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Vitality Blast T20 2022: All Matches Tuesday June 7th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

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Luis Reece (Derbyshire)
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the Vitality Blast T20 2022 - Tuesday June 7th 2022.

Vitality Blast T20 2022 - Fixtures for Tuesday June 7th

Middlesex vs Hampshire, South Group Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett

Liam Dawson’s miserly spell of three for 14 laid the platform for Hampshire Hawks to climb off the foot of the Vitality Blast table as they blew Middlesex away by nine wickets at Radlett.

The left-arm spinner – who was carted for 54 runs in last year’s Blast at Radlett and suffered an Achilles tear on the same ground in 2020 – enjoyed better fortunes this time as he sent down four consecutive overs that strangled Middlesex’s innings.

The home side were restricted to 142 for seven – and Hawks’ openers Ben McDermott and James Vince made short work of the modest target with their second century partnership in as many matches.

McDermott blazed 83 from just 30 deliveries, including nine sixes, as he and Vince shared a whirlwind stand of 132, with the skipper hitting an unbeaten 54 from 37 to see his side across the line with a full eight overs unused.

Having won the toss and put Middlesex in, the Hawks’ powerplay seamers all bowled accurately – although home skipper Stephen Eskinazi (21) lifted the tempo with successive leg-side sixes off Scott Currie.

However, after Eskinazi gave Chris Wood the charge and picked out the long-off fielder, that momentum faded, with Joe Cracknell holing out cheaply and Max Holden – who produced some classy shots in his knock of 35 – drilling James Fuller to mid-off.

Fuller (one for 21) and Dawson squeezed the life out of the innings during the middle overs, with Middlesex failing to register a single boundary in 34 deliveries and shedding wickets at regular intervals.

Three of those fell to the spinner – the pick of them a delivery that skidded on to take out Chris Green’s middle stump – and, at 94 for six, the home side looked in some danger of failing to complete their allocation of overs.

A spirited stand of 48 between Jack Davies (34) and Martin Andersson, undefeated on 25, prevented that and steered Middlesex towards respectability, but their total never looked likely to be enough.

Vince set the tone when Hampshire replied, depositing Thilan Walallawita’s first two deliveries over the infield for four and six, while the pugnacious McDermott smashed his compatriot Jason Behrendorff over the fence twice in an over.

McDermott followed that up by hammering two more sixes off Andersson to take his side beyond 50 in only the fifth over, with Middlesex’s bowlers struggling to rein the Australian in to any degree.

A powerful cover boundary off Luke Hollman brought up McDermott’s half-century from just 20 balls and he guided Hampshire to the verge of victory before falling to Eskinazi’s superbly-judged catch, leaping back to take a skier at mid-off.

But two boundaries by Vince in Andersson’s next over completed back-to-back wins for the Hawks, who began the tournament with four straight defeats.

Middlesex captain STEPHEN ESKINAZI said:

“Two international-quality players had a big day (for Hampshire) and we weren’t at the races, probably from ball one.

“We were out-batted, out-bowled and out-fielded in every respect and we have to put it behind us pretty quickly and go again.

“There’s an expectation we go out and perform more often than we don’t, but we’re going to have to do a hell of a lot more right on Thursday (against Surrey) and going forward if we’re going to start taking more points.

“There’s no room for baggage in this competition at all and that works both ways. You’re not a gun side because you’ve won three in a row and you’re not a bad side because you’ve lost three in a row.”

 

Hampshire batter BEN McDERMOTT, who scored 83 from 30 balls, said:

“We’re starting to play more positive cricket and the boys bowled fantastically. It’s well known how small the ground is here and normally how good a wicket it is, but in the middle we thought it was actually a par score on that wicket.

“I thought Liam Dawson was fantastic throughout the middle period and the other guys chipped in as well – it was a good performance all round.

“We got off to a good powerplay and I just thought ‘I’m going to keep going here’ and try and kill the game, which I was lucky enough to do.

“I sort of mishit a couple of those for six and got a bit lucky at times with the wind swirling around and making the boundary even shorter. We’ve got to get on a little bit of a roll now and keep winning games.”

Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire, South Group Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Gloucestershire claimed the third win of their Vitality Blast campaign with a five wicket victory over Glamorgan in Cardiff thanks to an impressive performance with both bat and ball. 

Glamorgan got off to a strong start in their batting innings with an opening stand between David Lloyd and Sam Northeast taking them to 90 without loss. From there Gloucestershire came back into the game as Glamorgan made 69 for eight from the last 10 overs of their innings to set a target of 159 to win. 

James Bracey batted brilliantly to make 63 from 49 balls with support from Glenn Phillips and Miles Hammond to break the back of the chase.

Gloucestershire looked to be cruising to the win before three wickets in the space of six balls meant they limped over the line in the end.  

Having been put into bat the partnership between Lloyd and Northeast put the home side in control of the early stages of the match. Lloyd was the main threat, making 68 from 43 balls, his best score in T20 cricket since 2016.

It was the wily Benny Howell who made the breakthrough for Gloucestershire, claiming the wickets of both openers in the space of 15 runs. Those wickets were the first of the eight to fall in the second half of the Glamorgan innings as the visitors wrestled their way back into the game. Howell’s variations and Tom Smith’s left arm spin choked the Glamorgan middle order as wickets fell with regularity.

Once the openers were gone no Glamorgan batter passed 20 with the next highest partnership being just 17 runs. Having been expensive in his first two overs David Payne came back well in the death overs, claiming the wickets of James Weighell and the dangerous Dan Douthwaite.

Gloucestershire got off to a similarly impressive start to their innings, reaching 54 without loss at the end of the PowerPlay. The introduction of Douthwaite for the seventh over than brought the first wicket with Miles Hammond getting caught on the boundary by Eddie Byrom.

A partnership between James Bracey and Glenn Phillips continued Gloucestershire’s progress towards victory with Bracey reaching fifty off 40 balls. Phillips was happy to play the supporting role while he got himself set but he to started to find the boundary with relative ease before he was well caught at long on by Michael Hogan off the bowling of Douthwaite. 

With Michael Neser missing due to a positive COVID-19 test the Glamorgan attack lacked penetration with a damp ball as a result of two brief rain delays not helping them regain control of the Gloucestershire innings. The cluster of wickets right at the death gave Glamorgan some hope but with just eight runs needed from 14 balls Gloucestershire wrapped up with in in the 19th over of their chase. 

Glenn Phillips, Gloucestershire CCC

It was a really good all-round performance. Glamorgan batted really well up front. Lloyd batted really well and took it to our bowlers early on. But we brought it back nicely and the way Bracey batted throughout the innings and chipping in from a few others now and again which is always helpful when trying to chase a pretty much on par total.

I think spin was always going to play a part, it was drier from one end and a little bit greener from the other. It was about managing our seamers from one end but then using all of our spinners available. And I think that was a big part to play between chasing 180 and 160 at the end of the day.

 

David Lloyd, Glamorgan CCC

I think we were probably 15 to 20 runs short. We had a really good start, but it was quite hard when new batters came in so one of us needed to go deep and unfortunately we didn’t do that. 

I felt good so far for every game so far but it hasn’t really come off, but that is T20 cricket I suppose. The things is we have been so close every game, we just haven’t really put that perfect performance in as a team so going forward we will look to do that. 

Northamptonshire vs Derbyshire, North Group County Ground, Northampton

 

Derbyshire 151 for nine

Northamptonshire 155 for five

Northamptonshire won by five wickets

 

Northamptonshire Steelbacks captain Josh Cobb struck 70 from just 44 balls, his highest score of this Vitality Blast season to help his side chase down 152 and earn a five wicket victory over Derbyshire Falcons with 11 balls to spare.

Cobb, deprived of opportunities this season by Chris Lynn’s power hitting, picked up the mantle after the Australian fell to a rare first ball duck. Playing a belligerent innings, he struck six fours and three maximums before Rob Keogh took the Steelbacks over the line.

Earlier Tom Taylor took three wickets in an over as the Steelbacks’ bowlers restricted Derbyshire Falcons to a modest total. Wayne Masden was the only batter to offer any real resistance with 37.

The Falcons were kept to 40 for two at the end of the powerplay. Luis Reece swung one high over deep midwicket in the first over but Taylor and Ben Sanderson applied the brakes, backed up well by some sharp Steelbacks fielding.

Reece attempted to up the scoring rate but miscued a big shot against Taylor and offered a steepler of a catch to Neesham at midwicket. Masood fell shortly afterwards to an astonishing running catch by Keogh on the boundary at backward square off Sanderson.

Hayden Kerr (29 off 22 balls), promoted to number three, looked assured and put on 39 for the third wicket with Leus du Plooy (19). Any hope of building a big total fell away though when the Falcons lost three wickets for 16 runs in as many balls to stutter to 80 for five at the end of the twelfth over.

First du Plooy hit Freddie Heldreich straight to Taylor on the long-off boundary before Kerr holed out at deep midwicket off Jimmy Neesham. Brooke Guest then gave Heldreich his second scalp caught at point.

The Falcons went four overs before scoring another boundary as Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes rebuilt. Hughes finally cleared the square leg boundary dispatching the ball into the gardens of the neighbouring terraced houses.

Masden survived two dropped catches off Sanderson but Taylor struck back in the next over. First he removed both set batsmen who both fell to catches by Cobb at cover before knocking back Mattie McKiernan’s stumps. With a run out off the last ball, the Falcons finished on 151 for nine.

An expectant Wantage Road crowd were momentarily hushed when Chris Lynn, fresh from his heroics in the previous two Steelbacks home games, edged behind off the first ball of the chase bowled by Kerr.

Cobb though started aggressively, clubbing Kerr over mid off and then cutting him for consecutive boundaries.He slog swept George Scrimshaw over deep midwicket for six and hit Watt down the ground for another to take the Steelbacks to 53 for one at the end of the powerplay.

He rode his luck at times, offering two sharp chances which the Falcons failed to hold. Later he was caught on the ropes only for the fielder’s boot to touch the rope in the process.

He had put on 55 with Ben Curran before his partner fell to a catch behind square off Scrimshaw when Conners took a well judged catch sliding on his knees to get to the ball. Saif Zaib made only six before he offered a catch behind off an attempted pull shot.

Cobb meanwhile advanced to his half century reaching the landmark off 31 balls. He continued in belligerent fashion crunching the ball through the covers and playing some deft cut shots before finally falling off a thick edge to Conners at deep point off Scrimshaw to leave the Steelbacks on 102 for four in the 13th over.

Jimmy Neesham hit 20 before he fell to a catch at long-on but Keogh held his nerve, finishing with an undefeated 28 off 24 deliveries.

Derbyshire captain Shan Masood said: “It’s a pretty heavy defeat. When you win the toss and bat first, you don't expect to lose your top order that early in the game. I thought we brought it back really well to the 17th over where Mads [Wayne Madsen] and Yozza [Alex Hughes] were batting. It was 128 before the last three overs started. Just couldn't finish it off. You expect around 30, 40 runs in the last few overs. We expected this pitch to be really flat, but considering how it played, I think 170, 175 would have been a good score. In hindsight, everything's pretty clear, but if I were to bat again on that particular deck, you kind of want to play smart and get to 175.

“Then with the bowling, we got an early wicket of the big man Chris Lynn. We talked about getting the bigger boys out. That was a good positive start. But I'd like to compliment the way Josh Cobb batted because he took us out of the game, but those are the wickets you want to get. And I think we've been on the end of one guy really taking it on against us. We look at it from the first game to now, there's always been one of the guys that has that has got that quick 70, 80, 90 in Hales’ case. And I think that's where we need to stop.

“We had a chance at the at the boundary rope. That was early doors. Then again, there's not much you can do after that. I mean, we tried to get wickets. We got a few wickets, but I think that that innings from Cobb was destructive. Overall, I think we bowled the ball fairly well, but once you get out or post a score of 150, where you’re 20 odd short, you look for the near perfect bowling display and you have to be easy on the bowlers that they can't be perfect all day.”

Leicestershire vs Lancashire, North Group Grace Road, Leicester

Unbeaten North Group leaders Lancashire Lightning made it five wins from six as they defeated Leicestershire Foxes, who have lost all three home Vitality Blast fixtures, yet won three from four on the road.

The Foxes opted to make first use of what looked a good batting surface but were bowled out for just 135, failing to complete their 20 overs despite 50 from Lewis Hill.  The Lightning spinners held sway, sharing six wickets and conceding only 73 runs in 11 overs.

The visitors cruised past their target in the 18th overs to win by seven  wickets with 23 balls to spare, veteran all-rounder Steven Croft top-scoring with 45 off 46 balls.

The combination of competitively priced tickets and away wins over Yorkshire, Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire by the Foxes attracted a full house of around 5,000 to the Uptonsteel County Ground but it was an unrewarding night for most of them.

A wet ball after a couple of hefty showers during the Lightning innings did not help matters for the Foxes bowlers, although against a batting line-up as strong as Lancashire’s they would have struggled to defend such a low total even in perfect conditions.

Leading wicket-taker Naveen-ul-Haq removed Keaton Jennings via a caught-behind off an inside edge on to pad and ended an 81-partnership between Croft and Phil Salt (38 off 34) when the latter skied one to deep square leg.

Croft, who looked nailed on for his first half-century of the season, was run out after a suicidal call for a second run by skipper Dane Vilas, but with only 36 more needed from 46 balls the outcome was never in serious doubt.

Tim David, who lost his off-stump to Ben Mike in swinging at a free hit on 19, won the contest with a six over wide long-on off Naveen, finishing with 24 off 17 balls.

The only negatives for Lancashire were injuries to Liam Livingstone (knee niggle) and Luke Wood (tight quad), although they will hope neither is serious with their next match away to Yorkshire tomorrow.

Hamish Rutherford’s disappointing debut season for the Foxes continued with a second-ball duck as he punched Richard Gleeson straight to the fielder at short third man, leaving the New Zealand opener with just 51 runs from seven innings.

Otherwise, it was a satisfactory powerplay for Leicestershire Foxes, for whom Hill was profitably innovative. Arron Lilley’s first scoring shot against his former county went back over off-spinner Liam Livingstone’s head for six.

Hill ramped a six as Gleeson’s second over went for 14 compared with three off his first as the Foxes posted 54 for two from six, Scott Steel the other casualty when he hit straight to mid-off.  Hill and Lilley added 41 and the Foxes looked well set at 78 for two before the latter was caught at long-on in the 11th.

But Lightning spinners successfully applied the brake and claimed five wickets as the Foxes stumbled to 125 for seven, two for Matt Parkinson, who removed Rehan Ahmed via a catch at long-on after the youngster had clubbed him over cover for six, two for left-arm spinner Tom Hartley, who dismissed Rishi Patel and Mike in consecutive overs, and one for Tim David, who held a low return catch moments after Hill had completed his first half-century of the season.

Callum Parkinson was leg before to a Danny Lamb slower ball, Naveen run out by a direct hit from cover and Colin Ackermann was caught at mid-wicket for 25 as the Foxes innings ended after one ball of the 20th over.

Lancashire’s Steven Croft, who top scored with 45, said:

“It was a great all-round performance. Leicester have a good record in T20 and they were on the back of a hot streak with three wins away.

“Our bowlers came back well after a good Leicester start.  They looked like they were on for a good score at one stage so it was a great effort from our spin bowlers to drag them back. It is not an easy place to come and bowl spin because the straight boundaries are quite short but they stuck to their plans really well, and with two bowlers injured in Livy and Woody it showed the depth in our bowling.

“It was a disappointing way for my innings to end but the main thing is that we got the win and it was nice to have a little bit of time in the middle and make a nice contribution to the win.

“We’re very pleased with the start to the season. You are going to lose the odd game and that can come at any time in T20 cricket but we’re playing great cricket at the minute and we’ve just got to keep doing what we are doing.”

Leicestershire’s Lewis Hill, who top-scored for his side with 50, said:

“We started really well with the bat but we lost it a bit through the middle and lost too many wickets as we tried to accelerate near the end.

“I was pleased with my own performance. I’ve been up and down the order finding my role and it was nice to be striking the ball nicely.  We thought 170-180 would have been a good score, so it needed a score from somebody else as well.

“Their spinners bowled very nicely. They took the pace off the ball, which meant we had to put the pace on the ball ourselves and we did not do that as well as we wanted to do.

“It was a disappointing night in the end. We’ve had some good wins on the road and it would be nice to do it in front of our own fans but we are away at Derby on Thursday and back here against Notts on Friday, so if we can get a couple of wins in those games it will put us in a really good position.

“We’ve got a bit of belief back after those three away wins. We’ve always thought we can do well in this competition, even after losing those first two games.”




Essex vs Kent, South Group County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford

Kent Spitfires 130/9 lost to Essex Eagles 135/3 by seven wickets

Michael Pepper showcased his outrageous hitting for a second successive Tuesday night as Essex Eagles thrashed Kent Spitfires by seven wickets in the Vitality Blast.

Batter Pepper shook out a personal best 75 not out against Hampshire Hawks last week and followed that up by punching 50 as the Eagles knocked off 131 with 27 balls unneeded.

A sensational team bowling powerplay had earlier set the platform to stunt Kent, as Daniel Sams, Sam Cook, Ben Allison and Matt Critchley all eventually snared two wickets each.

Essex are in the quarter-final hunt with three wins from six games and boasts an unbeaten start at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford. Kent are rock bottom with a solitary victory.

Eagles decided to bowl first and vindicated their decision with a barbaric display of powerplay bowling to leave Spitfires 24 for four, a minor recovery from 17 for four. Daniel Sams, Sam Cook and Ben Allison all bowled two overs, with stunning figures of one for seven, one for three and two for nine respectively.

Australian Sams produced a snorter to have Daniel Bell-Drummond caught at first slip in the first over, before T20 debutant Tawanda Muyeye holed Allison out to deep midwicket and Jordan Cox tickled to a juggling short fine leg two balls later. Cook completed the ruthless start when Grant Stewart miss-hit to point.

Alex Blake attempted to readdress the momentum by striking back-to-back sixes, as Aron Nijjar went for 21 in his sole over. But despite partnerships of 29 with Sam Billings – who was brilliantly caught and bowled by Simon Harmer – and 27 with Jack Leaning, setting a total was laborious.

Leg spinner Matt Critchley bowled Leaning and had George Linde slicing to Sams at point. It was one of four catches for Sams which equalled Essex’s T20 record – set by Dan Lawrence in this fixture last year.

Freddie Klaassen outdid all three Essex powerplay bowlers to bowl a maiden and then a wicket maiden – having bowled Adam Rossington. But Pepper picked up from his heroics here last week.

A four over extra cover got his eye in before he carted Matt Milnes back over his head with a well-middled six.

Buttleman ended his run of three single-figure scores by opening up the off side with a trio of boundaries. But departed when Blake unleashed his inner Harlem Globetrotter to reach the ball, pop the ball up, roll over and complete a jaw-dropping diving catch.

Pepper added three more maximums off the spinners before he moved to a third format fifty from 28 balls. He fell when he top-edged a sweep to short fine leg, but Critchley and Paul Walter – who struck three massive sixes –  ticked off the remaining 46 runs with little problem.

Essex Eagles fast bowler Sam Cook - who took two for 14:

"That is probably one of the best powerplays we've had since I've been playing. We really restricted the run rate and to take four wickets made it the perfect powerplay. We then didn't let our feet off the gas and took wickets throughout.

"[Pepper] was absolutely phenomenal. The way he played on that wicket, no one else could do that. He took the game by the throat. He is a phenomenal player of spin and extremely good T20 batter - I'd be extremely surprised not to see him picked up in the Vitality Wildcard draft for the Hundred the way he is going. He is an intelligent batter and has all the shots; the ceiling is very high for him.

"He had a great year last year and people might expect he has to come in and play big innings every time but it isn't an easy game. He is scoring his runs at the moment on pitch which aren't belters which makes it all the more impressive. He is taking the confidence from one innings and I think is only going to get better and better.

"We have had two statement wins and really improved across the board in T20. I think the way our team is set up now is really strong and we are happy to compete with any team. To do the double over Kent as we have is very pleasing and we can take an awful about of confidence going in the next couple of games."

 

Kent Spitfires head coach Matt Walker:

"The game was lost in the first six overs being 24 for four, you aren't winning too many games from that position. We tried to pull some punches but it is a long way back from that position. As much as we scrapped we didn't quite use our brain enough, where we should have got closer to 150. 130 was never going to be enough.

"After those initial wickets it was always going to be a cruise for them. We keep making the same mistakes unfortunately, when the basic skills aren't good enough it is going to be hard to win games of cricket and that's where it has been all campaign really. We've made the same errors over and over again.

"There are still seven games to go and we need to win them all, starting with Somerset on Friday night. Eventually we will get to the stage if we don't win the next few games it will be playing for pride. But we need to keep believing as anything can happen in this competition. We still feel we are in this competition, it is going to take an almighty effort to do something to get us there but it has to turn around at some stage."



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