s best figures with three for 24, while Chris Jordan took two for 27. Joe Denly made 44 for Kent, but lacked any real support during an increasingly doomed run chase. 

Sam Curran was Surrey’s top scorer with 43 while Overton added 27 at the death to tilt the momentum in the visitors’ favour. Fred Klaassen took two for 41 and Grant Stewart two for 42, but both men should have had more wickets as an improved fielding performance by Kent was still marred by a number of drops. 

Without a win all season in any format, and with their confidence drained by four incrementally depressing defeats in the Blast, Kent looked sharper in the field than have at times this season, but after winning the toss and choosing to bowl they still allowed the visitors 10 to 20 more runs than they might had if they’d taken their catches. 

Will Jacks fell for two in the second over, an ugly swipe off Klaassen flying almost vertically off the top edge before it was caught by Denly. 

Jason Roy made 23 before he was bowled by Grant Stewart, while Curran, who’d offered Sam Billings a difficult chance off Qais Ahmad when he was on 35, misjudged a sweep shot and was caught by Klaassen off Matt Milnes. 

Sunil Narine hit the first six of the innings when he pulled Grant Stewart over the square leg boundary at the start of the 14th over, but as Surrey looked to accelerate, Laurie Evans was lbw to a Klassen yorker for 19 and Narine hit Stewart to Denly at long on. He was caught for 25, but Stewart was denied a third wicket when Jordan Clark was dropped by Jack Leaning, who may have been distracted by the inrushing Denly.  

Jamie Overton smacked Klaassen for successive sixes in the final over and was then dropped by Daniel Bell-Drummond before he was run out for 27 by Billings, chasing a single off the final ball of the innings. 

The chase got off to a rocky start when Bell-Drummond flicked Clark to Narine at short fine leg for just three in the second over and Daniel Worrall then had Jordan Cox caught behind for two.  

Billings holed out to Jamie Overton and was caught for 16 by Jacks and Alex Blake was out for the same score when he pulled Jordan to Clark. When Narine tempted Jack Leaning to swish a delivery to Chris Jordan for just one, Kent were 75 for five in the 14th over.  

With five overs left the rate had climbed to 15 and with no choice but to go down swinging, George Linde was out for 13 to a brilliant piece of fielding by Jordan. Linde drove Topley to the boundary, but Jordan threw the ball in the air before stepping over the boundary and stepping back in again to complete the catch.  

Supporters were leaving in their droves well before the end and although they missed some late pyrotechnics from Grant Stewart, who hit sixes from successive Topley deliveries, he was out for 17 when he skied Topley to Jamie Smith. Denly fell in almost identical fashion to the final ball of the 19th, leaving Kent needing an impossible 42 from the final six balls. Ahmad was caught by Evans of Jordan for five but by then it was academic. 

 

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