Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches May 30th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast T20 Monday May 30th 2022.
Rain frustrated Notts Outlaws and the Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Trent Bridge as their Vitality Blast North Group clash was abandoned without a result due to rain.
After a start delayed by 30 minutes following a late-afternoon downpour, the Outlaws reached 140 for six before another cloudburst sent them off the field after 18 overs.
Groundstaff had to put on most of the covers and though the rain eased, it was not soon enough for any mopping up operation to be completed before the cut-off time for a restart and umpires Paul Baldwin and Russell Warren had no option but to signal the abandonment, the teams taking one point each.
It was especially frustrating for Matt Kelly, the Steelbacks’ Australian seamer, who took four for 29, including the scalp of Samit Patel - still seeking a maiden T20 century at the age of 37- who was looking as though he might go close when he was out for 63 from 44 balls with 22 balls left in the innings.
The Steelbacks had been well rewarded for their decision to put the Outlaws in as the home side’s top three tumbled out inside the powerplay overs on a lively pitch.
Joe Clarke top-edged to deep square leg off Kelly, Alex Hales launched consecutive sixes off Tom Taylor only to swish at one from from Ben Sanderson that had him caught behind off the thinnest of edges, and Ben Duckett ballooned a catch that was chased by Freddie Heldreich from backward point and taken at third man.
Tom Moores and helped Patel plunder 34 in three overs as the Outlaws advanced to 72 for three after nine but the Steelbacks spinners dragged the scoring rate back after Moores had picked out Saif Zaib on the boundary at deep point.
Patel eased the pressure by crashing six and four off Graeme White and four consecutive boundaries off Taylor, all behind square on the off side, going past fifty in this competition for the 26th time.
The charge was checked abruptly by the impressive Kelly, who dismissed Patel and Steven Mullaney in the space of four deliveries in the 17th over, which cost only a single for good measure. Patel followed Moores in picking out deep wicket and Mullaney was caught behind off an inside edge.
The rain returned an over later, the players staying out just long enough for Dan Christian to clear the rope behind square on the leg side off White. Sadly, it was the last action of the night.
The Outlaws are back at Trent Bridge tomorrow to take on Lancashire, while the Steelbacks take on Leicestershire at Wantage Road on Wednesday.
Josh Davey led a high-quality bowling display as Somerset dominated Hampshire Hawks to maintain their perfect start to the Vitality Blast with a four-wicket victory at the Ageas Bowl.
Fast bowler Davey claimed a three-for for the second day in a row as he went for 21 in his four overs as the Hawks were bowled out for 123.
Tom Banton, Will Smeed and Hampshire old boy Rilee Rossouw all reached 20s, but a slip to 89 for five gave a moment of jitters before Tom Lammonby collected a classy 33 to steady the ship as Somerset got over the line with 25 balls to spare.
Runners-up last year Somerset have disposed of holders Kent Spitfires, 2019 winners Essex Eagles and now the Hawks to sit level on points with Middlesex at the top of the South Group. Hampshire are bottom with two home losses in two.
Along with the after-effects of some afternoon rain, there was revenge in the air from both teams; Somerset for their two heavy LV= Insurance County Championship defeats to Hampshire, Hampshire for their semi-final defeat last year.
The visitors’ sense of retribution was stronger as had the Hawks 38 for three in the powerplay, having been stuck in. Aneurin Donald, Ben McDermott and Joe Weatherley all went aerial to their demise. James Vince perished in seventh over advancing and skying to further condemn the home side.
Somerset’s set of bowling figures were a sight to behold – only Lewis Goldsworthy went at over seven runs per over; and other than Goldsworthy and Roelof van der Merwe, they all claimed at least one wicket.
Davey’s three for was the pick, but Lewis Gregory’s two for eight and Marchant de Lange’s two for 20 were key to moderating the below-par batting effort. Ben Green also worked hard in the middle overs for his two for 19.
They were helped by some excellent catching, not least Tom Lammonby and Smeed’s relay catch to dismiss Chris Wood.
James Fuller was the only counter-attacker as he biffed 42 from 28 balls, including two massive sixes over midwicket – no other Hampshire batter reached 20.
Smeed and Banton added further misery to the hosts by proving the potential high scoring nature with 46 coming for the first wicket. Both fell in successive overs, carving to cover and nicking off respectively.
Australian recruit Nathan Ellis endured a horror first over, which saw two no balls, a huge Smeed six and 17 runs.
Rossouw returned to the Ageas Bowl, where he spent three seasons as a Kolpak, to strike a six off his legs. He, Tom Abell and Gregory all fell within 12 balls of each other to give the Hawks hope.
But Lammonby then struck 33 to ease those worries and despite edging Ellis behind with two runs to win, Somerset quickly reached the target.
Hampshire all-rounder James Fuller:
“We didn’t adapt to the conditions. The pitches have been a bit spicy with the new ball with the ball seaming around. We lost a few too many too early, we were aiming for 140 today and were about 20 runs short.
“I think we are close and the wicket hasn’t been conducive to type of cricket we wanted to play but that is no excuse. We are professional cricketers we can’t have the exact pitch every time. We are losing too many wickets and getting the bowlers in a little too early.
“Essex has been a happy hunting ground for us and hopefully we can get our first W”.
Somerset bowling coach Steve Kirby:
“I thought it was an all-round team performance. We have been trying to get better and getter with each performance. We tell them to go out and express themselves, especially the bowling attack. We are bowling very effectively in the powerplay and we are getting better at the death.
“When you look at the dimensions of the ground here you have to get your angles right and Paul Tweddle does a really good job at making sure we are right on point with that. To restrict Hampshire to 123 on their home ground showed how well we bowled.
“As a team we are really pleased, so onwards and upwards. We have got a real presence out there, it reminds me of the days of Trescothick, Kieswetter, Buttler and Trego. We are not resting on our laurels though.
“The bowling performances are nothing to do with me, it is a full coaching group. We have told them to be instinctive and got them to practise, practise, practise. We are getting in and out of overs really well.”
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