Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches – 25th August
All the Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches…
Birmingham Bears v Northamptonshire, North Group Edgbaston, Birmingham 2:30 PM
Birmingham Bears 150 - 6
Northamptonshire Steelbacks 153 - 6
Result - Northamptonshire Steelbacks won by 4 wickets
Faheem Ashraf saw Northamptonshire home with two balls to spare as Northamptonshire beat Birmingham Bears by four wickets on a golden afternoon at Edgbaston to keep the visitors hopes alive of qualifying for the Vitality Blast quarter-finals.
Northants began the day having to win their last three matches to reach the top four of the North Group and were cruising in a chase of 151 at 128 for 2 in the 15th over. But wickets began to tumble and five were left from five balls. Ashraf then guided Henry Brookes wide of third man for two before striking the winning boundary over extra-cover.
Defeat for the Bears ended their chances or reaching the top four as they slipped bottom of the table with two matches to play.
The home side chose to bat on a used wicket but slumped to 109 for 5 in the 17th over only for Will Rhodes, with 45 in 31 balls, and Chris Green, 23 from 13 to boost them to 150 for 6, taking 20 runs from the final seven balls of the innings.
Before then, the Northants' spinners had a grip on the innings with turn available. Rob Keogh spun one sharply past Matt Lamb’s inside edge to bowl him for just one and deceived Adam Hose to have him stumped for 24. Left-arm spinner Graeme White also earned a stumping when Dom Sibley advanced and missed an off-drive to fall for 24 in 20 balls.
Rhodes kept the Bears together - twice slog-sweeping to the short leg-side fence - and the blast from Green in the final over, hitting three fours off Ben Sanderson, gave the home side something to defend.
The Northants chase was given a bright start by Richard Levi, who made a timely return to form in making 44 from 27 balls - his highest score in the competition this season. He took three fours from Oliver Hannon-Dalby’s opening over before dealing with Jeetan Patel’s off-spin by twice sweeping him for four. Levi eventually fell trying to hit Rhodes over mid-off but he laid the platform for the pursuit at 73 for 2 in the eighth over.
Captain Josh Cobb then shared a stand of 55 in seven overs that appeared to have put the game to bed, Cobb striking two sixes into the Raglan Stand. But trying to repeat the shot he holed out to deep midwicket for 42 from 36 balls and when Dwaine Pretorius’ measured 26 from 24 balls was ended by a superb low return catch by Patel, work was left for the Northants middle order.
The task appeared straightforward with 16 needed from 18 balls but Alex Wakely and Rob Keogh couldn’t find the boundaries that would have killed the game. One reserve-sweep from Wakely earned four past backward point but Keogh was bowled swinging at Green’s final delivery and Wakely then fell to a Brookes nip-backer first ball of the final over.
Suddenly the Bears sensed a chance and Tom Sole would have run himself out taking a run straight to mid-on had Lamb’s throw struck. Ashraf, with four needed from four, then took over to win the game.
Will Rhodes said:
“I think we were 10-15 short and it sums up our campaign really, we’ve been neither here nor their throughout the competition.
“Rich Levi is obviously a top player and we couldn’t get him or Josh Cobb out early enough which was disappointing.
“I think if Henry Brookes takes another wicket you never know in the last over but unfortunately we couldn’t get over the line.
“We were probably a little slow to adapt with the bat but we got up to a good enough score and couldn’t close it out."
“It’s great to get over the line - much closer than we’d have likely - but it’s the win we needed.
“You saw some nerves there towards the end because we’re not playing our best cricket.
"I thought they were above par to be honest, pace-off bowlers did well. We had control until the very end which gave them momentum.
“We had two new batsmen in which made it a bit tighter but thankfully Faheem got us over the line and on we go to next week."
Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire, North Group Trent Bridge, Nottingham 2:30 PM
Notts Outlaws 148 - 7
Yorkshire Vikings 145 - 7
Result - Notts Outlaws won by 3 runs
Notts Outlaws pulled off an astonishing final ball victory over Yorkshire Vikings at Trent Bridge to guarantee qualification for the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast.
Defending a total of 148 for seven, the Outlaws seemed certain to be on the wrong end of the result as the visitors coasted to 99 for two
Harry Gurney, with two for 29, including a crucial wicket in the final over, de-railed the run-chase, with Luke Fletcher taking two for 31.
Yorkshire had required 12 from the final six balls but fell short on 145 for seven, leaving Notts victors by three runs.
Earlier, Adam Lyth returned the best figures of his career as the Vikings struggled to keep their qualification hopes alive.
The 31-year old, who took three wickets against Durham on Friday evening, bettered all of his previous efforts to finish with five for 31.
Notts won the toss and opted to bat first but soon ran into trouble. Joe Clarke top-scored, falling for 50 one delivery after reaching his half-century.
Clarke faced 46 deliveries and hit three fours and two sixes, putting on 66 with Jake Libby, who made 35. Dan Christian plundered an unbeaten 31 from only 16 balls.
Lyth looked to cement a fine individual performance by steering his side to victory but fell for 48, heralding the start of a dramatic collapse.
The early stages of the afternoon featured contrasting moments for Keshav Maharaj, Yorkshire’s South African international. In only the second over he spilled Clarke, on three at the time. With his fingers still stinging Maharaj then made his mark on the day by clinging on to a sharp offering to dismiss Alex Hales for only seven, off Tim Bresnan.
Ben Duckett also went cheaply to Bresnan but it was the intervention of Lyth that really unsettled the hosts. The gentle off-spinner had Libby caught at long-on and then dismissed Tom Mores and Clarke with successive deliveries.
Samit Patel and Fletcher also went to Lyth in the final over but Christian had hit David Willey for 646 to end the previous over to make the total competitive.
Notts needed to build early pressure, having posted a sub-par score and they grabbed two wickets from unlikely sources.
Patel threw down the stumps to run out Tom Kohler-Cadmore and then Jake Libby, bowling for the first time in T20 cricket, bowled Willey.
Lyth backed up his performance with the ball with a disciplined innings before slicing Gurney into the hands of Duckett at backward point.
The visitors needed 18 runs from the last two overs but Fletcher yorked both Jack Leaning and Bresnan.
Will Fraine hit Gurney for six at the start of the last over but the former England left-armer struck back, holding his nerve to pick up a wicket and three other dot balls in a dramatic climax.
The result means Notts Outlaws go second in the North Group table a nd are guaranteed a quarter-final spot.
Yorkshire Vikings drop to 8th in the table and cannot qualify.
THE TURNING POINT Luke Fletcher took two wickets in the 19th over of the run-chase to give the hosts a glimmer of a chance.
DELIVERY (OR SHOT OF THE MATCH) Fletcher’s yorker to remove Tim Bresnan popped all the air out of the Vikings’ run-chase.
THE UNSUNG HERO Matt Carter failed to pick up a wicket but bowled four overs for only 12 runs and took a stunning catch towards the end of the match
WHAT’S NEXT Notts Outlaws close their group fixtures with matches against Worcestershire Rapids, away on Wednesday, and Durham at home next Friday.
Yorkshire’s final matches are at home to Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Thursday and away at Birmingham Bears 24 hours later.
Andrew Gale (Yorkshire First Team Coach)
“I managed to catch a little bit of the Ashes earlier and what a knock from Ben Stokes at Headingley to get England over the line. The fantastic summer of cricket continues but here, it’s been very disappointing for Yorkshire.
“This is a game that we played some very good cricket in and probably should have got over the line but credit to Notts, they grind those sorts of results out on their own patch and we crumbled a bit under the pressure at the end.
“I think 85 per cent of the game we played some smart cricket. That sums up our one-day cricket, we can’t get over the line. We’ve tied three games and lost by a run in one of them and until we stand and take responsibility in key moments under pressure then we are where we are.”
Harry Gurney (Notts)
“I feel like over the years we’ve had a few close games but this year not so many, so it was great to get that win in front of an amazing crowd.
“I’m not sure we’ll be grabbing the back pages tomorrow but we’re all England fans in our dressing room – apart from (Australian) Dan Christian – and he’s getting plenty of stick. For Notts to win this, Bank Holiday Sunday, great crowd, we’re chuffed.
“It got a little bit interesting for me when they hit six off the first ball of the final over but I’m always confident when you’ve got double figures to defend in the last over. But it’s also gettable, we’re delighted because it ensures our qualification as well .”
Hampshire v Essex, South Group Ageas Bowl, Southampton 2:30 PM
Hampshire 139 - 6
Essex Eagles 139 - 7
Result - Match Tied
Hampshire and Essex Eagles tied for a second year in a row as Adam Zampa ran half-century maker Sam Northeast out on the last ball of a thrilling match.
Hampshire, chasing 140 to win, needed 11 off the final over, having previously required 42 from three overs, before pulling it down to two runs from the last ball.
With Northeast, who was on 72, on strike the batsman struck down the ground but could only find Zampa – who easily had Northeast out his ground attempting a second.
Northeast had turned the match around with 73 from 56 balls, with the match seemingly Essex’s to win before the nervy finale.
The shared points helps neither side in their hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals – as they both sit on 11 points, two points adrift of Somerset and Middlesex.
Having won the toss and chosen the bowl Hampshire struck early.
Chris Wood continued his incredible first over wicket-taking record when he had Tom Westley lbw to the first delivery of the match – it was the fifth time in this season’s Blast the left armer had stuck in his first over.
Kyle Abbott copied Wood in the next over as Essex were left three for two when Cameron Delport was brilliantly caught behind by Lewis McManus.
Lawrence and Adam Wheater then ambled along at around six an over in an 83-run stand for the third wicket to revive the innings – before Wheater was caught on the square boundary.
Lawrence continued, though, with a series of delightful shots through and over the covers, to go with a towering six over mid-wicket.
He passed 1,000 T20 runs and a 13th fifty of the season across all formats, off 37 balls.
But as with his first 12 half centuries, Lawrence couldn’t convert to three figures as he picked out Ian Holland at backward point while attempting a reverse scoop.
Ryan ten Doeschate plumb lbw to Chris Morris and Abbott yorking Ravi Bopara and Simon Harmer in the same over to take figures of three for 15, also departed – leaving the Eagles on 139 for seven.
Like Essex earlier, Hampshire lost both openers early on as James Vince and Rilee Rossouw both picked out Ravi Bopara on the point rope.
Sam Northeast and Liam Dawson attempted to rebuild for the hosts but despite running hard between the wickets they struggled to hit boundaries in their 68 run alliance.
With seven overs to go, and only four fours between them, the required rate was up and 10 an over – with Dawson departing for 31 off 34 balls during that 14th over after slogging a sweep straight to cow corner.
But thanks to some clever striking from Northeast, whose half century came in 46 balls with five fours, Hampshire ground themselves back into contention.
Chris Morris and James Fuller, 17 off 12, both departed but Northeast and Lewis McManus collected 11 off the 18th over, 19 from the 19th over and managed to slice past the 11 needed off the final Mohammad Amir over before the last ball hijinx.
THE TURNING POINT: The game swayed from side to side do often there wasn't a defined moment the match changed. If anything the last ball being punted straight to Zampa was the first time anything looked clear!
SHOT OF THE MATCH: Dan Lawrence showed off his range of cover drives but it was his leg side six which lightened the game. It was the only maximum of the match, due to the Ageas Bowl’s expansive playing area, but flew into the stands over deep mid-wicket.
UNSUNG HERO: Adam Zampa might have been wicketless, but the legspinner only went for 17 off his four overs – without conceding a boundary. A rare positive for an Australian on Sunday!
WHAT’S NEXT: Essex Eagles aim to stay in contention for a knockout spot with a trip to face Surrey at the Kia Oval on Thursday, while Hampshire host Middlesex at the same time. Both matches start at 6.30pm.
Hampshire batsman Sam Northeast:
“I don’t think that result suits anyone. It was a bit of a repeat of Chelmsford last season.
“We got it down to a run-a-ball in the last over so not to get the win is pretty frustrating. We got into a winning position and didn’t finish it.
“It will be tough to qualify now and we’ll probably need some results to go our way.
“We needed one big over. It was difficult to get started on that pitch but once you were in it was okay.
“Lawrence was the same as me, he got better and better as he went on. Once you got going you could catch up.
“My feeling at the moment is of disappointment. You put yourself in that position where you need just one hit and it just didn’t come.”
Essex Eagles captain Simon Harmer:
“I think 42 off three and for us to concede 41, with the way the wicket played, makes it feel like a loss – especially with the focus on us needing to win every game.
“I thought 140 was about par. The wicket was slower than it normally is. We knew batting second would be difficult to score but we let ourselves down in the last three overs.
“The bowling has been good and the batting has been very good but we let ourselves down here and there.
“Today in the field we dropped two catches in two balls (Northeast on 52 and Fuller on 4) which would have seen us see out the game.
“We could have been smarter about how we went about it in the end.
“You look back and it is easy to nit-pick at hundreds of different things but we need to find a way of being better.”
Leicestershire v Derbyshire, North Group Grace Road, Leicester 2:30 PM
Leicestershire Foxes 124 - 9
Derbyshire Falcons 128 - 1
Result - Derbyshire Falcons won by 9 wickets
Worcestershire v Lancashire, North Group New Road, Worcester 2:30 PM
Worcestershire Rapids 193 - 7
Lancashire Lightning 218 - 5
Result - Lancashire Lightning won by 25 runs
Lancashire Lightning secured a top two spot – and a home quarter-final – in the Vitality Blast North Group with a 25 run victory over holders Worcestershire Rapids at Blackfinch New Road.
Steven Croft hit a career equalling 94 as the Lightning totalled a formidable 218-5 after being put into bat.
Saqib Mahmood then pressed home Lancashire’s advantage by removed Rapids openers Hamish Rutherford – the overseas replacement for Martin Guptill - and Riki Wessels in his first two overs.
The game was effectively ended when Rapids captain Moeen Ali became the first of two wickets to fall in spinner Glenn Maxwell’s first over and the Australian ended with the excellent figures of 3-23 from four overs.
Some typical hitting by Ross Whiteley – including his 100th T20 six for Worcestershire – kept the capacity 4,500 crowd entertained.
The Rapids are still very much in contention to reach the knockout stages but now face a crucial game against Notts Outlaws at Blackfinch New Road on Wednesday.
The Rapids opted to field first and struck an immediate blow with Alex Davies top-edging the first delivery of the game from Dillon Pennington to keeper Ben Cox.
Wayne Parnell shared the new ball and Steven Croft helped his first delivery over the fine leg boundary for six.
Liam Livingstone collected four boundaries in Wayne Parnell’s second over and the Lightning half century came up in 4.1 overs.
Croft raced to his half century off just 24 balls with four sixes and four fours.
Livingstone (32 off 26 balls) helped him add 83 in eight overs before he lofted Ed Barnard straight to Ross Whiteley at deep mid wicket.
Glenn Maxwell (12) flicked Pat Brown over the fine leg boundary for six but tried to repeat the shot from the next ball and was pouched by Pat Brown.
Captain Dane Vilas made a quickfire 23 before he cut hard at Barnard and picked out Rutherford at third man.
Daryl Mitchell bowled a tight mid innings spell and his four overs cost only 26 runs.
But Croft continued to blaze away and hoisted Brown for two sixes in an over costing 22 runs.
He moved onto 94 before attempting a slog sweep in the final over from Moeen Ali and was stumped.
Croft faced 55 balls and struck six sixes and six fours and his fifth wicket partnership with James Faulkner (34 off 17 balls) was worth 60 in five overs.
When the Rapids launched their reply they were immediately on the back foot as Rutherford (15) lobbed a Mahmood delivery to mid on and Wessels (14) perished at deep mid wicket.
Tom Fell (3) was taken at long on – a fine low catch by Croft – off leg spinner Matt Parkinson and then Maxwell’s introduction to the attack paid double dividends.
Moeen (23) was bowled by his first delivery and then Wayne Parnell (1) perished at long on.
The Rapids lost half their side for 59 and required 151 from the final 10 overs.
Whiteley reached a 20 ball half century which included 26 from an over by Richard Gleeson. It included two sixes and seven fours.
An entertaining stand of 86 in eight overs with Ben Cox (28) ended when the keeper provided Maxwell with a third scalp with Davies this time holding onto the chance at deep mid wicket.
Whiteley ended unbeaten on 89 from 40 balls as the Rapids closed on 193-7.
Lancashire batsman Steven Croft, who top-scored with 94, said: “We are doing a great job. Multiple people are putting their hands up which is great to see from a team.
“We wanted to secure that home quarter-final, which I think we have done now, and keep the momentum going.
“I’ve had a couple of quiet games so it is nice to get some more runs on the board.
“I enjoy playing here. It’s a shortish side (boundary) which I targeted and the game plan came off well.
“You get a bit nervous with Ross Whiteley at the wicket and he struck a good ball but the bowlers kept their nerve at the end.
“I think on paper we are probably stronger than the team which won the competition in 2015 with the international experience we’ve got.”
Worcestershire First Team Coach Alex Gidman said: “Did the better side win today? I think so. Today they just played better than us. The competition is full of ups and downs and we got outplayed today by a very good team.
“We’ve got to bounce back now for Wednesday and I’m looking forward to our reaction and I’m sure the guys will be bang up for it.
“Very rare is that sort of total (218) one that you get comfortably. The lads will probably accept it was a few too many. I think we could have bowled a little bit better but that’s the pressure some of these teams put you under.
“They batted very well and did put us under a huge amount of pressure and today we didn’t quite execute as well as we would have liked.
“A huge positive coming from 60-5 up towards 200 is something we can certainly take into the next couple of games.”
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