Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches – 16th August
All the Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches…
The wet weather around the country forced all eight scheduled Vitality Blast matches to be abandoned without a ball being bowled on Friday night.
Glamorgan’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stage were therefore officially ended at Essex, who are now also on the brink, as the rain did no favours to the clubs looking to force their way into the quarter-finals places as the tournament enters its final phase.
South Group rivals Hampshire and Surrey were similarly left frustrated at the Ageas Bowl - they are both four points adrift of fourth-placed Gloucestershire, who remained a point clear of Somerset after their derby clash was washed out.
A point for Kent Spitfires at home to leaders Sussex Sharks was enough to send them second behind the south-coast county.
Lancashire stay top of the North Group despite their fourth rain off, against Birmingham Bears at Emirates Old Trafford, which was the first match to be called off, just after 4.30pm, to set a sodden tale for the night.
At the foot of the North Group, Yorkshire Vikings and Northamptonshire Steelbacks both also suffered their fourth washouts, against Durham and Leicestershire Foxes respectively, to undermine their ambitions.
Notts Outlaws remained third and a point clear of neighbours Derbyshire Falcons.
Somerset v Gloucestershire, South Group Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
No play was possible in the eagerly-awaited Vitality Blast derby between Somerset and Gloucestershire at Taunton.
Persistent rain throughout the day left the outfield and surrounding area waterlogged to the dismay of the hosts, who had been preparing for a sell-out 7,000 crowd.
Umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Jeff Evans took the decision to abandon the match at 5pm. It had been scheduled to start at 6.30pm.
Few spectators bothered to enter the ground when the gates opened at 4.30pm, with prospects for play already looking extremely remote.
Both teams took a point, which left Somerset still one behind their arch-rivals in the South Group, with a game in hand.
Gloucestershire will be hoping for better luck when they host the return match at the Bristol County Ground next Friday evening.
Ticket holders for tonight’s game seeking information about refunds can find it on Somerset’s official website.
Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire, North Group Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Several hours of heavy rain caused the early abandonment of the Vitality Blast match at Trent Bridge between Notts Outlaws and Derbyshire Falcons.
This all-East Midlands clash is normally the stand-out fixture on the calendar for both sets of supporters but the inclement weather put paid to hopes of any cricket long before umpires Nick Cook and Billy Taylor made the official announcement.
Both sides take one point but with similarly bleak weather across the country, the outcome does little to alter the tightly-congested North Group.
Notts move on to 11 points from 10 matches and remain third, whilst Derbyshire sit just outside the top four qualifying positions, on 10 points, having played one match more than their near-neighbours.
WHAT’S NEXT After the forthcoming break for a round of Specsavers County Championship action (Notts at Scarborough against Yorkshire, Derbyshire at home to Gloucestershire), they will each resume their quest for Vitality Blast qualification next Friday. Notts Outlaws go to Leicestershire Foxes, Derbyshire host Northants Steelbacks.
Lancashire v Birmingham Bears, North Group Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
To no one’s amazement Friday’s Vitality Blast match between Lancashire Lightning and Birmingham Bears at Emirates Old Trafford was abandoned without a ball bowled. The only surprise at all was prompted by the fact that the umpires took the decision to call the game off relatively early, at 3.45pm. By then, though, the ground was saturated, there were large puddles on the outfield and more rain was forecast.
The abandonment is Lancashire’s fourth in this year’s Blast and it leaves Dane Vilas’s team four points clear at the top of the North Group before the fate of any other of Friday’s evening’s games had been decided. They now need one win to guarantee a place in the last eight
Birmingham have now had two games abandoned and are seventh out of the nine teams in the group but Jeetan Patel’s men still have a reasonable chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals in what is a tightly contested group.
This group’s very tight and I’d take getting three points off the top of the table team. Everyone has a chance if they string together some performances but I think we can take a lot from the way we played against Lancashire last week. We’ve now got a four-day game to get our heads around and we’re then looking forward to a big game at home Worcestershire on Friday. That’s always a really good game and if you can get some momentum at this stage of the competition, it gives you a really good chance of getting to the quarter-finals,
Both counties play County Championship matches, starting on Sunday. Lancashire are away to Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay and Warwickshire are at home to Somerset at Edgbaston.
Lancashire’s next involvement in the Vitality Blast takes place a week on Sunday, (August 25) when they visit Worcestershire while Birmingham Bears host Worcestershire a week today (August 23)
Yorkshire v Durham, North Group Headingley, Leeds
“These conditions suit Adam Peaty more than Adam Lyth” was the message on Yorkshire’s Twitter feed as their Vitality Blast clash with Durham at Emerald Headingley fell foul of the wet weather this evening.
Rain forced the abandonment of this televised North Group fixture at 5pm, with the writing on the wall much earlier in the afternoon when the White Rose county published their Olympic swimmer inspired quip alongside a photograph of water on the covers just after 2.30pm.
These two sides had to settle for a point apiece for the second time this summer after an early season Royal London one-day Cup fixture was blighted at Headingley, albeit that time having started.
The quarter-final hopes of both counties have been dented as a result, but it seems unlikely that bottom side Yorkshire will be able to rectify their issues having only won once in 10 games.
They remain rooted to the foot of the North Group table having lost four times added to four No Results and a tie.
Durham remain firmly in the hunt for a top four finish for the second year running having won four and lost five of 11 games. This was their second No Result.
They are likely to end the night, pending other results, just one point away from the qualification places.
Yorkshire should head into the closing stages of the group campaign three points adrift of the top four.
But, given the amount of teams above them, it seems like victory in all of their remaining four fixtures would be their only chance of quarter-final cricket for the first time since 2016 when they were beaten semi-finalists against Durham at Edgbaston.
Yorkshire only have one game remaining at Headingley and are yet to win at their headquarters in this season’s Blast.
Both counties return to Specsavers County Championship action on Sunday before resuming their Blast campaign against each other under the floodlights at Emirates Riverside next Friday night (6.30pm start).
Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan
"We need to go four from four now to have any chance. But we've been poor so far. That's obvious. We haven't had enough people put their hands up at the right time, which is what you need in T20 cricket. It's such a short game that two or three overs in each innings can change the whole game, and we've been on the receiving end of players who've done that against us too often.
"That's basically what it boils down to. The key times where we've dropped a catch or missed a run out or lost a cluster of wickets or not executed our skills to the best of our ability has cost us."
Northamptonshire v Leicestershire, North Group County Ground, Northampton
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Leicestershire took a step closer towards the Vitality Blast quarter-finals as their match with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Unlike Wednesday when the rain cleared Northampton mid-afternoon, this time there was no escape from the front of low pressure that swept through the British Isles, bringing localised flooding in some areas.
But a point suited the Foxes who moved into fourth in the North Group after an impressive win at Derbyshire on Thursday.
Paul Nixon’s side now have three matches remaining to seal a sixth T20 quarter-final and have a point advantage on Durham and Derbyshire beneath them having played the same number of matches.
Northamptonshire were left to rue another No Result against Leicestershire, having been on the cusp of victory at Grace Road last Friday before rain cruelly arrived.
They have four games remaining and probably need at least three wins to qualify.
Northants will see the Specsavers County Championship as bigger prize through and return to red-ball action on Sunday with promotion in their sights.
They host Worcestershire at Wantage Road, fourth in Division Two, 13 points behind Gloucestershire and Glamorgan and only a point above Durham.
The North East side host Leicestershire on Sunday, so after their misfortune with the weather, Northants will be hoping the Foxes can repay them with a strong performances against a promotion rival.
Hampshire v Surrey, South Group Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Hampshire and Surrey’s already unlikely hopes of progressing to the Vitality Blast knockout stage took a further blow as their clash at the Ageas Bowl was abandoned without a ball bowled.
The weather had stayed dry until 2pm, but once the forecasted rain appeared it made any hope of play improbable.
And at 6.30pm, umpires Ian Gould and Russell Warren decided to call off the game with the out-field drenched, the full covers glistering and no sign of the weather improving.
It was Surrey's first washed out game of the season, and Hampshire second.
Both sides both sit on eight points in the South Group, four points adrift of fourth-placed Gloucestershire – who had their fixture with in-form Somerset rained off at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
Surrey had been hopeful of stringing a third victory in a row together on the south coast, having produced a sensational bowling performance to defeat Sussex on Thursday night.
On the other hand, Hampshire were aiming to end a three-game losing streak, after losses to Kent, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Hampshire and Surrey are back in action on Sunday, when they face each other in the Specsavers County Championship at the Kia Oval.
James Vince’s side will then stay in London to tackle Middlesex in the Blast on Thursday, while Surrey’s next T20 fixture comes next Friday when they play Kent away.
Kent v Sussex, South Group St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
The opening match to the 168th Canterbury Cricket Week fell foul to constant rain as Kent’s south group clash with Sussex Sharks was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
It was Kent’s second abandonment in three nights at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, but once the heavens opened soon after 6pm umpires Neil Bainton and Tim Robinson were left with little option but to call the game off at 7.30pm after their cursory inspection under umbrellas at 7.15pm.
Both sides receive a point apiece, ensuring leaders Sussex stay top of the south group with 15pts, while Spitfires leapfrog Middlesex to claim second place with 14pts.
What's Next : Kent return to Specsavers County Championship action on Sunday when they welcome Essex from 11am, while Sussex take on Middlesex at Hove.
Essex v Glamorgan, South Group County Ground, Chelmsford
Persistent rain throughout the afternoon and into the evening made it a formality that the game would be abandoned without a ball bowled. Both teams take 1 point from the game
Proceedings were called off by umpires Rob Bailey and Ian Blackwell five minutes after the scheduled start with the outfield sodden and no prospects of an improvement in the weather.
It was the third time that Essex had suffered a complete rain-off at Chelmsford this season and the second home match in succession that the only winner was the weather.
They were also involved in a no-result with Glamorgan at Cardiff last Friday when that game lasted just 4 overs.
Bottom of the South Group Glamorgan have also suffered at the hands of the elements. They also have endured two abandoned games and two no-result matches.
Essex Chairman John Faragher outlined his frustration with the weather. “This is our third rain-off at Chelmsford this season and we also had a game abandoned down at Cardiff and so all that obviously impacts on our chances of making through to the next stage,” he said.
“Also, it has a big impact on us financially,” he admitted. “But you also have to look at the damaging side, you have all the outside caterers for example who suffer big time and that’s a worry to us because they rely on us for a good evening.
“It’s also the impact around everybody, the members and supporters who have come along wanting to see some cricket, so they are fed up. It does have a knock-on effect.
“Yes, it does have a hit on us financially and it is difficult. To have what should be a big night of cricket in Chelmsford just fizzling out like a damp firework is so frustrating.
“Also, our audience for T20 cricket is different to that of red-ball cricket, and T20 gives us an opportunity to embrace that different fan base. We have shown over the last three years that our membership has grown and some of that is down to T20 cricket where people have come along - they do like coming to Chelmsford - they have a good night and so they decide to experience the other forms of the game.
“So that has helped our membership grown, yes I know that we have been successful in the Championship but Chelmsford is a good place to watch county cricket and we do believe that T20 has helped grow our membership.
“So, any rain-off is a setback and to have three this season is very disappointing to say the least.”
Essex now turn their attentions to the red-ball game when they travel to Canterbury to face Kent on Sunday. With a 4-points lead at the top of Division One, they will be anxious to maintain a successful run in the competition that has seen the unbeaten in their last 8 matches which includes seven victories.
Glamorgan, at least, welcomed the early call-off. They have the long trek to Colwyn Bay where they entertain Lancashire on Sunday in a top-of -the -table Division Two clash as both teams seek a result that would enhance their aspirations of promotion. The Welsh county start the match 28 points adrift of the Red Rose county, both teams having four matches to play.
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