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Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Thursday June 2nd - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

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Lewis Hill hits a 6 into the crowd during the Vitality T20 Blast North Group match between Yorkshire Vikings and Leicestershire Foxes
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast T20 2022 - Thursday June 2nd  2022.

 

Fixtures Schedule


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

Leicestershire Foxes ended Birmingham Bears' 100 per cent start to the Vitality Blast season with a five-run victory at Edgbaston. 

The Foxes mustered only a moderate 152 for nine but then bowled and fielded excellently to restrict the home side to 147 for nine. 

After the Foxes chose to bat, Scott Steel struck a cleanly-hit T20-best 72 (51 balls, two fours, five sixes) but only Ben Mike (34, 17 balls) offered him much support. Spin pair Jake Lintott (four for 27) and Danny Briggs (two for 25) did most of the damage while Alex Davies became the first Bears wicketkeeper to snare five victims in a T20 innings. 

Davies then batted enterprisingly for 43 from 34 balls in the Bears' reply but the Foxes, led by Rehan Ahmed (three for 36), took wickets regularly to seize a big win that reignites their stuttering campaign.  

After the Foxes took first use of a good batting pitch, Steel played purposefully from the first ball but no-one else in the top order reached double figures as they faltered to 65 for five. 

Former Warwickshire loanee Mike helped pull the innings round with a stand of 60 in 31 balls but Steel did for his partner with a terrible call which saw him run out by Chris Benjamin's throw from the covers. 

Steel then became Davies's fifth victim, the first of three wickets in the 18th over, from Lintott, which cost just one run. It was left to Ahmed (19 not out, 12 balls) to land a blow or two to get the total over 150. 

Mike then struck quickly with the ball when Jake Bethell chipped to mid-wicket. Rob Yates upped the pace with three fours and a six in a 13-ball 24 but then sent up a skier in a fine first over from Will Davis.  

Paul Stirling lifted Callum Parkinson to long on and when Ahmed removed Adam Hose, lbw, and Benjamin, caught at short third man reverse-sweeping, it was 89 for five and the Foxes were on top. 

They stayed there. Colin Ackermann's side kept taking wickets at vital times. Davies' perky innings ended when he chipped Mike to backward point where Rishi Patel took a diving catch. Ahmed defeated Henry Brookes' swipe to have him stumped and Carlos Brathwaite was left with only the tail for company. The Bears needed some heroics from their captain but the Foxes bowled too well to permit them.  

Bears bowler Jake Lintott, who four for 27, said:  

"I think we were pretty happy at halfway but we were batting second on a pitch that is used and it did get quite tough for us. 

"Fair play to Leicestershire. We have just been outplayed really. They found ways of getting to a total that was going to be challenging with the bowlers they have got. They set us a tricky target and then we have not executed the way we would have liked with the bat. 

"It was disappointing to lose but if somebody said we would win three of the first four I am sure we would have taken that. It's great that we have a huge game coming straight up at Worcester tomorrow and we all can't wait for it."

 

Foxes all-rounder Ben Mike, who scored 34 and took three for 30, said: 

"It was a great win for us. Scott and I batted nicely together last night against Northampton and I think we complement each other nicely and bat well with each other. We talk to each other well out there and it was nice to get us to a competitive score after we lost some early wickets.  

"We thought we were still a little bit under par on a good pitch but taking wickets regularly was key to winning the game and that's what we did. It was a very good day and the win keeps us right in the mix in the group table." 

 

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

Sam Curran produced an outstanding performance with bat and ball as Surrey thrashed Hampshire by 72 runs to move to the top of the South Group and maintain their 100 per cent record in this year’s Vitality Blast.

The 23-year-old made 69 off 38 balls as Surrey piled up 228 for four - their second-highest total in T20 history - before taking a career-best five for 30 including three wickets in an over as Hampshire were dismissed for 156.

A Kia Oval crowd of 15,000 was treated to some spectacular hitting, first by Curran and Will Jacks, who hammered 131 from 73 balls for the second wicket, and then by Sunil Narine, who added 52 from 23 deliveries.

It was Surrey’s highest total at the Oval for seven years and too much for a Hampshire side hampered by the absence of their best batsman James Vince through illness. James Fuller top-scored with 43 in their reply but they remain winless after four games.

Yet it started well for them. After electing to bowl first they made a breakthrough in the first over when Liam Dawson spun one through Jason Roy’s defences.

But Jacks and Curran were soon flaying their attack to all parts. Between them, they hit ten sixes and nine fours in a partnership that was Surrey’s third-highest in T20 and eclipsed their previous best against Hampshire when Jacks and Laurie Evans put on 118 at the Ageas Bowl two years ago.

Jack hit 64 off 36 balls with five sixes - his second fifty in this season’s competition - and Curran also cleared the rope five times, including successive blows off Mason Crane to take him to his fifty. Crane’s three overs of leg spin disappeared for 58 runs.  

Dawson briefly dragged things back by dismissing both batsmen in the 13th over. Jacks was brilliantly caught by the diving Crane at wide mid-off before Crane took a far easier catch in the covers to dismiss Curran for 69 off 38 deliveries.

But Hampshire’s suffering was far from over. Narine showcased spectacular timing and power to smash 52 from just 23 balls with five fours and four sixes and their reply began badly with Nick Gubbins acrobatically caught in the covers by Kieron Pollard off Reece Topley’s second ball.

Ben McDermott and Tom Prest briefly raised Hampshire hopes by adding 54 off 23 balls with McDermott depositing a delivery from Topley onto the Harleyford Road before Curran produced his decisive burst, bowling Prest as he swung across the line, deceiving McDermott with a slower ball which the Australian chipped to mid-on and having Donald taken at mid-off off a top-edge.

Curran then returned to bowl Nathan Ellis and pin Fuller lbw to complete an impressive night’s work.

Glamorgan vs Essex, South Group Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 7:00 PM

Glamorgan eased to a comfortable six wicket victory over Essex in their first home game of the Vitality Blast in front of a lively Cardiff crowd. An excellent bowling display saw them restrict Essex to less than a run a ball in their 20 overs with Michael Hogan and Michael Neser taking three wickets each

Essex struggled to get into the game as a collapse at the start and the end of their innings meant they never really got going with the bat with only Matt Critchley making a sizable contribution at a decent rate.

With just 114 runs needed it Glamorgan reached their victory target with 19 balls and six wickets to spare with Sam Northeast top scoring with 44.

Glamorgan took control of the match inside the opening PowerPlay having put Essex into bat. Hogan and Neser were hugely impressive, combining to restrict the visitors to 14 for three at the end of the sixth over.

Will Buttleman showed attacking intent from the start of his innings, attempting to slog sweep Michael Hogan in the first over. Despite this aggression he never really got going and when he played his second big sweep shot off Hogan he was trapped lbw for 2 from eight balls.

It was also Hogan who claimed the second wicket with Rossington mistiming a pull shot that was caught on the boundary by Neser.

Michael Pepper had made a career best 75 not out in Essex last match in this competition, here he managed 3 from 10 balls before he drove the ball to Dan Douthwaite at mid-on off the bowling of Neser.

Things settled with the partnership between Paul Walter and Matt Critchley of 58 that brought Essex back into the match but when both fell in the space of three balls to Douthwaite it was Glamorgan who were back on top. Walter went to a ball that swung enough to take a edge through to wicket-keeper Chris Cooke. Critchley absolutely creamed a cut shot that was hit straight at Marnus Labuschagne who held on to the catch.

When Daniel Sams was run out and Simon Harmer was caught behind off Hogan from the very next ball Essex had gone from 72 for three to 81 for seven in the space of 10 balls.

Neser finished with career best figures of three for 13 as Essex finished on a disappointing 113 for nine.

Essex were giving some hope of defending this sub-par target when Glamorgan captain David Lloyd was dismissed by Daniel Sams for a four ball duck, but from there a string of partnerships anchored by Northeast that put Glamorgan in sight of victory before some big hits from Chris Cooke and Dan Douthwaite got the team over the line. 

As with Essex’s batting efforts, it was Critchley who was the best performer for the visitors with the ball, finishing with one for 17 from his four overs with Simon Harmer also bowling a tight spell, but there was never enough runs on the board for them to squeeze out a victory. 

 





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