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Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Sunday June 5th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Graham Clark (Durham Cricket)
Graham Clark (Durham Cricket)
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast T20 2022 - Sunday June 5th 2022.

 

Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Sunday June 5th 

 

Kent vs Middlesex, South Group St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 2:30 PM

 

An explosive century from Joe Denly helped Kent Spitfires to their first win of the season, as they beat Middlesex by 55 runs in the Vitality Blast at Canterbury. 

Denly scored his fifth Blast century, hitting 110 from 58 balls, including six sixes and nine fours as Kent posted 192 for eight. Jordan Cox was Kent’s next highest scorer with 45, putting on a record second-wicket stand of 175 with Denly. 

Chris Green took three for 29 and Martin Andersson three for 32 as Middlesex reined Kent in during the death overs, but they were always behind the run rate and closed on 138 for seven. 

Kent Spinners Jack Leaning and George Linde claimed three for 30 and two for 26 respectively as the defending Blast champions finally recorded their first win of the season, in any format. 

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Kent got off to a wretched start when Jason Behrendorff trapped Daniel Bell-Drummond lbw for nought with the third ball of the innings, but the partnership between Denly and Cox transformed the mood in the ground. 

Denly dominated the strike, easing to 50 with a single from Toby Greatwood and then thrashing the Middlesex attack. When he drove Andersson to mid-on for a scrambled two to reach three figures, he was embraced by Cox and given a standing ovation by every part of the ground. 

Yet having raced to 149 for one from 14 overs, the home crowd, demoralised by Kent’s winless run, seemed disappointed the hosts couldn’t pass 200. 

Cox was bowled by Green, who then had Linde caught on the boundary by Luke Hollman. Green then took his third wicket when Denly holed out and was caught on the boundary by Max Holden. 

Andersson claimed all of his wickets in the penultimate over. Alex Blake was caught off the second ball by Hollman for 10 and Sam Billings went to the fifth for 5, to a diving catch by Green. Andersson then bowled a wide to Grant Stewart, who skied the next delivery to the same fielder. 

When Leaning was run out for six, chasing a second off the final ball of the innings, there was a nagging doubt Kent might have let it slide.  

That feeling was briefly compounded when Leaning missed a difficult chance to catch Stevie Eskinazi off Linde in the second over of the chase, but Holden was caught for 12 when he swiped Stewart to Bell-Drummond. 

Eskinazi then played on to Qais Ahmad and was bowled for 30 and Joe Cracknell was out for 10 when he hit Linde to Cox at deep midwicket. 

Linde then held a violent return catch to remove Andersson for one and although Cox dropped John Simpson over the boundary for six, he was out, for 13, to the next ball when he chipped Leaning to Denly. 

Leaning took his second wicket when he had Jack Davies stumped by Billings for eight and his third when Green whacked him to Blake at long on. 

Thilan Walallawita took Middlesex past three figures with a six off Leaning but by then the run rate was an unmanageable 24 per over and he was out for 10 when he hit Stewart to Blake. Hollman (23 not out) and Behrendorff (13 not out) flailed to some effect during the death overs, but by that stage the visitors’ hopes had long been extinguished.  

Kent's Joe Denly said: "It's been long overdue I think, both some runs for myself and obviously that win, so it's nice to get the first one under the belt and hopefully we can get on a little run here and you never know. 

"It did feel really good. It was a frustrating evening the other night against Surrey, to not really get going in my innings here and fall quite short, so it was nice to go out there and try and play quite freely, try and stay as relaxed as I could. I got a couple out of the middle early on and just kept going. You need a bit of luck whenever you score a century in Twenty20 cricket and this afternoon was my day.

"We spoke about (kicking on). The other night we never really threw a punch against Surrey. Today was just about putting it on their bowlers, I was able to do that in the powerplay and I just felt I could keep going with that momentum. Jordan as well at the other end, it just shows the importance of partnerships. He's a fine young batter.

"Qais is a world-class performer and although we haven't won he hasn't gone for runs. He's a consistent performer in this format and he showed his class again. He's particularly tricky to get away, especially in those middle overs. Jack Leaning is a very handy cricketer, especially when they're packed with left-handers. When it is offering a bit he really gives it a rip. I thought George showed his class as well.

"If you get on a roll in this competition you just never know where it can take you. We're at Essex on Tuesday and I think we owe them one. It's the Battle of the Bridge and we always enjoy playing them. They went on an incredible run a couple of years ago at the back end of the competition so we have to take little bits of hope from that and we're certainly going to gain confidence from this and try and go on a run."

 

Middlesex's Richard Johnson said: "It was a fantastic innings by Joe, we obviously know him well and T20 cricket can be tough. One guy can have a day out and that was the case today. Everyone else who batted on their side and our side struggled on that wicket, struggled to get a rhythm, struggled to get a tempo and struggled to get the spinners away, so it was a fantastic innings.

"160 was always going to be a really good score on that wicket so them getting 192 was always going to be a tough ask. We gave it as good a go as we could, but I thought their spinners bowled very well, took the pace off the ball and made it very difficult for us to score. Once you're a little bit behind on the powerplay it's always tough."

 

Durham vs Northamptonshire, North Group, Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 2:30 PM

 

A fine knock of 61 from Chris Lynn guided Northamptonshire Steelbacks to a four-wicket win over Durham in their Vitality Blast clash at Seat Unique Riverside.

The Steelbacks spinners Graeme White and Josh Cobb combined for five for 38 from their eight overs, limiting Durham to 154 for eight in their innings, with White sending down a miserly spell of three for 14. Graham Clark top scored for the hosts, but their total appeared to be under-par and was proven to be the case as Lynn took command of the contest.

The Aussie set the tone from the off for the visitors and his innings of 61 from 47 balls provided a platform for the rest of the line-up to bat around. There was late drama amid a fine spell of bowling from Andrew Tye, who claimed three for 28, but the Steelbacks held their composure to get over the line with three balls to spare to register their third win of the campaign.

Durham opted to bat first on a used pitch in gloomy conditions at Chester-le-Street, and although Michael Jones found the boundary with his second ball, he was bowled through the gate by Cobb. James Neesham found Ollie Robinson's outside edge for five to put the pressure well and truly on the hosts in the powerplay. The home side mustered only 41 runs from their first six overs, but Clark and David Bedingham gradually found their way on a slow wicket.

They combined for a stand of 41 before Bedingham was run out for a run-a-ball 20 at non-striker's end by Freddie Heldreich, deflecting the ball onto the stumps off his own bowling. Clark struck six boundaries in his innings of 44, but he fell for a return catch from Cobb. Graeme White then turned the screw with a double-wicket maiden, bowling Paul Coughlin for 15 and then removing Brydon Carse caught and bowled for a duck, leaving the hosts 92 for six.

Durham counterattacked towards the end of the innings as Ned Eckersley and Liam Trevasksis scored 19 apiece, propelling the hosts to a score of 154 for five after taking Ben Sanderson's final over for 16.

Lynn made his intent clear from the third ball of the Steelbacks' innings advancing on Coughlin before dispatching a brilliant strike over cover for a maximum. Tye's introduction into the attack brought about the dismissal of Ben Curran for 16 from 11, but Lynn and Cobb kept the scoreboard moving, guiding the visitors to 49 for one at the end of the powerplay.

Tye pegged back the Steelbacks by removing Cobb, but Lynn ensured that his team was ahead of the rate, scoring timely boundaries. The Aussie reached his fifty from 42 balls and continued his assault, launching Ben Raine over the long-on boundary. Lynn lined up Scott Borthwick for the same treatment, but missed a straight one to lose his middle stump for 61.

Late wickets almost brought Durham back into the contest as Tye bowled a brilliant penultimate over to Neesham, but a costly drop from substitute fielder George Drissell let the visitors off the hook. Tom Taylor secured the win for the Steeelbacks with a scoop off Raine to guide his team to a vital win on the road.

Steelbacks spinner Graeme White said: "We're delighted it is a difficult place to come and play your cricket, so it is nice to get that win. We've had a bit of a road trip over the last few days so to pick up those two points is big for us. This is a very different ground to Wantage Road, it's a big playing surface, so it is always a tough game. We know that we really have to work for it and there is a lot of running. It shows the development of our team and what we're trying to do. It's going to put us in good stead to show that we can adapt and play that way. We talk about as a bowling unit taking wickets to put the batting side on the back foot and that worked well on Sunday. Myself and Josh Cobb were able to squeeze them and were able to reduce them to a score that was attainable."

 

Durham skipper Liam Trevaskis said: "We were not far off, but we were probably a couple of runs short with the bat, but not loads. We just didn't come home with the bacon. We chose to bat first because it was a used wicket, it was the third time it has been used since Wednesday. It started to hold a bit more, and we thought we could get a score on the board and then apply pressure. We were just a couple short. The other night we scored 180 and that would have been an excellent score on this wicket. Unfortunately the catch went down in the penultimate over, no one means to drop them, it happens in cricket. We've got two home games next week, we've got to come out and put in good performances and try to get on a roll in this competition."

Worcestershire vs Leicestershire, North Group New Road, Worcester 2:30 PM

 

Leicestershire Foxes secured their third win in four games with the help of a superb spell of bowling from Naveen-ul-Haq in a 26 run triumph against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

The Afghanistan pace bowler returned career best T20 figures of 5-10 from four overs as the Foxes comfortably defended a total of 162-6.

He claimed the prized wickets of Brett D’Oliveira and overseas duo Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo before cleaning up the innings as the Rapids were dismissed for 136 in 19 overs.

All of the Foxes wins have come on the road against Yorkshire Vikings, Birmingham Bears and now the Rapids.

But they were aided by some poor shot selection by the Rapids batters and the home side remain in bottom spot after a fifth setback in six games.

Rapids captain Moeen Ali put the visitors into bat on the same hybrid wicket used against the Bears on Friday and for the Central Sparks-Western Storm game yesterday in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Leicestershire opener, Hamish Rutherford, a former Worcestershire player, was looking to improve on a record of 22 runs in his first five innings in the Blast this summer.

The Rapids bowled a tight line in the opening stages and Dillon Pennington was rewarded when Scott Steel, who had hit half centuries in his previous two innings, holed out to mid-off.

Rutherford did not strike a boundary until his 16th delivery but four fours in Pennington’s third over lifted the powerplay total to 47-1.

Arron Lilley scored freely and smashed Dwayne Bravo over backward of square for the first six.

But two wickets in two overs checked the Foxes progress.

Lilley tried to work Ed Barnard to leg and was lbw and then Rutherford, having made 29 off 34 balls, missed a straight ball from Moeen.

The England all-rounder finished with excellent figures of 4-0-18-1.

Leicestershire T20 captain, Colin Ackermann perished to a fine catch by Josh Baker running back from third man off Barnard.

But 59 came off the last five overs thanks mainly to Rishi Patel’s 37 from 25 balls before he holed out to cover off Bravo and then Rehan Ahmed was caught and bowled off a skier by Pat Brown.  

D’Oliveira, fresh from his career best 71 against the Bears, gave the Rapids a flying start with 25 off 13 balls with five boundaries before he was yorked by Naveen.

Ed Pollock flicked a Ben Mike no ball over backward square leg for six but on 19 picked out Callum Parkinson in a similar shot off Will Davis.

Munro, the Rapids leading scorer in the Blast this summer, was caught behind on one after aiming to cut Naveen.

Moeen Ali played one exquisite late cut for four off Parkinson and drilled Will Davis for six over long but then he went lbw to Rehan Ahmed’s first delivery which kept low.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and Jack Haynes went lbw to Parkinson aiming across the line at 91-5.

Parkinson struck again when Ben Cox (25) picked out deep cover and Bravo (1) was lbw to Naveen who cleaned up the innings by sending back Dillon Pennington and Ed Barnard who top-scored with 27.

Worcestershire all-rounder Ed Barnard said: “Very different day to Friday (against Birmingham Bears) and a very disappointing day when trying to build that momentum after that win.

“! thought we bowled and fielded pretty well and kept them to a reasonable score but we probably lost too many wickets at important times.

“You’ve got to give credit to Naveen-ul-Haq. He is an outstanding bowler. He was the leading wicket-taker in the Blast last year so you’ve got to expect him to come here and bowl well.

“We probably didn’t quite have the right plans, and play him as well as you can, but that can happen in cricket. Fair play to him, he has come here and done his job really well today.

“You look towards the end and as soon as you get five, six, seven wickets down, it’s hard to get that momentum going because you’ve got to look after your wicket a little bit as well.

“We lost a few wickets early on and didn’t quite get that one partnership which would have got us up near their total.”

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Leicestershire bowler Naveen-ul-Haq, who returned career best T20 figures of 5-10, said: “It is a nice feeling to take a five-for and win the game for your team.

“It think we were a bit short on the score and we would have liked 170-175 so someone needed to step up and win the game today.

“It is satisfying when you do the hard work and then you come onto the field and it pays off.

“They got off the mark quickly and we needed to strike in the powerplay. That was our aim and to put the brakes on.

“Our batters told us it was not that easy a wicket and we knew if we could get two or three wickets in the powerplay that we were in the game.

“We didn’t want to lose games at the start of the tournament and we had to dig in and win some.

“We weren’t good at starting the tournament last year as well so now we’ve won three out of six so hopefully we can get some momentum and go a long way in the tournament.”

 


Glamorgan vs Surrey, South Group Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 2:30 PM

 

Glamorgan’s Vitality Blast match against Surrey ended without a result after persistent rain meant that only 21.3 overs were possible. 

Surrey batted first and posted 160 for nine from their 20 overs thanks to 48 not out from Jamie Overton and 31 from Sam Curran.

It looked as if Surrey would struggle to make it passed 150 after Glamorgan put on the squeeze in the middle overs, but big hitting from Overton saw them post a very competitive score.

Glamorgan had made it to 9 for none before the rain arrived and despite the best efforts of the ground staff, they couldn’t get back out there to finish the game.

Having been put into bat Surrey got off to a quick start thanks to a 38-run partnership between Jason Roy and Will Jacks. Things changed rapidly when Michael Neser bowled both openers in the space of three balls to bring Glamorgan back into the game. 

Surrey rebuilt with Sam Curran making 31 from 30 balls to hold things together for the visitors as regular wickets fell. Curran could have been dismissed on 15 when he creamed a cut shot off Douthwaite straight to Kiran Carlson. It travelled so fast that Carlson couldn’t get a hand to it with the ball hitting him on the chest.

Tidy bowling from Prem Sisodiya and Marnus Labuschagne in the middle overs saw Surrey reach 102 for six after 15 overs. From there it was the Overton show with the all-rounder hitting four sixes on his way to a career best score. Overton made full use of the short straight boundaries in Cardiff as he raced along at a strike rate of 228. 

Glamorgan had batted 1.3 overs when rain arrived to take the players from the field. The showers passed long enough for the covers to come back off and a restart to be scheduled but the rain returned as the players walked out to resume play.  

The no result means Surrey have dropped points for the first time this season having won their opening four matches of the tournament. 

Marnus Labuschagne who was playing his last match for Glamorgan in this spell with the club

Definitely disappointing for us. 160 we thought was a decent total on that wicket. We thought the wicket played a lot better than the other night [against Essex]. So we were pretty confident getting off to a good start there, the little bit of rain meant it was skiddier so wasn’t holding on the wicket so it would have been tougher on their spinners. Disappointing that we didn’t get on there and have a crack at that run chase, but that is the game we play, and unfortunately for me that is the way I am finishing. 

Birmingham Bears vs Nottinghamshire, North Group Edgbaston, Birmingham 2:30 PM

Birmingham Bears returned to winning ways with a thrilling one-run Vitality Blast win over Notts Outlaws at Edgbaston. 

Needing three to win and two to tie from the last ball, Outlaws batter Tom Moores could only scuff Craig Miles for a single. 

It rounded off a stunning fightback by the Bears after the Outlaws, chasing 98 for five in an eight-overs-per-side contest, charged to 55 for one after 20 balls as Alex Hales thrashed 30 from just nine balls. 

Spin bowler Jake Lintott turned the tide with a superb over which saw him dismiss Hales and Ben Duckett while conceding just two runs. 

The Outlaws needed 15 from the last over but could find only 13 as Miles held his nerve.  

Put in on a relentlessly damp, grey afternoon, the Bears made 98 thanks largely to Chris Benjamin (36, 17 balls). Samit Patel bowled with his customary nous and control for 2-0-12-2.  

England paceman Olly Stone then marked his return to the first team after long-term injury with a wicket first ball but Notts were on course for victory until Lintott's brilliant brace of overs - 2-0-6-2. 

The Bears lost Paul Stirling to the first ball of their innings, but the wicket came at a cost for Notts as Joe Clarke fell awkwardly, taking the catch at long leg, and limped from the field. 

Benjamin then improvised effectively, hitting four fours and two sixes. He was supported by lively cameos from Jake Bethell (17, nine balls) at the start and Alex Davies (14 from four) in the final over. 

The Outlaws also lost a wicket first ball when Clarke slashed Stone to short third man. Duckett and Hales hit immediate overdrive to heave the match their side's way but they fell in the space of three ball from Lintott, the former slickly caught at deep extra by Sam Hain and the latter driving a sharp return catch to the bowler. 

The potential match-winners keep on coming in the Outlaws' batting line up but Dan Christian holed out to Carlos Brathwaite and Moores and Patel failed to find the requisite 15 from the final over. 

Patel's exit was part of a curio from the game. With one ball to go and six runs needed, he walked off, 'retired out', from the non-striker's end to get Calvin Harrison, a faster runner, to the crease. Earlier on, in the Bears' innings, Brathwaite had retired out, in the belief that Davies would be better-equipped to score quickly off the spinners.  

 

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