Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – 1st August

Gloucestershire players celebrate a wicket against Glamorgan
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All the Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches….

 

Kent Spitfires confirmed their best-ever start to a Vitality Blast season with a 28-run victory over Middlesex at Lord’s.

Alex Blake and Heino Kuhn set up the Spitfires’ fifth successive win to start the tournament with an unbroken 114-run partnership, from 48 balls, as the visitors clocked up 204 for four.

Blake cleared the ropes five times in his unbeaten 66, from only 29 balls, while Kuhn was full of invention in his 54 not out from 31 balls.

South African paceman Hardus Viljoen (3-32) then ripped through the Middlesex top order, including claiming the key wicket of his countryman AB de Villers for 10, as Middlesex mustered 176 for seven.

Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane took three for 24 before James Vince crashed 87 not out in a seven-wicket win over Essex at the Cloudfm County Ground in Chelmsford.

Crane teamed with fellow spinner Liam Dawson, who claimed two for 31, to bowl Essex out for 133 from 16.4 overs.

Vince then made short work of the chase, hitting 12 fours and three sixes, as Hampshire coasted home with 26 balls remaining.

Glamorgan were denied a first win as they conceded 32 runs from the final two overs to share the points with Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens.

AJ Tye changed the course of the match with 38 from 18 balls, including two from the final delivery to level the scores, after Glamorgan spinner Andrew Salter’s four for 12 had seemingly given the hosts a firm grip on the game.

Glamorgan had posted 172 for five on the back of opener Fakhar Zaman’s 58 from 43 balls.

Middlesex v Kent, South Group Lord's, London 6:15 PM

Match Summary

Middlesex 176 - 7

Kent Spitfires 204 - 4

Result - Kent Spitfires won by 28 runs

A dazzling century stand between Alex Blake and Heino Kuhn paved the way for Kent Spitfires to beat Middlesex by 28 runs at Lord’s and achieve their best ever start to the Vitality Blast.

The Spitfires’ 100 per cent record in the South Group appeared to be in jeopardy after they slumped to 90-4, but Blake and Kuhn blazed an unbroken partnership of 114 from just eight overs to set up their side’s fifth straight victory.

Blake struck 66 not out from 29 balls, including five sixes and five fours, while Kuhn was more sedate by comparison, finishing on 54 from 31 as Kent posted 204-4.

That target proved to be beyond the home side, who – despite a fifth-wicket stand of 61 between Eoin Morgan and John Simpson – could only muster 176-7 in reply.

Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan won his fifth consecutive toss of the tournament and sent the visitors in, but Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond got their side off to a solid start with a partnership of 44.

Crawley (30 from 15) launched a frenzied assault on Toby Roland-Jones, hitting two sixes and a four in the space of three deliveries but then punching Tom Helm into the hands of mid-off.

Steven Finn (2-40) put the brakes on Kent with two wickets in an over, having Ollie Robinson (7) caught at deep square leg before Bell-Drummond (25) holed out four balls later.

The Spitfires also lost Mohammad Nabi (7), who was bowled by Nathan Sowter – but that set the stage for Kuhn and Blake to pulverise Middlesex’s attack in the closing stages.

Kuhn reverse-swept the spinners to good effect as he passed a career total of 2,000 T20 runs, while Blake seemed content to play second fiddle until Finn’s final over – which cost 25 as the left-hander slammed four sixes from five balls.

The last three overs disappeared for 57 in all, with Blake heaving Helm for another six to bring up his 50 and following up with a ramp shot to raise the hundred partnership from 41 balls.

Hardus Viljoen (3-32) made early inroads when Middlesex replied with two wickets in three balls, bowling Malan (5) and having Stevie Eskinazi (4) caught behind after dispatching his first delivery to the boundary.

AB de Villiers stroked his first ball through the covers for four, but the South African star had only 10 to his name when he became Viljoen’s third victim, misjudging the pace and clipping tamely to mid-on.

Paul Stirling (27) chopped on to Nabi, but Morgan, making his first appearance since leading England to World Cup glory at Lord’s last month, and Simpson briefly kept Middlesex hopes alive.

However, Morgan (28) holed out in the deep and, when Simpson (37) perished to Fredrick Klaassen’s superb one-handed catch on the run soon afterwards, the outcome was beyond doubt, despite Roland-Jones’ gutsy unbeaten knock of 31.

THE TURNING POINT: Kent looked on course to register no more than a par score until Finn’s final over, when Blake unleashed four huge sixes to tilt the pendulum decisively in his side’s favour.

SHOT OF THE DAY: While Blake was responsible for the lion’s share of the maximums in the Spitfires’ innings, Crawley’s second six off Roland-Jones was the most eye-catching shot as he cleanly despatched the bowler back over his head.

UNSUNG HERO: Nabi’s tidy spell of 2-32 kept the pressure on Middlesex’s batsmen and the Afghanistan spinner also picked up the key wickets of Stirling and Morgan when both looked well set.

WHAT’S NEXT: Kent aim to extend their unbeaten start to the South Group when they travel to third-placed Sussex on Friday night, while Middlesex are at home again on Sunday, with Somerset the visitors to Richmond.

 

Middlesex - Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan(c), Stevie Eskinazi, AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson(wk), Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Kent Spitfires - Daniel Bell-Drummond(c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Robinson(wk), Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Imran Qayyum, Fredrick Klaassen

 

Essex v Hampshire, South Group County Ground, Chelmsford 7:00 PM 

Match Summary

Essex Eagles 133

Hampshire 134 - 3

Result - Hampshire won by 7 wickets

Mason Crane and Liam Dawson spun Hampshire towards victory before James Vince took them over the winning line with a thunderous 87 to give the visitors their first victory at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford for five years.

The spin twins Crane and Dawson ripped through Essex Eagles’ batting in the middle overs as they snatched figures of five for 55 from their combined eight overs to set up a seven-wicket thrashing.

The Eagles, having been 81 for one at one point, lost nine wickets for 52 runs in 47 balls, to fall well below par.

Hampshire knocked off the 134 required inside 14 overs, with captain James Vince raising his bat for his second fifty of the competition, to condemn Essex to a single win from their opening five fixtures.

Hampshire, who have now won two Vitality Blast matches on the bounce after ending their Somerset hoodoo last week hadn’t previously won on this ground in any competition since a T20 victory here in 2014 – with this being only their 10th success at Chelmsford this century.

Vince won the toss, stuck Essex in, and was immediately high-fiving Chris Wood and Liam Dawson after Cameron Delport edged the first ball of the match to first slip.

Adam Wheater and Tom Westley, who had been promoted to the top of the order then enjoyed a boundary hitting contest.

Westley won the battle with three huge sixes and a trio of boundaries to Wheater’s four inventive fours and sole maximum in the pair’s 81 run stand in 53 balls.

But Dawson and Crane entered the attack and dismissed Westley and Wheater in successive overs before ripping through the rest of the Eagles’ batting.

Crane then suckered Ryan ten Doeschate into a hoof down the ground, Chris Morris snaffling at long-off, before Dan Lawrence was bowled next ball.

Shane Snater was run out by Wood attempting a foolhardy second run and then Simon Harmer chipped to Sam Northeast at short cover, Dawson and Crane ending with middle-order figures of two for 32 and three for 24 respectively.

Overseas duo Adam Zampa and Mohammad Amir quickly followed as Essex lost eight wickets for 32 runs in an epic 40 ball collapse.

Paul Walter then thumped 26 off 13 balls to give the hosts some respectability but Matt Quinn was castled to leave him stranded – Eagles all out for 133.

Aneurin Donald scored four and out in two balls before Vince and Rilee Rossouw comfortably ticked through the runs in a 78-run stand.

Vince, who opened his campaign with 50 against Kent, tonked one over long-on to accompany a series of gorgeous fours to reach his milestone in 34 balls.

Rossouw slapped to the straight boundary to depart for 25 but Vince continued to take his tally to three sixes and 12 fours.

He ended unbeaten on 87 as he and Sam Northeast eased Hampshire towards the line with a 50-stand. The latter was bowled but Vince scored the winning runs two balls later.

THE TURNING POINT: The end of the powerplay tends to mean Hampshire turn to spin twins Dawson and Crane, and their introduction was explosive. Essex slumped from 54 for one when they entered the attack to 109 for seven then they were bowled out.

BALL OF THE MATCH: The way Crane duped Ryan ten Doeschate was leg-spin genius. Two fired into the pads for two dots before floating one up.  

UNSUNG HERO: World Cup winner James Vince made it two half-centuries in this season’s Vitality Blast by whipping 87 off 54 balls. Typically, there was a dateable cover drive in his smorgasbord shot selection, although it was the two sweetly-struck pings into the River Can that drew the most gasps.

WHAT’S NEXT: Both sides will only have 24 hours to wait before returning to Vitality Blast action. Essex Eagles travel to Gloucestershire, while Hampshire host Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl– both 7pm starts.

Essex Eagles - Adam Wheater(wk), Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Ryan ten Doeschate, Dan Lawrence, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer(c), Shane Snater, Mohammad Amir, Adam Zampa, Matthew Quinn

Hampshire - Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince(c), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Chris Morris, Lewis McManus(wk), Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane

Glamorgan v Gloucestershire, South Group Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 7:00 PM

Match Summary

Glamorgan 172 - 5

Gloucestershire 172 - 7

Result - Match tied


 

Glamorgan - David Lloyd, Fakhar Zaman, Colin Ingram(c), Billy Root, Chris Cooke(wk), Jeremy Lawlor, Graham Wagg, Dan Douthwaite, Marchant de Lange, Andrew Salter, Lukas Carey

Gloucestershire - Michael Klinger(c), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey(wk), Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell, Jack Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Andrew Tye, Tom Smith, David Payne

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