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Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches – 11th August

Dawid Malan 91* for Middlesex today in their win over Gloucestershire

All the Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches…

Birmingham Bears ended a five-game winless run by upsetting North Group leaders Lancashire Lightning in the Vitality Blast on Sunday.

Adam Hose took centre stage in the Bears’ 15-run victory as he hit seven sixes in his innings of 65 from 34 balls.

Will Rhodes claimed the key wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Keaton Jennings, after they shared a 107-run partnership, to end Lightning’s hopes of chasing down 179 for six.

Middlesex moved second in the South Group with a rain-affected nine-run win over Gloucestershire at Radlett.

Dawid Malan continued his good form with an unbeaten 91 from 59 deliveries which led the hosts’ pursuit of 168 for eight.

Paceman Steven Finn impressed again with three for 18 from four overs with Miles Hammond the visitors’ top scorer with 42 at the top of the order.

Derbyshire Falcons secured the double over Yorkshire Vikings for a third successive season following a comfortable 52-run win at Emerald Headingley.

Half-centuries from Leus du Plooy and Wayne Madsen fired the Falcons to 207 for five before Logan van Beek crashed through the Vikings' batting with four for 17.

Yorkshire were bowled out for 152 to fall to the bottom of the North Group with a single win from nine games, but still in touching distance of a quarter-finals berth.

Surrey breathed life into their campaign by easing to a seven-wicket victory over winless Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.

Captain Colin Ingram top scored for the Welsh county with 41 in their 152 for six, which Surrey reeled in with an over to spare.

Mark Stoneman hit 52 at the top of the order before Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes ushered Surrey home with an unbroken 53-run stand from 4.3 overs.

Defending champions Worcestershire Rapids suffered a washout at home to Northamptonshire Steelbacks to remain level on points with second-placed Notts Outlaws, who also saw no play from their trip to Durham.

Yorkshire v Derbyshire

Match Summary

Yorkshire Vikings 152

Derbyshire Falcons 207 - 5

Result - Derbyshire Falcons won by 55 runs

Derbyshire defended an imposing 208 target at Emerald Headingley to secure the Vitality Blast double over Yorkshire for the third successive season, winning by 52 runs. 

The Falcons were fired to 207 for five by superb fifties for Leus du Plooy and Wayne Madsen, who shared a damaging third-wicket partnership of 87 in seven overs to advance from 55 for two in the seventh.

Both hit fifties - du Plooy with 51 off just 23 balls and Madsen 66 off 37.

Overseas fast bowler Logan van Beek then starred with four for 17 in three overs as Yorkshire, for whom Jack Leaning top-scored with 36, were bowled out for 152 with 17 balls remaining.

The Falcons were bottom of the North Group coming into this clash, but won for the third time in eight to leapfrog a Vikings side who have now lost four in nine and only won once.

Derbyshire, having been inserted, were given a brisk start by captain Billy Godleman, whose 16-ball 28 included two of 11 sixes in the innings.

Du Plooy and Madsen hit four apiece in their explosive, game-changing third-wicket stand.

Left-hander du Plooy targeted the short leg-side boundary towards the East Stand side from the Kirkstall Lane End.

He hoisted fledgling left-spinner Jack Shutt, who had dropped a tough chance at third-man with Madsen on 28, over mid-wicket on the way to Derbyshire’s joint fastest fifty in any format.

In 2015, Wes Durston also hit a 20-ball fifty, and he was present on the ground as part of the Loughborough Lightning coaching staff. They had played a morning women’s Super League match.

The Falcons innings, however, was given real impetus when 45 came off the 12th and 13th overs combined, taking the score to 141 for two.

Du Plooy hit the lion’s share of 32 off compatriot and former international quick Duanne Olivier in the 12th. 

He hit the first ball of the over, a no ball, for a straight six before depositing the free hit over wide long-on and out of the ground. A further six and two fours came off the rest of the over.

Typically inventive Madsen reached his fifty off 31 balls shortly afterwards, but both fell lbw to David Willey and Tim Bresnan as the score reached 179 for four in the 17th.

Yorkshire actually dragged things back in the last five overs from 162 for three.

Bresnan, who had only bowled two overs in three previous Blast appearances this year, struck twice in the 17th to remove Madsen and Matt Critchley - caught at cover - on the way to two for 17 from two overs.

Yorkshire’s chase was subject to an early blow when captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore was caught at point off van Beek’s third ball.

Adam Lyth (28) and Willey both hit sixes to take the score beyond 30 in the third over, only for the latter to slice van Beek to third-man as the score fell to 31 for two.

Lyth was then caught behind off Ravi Rampaul, Jonny Tattersall was lbw reverse sweeping at Critchley’s leg-spin and Bresnan was run out (89 for five in the 10th).

The Vikings remained afloat - just - as Jack Leaning and Jordan Thompson both struck sixes and shared 45 in four overs.

But when both fell in the 14th to van Beek, Thompson (23) caught at cover and Leaning brilliantly caught behind by a diving Daryn Smit off the glove for 36, Yorkshire were done for at 137 for seven.

Luis Reece then struck twice in the 18th over to help mop up the tail before a second run out.

TURNING POINT: Leus du Plooy smashed three sixes off Duanne Olivier as 32 came off the 12th over of the Derbyshire innings to give them real impetus.

SHOT OF THE MATCH: Du Plooy hoisted a free hit from Olivier in the 12th over wide long-on and out of the ground.

UNSUNG HERO: Logan van Beek put the skids under Yorkshire’s pursuit with two early wickets and came back well later on to add two more. He also played his part in the second of two run outs.

WHAT’S NEXT: Derbyshire face Worcestershire at the Pattonair County Ground on Tuesday (7pm), while Yorkshire host Durham at Emerald Headingley on Friday, also a 7pm start.

Yorkshire captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore 

 “It started off ok for us, but they got away in the middle of their innings. We had a poor period with the ball. 

“I felt we were sloppy in the field.

“We didn’t bowl to our plans. We kept getting hit to the short side, and they limited us a lot better when they were bowling.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice today. I think it’s been our worst performance yet. It’s really disappointing. 

“We had a period through the middle of their innings when five overs went for around 80 runs, and anything like that can cost you a game.

“With the bat, we lost myself in the first over and three wickets up top almost straightaway. 

“We were always up with the rate, but we kept on losing wickets. If someone had batted through and got 80 or 90, we’d have had a good chance of chasing that down.”

 Derbyshire’s T20 coach Dominic Cork 

 “It was the perfect performance. We’ve been waiting for that to happen to a few teams.

“Today we’ve come up against a good Yorkshire side and beaten them. As a coach, I’m proud of the guys. 

“It’s always hard to come here and take on a strong Yorkshire side.

“We were able to get over the line, which we haven’t been able to do in the last few games, and it gets us back in the competition. It will be a big match on Tuesday against Worcestershire.

“The way Leus went about taking on his old team-mate (Duanne) Olivier was fantastic. He’s a young player who is still learning his game. He’s been a fantastic asset to this club.

“We are now calling Billy (Godleman), ‘Derek Randall’. I said to him before we went out to field that we were due a run out, and he said, ‘I’ll get one!’

“He’s done that day after day in training.”

Middlesex v Gloucestershire

Match Summary

Middlesex 156 - 3

Gloucestershire 168 - 8

Result - Middlesex won by 9 runs (DLS Method) (D/L)

Dawid Malan’s imperious unbeaten knock of 91 steered Middlesex to a rare Vitality Blast victory against Gloucestershire at Radlett as they climbed to second place in the South Group.

Middlesex had registered only one win in their previous seven home T20 games against the West Country side – but always looked in control as they triumphed by seven wickets in the ground’s inaugural Blast fixture.

The Seaxes’ skipper entertained a sell-out crowd of 2,227 as he flayed the Gloucestershire bowling to the tune of 91 from 59 deliveries, including seven fours and four sixes.

At 156-3, Middlesex still needed 13 from 11 balls when a heavy downpour descended on the Cobden Hill ground – but their nine-run lead under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system was enough to secure the two points.

Gloucestershire opted to bat after winning the toss and Miles Hammond (42) immediately went on the offensive, hitting Tom Helm for successive boundaries and sweeping Mujeeb Ur-Rahman to register the first six of the match.

The left-hander dominated an opening stand of 53 with Michael Klinger, but Toby Roland-Jones and Steven Finn, bowling accurately in tandem, put the squeeze on Gloucestershire as they picked off the first three wickets for 20 runs.

Roland-Jones (1-22) made the breakthrough with one that kept low and uprooted Klinger’s middle stump, while Finn (3-18) found the outside edge of Ian Cockbain (1) before having Hammond caught on the boundary.

Former Middlesex all-rounder Ryan Higgins picked up the baton with 19 from 13 balls, including two maximums off Nathan Sowter – who had the last word by taking the catch to dismiss him when he skied Finn to deep mid-wicket.

James Bracey (32) and Jack Taylor (22) both holed out after threatening to dominate the closing stages, while a late flurry from Graeme van Buuren (22) guided the visitors to a total of 168-8.

Gloucestershire needed wickets in the powerplay to stand much chance of defending that total, but they failed to collect any as Malan and Paul Stirling quickly made inroads into the target.

Stirling displayed an effective mix of power and placement, punching two boundaries off Van Buuren’s first over and swinging across the line to slam David Payne for an enormous six over long-on.

The opener had made 33 from 26 balls when he speared Chris Liddle (2-32) into the hands of deep extra cover – but his departure was no more than a fleeting setback for Middlesex.

Malan took a particular liking to the bowling of Tom Smith, dispatching the left-armer back over his head for the six that brought up his half-century from 30 balls and following that by sweeping and reverse sweeping the next two deliveries for four.

Stevie Eskinazi (12) became Liddle’s second victim as he miscued to cover and Eoin Morgan (16) also perished before the heavens suddenly opened to bring the game to a premature conclusion.

THE TURNING POINT: Higgins had looked dangerous, but succumbed when Finn tempted him with a short ball and Gloucestershire’s hopes of getting close to 200 probably went with him.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Malan struck four sixes, but the best of them was the shot that took him to 50 as he advanced down the wicket to Smith and deposited him cleanly over the boundary.

UNSUNG HERO: Toby Roland-Jones again produced a consistent spell of 1-22 to peg the Gloucestershire batsmen back, as well as breaking the opening stand by dismissing Klinger.

WHAT’S NEXT: Gloucestershire return to Bristol to take on Hampshire on Tuesday, while Middlesex are back in action the following day, facing Essex at Chelmsford.

DAWID MALAN (Middlesex captain)

“We summed the wicket up pretty early, that spin wasn’t really going to play a part – which is tough when you’ve got three seamers. So we had to gamble early, trying to get them to chase it late on.

“Finny and RoJo bowled fantastically well in those middle overs and they took crucial wickets at crucial times, which then allowed us to bowl spin at the end. We’re happy to give runs away to take wickets – that’s the mentality that we’ve changed and the boys are all buying into it.

“We’ve only been hit for over 200 once. The rest of the time we’ve been controlling everything with the ball, and that’s probably the reason we’re in the position we’re in.

“Everyone came in and played the way we wanted to play. To chase a score of 160-170, you have to have one player that bats through and thankfully it was my day. But the way the boys batted around it was fantastic.”


RICHARD DAWSON (Gloucestershire coach)

“I felt Middlesex batted outstandingly. Dawid batted really well and I think that was probably the difference, having one player who went on and made a match-winning contribution with the bat.

“We had cameos, we had some nice innings but we didn’t have anyone kicking on and that left us probably 20-25 short.

“We’ve been putting scores on the board that we can scrap away at, but for us to get to that 200 mark we really need someone to kick on in that top four or five.

“It’s pretty much like when we got to the back end of the 50-over competition and needed to win every game. It’s the little things that are going to contribute to us possibly winning those games.”

Birmingham Bears v Lancashire

Match Summary

Birmingham Bears 179 - 6

Lancashire Lightning 164 - 7

Result - Birmingham Bears won by 15 runs

Birmingham Bears sealed a convincing 15-run win over Vitality T20 Blast North Group leaders Lancashire Lightning.

Adam Hose starred with the bat for Bears - hitting a mighty seven sixes in an innings of 65 from just 34 balls.

But, after losing their first three wickets for 28, Lightning staged a superb recovery with Glenn Maxwell and Keaton Jennings putting together a century stand which threatened to earn Lancashire an impressive victory.

Maxwell’s dismissal for 79 - when he was bowled by Will Rhodes - brought an end to Lightning’s hopes

And when Jennings fell to Rhodes - again - in the final for 35 over it sealed a much-needed win for Bears who are now fifth after reviving their own hopes.

Dom Sibley and Sam Hain staged an opening stand of 53 to provide the base for their victory as Bears produced an improved batting

Birmingham moved up a gear in the fourth over which produced 18 runs - including two wides from pace bowler Richard Gleeson.

And they passed the 50 mark two overs later, but it was leg spinner Matt Parkinson who claimed the first wicket of the day when he had Hain stumped after making 21.

Hain had been promoted to open the batting following his innings of 49 against Nottinghamshire and he scored a four and a six before departing.

In came man of the match Hose whose innings was to prove crucial.

But Sibley continued his progress with two boundaries in successive deliveries.

Off-spinner Liam Livingstone was introduced in the 11th over introduced and was hit for two sixes by Hose.

Bears passed the 100 mark in the 12th over before Sibley reached 50 off 38 balls.

But Hose had his eyes on sixes and he drove Glenn Maxwell to bring up the half century partnership with Sibley.

Then Parkinson tempted Sibley into a shot which saw him caught by Steven Croft on the long-on boundary.

That signalled a wobble for Bears with Rhodes falling to Livingstone for a duck after facing only two balls.

But Hose put them back on track and brought up his half century with a well placed four - the only one of his innings - and followed it up with two successive sixes.

Parkinson brought an end to Hose’s innings with the first ball of his return to the Lightning attack.

But Livingstone slammed the brakes on in the final over with two wickets in successive balls.

In reply, Lightning e reduced to 28 for three by the sixth over.

But then Maxwell and Jennings steadied the innings in style.

Maxwell was the dominant batsman and he reached 50 with his sixth four of the day after facing 28 balls.

Maxwell then brought up a nine-over century stand when he pulled Oliver Hannon-Dalby for a six over square leg in an over that produced 22 runs.

But then Rhodes produced the wicket that Bears wanted in the 16th over when he bowled Maxwell with Lightning on 135 for four - still 45 runs short of their target.

Maxwell’s innings came off 39 balls and included eight fours and four sixes. But Bears claimed quick wickets after that and Jennings was unable to respond.

TURNING POINT: Lancashire looked to have turned the game on its head when Glenn Maxwell and Keaton Jennings put on a century stand in quick time. But when Will Rhodes dismissed Maxwell for 79, the game swung back Bears’ way

Lightning spinner Matt Parkinson’s figures of three for 23 gave Bears problems after a solid start - and caused a wobble for Birmingham as he claimed their top three batsmen

SHOT/DELIVERY OF THE MATCH:  Adam Hose’s superbly placed four - the only one of his innings - brought up his half century and it was in contrast to the big hitting nature of the rest of an innings which was to prove key to Birmingham’s victory

WHAT’S NEXT:  Birmingham Bears go to Lancashire Lighting on Friday (6.30pm, Old Trafford); Lancashire Lightning go to Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Wednesday (6.30pm, County Ground)

Birmingham batsman Adam Hose was man of the match at Edgbaston after hitting seven sixes in a score of 65 and said: “As a side, this result was something to be proud of.

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve done all right against Lancashire and I had a little feeling that I was going to play quite well.

“I trusted my skills and fortunately, it came off.

“With batting, a lot of it is down to how you’re feeling, and I when I came to the ground, I felt it was my day.

“Glenn Maxwell is hitting it well at the moment and I felt he might play really well and win them the game.

‘But we also felt that one wicket could change it quite quickly. Fortunately for us, Rhodesy nailed that yorker and knocked his off-stump out.”

Lancashire Lightning’s Glenn Maxwell produced a superb 79 and shared a century stand with Keaton Jennings - but it was not enough to deny Birmingham.

Maxwell said:  “Once you lose a wicket it was hard for the next bloke to start.

“You needed time to get yourself in, the spinners were getting a fair bit out of it.

“We were trying to pick our targets and it was going all right, but unfortunately one mistake meant it  all unravelled pretty quickly.

“I felt like if I’d batted two more over, the game would have been pretty much done.

“As it is, one mistake had a ripple effect on the rest.

“The result is probably a bit of a wake up call for us, we were a bit off in all three departments I thought.

“A bit sloppy with the ball, not our crisp best in the field, we have a lot of improvement to make. To still be on top of the table is a good problem to have, but we have some things to work on which we’ll rectify in the next couple of days.  We’ll look forward to our next games on Wednesday and Friday.”

Glamorgan v Surrey

Match Summary

Glamorgan 152 – 6

Surrey 155 – 3

Result Surrey won by 7 wickets

Worcestershire v Northamptonshire

Result - Match abandoned without a ball bowled

Worcestershire Rapids home Vitality Blast encounter with Northamptonshire Steelbacks was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Play had been scheduled to finally get underway at 5pm in an eight overs a side game.

It followed several inspections by umpires Rob Bailey and Martin Saggers after morning and early afternoon downpours.

But a torrential downpour at 4.20pm ended hopes of any play.

Both sides collected one point apiece with Worcestershire remaining in third spot.

The Rapids are level on points with second placed Notts Outlaws but have a game in hand.

It is Worcestershire’s second home Blast wash-out of the campaign after the derby match with Birmingham Bears suffered the same fate.

Durham v Nottinghamshire 

Result- Match Abandoned 

The Vitality Blast North Group clash between Durham and Nottinghamshire at Emirates Riverside was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to bad weather.

The no-result means both sides take a point, leaving Notts Outlaws in second place in The Vitality Blast North Group on 10 points and Durham in fourth on 9 points.

Durham next face Worcestershire Rapids at Emirates Riverside on Thursday August 15, while Notts Outlaws next play Derbyshire Falcons at Trent Bridge on Friday August 16.

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