Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches May 29th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast T20 Sunday May 29th 2022.
Vitality Blast T20 Fixtures - Sunday May 29th
Overseas signings Marchant de Lange and Rilee Rossouw played key roles as Somerset continued an impressive start to their Vitality Blast campaign with a thumping six-wicket win over Essex Eagles at Taunton.
In a match reduced to 18 overs per side by rain, paceman de Lange, confined to the second XI for the LV= Insurance County Championship season to date, included a double-wicket maiden in taking four for nine from three overs as Essex posted 139 for nine after losing the toss.
Josh Davey finished with three for 31, only Matt Critchley, with 60 off 38 balls, and Michael Pepper, whose 37 featured 7 fours, offering much resistance.
In reply, Somerset breezed to a revised target of 144 with 3.2 overs to spare, Rossouw blitzing 67 off 29 balls, with 7 sixes, well supported by 20-year-old Will Smeed, who smashed 58 from 30 deliveries, including 5 sixes.
It meant a second win from two group matches for last season’s runners-up, who look set for another successful T20 season.
Essex got off to a slow start after Somerset skipper Tom Abell had elected to field, losing openers Will Buttleman and Adam Rossington to Davey and Tom Lammonby respectively, off the first 14 balls.
But Critchley and Pepper got the innings on track, taking the score to 50 for two by the end of the six-over power play, Critchley striking three boundaries in the fourth over, sent down by Davey.
Pepper reverse swept left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe for 3 fours in seventh over, as well as driving him through cover for a fourth boundary.
Critchley hit Lewis Gregory for six over point as the pair to the total to 83 by the end of the ninth over before de Lange took a decisive hand.
Having conceded five from his first over, the strapping South African seamer had Pepper caught at mid-on, having faced 24 balls, and Paul Walter taken at fine leg for a duck in a tenth over that saw the Eagles fail to add to their score.
The spin duo of van der Merwe and Lewis Goldsworthy then bowled five overs in tandem for only 34 runs, Goldsworthy picking up the wicket of Tom Westley, as Somerset turned the screw.
Critchley had reached a 32-ball fifty when rain interrupted play at the end of the 15th over, with Essex 117 for five.
By the time the players returned to the field at 5.50pm, the match had been reduced to 18 overs. Their final three saw the Eagles loose two wickets to Davey and two to de Lange, including Critchley, who had struck 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Smeed ensured Somerset made a rapid start to their reply, lofting 2 sixes in the third over, bowled by Dan Sams, before Ben Allison had Tom Banton caught at deep mid-wicket for two.
The powerful Smeed collected his third and fourth maximums by smashing Sam Cook for 6,4,6 at the end of the fifth over, and by the end of the power play Somerset had raced to 69 for one, Rossouw joining the party with a six over mid-wicket off Simon Harmer.
The South African left-hander built on his match-winning Somerset debut innings against Kent last Wednesday, hoisting left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar for 3 sixes in the ninth over, which saw Smeed reach a 25-ball half-century.
Rossouw cleared the ropes twice more off Critchley, while Smeed also treated the crowd to another six in the same over. Both fell late on, along with Tom Abell, but by then the outcome had long been settled.
Essex coach Anthony McGrath said: “If we had won the toss, we were going to have a bowl as well. We started poorly, but then rescued it and at 83 for two were in a good position.
“With five overs left when the rain came, we thought we could post a decent score. But in the three overs we came back on for we scored nowhere near enough.
“We then needed to get early wickets and we didn’t. From there on, it was pretty one-sided.”
Somerset’s Marchant de Lange said: “We just stuck to the basics, hitting a hard length up top and then right at death trying to play a bit with the batters’ minds by either going short or full.
“Conditions changed slightly in the second innings. We had a bit of rain so the ball skidded on quite a bit, which played in our favour.”
“We have the batters and the fire power to chase any total. The fans came to see the ball disappear and there were a lot of sixes tonight - and a lot more to come through the rest of the games.”
Vitality Blast holders Kent have now lost three South Group games out of three after Tom Alsop hit a scintillating 65 not out from 30 balls in his first T20 innings for Sussex.
Alsop, on loan from Hampshire, hauled the Sharks up to 171 for 5 at the First Central County Ground and the home side then ran out winners by four runs as the Spitfires reached 167 for 7 in reply.
Kent’s margin of defeat was only as small as it was because George Linde took 22 runs from the final over, bowled by George Garton, including a last-ball six over long on, to end on a remarkable unbeaten 13-ball 38.
But, overall, Sussex were impressive in the field, with Ravi Bopara picking up two for 23 from his four overs, and ultimately it was Alsop’s earlier surge with the bat that proved decisive.
The left-hander smashed three sixes and six fours after coming in at No 5, and it was a first Blast win of the campaign for Sussex following defeats against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire. Kent’s previous two group losses were against Somerset and Essex.
Qais Ahmad was Kent’s best bowler with two for 23 with his leg spin, but the holders’ reply started badly with Daniel Bell-Drummond bowled for a first ball duck by a beauty from Delray Rawlins that turned sharply to hit the top of off stump and Zak Crawley out for two from the first ball of the second over, gloving a lifter from Steven Finn to the keeper.
Sam Billings, however, took three fours from the next five balls from Finn and also drove Rawlins’ left arm spin and Tymal Mills’ thunderbolts for boundaries as he raced into the 20s.
Kent had rallied to 46 for two by the end of the six-over powerplay but Billings was deceived on 31 by a yorker from Bopara that hit him on the boot, and the Sharks T20 captain struck again in his next over, the 11th, by having Joe Denly caught at long off for 33 from a low full toss.
A 35-minute rain interruption followed Denly’s demise and, on the resumption, Jack Leaning fell for 15 and Jordan Cox for a 21-ball 29. When Qais, after hitting Finn for six and four, skied a catch off the former England paceman from the last ball of the 19th over, it was left only for Linde to hit out in vain against Garton before the Sharks’ victory was confirmed.
Sussex, asked to bat, struggled to get going at first with just 31 coming from the initial six-over powerplay and the scoreboard reading only 66 for two at the halfway point.
Mohammad Rizwan swung the first ball of the fifth over, Fred Klaassen’s second, straight to Cox at deep square leg to go for 13 and the Sharks managed a mere three fours in the powerplay.
Luke Wright did his best to get the innings going, lofting Linde’s slow left arm for six over long off and later adding two more sixes, to long on off Qais in the next over, the eighth, and heaved again over long on against the same bowler in the 13th over.
But from the next ball Wright hit Qais to long off, and his dismissal for a 34-ball 43 left Sussex on 90 for four. Josh Philippe and Rawlins had also gone by then, respectively skying to extra cover off Linde for 9 and bowled by Matt Milnes for 14, and a score above 150 looked unlikely.
Bopara soon fell too for 5, mishitting Qais into the offside, but Alsop immediately showed his aggressive intent by reverse hitting Linde for two fours before targeting Kent’s quicker bowlers as 68 runs were plundered from the last five overs.
Matt Quinn was pulled for four and six in the 18th over, Klaassen twice thumped straight for sixes in the 19th while Milnes, after bowling a waist-height no ball, saw Alsop take advantage of the subsequent free hit to glance to the fine leg ropes – a shot he repeated four balls later as 17 runs came from the final over, which also included a wide.
Kent head coach Matt Walker said: “The back end of our bowling performance cost us today, with 63 runs coming from their last four overs. I thought we were in control of things until then and so it is disappointing that they got 15 or 20 runs too many from our perspective.
“Then, with the bat, we lost two wickets early and got ourselves stuck a little bit either side of the rain break in mid-innings. As a result, it was a big ask to get 72 off the last five overs and although George [Linde] played brilliantly at the end it was too much even for him.
“We haven’t played our best cricket in any of these first three group games but it has still been close in a couple of them so I suppose that is a positive. We just have to dust ourselves down now ahead of the next match.”
Sussex’s Tom Alsop, who is on loan from Hampshire for the whole summer, said: “I have loved my time here right from day one and I’ve enjoyed every second of it so far. There are a lot of good and experienced players in our T20 line-up and so, before today, it was just a case of not panicking after two defeats and concentrating on getting it right in this game. T20 cricket is all about momentum and now we can look forward to the next match with added confidence.”
Youngsters Thilan Walallawita and Joe Cracknell stole the headlines as Middlesex made it three wins from three with a four-wicket win over Glamorgan at Radlett.
Left-arm spinner Walallawita returned career-best figures of three for 18 as the visitors were bowled out for 168 off the last ball of their innings. Toby Roland-Jones cleaned up the tail with four for 22, Marnus Labuschagne top-scoring for Glamorgan with 38.
Cracknell then underlined his burgeoning reputation in this format with a blistering 47, while Max Holden contributed a rapid 41 as Middlesex, minus Eoin Morgan, who limped off injured while the hosts were in the field, chased down the target with something to spare. Prem Sisodiya was the pick of the Glamorgan attack with two for 26.
David Lloyd began in the grand manner sending a drag-down from Chris Green into the car park, but his innings was short and sweet as Roland-Jones bowled him around his legs in the next over.
Fellow opener Sam North-East also departed early to a delivery from Martin Andersson which bounced on him and he could only steer to point.
It proved the last success for some while as Marnus Labuschagne and Kiran Carlson added 55 in quick time, the Australian international especially savage on Blake Cullen, striking him for four successive boundaries before launching Green over mid-wicket for six. Luke Hollman ended the fun when Labuschagne skied him to backward point and Carlson followed soon after.
Walallawita then took over with three wickets in two overs, wicketkeeper Chris Cooke falling to a brilliant catch by Max Holden. Dan Douthwaite was pinned in front and when Michael Neser was bowled Glamorgan were 122-7.
James Weighell though gave the visitors something to defend with three huge sixes in a whirlwind 30 before he was one of three victims in Roland-Jones’ final over.
Steven Eskinazi and Holden began the chase in explosive fashion with Holden the chief aggressor. The left-hander hit the first ball of the innings from the in-form Michael Hogan over square leg for six before drilling Neser back over his head for another maximum. Eskinazi too cleared the ropes as the pair raced to 62-0 in the powerplay.
It was the spinners who fought back, Sisodiya bowling Holden before Andrew Salter got Eskinazi to play too soon and chip a return catch. Hollman’s promotion up the order backfired when he became Sisodiya’s second victim and when John Simpson fell to the returning Hogan 48 were still needed.
Cracknell though stood firm, endangering many windscreens in the car park with one of four huge sixes in his 27-ball stay. He was bowled by Labuschagne trying to raise 50 in the grand manner with eight needed and Andersson fell to a blinding catch in the deep by Hogan before the hosts got home with an over to spare.
Middlesex left-arm spinner Thilan Walallawita who took a career-best 3-18 said: "Three wins out of three doesn't happen often for us in this format especially when you compare it with last year.
“Our coach (Richard Johnson) has brought a lot of energy to the team. We have known him for a long time now and having a familiar face with us has boosted our confidence.
“He has told us we are the underdogs and we have nothing to lose, so play with freedom.
“I wasn’t expecting to get a career-best today, but I know this place well from top to bottom and I knew it would turn a bit if I stuck to my basics.
“Max (Holden) is a serious player to have batting up the top and Crackers (Joe Cracknell) batting at three has been exceptional. We know how well he strikes the ball as everyone has seen today.”
Glamorgan left-arm spinner Prem Sisodiya who took two for 26 said: “I think we showed great fight. It’s a quick-scoring ground where they have done quite well recently and looking back we were just a few short with the bat.
“They got 230 here the other night and they got off to a bit of a flier today. It is a difficult place to defend a score. We needed a few more partnerships in the middle as 10-15 more would have helped us take it into the last over.
“It was nice today personally to bounce back after I got a little bit of tap at the Oval, but that’s T20 cricket where anyone can take you down on any day to be honest.”
Tim David hit Lancashire’s joint-second fastest fifty in T20 and Richard Gleeson took a career-best five for 33 as Lancashire Lightning defeated Worcestershire Rapids by 12 runs to secure their first victory in this year’s Vitality Blast.
David made 60 off 25 balls to help the home side post 183 for the second successive match and that proved too many for the visitors, who finished on 171 for eight, despite Colin Munro’s defiant 53. The defeat is Worcestershire’s third defeat in this year’s Blast.
The home side scored 59 runs in their Powerplay but lost three valuable wickets in doing so. After bludgeoning 29 off 12 balls, Phil Salt attempted to pull the sixth ball of Brown’s first over but only skied the ball to third man where Morris took a superb catch.
Even better was to follow for the Pears in Brown’s next over. Having made 16, Keaton Jennings pulled the first delivery straight and hard to Jake Libby at deep square leg and five balls later Dane Vilas miscued a drive to Jack Haynes at mid-off.
That tumble of wickets left Lancashire on 54 for three after five overs, leaving Steven Croft and Liam Livingstone to repair and consolidate the innings. However, the result was that only 23 runs came and no boundaries were hit in the next five overs.
That quieter period ended when Livingstone lifted Brett D’Oliveira for a huge straight six but Croft was caught at long on by Morris off Josh Baker for 22 in the next over and, after hitting another six, this time off Ed Barnard, Livingstone perished at deep midwicket for 26 when he hit the same bowler straight to D’Oliveira. Danny Lamb was lbw to Barnard’s next ball, leaving Lancashire on 98 for six in the 13th over.
Undaunted, David whacked D’Oliveira for two sixes in an over and Josh Baker down the ground for two more boundaries as he moved into top gear in a couple of deliveries. Luke Wood supported David well and his six off Pat Brown brought up the fifty partnership for the seventh wicket.
Successive maximums off Matthew Waite brought up David’s personal half-century but the Singaporean was dismissed in the 20th over, caught by Barnard at deep midwicket off Morris.
By then, though, he and Wood had put on 81, which is Lancashire’s highest seventh-wicket partnership in T20 cricket. Brown was the most successful Worcestershire bowler with three for 35 but Baker bowled well to finish with one for 30.
The Rapids’ pursuit of 183 when Ed Pollock, after hitting Gleeson for a massive six, holed out to the same bowler in the second over, caught by Livingstone at deep backward square leg for 12.
Haynes played on to the same bowler, also for 12, in the fifth over and Worcestershire ended their Powerplay on 51 for two. D’Oliveira sought to build on this foundation when he hit Parkinson for successive sixes only for the bowler to exact immediate revenge when he accepted a tame return catch.
Worcestershire needed exactly 100 runs off their last ten overs an 70 off six as Lancashire’s spinners throttled the run rate. But Munro and Jake Libby snapped the shackles as 20 runs came off Danny Lamb’s second over, thus putting the outcome in doubt once more.
Munro reached his second successive fifty for the Pears off 32 balls and a manageable 33 were required off the final three overs. However, Gleeson bowled Libby for 33 and trapped Munro leg before in the space of four balls and those dismissals effectively decided the issue.
Ben Cox was run out for three as his side’s position became more desperate. Waite was caught by Jennings off Wood for a first ball duck and the innings ended in anti-climax as the Pears finished 12 runs short.
Chris Benjamin's violent half-century blazed Birmingham Bears to a five-wicket Vitality Blast over Durham Dynamos at Edgbaston.
Chasing the visitors' 158 for nine, the Bears were wobbling at 36 for four before Benjamin (68 not out from 36 balls, six fours, four sixes) seized control in a stand of 85 in 42 balls with Adam Hose (29, 21 balls).
Durham chose to bat but 158 looked under par on a good batting pitch. Only Paul Coughlin (40, 33 balls) passed 21 while Henry Brooke took three for 38, Danny Briggs two for 23 and Craig Miles two for 29.
Brydon Carss then struck twice early on to put the Bears under pressure before Benjamin decided the game with a display of power hitting which peaked with an assault of 37 from nine successive balls as the Bears reached 162 for five from 16.5 overs.
Liam Trevaskis, skippering the Dynamos for the first time with Aussie ace Ashley Turner sidelined by a dislocated shoulder, won the toss and watched his side get off to a flier. Cameos from Michael Jones (21, 13 balls) and Graham Clark (16, eight) lifted their side to 44 for one from 25 balls but the next 27 balls brought 27 for four as the Bears bit back.
Carlos Brathwaite took a wicket with his first ball and Miles struck with his fourth and fifth when Jones chipped to mid on and Ned Eckerseley was lbw. When David Bedingham was trapped in front by Briggs, the Dynamos were 71 for five but Coughlin and Scott Borthwick rebuilt with a stand of 43 in 36 balls and Ben Raine biffed a late 16 from eight balls to provide late impetus.
The Dynamos then took that impetus into the field to reduce the Bears to 36 for four. Carss was the catalyst, delivering two excellent overs for just five runs while taking two wickets - Jake Bethell, bowled by a yorker, and Alex Davies, caught at point.
Jon Bushnell, fielding as 12th man and still to play a first-team game for Durham, added a memorable first contribution at senior level with a stunning catch, taken over his shoulder sprinting back from point, to remove Rob Yates.
After a brief recce, Benjamin and Hose then climbed into spectacular counter-attack. Benjamin raced to a 22-ball half-century and the pair took their stands in successive matches to a combined 183 from 84 balls before Hose lifted Trevaskis to long off.
The partnership had broken the back of the chase. Skipper Brathwaite went in with 38 needed from 45 balls, only 26 of which were required for the Bears to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Blast.
Warwickshire first team coach Mark Robinson said:
"It was brilliant to win chasing having won the other two setting. We'd certainly take three wins out of three to start with. The partnership between Benjy and Hosey was outstanding. Both took the confidence from Friday night into today and paced it brilliantly.
"It was incredible acceleration, 58 from three overs, and in a flash the game had gone from us being edgy, needing 9.5 an over from 11, to only needing five an over. It was an incredible turnaround.
"We have good depth in the batting order with Benjy at six and Carlos at seven. We would probably just like a little bit more from the front few batters but you generally find in tournaments like this that different people have good spells at different times. The key thing is that enough people are doing enough and you are getting over the line in games."
Durham captain Liam Trevaskis said:
"To be totally honest, I thought we had a good enough score but then Hose and Benjamin just took it away from us in the middle there. They played really well and something to just have to take your hat off to people and say well played.
"Birmingham aren't alone in that they have the power all the way down the order, so it's something we are going to have to look at, how we can keep doing our skills and take wickets.
"Ash (Turner) has had a scan on his shoulder and will the specialist in the next few days. We will just have to see how it goes. Hopefully it will be positive news but I could very possibly be leading the side again on Wednesday. It will be nice to have a home game. After three games in four days it will be nice to have a couple of days off and then we go again."
Rishi Patel and Colin Ackermann's century partnership led Leicestershire to a shock 31-run Vitality Blast win over Yorkshire at Headingley.
The pair put on 109 as the Foxes fought back from a tricky start to set Yorkshire 189 to win.
Dawid Malan's half-century and another impressive innings from recent England Test call-up Harry Brook gave the Vikings hope, but Leicestershire secured their first win of the competition.
Yorkshire's pursuit of 189 got off to a flyer with 24 runs in the first two overs - all from the bat of Adam Lyth.
But the Vikings lost two wickets in two overs as Lyth fell to Ben Mike for 24 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore to Naveen-ul-Haq for one.
England duo Malan and Joe Root shared a half-century stand to guide Yorkshire to 77 for two at halfway with another 112 needed.
Root fell three balls later to Mike for 17 from 16 balls, caught trying to power the ball over the infield.
Malan eased to a 37-ball fifty in the 13th over but departed one ball after his milestone to Callum Parkinson to leave Yorkshire 96 for four.
The in-form Harry Brook struck two crisp boundaries to get himself going but with five overs remaining Yorkshire were up against it needing 69 to win.
Brook, pushing for a Test debut at Lord's on Thursday, passed 1,000 runs in all formats this season.
But Shadab Khan was out for 16 as the Vikings' hopes faded and they were all-but extinguished when Jordan Thompson came and went for one.
Yorkshire needed 46 from the last 12 balls and Brook was unable to reach a third Blast fifty in succession, caught on the boundary for 29 off Naveen.
Dom Bess and Matt Revis fell cheaply as Yorkshire could only reach 157 for nine.
Leicestershire's recovery to their total of 188 for seven was an impressive one after losing three wickets inside the powerplay - with Scott Steel, Hamish Rutherford and Arron Lilley all caught in the deep.
Lewis Hill attempted to get the Foxes back on track as he dumped Shadab into the stands, but he fell to Adil Rashid the following over for 22 - the England spinner's 250th career T20 wicket.
From 51 for four, Ackermann did shift the momentum Leicestershire's way with 15 off Shadab's next over as his partnership with Patel got under way.
The pair were patient, guiding the visitors to 76 for four at halfway before increasing their rate as the stand wore on.
Their fifty partnership came up in the 13th over, before the 15th and 16th overs went for 15 and 18 respectively, with Patel clearing the ropes three times in 10 balls.
Ackermann's fifty came from 31 balls and Patel's from 30 and their partnership of 109 set a club record fifth-wicket stand in T20s.
Ackermann was removed by Thompson with 15 balls remaining, before Patel departed for a career-best 57 in the final over.
Ottis Gibson, Yorkshire head coach
Credit to them, I thought they played well. Especially in the second half of the game, they executed their bowling plans well.
When you analyse the game, I think we lost it in the first half of the game when we didn’t execute our plans as clearly as we should have done.
36-3 in the powerplay is great, compared to what we did in the first two games. Then 112 in the last 10 overs and for them, who are low on confidence, to get 188 was far too many runs in my opinion.
It was a used pitch, so you think the spinners might come into it more. But the spinners, between the three of them, went for nearly 100. Talk about execution as a bowling unit, that’s where it was lost I think.
They also bowled two or three spinners who bowled better than us.
Look at the game overall, they out-bowled us. That was the difference.
Paul Nixon, Leicestershire head coach
Yorkshire are a high-class team full of world-class players and I am so proud of the way that we came back. Yes we lost too many early wickets in the power play, we were three for 36, but the Yorkshire lads bowled brilliantly.
Haris Rauf was fantastic and put us on the back foot but tonight we learnt a lot from our last game. We were poor yesterday and that wasn't us, we had to build. The captain (Colin Ackermann) took responsibility and played beautifully with Rishi Patel who is a wonderful young player. That 109-run partnership cemented us a fantastic score.
We knew they would have to come hard at us and wickets were going to come. Keep calm and execute well. Smart execution was going to win us this game.
I said to Naveen (four for 34) if you can outdo their overseas seamer (Haris Rauf) I'll take you out for dinner tonight! He bowled the tough overs - powerplay and at the death. Exceptional.
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