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Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Sunday June 19th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Durham's Graham Clark batting
Durham's Graham Clark batting
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Sunday  June 19th

 

 

Vitality Blast Fixtures – Sunday June 19th

 

Essex vs Somerset, South Group County Ground, Chelmsford

 

Rilee Rossouw surged to the top of the Vitality Blast run-scoring charts as Somerset stayed on course for a home knockout tie, thrashing Essex by eight wickets at Chelmsford.

Rossouw plundered 85 not out with seven sixes and five fours to move ahead of Northamptonshire’s Chris Lynn in the standings as the visitors made light work of chasing down 189 to win, though the Eagles were left to rue giving him a life, spilling a regulation chance when the match-winner had made just four. Tom Abell (62 not out) provided great support reaching his own half century  in 39 balls.

All this came after Michael Pepper (86 not out) and Paul Walter (58) were the mainstays of the host’s tally of 188-5, Jack Brooks the pick of the Somerset attack with two for 23.

On the same pitch which yielded 477 runs in Friday’s encounter with Sussex, the hosts initially struggled for fluency after being put in.

Adam Rossington gloved one from Peter Siddle through to Tom Banton and Feroze Khushi flowered briefly before lofting Ben Green to mid-wicket.

Pepper spiced things up, sweeping Roelof Van Der Merwe over backward square for six, but when the in-form Matt Critchley missed out the Eagles were 78-3.

It was Walter who changed the complexion of the innings, clearing his front leg and striking the ball cleanly to all parts, one of his five sixes threatening the residents of flats on the old hospital site.

The all-rounder raced to 50 in 26 balls and the stand reached 87 from 47 before he holed out in the deep, one of two wickets in as many balls for Brooks.

Pepper though, whose 50 came in 31 balls, dinked Siddle for six over third man as 20 came from the final over.

Even so, 188 looked light, all the more so when Will Smeed plundered three sixes from the opening over, but having raced to 22 he edged Daniel Sams through to Rossington.

Banton briefly picked up the baton, only for Pepper to send him on his way courtesy of a stunning catch, running in from the fence and diving full length to cling on inches above the turf.

If that was stunning, Sams dropped a sitter by comparison to reprieve Rossouw later in the same Ben Allison over.

The groans from a big crowd suggested it was a pivotal moment and Rossouw reinforced the view by lofting the luckless Allison for successive sixes in his next over, before plundering another maximum off spinner Simon Harmer.

Two more mighty blows off Aron Nijjar took him to 50 off 19 balls with five sixes and three fours, and with Tom Abell providing wristy elegance from the other end the 100-stand took just 52 balls as the Cider-men coasted home.


Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire, North Group Stanley Park, Blackpool

Steven Croft delighted a sellout crowd at his home club of Blackpool with an excellent unbeaten 61 as Lancashire put one foot in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals at Nottinghamshire’s expense.

Croft was born in the seaside town and is much loved at Stanley Park, where 4,500 packed in to watch the Lightning claim a seventh win in 10 games by chasing 180 for the loss of four wickets with 10 balls remaining to return to the North Group’s summit.

The 37-year-old former county captain hit four fours and two sixes in 44 balls and also dented the hopes of perennial Blast challengers Notts, who languish outside the top four qualifying places having lost five of nine games. 

If the popular opinion that seven wins will qualify you for the quarter-finals rings true this year, the Red Rose are there following a third-wicket partnership of 114 with current skipper Dane Vilas, who made 55 off 30 to advance from 31 for two.

Nottinghamshire’s 179 for seven included Samit Patel’s 45 off 36 balls and captain Dan Christian’s unbeaten 30 off 14 with two leg-side sixes off the last two balls of the innings from Danny Lamb.

Despite 19 off that last over, Lancashire would have been delighted with their efforts, with fast bowler Richard Gleeson - another Blackpool product - taking one for 24 from four overs. 

Spinners Tom Hartley and Luke Wells stood out more with two for 27 and one for 20 from their respective four-over spells as the Lightning (15 points) leapfrogged pre-game leaders Northamptonshire. 

Nottinghamshire lost two set batters in quick succession twice having been inserted.

Openers Alex Hales and Joe Clarke fell in the space of six balls in the third and fourth overs - 35 for two. 

Tom Bailey got Hales caught at deep midwicket for 22 having hit two sixes earlier in the over. Clarke then miscued Gleeson to mid-on.

Ben Duckett shared 46 in six overs with Patel before being dismissed when well set for 29 by a mixture of fortune and ingenuity from Lightning wicketkeeper Vilas - 81 for three after nine.

Duckett lap swept Hartley’s left-arm spin, only for Vilas to anticipate, move down leg and take a rebound catch off his body.

Patel also shared 45 inside six with fourth-wicket partner Tom Moores. But they fell in the 15th over, bowled by Hartley, when the acceleration loomed.

Patel was caught at deep midwicket sweeping - 126 for five - having seen Moores run out haring back for two earlier in the over.

Steven Mullaney was lbw to the leg-spin of Wells, leaving Notts at 132 for six after one ball of the 17th. But Christian, with the help of Calvin Harrison’s breezy 17, gave the Outlaws a late boost, sharing an unbroken 47.

Despite 24 off 13 balls for opener Keaton Jennings, Nottinghamshire were given further cheer as the Lightning fell to 31 for two in the fifth over of their chase.

Both openers, Jennings and Josh Bohannon, miscued catches in the ring off Luke Fletcher and Dane Paterson.

At that stage, the game was evenly poised. Not for long, however, as experienced pair Croft and Vilas made hay in the Fylde Coast sunshine.

Croft made the early running by pulling and sweeping sixes off Paterson’s seam and Patel’s left-arm spin before Vilas overtook him in the forties and reached a 24-ball fifty.

Vilas also hit two leg-side sixes off Harrison’s leg-spin and Fletcher’s seam, and by the time he reached his fifty, Lancashire were 134 for two in the 13th and careering towards the season’s double over Notts.

Croft followed him to the same milestone off 34 before Paterson and Patel removed Vilas and Tim David caught at backward point. Though, at 152 for four in the 16th, they were only consolatory strikes. 

Wells hit the winning runs, with Croft - having hit his second fifty off 2022 - punching the air in delight.

Glamorgan vs Sussex, South Group Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Glamorgan got back to winning ways in the Vitality Blast with a four wicket victory over Sussex in Cardiff. Wickets for the ever-reliable Michael Neser and runs from Sam Northeast and Colin Ingram set up the Glamorgan win that keeps their knockout hopes alive. 

Sussex batted first and a stop-start innings saw them set Glamorgan a target of 150 to win with Luke Wright top scoring with 46. 

A big partnership between Ingram and Northeast was the foundation on which the successful chase was built, with Ingram the major contributor with 57 from 43 deliveries.

Late wickets, including those of Ingram and Northeast, brought Sussex back into the contest at the death but the big hitting Dan Douthwaite saw Glamorgan home with an over to spare. 

Having put Sussex into bat Glamorgan restricted the visitors to 38 for two from the PowerPlay. The first wicket to fall was that of Mohammad Rizwan who was caught on the mid-wicket boundary after his attempted slog-sweep off the bowling of Prem Sisodiya found James Weighell fielding on the ropes.

Ali Orr was the second Sussex batter to be dismissed, bowled by a ball from Michael Neser that moved passed the left-hander to crash into his off stump.

Luke Wright and Tom Alsop righted the ship as they put on 67 for the third wicket in decent time. Byrom put down a simple chance to dismiss Alsop off the bowling of Sisodya but Glamorgan did claim the wicket of the dangerous Wright when he was well taken on the long-on boundary by Neser to Douthwaite his first wicket.

Wright’s departure saw the Sussex scoring rate slow and wickets began to tumble. Ravi Bopara couldn’t get going, dismissed for 2 from seven balls by Neser and Tom Alsop holed out on the boundary for 34 from 28 balls off Andrew Salter. When Harrison Ward was stumped by Alex Horton, the 18-year-old wicket-keeper's maiden victim in the Glamorgan first team, Sussex were 108 for six with 4.3 overs left.

Rashid Khan, playing in first game for Sussex this season, is capable of big hitting but he too struggled to get going, bowled by Weighell for a run a ball 8.

It was Delray Rawlins who gave the Sussex innings respectability as he took the attack to the Glamorgan bowlers, hitting two sixes on his way to 27 from 16 balls. Unfortunately for Sussex, Rawlins wasn’t there at the end, trapped lbw by Neser to the first ball of the 20th over with Sussex finishing on 149 for eight.

Glamorgan got off to a decent start despite the early loss of David Lloyd who slapped a ball from Steven Finn into the hands of Rashid Khan in the covers for just 8 from 10 balls. From there a stand of 86 between Colin Ingram and Glamorgan’s leading run scorer in the Blast, Sam Northeast, broke the back of the chase.

It was the wicket of Northeast that ended the partnership when he was caught by Henry Crocombe off the bowling of Tymal Mills for 35 off 32.

Ingram had struggled to get going in his previous two innings in the Blast but on the back of a match-winning 178 in Glamorgan’s County Championship match against this same opposition last week he has found some form as he reached his fifty from 39 balls. 

Glamorgan were cruising to victory before four wickets in the space of two overs gave Sussex real hope before Douthwaite’s 18 from 10 balls saw Glamorgan home with time to spare. .


 Middlesex vs Kent, South Group Lord's, London

Joe Cracknell and John Simpson put together a shrewd partnership of 91 as Middlesex snapped their six-match Vitality Blast losing streak, defeating South Group stragglers Kent Spitfires by seven wickets.

Cracknell, with an unbeaten 43 from 37 balls, and Simpson (46 from 35) shared the only sizeable stand of a low-scoring game to set up Middlesex’s triumph with 15 deliveries to spare.

Defending champions Kent, who languish at the foot of the table, limped to 141 for nine after opting to bat, stifled during the middle overs by Middlesex’s spin trio of Chris Green, Thilan Walallawita and Luke Hollman.

Although the Spitfires gained a glimmer of hope with two wickets in quick succession, the third-wicket pair batted sensibly to extinguish that and keep Middlesex’s faint hopes of qualification alive.

Joe Denly, whose century had underpinned the Spitfires’ first success of the tournament when the sides met at Canterbury, lasted only 10 deliveries before he was caught behind swishing at Tom Helm.

Opening partner Zak Crawley – returning to the side in between his England Test duties – soon followed, attempting to hook Martin Andersson and John Simpson judged the skier perfectly.

Questionable shot selection, combined with tidy bowling by the Middlesex spinners, meant wickets continued to fall regularly, although for a while it seemed Sam Billings might steer Kent out of trouble.

The skipper survived a series of close calls – including two catches that fell fractionally short of the fielder and Andersson’s shy at the stumps as he changed his mind over an audacious single – to make 29.

However, Billings perished reverse-sweeping Hollman into the hands of point and it wasn’t until the 17th over that Kent registered the only six of their innings as Jack Leaning clipped Jason Behrendorff into the Mound Stand.

Despite Leaning’s effort of 20 from 14, the visitors’ total looked unlikely to be enough and Middlesex made a steady start in reply, with Stephen Eskinazi and Max Holden putting on 42 from 28.

Eskinazi (28 from 15) had just swung Fred Klaassen for his second six when he attempted to repeat the shot and top-edged to deep midwicket, but the captain’s departure appeared to reduce the flow of runs to a trickle.

Spin duo George Linde and Qais Ahmad rattled through six consecutive post-powerplay overs, all of them without conceding a boundary as Cracknell and Simpson concentrated on avoiding risks and collecting singles.

Once the seamers returned, Cracknell cast off the shackles, pulling Klaassen over the fence and then cutting him square for four more as Middlesex began to accelerate towards the target.

Simpson swatted Klaassen for six to bring his side within four but, although the seamer took his revenge by trapping him leg before, Jack Davies squirted his first ball to the rope, sealing a rare victory.

Durham vs Leicestershire, North Group Emirates Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

 

Rehan Ahmed notched career-best figures as the Leicestershire Foxes gave their Vitality Blast campaign a vital boost with a 51-run win over Durham in their clash at Seat Unique Riverside.

Wiaan Mulder was the key man with the bat for the Foxes, scoring 54 from 33 balls after the visitors appeared to be in danger at 80 for six. The South African timed the ball to perfection with four boundaries and two sixes to elevate his team to a defendable total of 154 for nine from their 20 overs.

Durham struggled throughout their chase and were always behind the rate, increasing the pressure in the middle. Ahmed tormented the home side with wrist-spin on a slow surface with figures of four for 22, while Callum Parkinson (3-16) and Mulder (2-16) were also on point to bowl their side to a victory that keeps the Foxes hopes alive in the North Group.

After winning the toss, the Leicestershire innings began poorly with a miscommunication between Nick Welch and Harry Swindells resulted in the latter being run out without facing a ball. AJ Tye then put down Welch at square leg and then received treatment from Rishi Patel in his first two balls, being struck for a four then a six over long-on. However, the Aussie responded by dismissing Patel before Liam Trevaskis bowled Arron Lilly to reduce the Foxes to 42 for three at the end of the powerplay.

Welch upped the ante for the visitors, dispatching Nathan Sowter and Scott Borthwick for sixes in successive overs. But, Welch soon fell for 37 trying to turn Borthwick into the leg-side, offering a simple return catch. Tye kept up the pressure at the other end, removing Colin Ackermann and Lewis Hill, leaving the Foxes in trouble at 80 for six in the 13th over.

A stand of 44 from Mulder and Ben Mike rebuilt the Foxes innings and pushed them towards a competitive total. Mulder produced an outstanding knock to score his fifth T20 half-century, drilling Tye for back-to-back sixes in the final over before being caught on the fence going for a third maximum in a row. Tye picked up his fifth wicket when Parkinson was caught on the fence, becoming only the sixth player to take a five-wicket haul for Durham in T20 cricket.

Durham lost Michael Jones early in their chase after being bowled through the gate by Parkinson, which would set the tone for the innings. Graham Clark and Ollie Robinson struggled to time the ball mustering only 35 in the powerplay. Ahmed's introduction into the attack brought about the end of Robinson from his first ball, with a return catch at the second attempt.

The leg-spinner prised out Clark, who could only pick out Mike on the fence from a full toss, before bowling Ned Eckersley first ball, putting the hosts into a world of trouble at 47 for four. Durham needed a response from their skipper, and Ashton Turner tried to knock the ball around the pitch, but overbalanced attempting a sweep against Parkinson and was stumped by Swindells for 12.

Mulder then played a decisive role with the bat to remove Ben Raine and Paul Coughlin effectively ending the game. Ahmed returned to secure his fourth wicket by bowling Tye, completing a fine road performance to secure a comfortable win for the Foxes.

Birmingham Bears vs Derbyshire, North Group Edgbaston, Birmingham

 

Derbyshire Falcons' Vitality Blast charge continued with a thumping seven-wicket win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston. 

The Falcons lodged their fourth successive victory as they comfortably beat a Bears side which had piled up a Blast record total against Notts Outlaws only two days earlier. 

This time the Bears were restricted to 159 for seven by excellent bowing led by Sam Conners (three for 25) and Mattie McKiernan (two for 18). Sam Hain continued his sublime form with an unbeaten 73 (40 balls) but no other batter escaped the shackles. 

The visitors made light of the modest target, racing to 160 for three with 11 balls to spare. Luis Reece supplied early impetus with 38 (24 balls) before Wayne Madsen (55, 34 balls) and captain Shan Masood (45 not out, 45) added 89 in 59 balls to seal victory. 

The win lifts the Falcons into the qualification spots while the Bears are also still there but remain hit and miss, their record total of 261 on Friday sandwiched between defeats by ten and seven wickets. Another concern for them was Hain's absence when fielding due to a sore back.  

The Bears chose to bat but soon hit trouble against well-directed bowling. They were 23 for three after Connors removed Paul Stirling and Alex Davies and Rob Yates lifted Mark Watt long leg. 

Hain motored to 50 from 29 balls, but support for him was fleeting. Adam Hose lifted Mattie McKiernan for six but edged the next ball to wicketkeeper Brooke Guest. 

The Falcons' attack, astutely orchestrated by captain Masood, kept the pressure high. Chris Benjamin, Carlos Brathwaite and Jake Lintott all cleared the ropes once but perished trying to repeat the big blows. Hain found himself too often at the non-striker's end as the Bears came in short.  

The Falcons' reply was given a flier as Masood and Reece put 50 on the board in 33 balls. A comical mix up, which saw them both at the same end, did for Reece but Madsen hit two sixes from his first six balls and applied measured acceleration while Masood played the perfect anchor role. 

The Bears' unhappy day continued when they were penalised five runs after bowler Brathwaite, seeing Madsen set off for a single, sent in a throw which would have hit the stumps but struck the batsman. The umpires' bizarre decision to deem it dangerous play summed up a bad day for the Bears. 

Madsen advanced to a 29-ball half-century and the Falcons rose impressively into the top four of the North Group.  

 

Hampshire vs Surrey, South Group Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Kieron Pollard bashed 34 as Surrey secured a four-wicket Vitality Blast victory over Hampshire Hawks to maintain their unbeaten start to the season across both formats.

Trinidadian Pollard had previously been restricted to short cameos, with a top score of 23, in his first five matches for Surrey.

But after Jamie Smith and Laurie Evans had put a modest chase of 152 in order, the West Indian clubbed two sixes and three fours off 22 balls in front of hundreds of All Star and Dynamo participants to keep Surrey glued to the top of the South Group.

Hampshire, who had James Fuller smash a late unbeaten 39 and saw Liam Dawson take two for 22, end their five-match winning streak but remain in the quarter-final hunt.

Surrey stuck Hawks in on a quick and bouncy pitch, and watched the hosts build a fine foundation in the powerplay by reaching 41 for one. Ben McDermott had fallen and James Vince was dropped twice on five and 19, but value was gifted when the gaps were found.

Vince, on the back of a sublime century on Friday night, overtook Chris Lynn at the top of the Blast run charts thanks to six boundaries in his 30 – only for Rilee Rossouw to later overtake both of them.

The innings platform was shattered as Tom Prest and Vince both fell to Jamie Overton, who will hoping to make his Test debut at the end of the week in the following over.

The middle overs belonged to the visitors, despite Joe Weatherley’s two heaves over the shorter legside boundary. But he, Toby Albert and Ross Whiteley – the latter to a stunning Chris Jordan caught and bowled – all departed to restrict Hawks to 94 for six with just under six overs to go.

James Fuller, aided by Dawson’s scampering, put on 52 runs to give themselves something to bowl at. Fuller’s 39 included three fours, a six over long on and a huge hoick to clear the longest part of the boundary.

Surrey’s powerplay mimicked Hampshire’s. They lost Will Jacks when a leading edge landed on backward point Mason Crane’s lap, but Smith played the Vince role with some lovely shot making.

The wicketkeeper-batter went up and over the off-side field three times in five boundaries but was caught behind off Dawson in the seventh over to end a 47-run combination with Evans. Sunil Narine came and went in a pinch-hitting flash.

Evans has accumulated rather than swatted runs, with the exception of dispatching Crane over the boundary, and fell for 29 when he drove to cover.

Pollard got motoring on his 598th T20 appearance with two breath-taking sixes off Crane – the first nailed over cover and point and the second a one-handed lift over extra cover.

He got his side to within 22 runs of victory before Weatherley pulled off a special diving catch on the square boundary. Jamie Overton was stumped in the followed over as Surrey threatened to come unstuck.

But after Jordan pulled a six with the last ball of the penultimate, Chris Wood’s wide ended the contest with five balls to spare.

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