Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches – 23rd August
All the Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches…
Moeen Ali returned to form with an unbeaten 85 from 46 to steer Vitality Blast champions Worcestershire Rapids to a nine-wicket win over derby rivals Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.
The England all-rounder, dropped after the opening Ashes Test in Birmingham, clubbed six sixes and eight fours to make light work of what has looked a difficult target after the hosts posted 184 for five.
Riki Wessels expertly played second fiddle to his skipper, with 65, in an unbroken 138-run stand to move the Rapids a step closer to booking a quarter-finals place as they aim to return to Edgbaston in just under a month for Finals Day.
Michael Klinger produced a performance to befit what is likely to be him final match at the Bristol County Ground as Gloucestershire boosted their last-eight hopes with a 25-run win over arch-rivals Somerset.
The much-loved Australian opener hit a match-winning 74, and shared a 105-run stand with Miles Hammond, after he had been honoured for seven years of service to Gloucestershire before the match.
Left-arm spinner Tom Smith then claimed three for 19 to bowl Somerset out for 164.
Rookie spinner Jack Shutt took five for 11 to help keep Yorkshire Vikings’ slight quarter-finals hopes alive with a 14-run win over Durham at Emirates Riverside.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s 52 helped the Vikings post 146 for six and while Durham openers D’Arcy Short and Scott Steel got their side off to another good start, adding 70, the ininngs fell away dramatically thereafter thanks to 22-year-old Shutt.
Durham lost their last eight wickets for 26 runs, including four in the final over of the game, bowled by Adam Lyth who finished with three for 19.
Kent Spitfires lost at home for the first time after Surrey snatched a one-run win at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.
The Spitfires had appeared to be cruising towards victory as openers Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond shared a 115-run stand in 12.4 overs.
But Surrey’s bowlers managed to put the clamps on, despite only taking three wickets, and Heino Kuhn could only hit a boundary with six needed from Sam Curran’s final ball.
Will Jacks had earlier revived Surrey’s innings with eight sixes in his 27-ball 63 to help the visitors post 171 for seven.
Notts Outlaws defeated Leicestershire Foxes by seven wickets on the back of a 96-run stand between Alex Hales and Ben Duckett.
Harry Swindells hit 61 while Luke Fletcher took three for 17 in the Foxes’ 161 for eight, which the Outlaws hauled in with seven balls to spare.
Derbyshire Falcons thrashed Northamptonshire Steelbacks by nine wickets at the Pattonair County Ground in Derby.
Alex Hughes was the star of a disciplined bowling performance with three for 13 as the Steelbacks capitulated from 83 for three to 100 all out in the 18th over.
An unbeaten 51 by Wayne Madsen and 28 from Billy Godleman guided the Falcons home with 17 balls to spare.
Somerset v Gloucestershire, South Group Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Gloucestershire 189 - 4
Result - Gloucestershire won by 25 runs
Michael Klinger marked probably his last innings at the Bristol County Ground with a match-winning 74 to lead Gloucestershire to a vital 25-run Vitality Blast win over arch-rivals Somerset.
The home side posted 189 for four after losing the toss in front of an 8,000 crowd, Klinger leading the way with 8 fours and a six in his 52-ball innings, while Miles Hammond hit 56 from 43 deliveries. Max Waller was the pick of the Somerset attack, bowling his four overs for 25 runs.
In reply, Somerset could manage only 164 all out, Babar Azam contributing 44, James Hildreth 40 and Tom Lammonby 31. Tom Smith claimed three for 19 and Graeme van Buuren two for 27.
The victory strengthened Gloucestershire’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, while leaving their arch-rivals with much to do over their last three group matches.
Fresh from receiving a presentation from club officials to mark his seven years of service before the game, Klinger quickly gave their innings momentum, hitting 3 fours from successive balls in the second over, sent down by Jerome Taylor.
Soon opening partner Hammond was joining in as 54 came from the six overs of power-play. By the halfway point in their innings, the hosts were well placed at 84 without loss.
Hammond reached a 39-ball half-century and hit the first six of the game off Roelop van der Merwe before being caught at wide long-on in the same over, the 13th, with the total on 105.
Klinger went to his fifty off 38 balls and the 15th over, bowled by van der Merwe, saw James Bracey smack 2 sixes in succession. He perished for 20, but Jack Taylor ensured Gloucestershire of a meaningful score with 23 off 10 balls.
Klinger departed to a standing ovation in the final over, raising his bat to all sides of the ground as he walked off.
Somerset’s reply had reached 20 in the third over when Tom Banton was caught at long-on off David Payne, having just hit the left-arm seamer for six. By the end of the power-play the visitors had 59 on the board, Babar and Hildreth scoring quickly with classical stroke-play.
Barbar played a textbook 29-ball innings, featuring 6 fours, before being beaten by a turning delivery from Smith in the tenth over and stumped by Bracey. At halfway Somerset were 91 for two.
Smith struck again to remove Eddie Byrom off a skyer in the 12th over and when Hildreth was brilliantly stumped by Bracey off a leg-side wide from van Buuren a Somerset slump set in.
Craig Overton fell to a big shot off van Buuren and Tom Abell to a reverse sweep off Smith, who finished four accurate overs to a rousing ovation from home fans.
With five overs left, Somerset required 59. Tom Lammonby hit sixes off van Buuren and Andrew Tye to keep his side’s hopes alive, finding a lively partner in van der Merwe, who contributed a breezy 17 before falling to Ryan Higgins, leaving 29 needed from 13 balls.
It proved too much as Tye claimed two wickets in the 19th over and Higgins wrapped things up with the third ball of the last.
THE TURNING POINT: James Bracey’s superb leg-side stumping to send back James Hildreth, who was threatening to win the game for Somerset.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Classic extra cover drive for four by Babar Azam off Chris Liddle in the seventh over of Somerset’s reply. Straight out of the textbook.
UNSUNG HERO: Tom Smith … A role Gloucestershire’s left-arm spinner has filled so many times. Looks innocuous, but is often deadly in the middle overs.
Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger said: "I hope it doesn't prove to be my last appearance here because it would be great to get a home quarter-final. We have a lot to do for that to happen and if this is my final innings at Bristol it was a great way to end.
"I knew I still had it in me to score runs in T20, but it hasn't been happening for me in this season's competition up to now. Hopefully, tonight will lead to a strong finish.
"Our spinners did a fantastic job for us. I thought Somerset batted really well in the first half of their run chase, but we managed to peg them back and clinch a really important win."
Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "To start with we let Gloucestershire get 20 too many runs. With a couple of overs of their innings to go we were looking at chasing 180 at most and it turned into nearly 190 because we didn't execute our skills well enough at the death.
"Then we got off to a great start with the bat and were cruising at halfway, well ahead of where Gloucestershire were at the same stage. Some poor shots cost us wickets and in the end we can have no complaints.
"We still have three group games left, starting tomorrow against Glamorgan, and we know we must win at least two of them. But we go out to win every match and we will still back ourselves to qualify."
Durham v Yorkshire, North Group Riverside, Chester le Street
Yorkshire Vikings 146 - 6
Durham 132 all out
Result - Yorkshire Vikings won by 14 runs
Jack Shutt claimed career-best figures to keep Yorkshire Vikings' hopes of reaching the Vitality Blast quarter-finals alive after beating Durham by 14 runs at Emirates Riverside.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore top scored for the visitors with an innings of 52 guiding them to a competitive total of 146-6 from their 20 overs, while Nathan Rimmington claimed figures of 3-16 to keep the Vikings in check.
Scott Steel and D'Arcy Short handed the home side the perfect start to their innings. However, for the second time in two matches, once the openers were dismissed Durham failed to keep the scoreboard moving amid brilliant bowling from Shutt, who took 5-11. Even in front of a record-breaking crowd, they failed to rise to the occasion late in the innings, slipping to a costly defeat.
After Yorkshire were inserted Adam Lyth took the attack Brydon Carse, sending a huge six into the leg-side before notching a boundary striking over the top. Scott Steel made the breakthrough as Lyth sliced his drive straight to Carse at point. Matty Potts then removed David Willey for two with a sharp low catch off his own bowling.
Kohler-Cadmore tried to get the Vikings moving, blasting a huge six into the crowd off Liam Trevaskis. However, Yorkshire lost their third wicket of the powerplay when Jonny Tattersall, failed to connect with his drive off Rimmington as Graham Clark claimed the catch.
Jack Leaning joined Kohler-Cadmore at the crease and two players built an impressive stand for the fourth wicket, although boundaries were at a premium. Kohler-Cadmore worked the ball into space to reach his half-century from 40 deliveries, including two boundaries and a six. Rimmington's return to the attack was crucial, forcing the mistake from Kohler-Cadmore, who skied his pull shot, allowing to Clark take his second catch.
The Vikings were struggling to up the ante in the closing stages and Rimmington notched his third wicket when Leaning picked out Harry Adair at backward point. In the final over, Will Fraine attempted to clear the boundary off Potts, only to pick out D'Arcy Short on the rope. However, Tim Bresnan succeeded where Fraine failed, smashing a six over Short's head, ensuring Yorkshire ended the innings on a high note just shy of the 150-run mark.
Durham made a measured start to their chase with Short and Steel at the crease. Both players began to up the ante towards the end of the powerplay. Steel was the first to clear the fence with a brilliant strike off Mathew Pillans over the leg-side before Short joined him in the following over, striking back-to-back sixes off Jordan Thompson to kickstart his innings.
The home side scored 64 from the opening six overs, handing them control of the run rate. However, Shutt's introduction into the attack sparked the Vikings into life. First he ended the opening stand for 70, turning one through Short's gate to bowl the Aussie for 29. Adair made only four before he fell to Shutt, picking out Lyth in the deep, putting the pressure on the hosts.
Steel and Peter Handscomb nudged Durham over the 100-run mark, but Shutt removed the former, who feathered an edge through to Tattersall behind the stumps. The off-spinner put the clamps on, dismissing Gareth Harte and then Handscomb in the space of three deliveries, earning his first five-wicket haul in T20 cricket.
For the second time in two matches, Durham failed to handle the pressure of the chase. Their middle and lower-order batsmen failed to pick the gaps in the field. Lyth was the beneficiary, taking the pace off the ball, accounting for the wickets of Ben Raine, Trevaskis and Clark before a run-out between Potts and Rimmington secured a huge win for the Vikings.
TURNING POINT: The introduction of Jack Shutt into attack turned the match on its head. He dismissed Short and Steel on his way to claiming figures of 5-11 - his best in T20 cricket. Durham were unable to hit him off the square, which built pressure, allowing the Vikings to claim a vital win.
SHOT OF THE MATCH: Kohler-Cadmore once clattered the ball into the media centre on a previous visit to Emirates Riverside. On this occasion he smashed a six over the mid-on boundary 20 rows back into the County Durham Stand off Liam Trevaskis.
UNSUNG HERO: Tim Bresnan scored 14 vital runs late in the Yorkshire innings, including two boundaries in the final over, which proved to be the difference between the two sides.
WHAT'S NEXT: Durham are next in action against the Birmingham Bears at Emirates Riverside on Tuesday. The Vikings face the Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Sunday at Trent Bridge.
"Jack [Shutt] bowled incredibly. In the powerplay they had a great start, but then Jack and Keshan Maharaj brought us back into the game. We got gifted a couple of wickets towards the end. The way he bowled for such a young lad in just his fourth game to come out and produce figures like that is really special.
"The ball Jack bowled to dismiss Short was special. To beat a player of his quality with a delivery like that was great. He's not come on and got lucky wickets that can happen in T20 cricket, he's got genuine wickets which is credit to how well he bowled tonight."
Jack Shutt - (5-11)
"I can't believe what's happened out there. There was a little bit in the pitch for me. Sometimes in T20 cricket it just goes for you and sometimes it's your night. I'm really really pleased. There was a little grip in the first innings, so we knew there was a bit in the pitch. All four of the spinners that bowled tonight bowled well. I've not been involved in a game like that. It's still surreal.
"There are a lot of ups and downs in T20 cricket, going back to last week against Warwickshire where I bowled one over for 15. You can't get carried away with T20 there are going to be a lot of highs and lows. You've got to keep yourself consistent because you're going to have ups and downs so you've got to ride it."
D'Arcy Short - Durham
"I wouldn't say it was groundhog day or even the same as the Worcestershire game. I can't explain what has happened in the last two games. We've fallen into a hole and we've got to try to get ourselves out of it. Not a lot changes from the powerplay, I think we're just panicking a little bit. We've still got a couple of games left to get into the quarter-finals, so we've got to focus on playing well."
Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire, North Group Grace Road, Leicester 6:30 PM
Leicestershire Foxes 161 - 8
Notts Outlaws 165 - 3
Result - Notts Outlaws won by 7 wickets
Derbyshire v Northamptonshire, North Group County Ground, Derby 6:30 PM
Derbyshire Falcons 101 - 1
Northamptonshire Steelbacks 100
Result - Derbyshire Falcons won by 9 wickets
Birmingham Bears v Worcestershire, North Group Edgbaston, Birmingham 6:30 PM
Birmingham Bears 184 - 5
Worcestershire Rapids 188 - 1
Result - Worcestershire Rapids won by 9 wickets
Skipper Moeen Ali and Worcestershire Rapids made a successful return to the scene of last summer’s Vitality Blast trophy triumph with a nine wicket success over local rivals Birmingham Bears.
The England all-rounder smashed 85 not out off 46 balls as the Rapids reached their challenging 185 target with eight balls to spare
Moeen certainly enjoys facing his former County and last season hit centuries in the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast matches at Edgbaston.
He was given excellent support by Riki Wessels who finished unbeaten on 65 off 51 balls.
The pair shared in an unbroken stand of 138 - a record for any wicket by either side in T20 matches between the two counties.
Victory enabled the Rapids to cement second spot in the North Group table and they are two points behind leaders Lancashire Lightning who visit Blackfinch New Road on Sunday.
The Rapids handed a Blast debut to Hamish Rutherford who flew in from New Zealand yesterday as an overseas replacement for Callum Ferguson.
The Bears opted to bat and Sam Hain collected four boundaries in the first three overs from Dillon Pennington and Wayne Parnell.
But the last ball of the powerplay accounted for Dominic Sibley (14) who tried to sweep Ed Barnard and Ben Cox completed a stumping.
Hain (46) - after adding 53 with Adam Hose - holed out to Barnard at deep mid-wicket off Pennington.
Hose (48 off 23 balls) brought the 100 up in the 13th over with a six off Barnard over long off but in the same over was caught at cover.
Moeen bowled Will Rhodes (1) but some lusty hitting by Matt Lamb and Michael Burgess (28 not out) added 63 in six overs before Lamb (35 off 22 balls) tried a scoop shot against Parnell and only picked out keeper Cox.
Wessels and Martin Guptill laid the foundations for the Rapids reply by bringing up the 50 in 5.1 overs.
But the Black Caps batsman, after making 27 off 16 balls, was well caught at cover off the next delivery from the spinner.
Moeen was soon into his stride with a six and four off successive balls from Brookes and three boundaries in the next over from Thomson.
The Rapids were well placed at 97-1 after 10 overs and then Moeen smashed the first two deliveries from Will Rhodes for six and reached a 28 ball 50 with a leg glance for four in the same over which cost 19 runs.
Wessels completed a responsible half century in a supporting role off 42 balls and the 100 stand came up in 10 overs.
Moeen then smote successive sixes off Thomson over long on to effectively seal victory for his side.
THE TURNING POINT: The Bears were just starting to turn the screw when Moeen Ali smashed the first two balls of Will Rhodes spell for six in an over costing 19 runs.
DELIVERY (OR) SHOT OF THE MATCH: A huge six by Rapids opener Martin Guptill over long on off Alex Thomson.
THE UNSUNG HERO: Michael Burgess – the former Sussex keeper stepped on the accelerator for the Bears with some clever shot selection to help set a challenging total.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Bears are again in home Blast action on Sunday afternoon when they entertain Northamptonshire Steelbacks while at the same time the Rapids will play host to North Group leaders Lancashire Lightning.
Worcestershire First Team Coach Alex Gidman said: “I thought the boys were awesome. That partnership was world class (between Moeen Ali and Riki Wessels).
“I thought we did a good job in the first half of the game. It looked a good batting wicket throughout and we just showed some real quality and composure with a little bit of smart batting as well.
“It was an exceptional partnership and a really good performance.
“It was a competitive total (184) and more often than not, that is a winning total. When you are chasing a total like that, you generally need a couple of guys to play really well and to have one really good partnership and that’s exactly what happened.
“It doesn’t happen all the time but that’s the intention and today was our day and those two in particular – and Martin’s (Guptill) contribution at the beginning – was top drawer.
“Moeen is so good. The lads love having him around. He is a very special talent. We all know that and when he plays for us he just brings an added dimension to our group which is already a very good team.
“He loves batting here. I think he loves batting anywhere to be honest and he is still one of the very best around.”
Birmingham skipper Jeetan Patel said: “I’m still disappointed. We had some moments in the game we should have taken better. I don’t think we bowled as well as we could have.
“But when a guy like Moeen comes off like that, that is why he is one of the best in the world at this format.
“He has gone through some tough times recently and copped a lot of flak but what he has done today was pretty special.
“I thought 185 was a winning total and they always had to keep scoring boundaries.”
Kent v Surrey, South Group St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 6:30 PM
Kent Spitfires 170- 3
Surrey 171 - 7
Result - Surrey won by 1 run
Kent Spitfires suffered their second batting calamity of the week as they tossed away a winning position to lose their Vitality Blast south group qualifier to Surrey by one run at shell-shocked Canterbury.
Just three days after being skittled for 40 in a county championship defeat to Essex, Kent grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory to suffer their fourth reverse and their first on home soil in this year’s T20 event.
Chasing 172 at a tough asking rate of 8.6 an over for their seventh win of the south group campaign Kent openers Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond smashed 19 off Jordan Clark’s third over.
Clark’s misery was compounded when he dropped Bell-Drummond off a skier at cover in the next over from Jade Dernbach as Kent’s openers posted 50 in 5 overs.
Crawley raced to his maiden T20 50 with two fours and three sixes as the Spitfires’ pair posted their century stand in 9.5 overs as Kent swept 26 runs ahead of Surrey’s midpoint score.
Bell-Drummond reached his 19th career T20 half-century from 32 balls and with seven fours but their stand was finally broken for 115 when Mohammad Tahir had Crawley stumped for 59.
With 18 required from 12 balls Bell-Drummond went for 64 when his sliced drive against Dernbach flew to backward point to heap pressure on Alex Blake and Heino Kuhn.
Blake upper-cut his third ball to deep point leaving Sam Billings and Kuhn to score 12 off the last over from Curran, but it was Curran who held his nerve by conceding nine off the bat to give Surrey a surprise fourth Vitality Blast win.
After a forceful start, Surrey stumbled mid-innings when Kent took pace off the ball, then plundered quick runs at the death through a barrage of Will Jacks’ sixes on their way to posting 171 for seven.
Aaron Finch, who hit 83 here last July at a strike rate of 218.42 – only for the match to be abandoned to rain – clattered 18 off the second over of the night from Kent T20 debutant Matt Milnes but, with 25 to his name, miscued a Fred Klaassen slower ball back to the bowler.
Surrey reached 49 for one by the end of the powerplay, after which Spitfires brought on first-team debutant and Old Tonbridgian Marcus O’Riordan, a 21-year-old off-spinner whose excellent opening over cost only 5 runs.
Kent turned to spin at both ends with the introduction of left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum who had Sam Curran caught at cow corner with his second ball.
Surrey lost further impetus when Bell-Drummond yorked Mark Stoneman, Qayyum squeezed one between the bat and pad to bowl Ben Foakes and then had Ollie Pope stumped by Ollie Robinson as Surrey raised their 100 in the 15th over.
Qayyum finished his four overs with three for 22, after which Hardus Viljoen returned to pluck out middle stump via a bottom edge as Clark aimed to cut.
Will Jacks clattered eight sixes late in the piece on his way to 63 off 27 balls before biffing Klaassen’s last ball of the innings into the hands of long off, even so, Surrey’s total appeared a little below par.
THE TURNING POINT: Dernbach showed all his experience when sending down the 17th and 19th overs of a tense game. The Surrey skipper had the well-set Bell-Drummond caught on the drive, then dangerman Blake clipped one to point leaving Kent with too much to do.
DELIVERY OF THE MATCH: With his ninth ball of the night Klaassen, the Dutch left-armer, rolled his fingers across the seam to deceive Finch with a slow off-cutter that the bamboozled Aussie chipped back off a leading edge.
THE UNSUNG HERO: Qayyum barely gets a look in when it comes to red-ball cricket – he has played only 6 first-class games for Kent – but the 26-year-old from Ealing shows great composure in the short-form and thoroughly deserved three wickets on his 30th T20 appearance.
WHAT’S NEXT: On Thursday Kent welcome their short-form bogey side Gloucestershire to Canterbury for their final home qualifier of the campaign, while Surrey welcome Somerset to The Kia Oval on Tuesday, August 27.
Kent batsman Zak Crawley, who scored his maiden T20 50, said: "At the end of our bowling you had a very good young player like Will Jacks, allowed to go out there and hit it, and we've conceded 50 off three overs, which obviously wasn't ideal.
"Then, at the end of our reply, they've got bowlers like Dernbach and Curran, both international cricketers, so it's not easy chasing against guys like that. It's quite rare for us to lose from the position we were in, but Surrey have some proper players and it's never easy getting over the win line.
"Myself and Dan batting at the top set it up quite well I thought, and if I could have gone on it would have made life easier for the guys coming in, so losing it by one run hurts, it's just one of those things when you try and take it deep, but tonight, maybe, we took it to deep."
Surrey top-scorer Will Jacks said: "After we'd batted 14 overs we'd got about a hundred on the board, we were nowhere, then 10 overs into their reply they were 100 for none, so to come out of here with a victory is great. It's hard to believe.
"It's been a bit of a tough tournament for me personally, I've been opening the batting but tonight, down at No6, I felt good and was delighted to get the runs that contributed to the win.
"We fielded brillantly and to defend 40 in the last 5 overs on a pretty small ground with a fast outfield was one hell of an effort. The bolwers, Sam and Jade in particular, deserve all credit.
"We're not really thinking about getting to the quarter finals, we're just trying to play good cricket and see where that takes us."
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