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Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches June 1st - 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 - Wednesday June 1st  2022.

 

 

 

Vitality Blast T20 2022 - Wednesday, June 1st 2022 - Fixtures Schedule


Lancashire vs Derbyshire, North Group Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester 2:30 PM

 

Liam Livingstone’s blistering 75 set Lancashire up for a pulsating Vitality Blast victory over Derbyshire at Emirates Old Trafford as they posted 219 for six and defended it to win by only 17 runs.

The England all-rounder clattered five sixes in 40 balls from number three after Lightning skipper Dane Vilas, with whom he shared 91 for the third wicket, elected to bat before Derbyshire responded with 202 for five.

Vilas added 34 off 22 as part of an entertaining support cast including Keaton Jennings (34) and Steven Croft (28), who both reached personal milestones.

Derbyshire’s task was always going to be mountainous in reply, despite two wins in three previous North Group games, and so it proved - even with opener Luis Reece’s 55 off 36 and Leus du Plooy’s unbeaten 59 off 31 at either end of the innings. 

Livingstone contributed further to unbeaten Lancashire’s third win in four games with one for 28 from four overs of varied spin. 

At the start of a double header day with the Thunder women, Lancashire raced away thanks to five fours and a big pulled six in 21 balls for opener Jennings, who recorded his 1,000th T20 run for Lancashire.

He is their third quickest player to reach that milestone - in 33 innings, one slower than Jos Buttler and Mal Loye. 

Croft later became the first player to score 4,000 T20 runs for Lancashire.

After Jennings sliced Sam Conners to third, where fellow seamer George Scrimshaw took a fine running catch, and Phil Salt miscued Scrimshaw to mid-on - 75 for two in the eighth over, Livingstone and Vilas put Derbyshire under pressure.

Each of the next five completed overs, the ninth to the 13th, went for double-figure totals as the score moved to 147 for two. 

Livingstone pulled two of his sixes and hit the other three either over long-on or straight. 

At that stage, record books were being thumbed. The Lightning’s highest Blast total of 231 for five against Yorkshire here in 2015 was in jeopardy.

But Derbyshire, led by leg-spinner Mattie McKiernan and Scrimshaw, dragged things back impressively. 

McKiernan was one of four former Lancashire players in Derbyshire’s team alongside Reece, Mark Watt and wicketkeeper Brooke Guest, and he and Guest combined to get Vilas stumped as the score fell to 166 for three in the 16th, ending the eight-over third-wicket stand with Livingstone.

McKiernan had conceded 22 in his first two overs and ended with one for 34 from four overs, while Scrimshaw (three for 45) struck twice in the last to get Croft bowled and Tim David caught at deep midwicket. 

Livingstone’s impressive afternoon was far from over. 

He was the bowler when Falcons captain Shan Masood was run out trying to pinch one to cover to Croft - 25 for one in the third over of the reply - and then had Harry Came stumped in the eighth, leaving the score at 68 for two.

However, left-handed Reece was not deterred. He ramped seamer Richard Gleeson for his first of two sixes on the way to 50 off 31 balls and later hoisted Matt Parkinson’s leg-spin over long-on.

But when he slapped Tom Hartley’s left-arm spin to long-off - 90 for three in the 11th - it felt like a decisive moment. 

And so it proved. Wayne Madsen holed out to Hartley shortly afterwards, and by the time the 15-over mark arrived the Falcons were 134 for four and still 86 from victory.

South African left-hander du Plooy united with Guest (35) to share 78, and while both played innings as destructive as Livingstone’s, they had been left with too much to do.

They took the target to 36 off two overs with five sixes between them, though Gleeson bowled an excellent penultimate and conceded only six to leave Luke Wood defending 30 off the last.

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

 

David Payne produced his best white ball bowling performance of the season to inspire Gloucestershire to a six-wicket victory over South Group rivals Kent in the Vitality Blast match at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol.

Now fully recovered from the injury and illness that sidelined him in the Spring, the 31-year-old seamer returned impressive figures of 4-15, including a burst of three wickets in four balls, as Kent were bowled out for 114 in 19.3 overs.

Fellow seamer Zak Chappell claimed 3-24 and slow left armer Tom Smith weighed in with 2-22 as Gloucestershire exerted a stranglehold in the field to make it two wins from four outings in the short format. Only Jordan Cox mustered any real kind of resistance, the 21-year-old forging an innings of 48 from 47 balls, with a six and 4 fours.

Gloucestershire's chase was initially hampered by the loss of early wickets, but overseas star Glenn Phillips eventually took a firm grip on proceedings, smashing an unbeaten 50 from 31 balls and accruing 4 fours and 3 sixes as victory was achieved with 5.3 overs to spare. Jack Taylor also played his part, making 31 from 21 balls with five fours in an unbroken stand of 70 for the fifth wicket.

Having previously struggled to exert control with the new ball in Blast cricket this season, Gloucestershire's bowlers hit their straps from the very outset beneath the Bristol floodlights. Payne opened up with that greatest of T20 rarities, a wicket maiden, persuading Joe Denly to sky a catch to Ian Cockbain at backward square leg and immediately justify the decision to insert Kent.

Making the most of a dry pitch to extract turn, slow left armer Tom Smith accounted for Daniel Bell-Drummond, who drove uppishly to mid-on, at which point the visitors had lost both openers inside four overs and surrendered the initiative.

An obvious dangerman, Sam Billings threatened to break loose after the powerplay yielded just 36 runs, the former England man using the reverse sweep and paddle shots to good effect to race to 22 from 18 balls. There was palpable relief within Gloucestershire ranks when he attempted to sweep Chappell and top-edged to Smith at deep fine leg with the score on 56 in the ninth over.

Smith then pinned Alex Blake in front without scoring to finish with 2-22 from four overs, while Benny Howell also kept things tight in the middle, conceding just 20 runs as the visitors limped to 59-4 at halfway. 

Kent succumbed to mounting pressure thereafter, Jack Leaning pursuing a wide delivery and nicking behind and George Linde holing out to long-off, both off the bowling of the admirable Chappell.

Cox remained Kent's last hope of posting a challenging total, but the return of Payne at the Ashley Down Road end swung the contest decisively in Gloucestershire's favour. The experienced left-armer had Cox held at the wicket for 48, dismissed Grant Stewart in identical fashion next delivery and then induced Qais Ahmad to hit to deep mid-wicket in a devastating burst of three wickets in four balls at the death.

Matt Milnes became the fourth batsman to be caught by wicketkeeper James Bracey as Ryan Higgins cut the innings short with three balls unused.

If Gloucestershire supporters in the audience assumed victory would be a formality, they were soon disabused of the idea, Australian-born seamer Stewart accounting for Miles Hammond and Ian Cockbain in successive deliveries in the second over to serve notice that Kent were not prepared to lie down. When Bracey miss-timed a drive and hoisted Matt Milnes to cover, the hosts were 35-3 at the end of a powerplay that raised more questions than answers.

Higgins was next to go for eight, smacking a delivery from Linde straight to backward point as Gloucestershire slipped to 46-4 in the eighth over. Unperturbed, Phillips continued to carry the fight to Kent, the New Zealand international smiting Qais Ahmad for a huge straight six and then pulling him for four later in the same over as he began to dominate.

He found a willing ally in Taylor, who located the gaps to rotate the strike, Gloucestershire's captain playing an effective second fiddle in a partnership that served to calm any nerves. Both helped themselves to two boundaries apiece in a Fred Klaassen over that leaked 17 runs, and victory was assured in the 15th, with Phillips striking successive sixes off Linde to bring up 50 in the grand manner. 

 

Gloucestershire bowler David Payne said: "We highlighted our bowling in the powerplay as not having been good enough in the game against Surrey. We talked about winning the powerplay and not leaving our batsmen with too much to do.

Everyone with the ball was brilliant. It was not the greatest pitch in the world and, when I tested it with an off cutter early on and it stuck in the pitch a little, I knew that was the way to go. Credit to the bowlers, because they sussed it out quickly and then put the ball in the right areas. Jack Taylor and Glenn Phillips put together an incredible partnership and it was impressive how they assessed to go about it. The wagon wheel appeared to be from third man to point, but those two were outstanding. I was relieved because, at one stage, I thought |I might be out there ate the death trying to hit the winning runs in a tight finish!"

 

Kent skipper Sam Billings said: "It was a poor pitch, and there's no getting away from that. But there are no excuses - we didn't execute our skills well enough and that's been a recurring theme this season. Had we made 140, we would have been right in the game, but we fell short and lost too many wickets early on. We know what to expect when we come here, yet we keep falling into the same trap. I had to take a gamble with the ball and try for early wickets, because they were always going to win the game easily if they batted their 20 overs. Had we got Glenn Phillips out early, then who knows."

 

Durham vs Worcestershire, North Group Emirates Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 6:30 PM

 

Durham bounced back from successive defeats to get back to winning ways in the Vitality Blast with a comfortable 48-run victory over Worcestershire Rapids at Seat Unique Riverside.

Michael Jones set the tone for the home side with a brisk 44 from 25 balls, notching five boundaries and three sixes. Ollie Robinson and Graham Clark provided useful knocks to allow Durham to post a competitive total of 186 for seven from their 20 overs.

The Rapids were behind the rate from the off after losing Ed Pollock and Jack Haynes in the first nine balls of the innings. The visitors struggled to find the fence amid tight bowling from the Durham attack led by three wickets apiece from Ben Raine and debutant Andrew Tye, resulting in a dominant victory for the hosts.

Worcestershire captain Ben Cox won the toss and elected to field in the bright sunshine at the Riverside. Clark and Jones continued their bright start to the Blast campaign by racing to fifty inside five overs. Jones was particularly destructive for the home side, smashing 15 off Pat Brown's first over before taking a further 18 off spinner Josh Baker, including two sixes straight down the ground.

Jones was pegged back going for one heave too many as Charlie Morris bowled the opener, while the visitors worked their way back into the game as Clark fell victim to a good delivery from Brett D'Oliveira.

Robinson used the dimensions of the Riverside to great effect in his innings of 35 from 23 balls, but D'Oliveira turned one through the gate to send the wicket-keeper on his way. D'Oliveira's fine evening with the ball continued when Paul Coughlin was stumped off a wide, earning revenge after being struck for a maximum from the previous ball. The Rapids skipper finished as pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of three for 24 from his four overs.

David Bedingham, Brydon Carse and Ned Eckersley played vital cameos for the hosts in the latter stages of the innings, propelling them towards a competitive total of 186.

Pollock scored six runs from the first two balls of Worcestershire's reply, but Coughlin removed him with the third as Bedingham produced a brilliant diving catch at cover. Carse continued Durham's strong start with the ball by bowling Jack Haynes for one, reducing the visitors to nine for two in the second over.

D'Oliveira and Munro played within themselves after the early wickets, which resulted in the run rate ascending over 10 per over. As a result, the pressure was on the duo to accelerate, but D'Oliveira was pinned lbw by Ben Raine before Munro was caught on the fence from a Scott Borthwick loosener.

Tye marked his Durham debut with three late wickets amid a Worcestershire lower-order collapse, removing Ed Barnard, Cox and Matthew Waite, allowing the hosts to ease over the line.

Worcestershire Rapids coach Alex Gidman said: "Clearly it was disappointing. We didn't play particularly well tonight and we have to take it on the chin. It has been a tough week and to finish like that was obviously disappointing. We haven't got the points on the board in any of the previous games, but we had performed well. Tonight we didn't get up to the levels that we needed to be. Brett D'Oliveira bowled well in the middle overs and gave us a chance, but they had 20 runs too many. They bowled smartly and didn't let us into the game from a batting perspective. They play their own conditions very well, we knew that before the game that it is a big playing area. We knew what to expect and what to do, but we didn't do it as well as we needed to."

 

Durham bowler AJ Tye said: "I came over on holiday with my wife just to see a few friends and family, then I saw Ashton Turner hurt his shoulder on Friday night and I was messaging him. He asked if I was interested in replacing him, come Monday things started to happen and I had to go to a sports store today to buy spikes because I don't have any gear here. It was a whirlwind, but we're here and we got the win. The boys got off to a flier, Michael Jones and Graham Clark came out swinging, especially Jones who played some great shots. We got a good total on the board and Paul Coughlin and Brydon Carse started well with a good length, they hit their lengths beautifully. They left us with an easy job to do at the end."

Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, North Group County Ground, Northampton 6:30 PM

Chris Lynn played another destructive, big-hitting innings for Northamptonshire Steelbacks, posting the third T20 century of his career as he put Leicestershire Foxes bowlers to the sword in this Vitality Blast clash.

Amid an onslaught of boundaries at Wantage Road, Lynn bludgeoned 106 from just 66 balls with 12 fours and three huge sixes as Northamptonshire closed on 227 for one..

Lynn picked up where he left off against Durham on this ground last Friday, sharing another century opening stand with Ben Curran (31). He was then joined by New Zealand international Jimmy Neesham who made a blistering 75 off just 30 deliveries featuring six enormous maximums on Steelbacks debut. The pair put on 118 in just 53 balls of mayhem in front of a near capacity crowd who gave both batters a standing ovation.

In reply, Foxes opener Scott Steel hit 64 from 45 deliveries. His stand of 65 in seven overs with skipper Colin Ackerman offered a glimpse of hope, before young left-arm wrist spinner Freddie Helreich came back from an early mauling to take three wickets for the second time in a week.

The Steelbacks’ total was all the more notable given some sharp Foxes bowling and fielding restricted them to 48 in the powerplay. Naveen-ul-Haq was particularly impressive, beating the bat on several occasions.

But Lynn soon found his stride targeting all the Foxes bowlers, clubbing them straight down the ground and over deep midwicket. He also found plenty of runs through the covers and past backward point.

Not to be outdone, Neesham, fresh from a stint in the IPL, was soon into the fun, adding five fours to go with his six-hitting.

The Steelbacks struck early when Ben Sanderson removed Hamish Rutherford. The bowler followed that by taking a running catch off Tom Taylor when Arron Lilley could not quite clear the infield.

It left the Foxes in real trouble at 8 for two, but Ackerman led a fightback, cutting Neesham for successive boundaries and then swinging Sanderson over midwicket for another. He took four boundaries off Heldreich’s first over to take the Foxes to 50 for two at the end of the powerplay.

Heldreich finally got his man when Ackerman hit straight to Graeme White on the long-leg boundary. Rishi Patel then fell to a stunning one-handed leaping catch by Rob Keogh on the deep midwicket boundary to give Heldreich his second scalp and leave the Foxes at 87 for four.

Steel was joined by Ben Mike who struck some lusty blows off the slower bowlers but despite that, the Foxes were left needing 94 off the final five overs. When Mike offered a tame catch in the ring and departed for 30, the end was nigh.

Steel continued his aggression, surviving one dropped catch off Heldreich before falling to an excellent catch from Curran at point off Neesham who finished with two wickets.

The Foxes went down in a flurry of wickets, Sanderson also collecting three scalps in the process as the visitors closed on 185 for nine.

 

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

Rilee Rossouw’s blistering 74 from just 29 balls failed to save Somerset from their first Vitality Blast defeat of the season as Sussex Sharks enjoyed a 47-run success at Taunton. 

The visitors posted 216 for seven after losing the toss, Josh Phillipe leading the way with 70 off 43 deliveries, Ravi Bopara making 48 and Harrison Ward blitzing 23 off five balls at the end. 

It didn’t look like proving enough as Rossouw took his tally of runs in four Blast innings for Somerset to 248, at an average of 82.6, with his most devastating display to date. 

The South African left-hander blasted 5 sixes and 8 fours. But he lacked any meaningful support and a dramatic late collapse to 169 all out saw Obed McCoy finish with five for 33 and Tymal Mills four for 32 to help Sussex claim their second win in four games. 

An almost white pitch looked full of runs. But Somerset went into the game full of confidence and Tom Lammonby initially maintained their momentum by bowling a maiden to Phillipe. 

Luke Wright began by hitting his first two balls from Josh Davey for four and six, but perished in the same over, caught at cover off a wide one. 

Phillipe and Tom Alsop then produced a battery of sixes to take the total to 62 by the end of the six-over powerplay before Alsop fell for 30 to the left-arm spin of Roelof van der Merwe. 

Bopara used his experience to score quickly without taking risks as he and the increasingly effective Phillipe added 85 in 9.3 overs. 

The Aussie went to a 35-ball fifty in the 14th over, while Bopara survived a caught and bowled chance to de Lange before falling to Davey in the next over. 

After launching Ben Green for successive sixes, Phillipe chanced his arm once too often and was caught backward point. 

Delroy Rawlins and George Garton cleared the ropes to boost the Sharks’ total, but both fell and the visitors were still eight short of 200 when de Lange began the final over. 

Having dismissed McCoy lbw with a full toss, the powerful seamer proved no match for 22-year-old Ward, who survived a run out opportunity to wicketkeeper Tom Banton taking a scampered bye before transforming the Sussex total. 

He smashed de Lange for 6,6,4,6 off the final four balls of the innings to give the Sharks a spring in their step when they came back out to field. 

Will Smeed fell cheaply to McCoy, skying a catch to deep square in the second over after Garton had conceded only a single from the first. 

But Rossouw was soon into his stride, taking ten off his first three balls from McCoy and following up with two sixes and a four off the fourth over, sent down by Mills. 

Banton’s early run of low scores in the Blast continued when he was caught and bowled by McCoy attempting a scoop shot. 

But Rossouw’s assault was relentless as he charged to a 17-ball half-century with a pulled six off Steve Finn, helping Somerset to 64 for two at the end of the powerplay. 

Three more crunching boundaries followed in the next over from leg-spinner Archie Lenham. By the end of the eighth Rossouw had scored 73 of Somerset’s 90 runs. 

When he was out to a top-edged sweep off Rawlins, the home side’s run-rate dropped and Tom Abell’s departure for 23 in the 13th over left them requiring 97 off 46 balls. 

Somerset never recovered. Bopara conceded only five off the 15th over and a series of increasingly desperate shots saw McCoy and Mills run riot in the closing overs as the last six wickets fell for 17 runs.

 

Somerset skipper Tom Abell said: "We were not at our best in all facets of the game and Sussex were better than us tonight. We had a great start to our innings, with Rilee Rossouw playing an outstanding innings, but lost a bit of momentum midway through and Sussex executed really well at the death.

"They made a few more than we would like to have been chasing. But we are in a great place, with confidence high, and it was a good pitch on a fast-scoring ground, with relatively small boundaries, so we still fancied our chances.

"Rilee played some innings. He has taken us by storm with his first few innings and tonight he was unbelievable. From ball one, he struck the ball incredibly and it is great to have a guy like that at the top of our order."

 

Sussex bowler Obed McCoy said: “This has been my first experience of playing in England, my first experience of the Blast and it has been great for me. 

“I think the secret to my wickets tonight was basically keeping the batsmen thinking and bowling a variation, the back of the hand, the slower ball and cutters, and keeping them on their toes. 

“It’s my first five-for and to get it for Sussex on my debut, playing here in front of an English crowd, is great and very different from the IPL. It was a great atmosphere to be involved in.” 

 

 

 

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