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Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches May 31st - 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 Tuesday May 31st  2022.

 

Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches May 31st 

 

Nottinghamshire vs Lancashire, North Group Trent Bridge, Nottingham 6:30 PM

Lancashire Lightning ended a run of nine consecutive Trent Bridge defeats against Notts Outlaws by dismissing the home side for 91 - equalling the  lowest score in their T20 history - sending them crashing to a 87-run loss in this Vitality Blast North Group match, their heaviest defeat in the competition.

The Outlaws felt their bowlers had done enough to give them a chance of taking the points as the visitors, 88 for one after 10 overs, finished on 178 for seven, Keaton Jennings top-scoring with 55.

But after a catastrophic start to their reply that saw them 11 for four after 11 balls, they were dismissed inside the 15th over. It was only through a late thrash by Luke Fletcher, who cleared the ropes three times in his 22, that they managed to drag their total to level with the 91 that Lancashire dismissed them for at Old Trafford in 2006.

The Outlaws lost Joe Clarke to a catch at long-on in left-arm spinner Tom Hartley’s opening over and then three in four balls in a calamitous over bowled by Richard Gleeson. The Lancashire seamer, who took a career-best five for 33 against Worcestershire Rapids on Sunday, had Ben Duckett caught behind, Samit Patel flicking straight to fine leg before Steven Mullaney was run out by a direct hit from mid-off after setting off for a single that was never there, all in the space of four deliveries.

More trouble followed as Tom Moores was brilliantly caught behind off his former team-mate Luke Wood and the home side stumbled out of the powerplay at 34 for five.

Alex Hales, scratching around for form so far this season, offered hope of a recovery with three boundaries but managed only to pick out midwicket as he tried to dispatch a poor ball from Liam Livingstone, and after adding 22 with Dan Christian, Matt Carter was leg before to Hartley trying to pick up a second consecutive four.

Christian was caught at deep backward square, Jake Ball holed out to long on and Fletcher, who clubbed sixes off Matt Parkinson and Livingstone twice, fell victim to a third excellent outfield catch by Steven Croft as the rout was completed.

After being asked to bat first, Lancashire had emerged in good shape from the powerplay at 56 for one, although it should have been for two, Jennings given a let-off on 27 when Outlaws ‘keeper Moores failed to take what should have been a routine catch after Ball had found the edge.

Clubbed for four and six by the South African-born batter in the same over, Ball could not hide his frustration, sensing he had a second wicket after dismissing Phil Salt via a catch that Moores did take. With Livingstone looking in the mood at the other end, smashing Dane Paterson for six over his head and pulling Fletcher for another, Lancashire were well set at 88 for one after 10 overs.

But the second-wicket partnership was broken two balls into the 11th as Livingstone, who has an international T20 century on this ground, tried to clear the ropes again off Paterson but merely sent the ball upwards, Christian making himself rock steady to hold the catch at extra cover.

After a 20-minute stoppage for rain, Tim David had picked out deep midwicket off slow left-armer Patel, and then Paterson picked up another big scalp as Jennings sent one soaring into the air behind square on the leg side, Fletcher watching it swirl around in the floodlights before completing the catch, keeping the ball firmly in his grip despite hitting the ground with a thud.

Although Ball went for 17 in the 17th, the last five overs mainly demonstrated the Outlaws strength at the end of an innings. Fletcher, mauled for 27 in his first two overs, gave over only 14 in his last two, picking up the wickets of Dane Vilas and Croft for good measure, Ball wrapping up with a much better final over as Lancashire finished with fewer runs than they probably anticipated at the halfway stage, although ultimately more than enough.

Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings, who top scored with 55, said:

“I think the last time we won here was 2009 so it was good to actually come here and get a win on the board and great to contribute to a win. You always want a few more but my main concern is the team and getting a team win.

“At halfway we weren’t sure whether we had a good score or not.  There were balls in there that made it feel like was 120 was a par score and other balls that hit the middle of the bat and you felt like 250 was a par score. But we felt that we were competitive with about 180 on the board.

“And then  to have them four down in the first couple of overs was sensational. It was a really good performance by the boys and with two wins and a tie from the first three games we’re pretty happy with our start.

“It was great to win in the manner that we did. We played well with bat, ball and in the field but we have another game tomorrow night so we have to make sure we are ready for that and keep the streak going.”

Notts head coach Peter Moores said:

“They outbatted, outbowled and outfielded us, so credit to them, they were much better than us on the night. This doesn’t happen to us very often at Trent Bridge so we just take it on the chin.

“It was a wicket where we felt they  were over par with their score and it was just one of those extraordinary nights that happen sometimes. To lose four wickets before Alex Hales had even faced a ball - I’ve never known anything like that before. No one likes losing at Trent Bridge in front of your own fans but you’ll never go through a season without losing a game.

“We know what our job is, our job is to try to qualify and we have done that pretty successfully over the last few years and these things happen. You take it on the chin and move on, we’ve got a massive game away to Derbyshire on Friday and we look forward to that.”




Surrey vs Gloucestershire, South Group Kennington Oval, London 6:30 PM

Will Jacks struck 51 from 33 balls before Sam Curran starred with the ball with 4 for 14 as Surrey beat Gloucestershire by 37 runs at the Kia Oval despite being bowled out for 129 in a Vitality Blast contest reduced to 16 overs per side.

Jacks and Jason Roy plundered 60 runs from the first 27 balls of a remarkable game that was then totally dominated by the bowlers, Gloucestershire being dismissed for 92 in 15 overs in reply.

The match, indeed, was as much a tale of the two powerplays with Gloucestershire slumping to 23 for four in theirs after Surrey had sprinted to 66 for two earlier in the evening.

Left arm spinner Tom Smith took 3 for 13 from his two overs, and Paul van Meekeren 3 for 32, but by then the damage had been done and not even David Payne finishing off Surrey’s innings with seven balls remaining unbowled could prevent them from reaching a score that proved beyond the visitors.

Curran removed James Bracey and Glenn Phillips, mis-hitting to mid off for 1 and caught and bowled for 2, in a two-over new ball burst while in between Reece Topley bowled Miles Hammond for 2.

When Dan Worrall had Ian Cockbain caught on the cover ropes for 8 it left Gloucestershire in deep trouble at 18 for four.

Ryan Higgins did take three fours from Chris Jordan’s first over, but Jack Taylor holed out off Kieron Pollard for 10 and Sunil Narine bowled Benny Howell for a duck as Surrey turned the screw.

Narine’s one for 17 from four overs was an outstanding effort while Jordan bowled Smith for 14 and the returning Curran had Payne caught in the deep before bowling Higgins for a defiant 37.

The match ended with Topley having Naseem Shah caught at long on for 2 to finish with figures of 2 for 6 from three overs.

Surrey made an explosive start, after Gloucestershire had predictably chosen to bowl first, with Jacks and Roy flaying the ball to all parts in front of a 12,000 crowd that had waited patiently through several rain squalls for the match to start at 7.40pm.

Payne’s first ball was flicked over the long leg ropes for the first of Jacks’ three sixes, and both openers then took sixes off Van Meekeren in the third over of the innings – Jacks with a whiplash pull and Roy with a perfectly-timed lofted on-drive.

Roy held the pose after two thumping straight drives, as the eye-catching first wicket stand reached 60 early in the fifth over but Smith – called up after Surrey had raced to 54 from just four overs – suddenly began the home side’s unexpected slide by bowling Roy through the gate for 28.

Curran hit Smith’s next ball over long on for six but, trying to repeat the stroke from the last ball of the 4.5 over powerplay, skied to Hammond running in from long on.

Smith struck again in his second over, Laurie Evans hitting straight to extra cover to go for 1, and Jamie Overton was then bowled off stump by the impressive Howell after also scoring only a single.

Narine managed one boundary before falling for 6 when Hammond clung on to a fine catch from a mishit against Van Meekeren, leaving Surrey 84 for five in the ninth, and Jacks’ fine knock ended – after another six flicked over fine leg off Payne – when Shah bowled him with a searing yorker.

Pollard, on his Surrey debut, pulled Van Meekeren for four but then on 14 miscued to long on from a full toss from the Dutch international seamer that must have been close to a no ball.

And Surrey’s lower order collapse accelerated when Jordan hit Van Meekeren to deep mid wicket, Jamie Smith skied to keeper Bracey off Payne and, later in that penultimate over, last man Topley lofted to deep extra cover.

 

Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran said: “It was a really good win and to start this competition this year with two wins from our first two games makes it a very happy dressing room.

“We actually thought we were a little bit short with the bat, after such a great start, and perhaps we misjudged the conditions a bit in the latter half of our innings.

“But then we put in a great performance with the ball and were able to defend that total in the end.”

Gloucestershire captain Jack Taylor said: “The powerplays in both innings cost us and we were outplayed by Surrey tonight.

“There was a big difference between the start they got and ours and it is tough to catch up in those situations. I was actually quite happy to keep them to that total overall but then to lose four wickets in the powerplay left us with too much to do.”

 

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

Wayne Madsen’s unbeaten 39 off 21 balls saw Derbyshire to a nine-wicket victory over Yorkshire in his 400th appearance for the county as the Falcons chased 84 in an eight-over Vitality Blast fixture at Headingley.

Australian overseas all-rounder Hayden Kerr set Derbyshire on their way to a second North Group win in three games with two wickets in the first over of the match, which started at 8.35pm following rain, and the left-arm seamer was excellent in returning two for 18 from two overs as the Vikings were restricted to 83 for three. 

Having been inserted, opener Dawid Malan’s 50 off 23 balls underpinned their innings. But the England left-hander’s second successive half-century was given little support, and that was key to a second defeat in four games. 

South African Madsen, 38, is the 14th Derbyshire player to play 400 games across all formats. He came to the crease at 15 for one at the start of the third over, hit his first ball for four and top-scored. 

He shared an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 69 with Shan Masood (32 not out) as victory was secured with three balls remaining.

Play was delayed by two hours and five minutes due to rain.

Derbyshire made the perfect start when Adam Lyth chipped the first ball of the match, from Kerr, to mid-off before Shadab Khan was caught behind trying to scoop five balls later as the score slipped to two for two.

But Yorkshire recovered to reach the end of the powerplay - 2.2 overs - at 21 for two, including Malan pulling Sam Conners into the Western Terrace for six. 

Shortly afterwards, he pulled Kerr over midwicket for a flat six as the score moved to 36 for two in the fourth over.

Malan’s innings was more muscle than finesse, though he did cheekily ramp Scotland left-arm spinner Mark Watt for four as he closed in on a fifty off 22 balls.

However, Watt had him caught at deep midwicket next ball as the score fell to 65 for three in the seventh over.

It was not only the second time in as many games that Malan had fallen for exactly 50 - he did so in defeat against Leicestershire here on Sunday - but also the second time he had departed the ball after reaching his milestone.

Having been 55 for two after five overs, the Vikings would have hoped for more. But they only hit two fours and a six in the last three overs, and a four and a pulled six from Will Fraine came with the last two balls of the innings from George Scrimshaw.

Luis Reece was run out coming back for two to deep square-leg following a mix-up with opener Masood at the start of the third over - 15 for one.

But Madsen was quickly into gear, whipping his first ball for four against seamer Matthew Revis.

Pakistan left-hander Masood crashed Jordan Thompson for six over long-on to take his side to 44 for one after four overs and slog swept Adil Rashid over midwicket shortly afterwards.

However, this was milestone man Madsen’s night. 

He sliced Haris Rauf for six over wide third and, with eight needed from the last over, reverse swept Adil Rashid for six with the final over’s first ball. 

As the rain fell, Yorkshire announced the short-term overseas signing of West Indies seam bowling all-rounder Dominic Drakes for the next four Blast games, starting with Friday’s home game against Durham when New Zealand batter Finn Allen will also debut.

They will replace Pakistan duo Khan and Rauf, who return home for international commitments. Rauf has played his last game of the season, while Khan will return later in the competition. 

Derbyshire are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they face Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford (3pm).

Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan said: 

 

“In a shortened format, as soon as it gets to 10 overs and below, the toss is so important. To lose the toss was not ideal because you want to be chasing. 

“I thought we got close enough to a good score. We probably needed another 10 or 15 to make them go a lot harder earlier. 

“When the pressure is on to get 90 or 100, and you try to hit every ball for four or six, it can make you lose your shape a bit. That happens, it’s part and parcel of the game and is why it’s so much easier to chase. 

“We haven’t played as well as we would have liked in these four games with the team we’ve had.”

 

Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen said:  

 

“It’s great to get the win, and it’s pretty special to do it in my 400th game. 

“Those first couple of wickets in the first over from Hayden were really important. 

“I thought they played some really good shots through the innings, but we had some little phases where we managed to just hold them up.

“Batting second in those sorts of conditions, slippery ball, we played it pretty conservatively and were able to see it home.

“We have built confidence over the last couple of games. After getting so close on Friday night (Birmingham), the last two games (Leicestershire and here) have been really good. We’ll take a lot of confidence into Lancashire tomorrow.”

 

Essex vs Hampshire, South Group County Ground, Chelmsford 7:00 PM

Michael Pepper smashed his Vitality Blast best as Essex Eagles demolished Hampshire Hawks by eight wickets at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford.

Batter Pepper dispatched four sixes to go alongside eight fours to crash a 75 ball 42 – to better his previous best of 55 not out.

Matt Critchley pummelled 45 in a 100 stand with Pepper as the Eagles chased down Hampshire’s below-par 150 with 37 balls to spare to secure their first home T20 victory over Hampshire since 2017.

Essex have won two from three in the competition, while the Hawks are winless. The only other time they have lost their first three Blast fixtures they finished second from bottom in the South Group.

Will Buttleman was caught and bowled off his glove and Adam Rossington was starved of the strike before Nathan Ellis kissed his leg stump. But Pepper dominated from then on.

He showed power with conventional shots but mixed it with some inventive flicks. The shot to bring up his half-century, however, was the combination of the two – a ramp shot with some added wrist to take the ball the distance.

Pepper was the Eagles’ top run-scorer in the Blast last season, with 260 runs – he wasn’t finished at a fifty as he dispatched Liam Dawson for back-to-back sixes over midwicket and then into the Hayes Close End gardens.

Mason Crane was his victim in the following over with another straight six, while Critchley went somewhat under the radar for his 24-ball 45 – which included two huge maximums.

Earlier, Essex won the toss and elected to bowl first – their previous six victories all coming when chasing in this format– and after a 25-minute delay due to rain they stifled the Hawks in the powerplay. The visitors only managed to get to 33 with the departure of the yorked Aneurin Donald.

Sam Cook was the main architect of the strong start with a boundary coming off his first delivery and then 11 dot balls – with his second over a wicket maiden.

James Vince and Ben McDermott – on his 100th T20 appearance – both fell as Hampshire laboured to 59 for three after 10.1 overs – but Weatherley, Ross Whiteley and James Fuller made sure they had a total to defend.

Weatherley swept both sides of the wicket with excellence in his 37, while Whiteley and Fuller used brute force to clear the shot boundaries; both striking two sixes each.

Curiously Essex’s two best bowlers Cook and Simon Harmer only bowled three of their allocation, both with identical figures of two for 16. Matt Critchley’s miserly one for 20 was also exemplary.

Essex Eagles batter Michael Pepper:

“It was a good team performance. With the ball we restricted them to 150 with small boundaries and the first 10 overs was sensational. The spinners in the middle were very good.

“I had freedom to go out and express myself. Playing more T20s against better players you learn different ways of scoring runs. It is fun batting when you are just using your hands.

“I am loving playing the T20s and having the responsibility of coming in at No.3. You are usually coming in the powerplay where you have full license to be aggressive and then I enjoy facing spin.

“Critchley has been unbelievable. He comes out with calmness but also authority of having played around. He knows what to say and it is nice knowing he is at the other end.

“The ramp (which brought up his fifty) I don’t find too hard a shot because it is just putting bat on ball. I found it tough hitting through the ball when it was fuller so using the pace was a better option.”

Hampshire Hawks first team manager Adi Birrell:

“They came hard and it came off for them but we didn't play very well.

"We aren't getting any starts. We have a good team but as I've just said in the dressing room, three games ago we played in a semi-final in this format. Three games later we are not a bad team.

"With a bit of belief and form as a team and the form will turn around. We have a bit of a job to do in the next few games.

"T20 is a brutal format and when it isn't going your way it is magnified in all departments."

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