Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches – 24th August
All the Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches…
Middlesex v Sussex, South Group Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground, Uxbridge 2:30 PM
Middlesex 171 -5
Sussex Sharks 172 - 2
Result - Sussex Sharks won by 8 wickets
Match Reactions -
Laurie Evans (Sussex)
“It’s about time I got some runs. It was a great wicket and a great performance, especially coming off the back of a couple of losses.
“Hopefully we’ve qualified now and we are pushing towards that home quarter-final.
“I love batting with that bloke (Alex Carey). It is a matter of time before he is no longer with us because he’ll be playing at a higher level.
“It takes the pressure off you when you have someone like that batting at the other end as well.
“The way they started and the way our bowlers came back there was just extraordinary.
“I think we conceded one boundary in the last five overs, which is an amazing effort on what looked an absolute belter with certainly one short boundary on the leg-side.
“People keep standing up at the right time.”
“Personally, I felt we were 30 runs short, to be honest. I believe on this track it should be 190-plus. As a team we didn’t bowl well and we need to work really hard on it.
The next two games are very important for us but hopefully soon AB (de Villiers) will be back and it will be a full team.
He’s a top player and though it’s not about one person, having him in the side gives a lot of confidence to the team.
Unfortunately, in the last two games we didn’t play to the best of the ability we have and we need to stay positive. I feel there’s a lot of confidence in the team and everyone’s looking forward to the challenge. The last two games we were down but hopefully we’ll come back.”
Somerset v Glamorgan, South Group Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 6:30 PM
Somerset 177 - 8
Result - Somerset won by 25 runs
Babar Azam scored a classy half century as Somerset beat bottom-of-the-table Glamorgan by 25 runs at the Cooper Associates Ground to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Vitality Blast.
Buoyed by Babar's vibrant innings of 63 from 42 balls, Somerset raised a competitive 177-9 in their 20 overs after losing the toss.
David Lloyd top-scored with a fine innings of 63, but Glamorgan proved unable to recover from the loss of early wickets and were bowled out for 152, Max Waller and Jerome Taylor claiming 3-19 and 2-31 respectively.
Somerset now occupy the fourth and final qualifying spot in the South Group, ahead of Middlesex by virtue of a superior run rate with two matches to play.
Needing to bounce back from defeat to Gloucestershire, the cider county were once again indebted to overseas star Babar. But even he was put in the shade for a while after Glamorgan won the toss and put their hosts in on a hybrid pitch.
Having scored a brilliant maiden T20 hundred in front of the Sky cameras earlier this month, Tom Banton again demonstrated his credentials as a potential England player of the future, smashing 34 from 21 balls and matching Babar blow-for-blow in an entertaining opening stand of 61 in 5.4 overs.
His murderous progress was halted against all odds by T20 debutant Roman Walker, who with his fourth ball, induced Somerset's aggressor-in-chief to hole out to deep square leg. Banton's departure signalled a loss of momentum for the home side.
Taking pace off the ball brought Glamorgan back into the game as the next six overs yielded just 28 runs. Unable to break loose against spinners Andrew Salter and Callum Taylor, James Hildreth scored at less than a run a ball in contributing 22 to a second wicket stand of 41 before being run out by Colin Ingram's direct hit from mid-off with the score on 107.
Becalmed for a time, Babar went to 50 from 36 balls and then registered the first six of the innings, straight-hitting Ruaidri Smith into the Sir Ian Botham Stand to afford the hosts renewed impetus. Comfortably Somerset's highest scorer in the short format this season, the Pakistan international passed 500 for the tournament and 4,000 career T20 runs in an innings characterised by wristy elegance and clever innovation.
Attempting to add to his tally of 7 fours and a six, he eventually perished in the 16th over, hoisting Salter high to Nicholas Selman at deep square leg.
Tom Abell was caught at deep cover off the bowling of Smith for 20 in the next over, Craig Overton came and went with indecent haste and Tom Lammonby and Roelof van der Merv were both bowled by Marchant de Lange as the innings rather fizzled out.
Eddie Byron's breezy 14-ball cameo yielded 20 runs before he, too, was bowled by de Lange, who finished with 3-36 from four overs.
Required to score at nine an over to engineer a first win in the South Group, Glamorgan's woes with the bat continued as their top-order imploded in the face of express pace from Jerome Taylor.
Shaun Marsh edged the West Indies paceman to slip, while talisman Colin Ingram was superbly run out by Abell's pick-up-and-throw from short mid-wicket in pursuit of a notional single, a lapse in judgment which saw the visitors lurch to 6-2.
Struck a blow on the helmet by Lammonby's throw as he dived to make his ground, Selman recovered suffiently to score 20 in a third-wicket stand of 45 with David Lloyd before driving van der Merve to long on.
Leg spinner Waller then struck twice in quick succession, foxing Chris Cooke with his wrong 'un and bowling Callum Taylor, while Jerome Taylor returned to account for Dan Douthwaite as Glamorgan subsided to 64-6 at halfway.
Only Lloyd offered meaningful resistance, bringing up a 31-ball 50 with a six over long-on at the expense of Overton. When he was caught in the deep off the bowling of Lammonby, the game was effectively up.
THE TURNING POINT - Somerset knew they had Glamorgan on toast when star batsman Colin Ingram was run out for one by Tom Abell.
SHOT OF THE MATCH - In imperious form, Tom Banton pulled a Marchant de Lange delivery that pitched outside off stump to the mid-wicket boundary for four to illuminate a scintillating powerplay.
THE UNSUNG HERO - Unperturbed by the failure of those at the other end, David Lloyd batted superbly to post 63 in a losing cause.
WHAT'S NEXT - Somerset will retain their position in the top four and end Surrey's hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals if they prevail in their penultimate fixture at The Oval on Tuesday (6.30pm).
Somerset's Tom Abell said: "I think the game was won when we started so well with the new ball. We were disappointed with that score, which was a bit below par. But when we took those early wickets up top, we knew we were in control of the game. Max Waller bowled really well during the middle overs and Jerome Taylor's pace made things happen for us.
"Tom Banton is a special talent, Babar Azam is one of the best batsmen in the world and we are lucky to have them. You need a couple of players to get you off to a really good start and we have that in those two. They gave us a great platform again tonight and that allowed those of us who followed the freedom to play our shots.
"We're in a good position in the group with two games to go and our fate is in our own hands. We have two games to go against Surrey and Middlesex and, if we win them both, we will make the quarter-finals. It helps that we know what we have to do."
Glamorgan's Colin Ingram said: "We lost a couple of games to begin with and then things became difficult. Some of our batsmen have struggled and our poor run has stemmed from there. David Lloyd has done pretty well throughout, but the rest of us failed to give him the support he deserved in this game. It's hard when you lose several games in a row, but we have a couple left and will look to keep going and bounce back.
"We've intrioduced some younger players to the side to give them experience and they have done quite well. It's a steep learning curve for them though and T20 can be an unforgiving environment."
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