Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches - 2nd August
All the Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches….
Tom Banton underlined his reputation as one of the most exciting young talents in English cricket as Somerset won a high-scoring Vitality Blast contest against Surrey by six wickets.
Banton crashed 11 fours and two sixes in his breath-taking 71 from 37 balls to set to the stage for Somerset to haul in Surrey’s 203 for four with eight deliveries to spare at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
Aaron Finch had hit 72 from 44 balls but the Australia limited-overs captain was overshadowed by Somerset’s 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Banton who shared a 93-run opening stand with the competition’s leading runscorer Babar Azam, who contributed 43.
Debutant Edie Byrom then gave a further glimpse of Somerset’s future with a quickfire unbeaten 54 from 19 balls on debut to complete a much-needed win for the Cidermen.
Kent Spitfires suffered their first defeat but remained top of the South Group as Jofra Archer got another four competitive overs under his belt for Sussex Sharks in a comfortable nine-wicket win.
Batsmen Laurie Evans and Phil Salt took the headlines, however, as they shared an unbroken 115-run stand to guide the Sharke past Kent’s 154 for eight with four overs to spare.
Tymal Mills took three for 23 for the Sharks, who moved second, while Archer returned one for 28 as the England quick aims to confirm his fitness ahead of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
Liam Livingstone starred with bat and ball as Lancashire remained at the top of the North Group with a five-wicket win at Durham.
Livingstone smashed 70 from 48 balls after his two wickets, in concert with leg-spinner Matt Parkinson’s four for 30, bowled the hosts out for 139.
Defending champions Worcestershire Rapids sit a point behind the Lightning after Riki Wessels’ 91 helped them to a five-wicket win over Yorkshire Vikings.
The Vikings had got off to a flying start thanks to a century opening stand between Adam Lyth (68) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (40) but lost momentum to post 177 for seven.
Wessels made them pay as the opener struck 10 fours and five sixes in his 51-ball stay as the Rapids got home with 15 balls in hand.
Notts Outlaws moved up to third in the North Group with a comfortable 71-run win over Birmingham Bears at Trent Bridge.
Tom Moores blasted 69 from 38 balls, including six sixes, while Joe Clarke added 50 in the Outlaws’ 184 for four. New-ball pair Matt Carter and Luke Wood then claimed three wickets each as the Bears were bowled out for 113.
Tom Westley’s 86 from 54 inspired Essex Eagles to a 25-run win over Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Westley shared partnerships of 81 and 105 with Cameron Delport (51) and Dan Lawrence (56) as Essex scored 206 for three – their highest T20 score against Gloucestershire.
Ryan Higgins struck an unbeaten 77 from 43 balls but it was not enough for the hosts who managed 181 for five.
Glamorgan’s woes continued as they were bowled out for 87 in a 41-run defeat to Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire spinners Liam Dawson and Mason Crane did the damage for the second consecutive match, sharing six wickets, as Glamorgan were left as the only county still awaiting their first win.
Half-centuries from Wayne Madsen and Luis Reece guided Derbyshire Falcons to a six-wicket win at Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
Josh Cobb’s 84 from 50 balls, which included seven sixes, and Adam Rossington’s 50 helped the hosts post 180 for five but the Falcons produced a textbook chase to get home with two overs in hand.
Durham v Lancashire
Durham 139 all out
Lancashire Lightning win by 5 wickets
Liam Livingstone starred with both bat and ball to maintain Lancashire Lightning's impressive start to the Vitality Blast, defeating Durham by five wickets at Emirates Riverside.
The 25-year-old displayed his all-round ability by taking 2-21 with his combination of off and leg-spin, while Matt Parkinson took four wickets to bowl out the home side for 139 from their 20 overs. Livingstone took centre stage with the bat to chase down total, blasting the Durham attack around the park with an innings of 70 from 48 deliveries.
It proved to be enough to take the Lightning over the line, although the ending was tighter than visitors would have expected. However, Lancashire earned their fourth win of the campaign and extending their lead at the top of the North Group.
Durham won the toss and batted first, and Steven Croft could have dismissed the dangerous D'Arcy Short from his first ball, only to drop a brisk return catch. Scott Steel's return from injury did not last long as he fell for six attempting to scoop Saqib Mahmood over the top and was caught behind.
Short and Graham Clark found their rhythm at the crease and guided Durham towards the 50-run mark at the powerplay. However, Richard Gleeson produced a quick delivery that Short skied into the air and was taken comfortably by Dane Vilas moving forward.
Durham's progress was further stymied after the introduction of Parkinson. Ben Raine had swept the first ball of the leg-spinner's over for four, but he returned to pin the left-hander lbw. Parkinson then turned one through Clark's defences in the same over, leaving the home side with work ahead of them at 72-4.
Alex Lees and Peter Handscomb were forced to rebuild the innings in the middle overs. Both players were finding life difficult to find the boundary and Handscomb's struggles resulted in his dismissal when he caught by James Faulkner off Gleeson.
Skipper Stuart Poynter lost his wicket to Parkinson's spin, while the Lancashire bowler collected his fourth wicket by dismissing Lees courtesy of a fine catch by Croft. Durham edged their way towards 139 before Faulkner ended the innings removing Nathan Rimmington.
The chase required a rate of seven runs per over, and Alex Davies ensured that the Lightning got off to a strong start, finding the boundary from opening two balls of the innings. Livingstone opened his arms and found the boundary with regularity during the powerplay, including dispatching a short Rimmington ball over the head of Trevaskis at square leg.
Matty Potts broke the opening stand with the final ball of the sixth over as Davies chipped tamely to Trevaskis for 24, although he left his team in a strong position at 57-1. Livingstone continued to punish the Durham attack, driving Trevaskis straight over his head for a six to the long-on boundary. The 25-year-old reached his half-century from 28 balls, keeping Lancashire well ahead of the rate.
Glenn Maxwell came and went cheaply, falling to his compatriot Short as he picked out Potts in the deep. The Aussie then notched his second wicket by bowling former Durham man Keaton Jennings to put the pressure on the visitors.
Livingstone's impressive innings came to an end when Trevaskis turned one past the opener, who was stumped by Poynter. However, Vilas and Faulkner calmed any nerves to guide their team to the victory target in the penultimate over.
- TURNING POINT: D'Arcy Short looked primed to produce another strong display in the middle before Richard Gleeson sent down a sharp delivery that hurried the Aussie. His leading edge found the gloves of Dane Vilas and from that point onwards Durham's innings lost momentum.
- SHOT OF THE MATCH: Livingstone displayed his power with a dominant innings. He scored his first six of the innings, powering a delivery from Rimmington over the fence with ease.
- UNSUNG HERO: Richard Gleeson came up with two important wickets for the Lightning, removing Short and Peter Handscomb before either Australian could inflict serious damage on the scoreboard.
- WHAT'S NEXT: Durham are next in action against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks on the road next Wednesday, while Lancashire Lightning return to Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday to play the Nottinghamshire Outlaws.
Durham - D'Arcy Short, Scott Steel, Graham Clark, Ben Raine, Alex Lees, Peter Handscomb, Liam Trevaskis, Stuart Poynter(c)(wk), Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, Nathan Rimmington
Lancashire - Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Keaton Jennings, Dane Vilas(c)(wk), James Faulkner. Josh Bohannon, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Richard Gleeson
Yorkshire v Worcestershire
Worcestershire Rapids win by 5 wickets
Worcestershire recovered from early strife with the ball before Riki Wessels mixed power with a touch of invention in a superb 91 as Yorkshire, defending 178, were ultimately brushed aside by five wickets with 15 balls to spare at Emerald Headingley.
The Vikings lost their third game in six and will rue not making the most of being 104 without loss in the 12th over.
Their 177 for seven looked competitive, but they should have been closer to 200 after openers Adam Lyth (68) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (40) laid the platform with a century partnership having elected to bat.
In reply, Rapids opener Wessels made the chase towards a fourth win from six North Group games look a routine one with 10 fours and five sixes in 51 balls.
Lyth top-scored and hit four sixes in 48 balls, sharing 104 for the first wicket with ex-Worcester player Kohler-Cadmore, who hit two sixes.
They shared their second century opening stand of this season’s Blast and took the visitors’ seamers to task on an excellent Headingley surface.
Lyth hit successive sixes off Wayne Parnell and Pat Brown in the second and fourth overs en-route to a 32 ball fifty. He was particularly strong square on both sides of the wicket, while Kohler-Cadmore was more measured.
He hit nicely on the up down the ground and over cover.
But they were two of seven wickets to fall inside the last nine overs of an innings which damagingly fell away.
Both fell caught at deep mid-wicket off the off-spin of George Rhodes (114 for two in the 14th).
That Rhodes, who finished with two for 12, only bowled two overs was a surprise, especially with none of Worcester’s five seamers going at less than eight an over. They were the only two overs of spin in the innings.
But, in fairness, their seamers did hit back with effect.
Dillon Pennington removed Harry Brook and David Willey in the 16th over, leaving the score at 140 for four, just when they were looking to launch. And Brown also struck twice at the death.
The Rapids, who now have nine points in second place in the North and are only a point behind unbeaten group leaders Lancashire, made a bright start to their chase as Wessels took the lead role.
When Martin Guptill top-edged a short ball from Duanne Olivier to short fine-leg, they were 28 for one in the fourth and on the way to a power play score of 47 for one after six overs. Wessels had 26 of them.
In the next over, bowled by returning Vikings captain Steve Patterson after a five-game rest, Wessels launched sixes over long-off and long-leg as 20 runs came off the over.
Wessels reached his second fifty of this season’s Blast off 32 balls, but not before he lost Callum Ferguson (26) caught at backward point off Lyth’s off-spin as the score fell to 93 for two in the 10th.
He was particularly strong hitting to leg.
When he fell in the 15th over, caught at long-on off Dom Bess’ off-spin, the damage had been done with the score at 152 for three and only 26 more needed.
Olivier and David Willey claimed the consolatory wickets of Parnell (27) and Ross Whiteley late on.
- TURNING POINT: With the Vikings eyeing 200, or certainly close to, at 104-1 after 11.2 overs, Worcester were under the cosh. But they proved just why they are champions.
- BALL OF THE MATCH: Wayne Parnell bowled Jordan Thompson (157-6 in the 19th over) with a perfect leg-stump yorker as the Rapids fought back from a difficult start.
- UNSUNG HERO: Dillon Pennington conceded only two from the first over of the match, conceded 20 from his next two before responding in the 16th to stymie Yorkshire’s progress with the wickets of Brook and Willey as the hosts were just ready to launch.
- WHAT’S NEXT: Yorkshire face Worcestershire’s Midlands rivals Birmingham Bears at Emerald Headingley on Sunday, a must win game, while the Rapids tackle Leicestershire Foxes at Blackfinch New Road on the same day. Both games are 2.30pm starts.
Yorkshire - Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Willey, Harry Brook, Gary Ballance, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Jordan Thompson, Dom Bess, Tim Bresnan, Steven Patterson(c), Duanne Olivier
Worcestershire - Riki Wessels, Martin Guptill, Callum Ferguson(c), Wayne Parnell, Ben Cox(wk), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Daryl Mitchell, George Rhodes, Dillon Pennington, Patrick Brown
Somerset v Surrey
Somerset win by 8 wickets
Tom Banton confirmed his reputation as one of the most exciting young batting talents in the country with a breathtaking 71 from just 37 balls as Somerset won a high-scoring Vitality Blast with Surrey at Taunton by six wickets.
Set 204 to win, the hosts got home with eight balls to spare, Banton smashing 11 fours and 2 sixes to thrill home supporters in a packed crowd at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Babar Azam contributed 43, while Eddie Byrom marked his Somerset T20 debut with 4 sixes in an whirlwind 54 not out off only 19 deliveries.
Aaron Finch had led the way for Surrey, hitting 72 off 44 balls after they had lost the toss. The Aussie hit 6 fours and 4 sixes, receiving good support from Sam Curran (53) and Ollie Pope (37).
But even Finch was eclipsed by the spectacular efforts of Banton and the inspired Byrom, surely two Somerset stars of the future.
Surrey lost opener Will Jacks to the last ball of the second over, well caught above his head by Max Waller at mid-off for nine off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.
By the end of the six-over power-play Finch and Sam Curran had taken the total to 47 for one and Curran hit the first six of the innings off Roelof van der Merwe in the eighth over.
At the halfway point, Surrey had moved to 86 for one. Finch brought the 100 up with a six over cow corner off Tom Lammonby’s only over, which went for 15.
Curran was first to his fifty in the 12th over, having faced 31 balls and hit 6 fours and 2 sixes. Two overs later he was caught at long-on off Waller and for a short spell Somerset exerted some control.
After reaching his half-century in the 15th over, Finch cut loose, hitting 2 sixes off Waller before falling to the leg-spinner, caught at long-off by van der Merwe.
Pope then took over, reverse sweeping a remarkable six off Taylor as the 17th over went for 20. When Tom Curran launched a maximum off the final ball of the innings, sent down by van der Merwe, Surrey had scored 85 off the last six overs.
Banton began by taking 2 fours of the second over from Tom Curran and then reverse sweeping Sam Curran for six. By the end of the power-play that total had moved on to 66, Banton reaching a brilliant fifty off just 22 balls.
Azam was largely content to run singles. The Pakistan batting star had contributed just 14 when the partnership reached 82 at the end of the seventh over.
Banton was given a life on 67 when Clarke failed to hold a difficult diving catch on the boundary off Imran Tahir, but it didn’t prove expensive as the next over from Gareth Batty saw the young opener’s superb exhibition ended by a catch at deep backward square.
Babar moved quickly to 43 before being bowled trying to sweep Tahir, leaving Somerset 127 for 2 in the 13th over.
But it was Byrom, coming in at four, who ensured the Surrey bowlers could never gain any sort of grip. Two sixes of Batty and another off Tahir were just the start of a memorable innings by the 22-year-old.
- THE TURNING POINT: Tom Banton taking strike at the start of Somerset’s reply. Soon the 20-year-old was making Surrey’s total look ordinary with an amazing innings.
- SHOT OF THE DAY: When Jerome Taylor’s attempted yorker became a low full toss in the 17th over, Ollie Pope leant forward and reverse swept it, getting enough bat on ball to clear the rope at third man.
- UNSUNG HERO: Babar Azam – The Pakistan star was content to play the supporting role to an in-form Banton, only unleashing his own array of shots when his partner was out.
- WHAT’S NEXT: Somerset travel to Richmond to face Middlesex on Sunday, while Surrey’s next game is against arch-rivals Middlesex at Lord’s next Thursday night.
Somerset - Babar Azam, Tom Banton(wk), James Hildreth, Tom Abell(c), Edward Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller
Surrey - Aaron Finch(c), Will Jacks, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(wk), Jamie Smith, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir
Sussex v Kent
Sussex Sharks win by 9 wickets
Vitality Blast leaders Kent Spitfires lost their maximum record when they were outplayed by Sussex Sharks at Hove. The Sharks, who themselves are unbeaten in the competition, moved to second place in the South Group table with this emphatic victory by nine wickets with four overs remaining.
The Sharks, chasing 155, got off to a fine start when Luke Wright and Phil Salt powerd 38 runs off the first four overs before Wright was bowled by Adam Milne with the last ball of the fifth over for 24 off 18 balls.
Sussex were looking strong at 81-1 at the halfway stage, with Salt leading the charge with an unbeaten 40. But in the final stages even Salt’s destructive batting was overtaken by Laurie Evans, who hit Fred Klaasen for 16 in three deliveries.
Evans finished with 65 not out from 35 deliveries, with six fours and three sixes, while Salt’s unbeaten 63 from 44 ball included six fours and two sixes.
Jofra Archer, keen to prove his fitness for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s, returned for the Sharks and so did Chris Jordan, replacing Reece Topley, who was not 100 per cent fit.
Archer, who will also play for Sussex 2nd XI in a three-day match against Gloucestershire at Blackstone, starting on Tuesday, went for 20 in his first two overs. But Jordan broke through for the Sharks in the third over when his off-cutter hit the top of the dangerous Zak Crawley’s off-stump.
Daniel Bell-Drummond responded by hitting Jordan for successive sixes over square-leg as Kent raced to 52 after five overs before some tight bowling by Tymal Mills, who dismissed Ollie Robinson and Heino Kuhn in successive overs, and Rashid Khan, who bowled Bell-Drummond with a googly for 50, gave the Sharks some control in the middle overs.
When Archer returned to bowl the 17th over, with the Spitfires 130-5, he conceded just three runs. And in the next over Mills dismissed the dangerous Mohammad Nabi for a 29-ball 43. In his final over, Archer conceded just five runs and had Milne caught in the deep by Phil Salt to finish with figures of 1-28 from his four overs.
- THE TURNING POINT: The slower-ball bouncer from Tymal Mills which fooled the rampant Mohammad Nabi when Kent were still capable of a big score.
- SHOT OF THE MATCH: Laurie Evans’ six over cover-point off Fred Klaasen to reach his fifty as he took 16 runs off the first three balls
- THE UNSUNG HERO: England cricket boss Ashley Giles, for allowing Jofra Archer to play in this match to the delight of a capacity crowd.
- WHAT’S NEXT: Sussex travel to Bristol to play Gloucestershire, while on the same day Kent are at home to Beckenham.
Sussex - Philip Salt, Luke Wright(c), Laurie Evans, Alex Carey(wk), David Wiese, Delray Rawlins, Chris Jordan, Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills
Kent - 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
Hampshire v Glamorgan
Glamorgan 87 all out
Hampshire win by 41 runs
Mason Crane and Liam Dawson spun Glamorgan’s middle-order into a stupor as Hampshire made it three Vitality Blast wins in a row.
Spin twins Crane and Dawson replicated their middle over removal service for the second night in a row, having stunned Essex at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, to claim figures of three for 20 and three for 11 respectively.
The pair were backed by South African overseas Chris Morris’ two for 21 as Hampshire won by 41 runs – leaving Glamorgan winless at the bottom of the South Group.
Hampshire set Glamorgan 129 to win after James Vince had won the toss and decided to bat on a sun-kissed evening on the south coast.
A lack of fluency had marred the host’s innings due to a combination of a slow wicket and long boundaries – but the visitors failed to learn from the hosts.
Fakhar Zaman couldn’t build on his 58 against Gloucestershire as Chris Wood, whose first two overs went for just two, had his caught at first slip to the third ball of the innings.
Colin Ingram was duped by the slow nature of the pitch as he threw his hands at Kyle Abbott, but only struck straight at short cover.
Like against Essex the previous night Hampshire’s twirlers teamed up to throttle their opposition and tear their batting apart after the powerplay.
Left armer Dawson bowled Billy Root, who was attempting to scoop, and Chris Cooke in consecutive overs.
At the other end, leg spinner Mason Crane tempted David Lloyd into a slog sweep, which was caught on the deep midwicket boundary, before Dan Douthwaite was stumped – leaving Glamorgan 63 for six.
Jeremy Lawlor and Merchant de Lange both picked out long-on off Chris Morris and Crane as the rate started to catch up with Glamorgan.
Graham Wagg was yorked and Dawson bowled Lukas Carey – as Hampshire remained in the quarter-final hunt.
Earlier, Glamorgan used their inside knowledge of Aneurin Donald’s game, having developed it until he joined Hampshire last winter, to have the Welshman smartly caught on the square leg boundary.
It took 22 balls until the first boundary, one of only eight in the innings, when Rilee Rossouw clubbed over midwicket.
Next ball he was bowled by de Lange to give the bowler his 100th T20 wicket in his 88th appearance, before Sam Northeast was stumped.
Vince followed his volcanic 87 against Essex on Thursday with a 21-ball 25 but his frustrations showed with a top-edged hoick to long-on.
Morris, James Fuller and Dawson all found various boundary riders but a crucial late cameo from Lewis McManus, which included the sole maximum of the innings took Hampshire to what appeared a below-par 128 for seven.
- THE TURNING POINT: For the second night in a row, James Vince throwing the ball to Liam Dawson and Mason Crane out the powerplay saw a middle-order crumble. After five for 55 against Essex, the duo shared joint figures of six for 33.
- DELIVERY OF THE MATCH: Mason Crane found outlandish leg-spin to beat Dan Douthwaite, before Lewis McManus whipped off the bails. The outstanding delivery was matched by a celebration fit for Cristiano Ronaldo.
- UNSUNG HERO: Lewis McManus’s 23 off 13 balls was headlined by a sweetly-struck six off his pads, but his quick and intelligent running showed his Hampshire teammates how they should have batted. The runs were invaluable in the end.
- WHAT’S NEXT: Hampshire continue their run of three games in four days with a visit to Beckenham to face Kent on Sunday, 3pm start. Glamorgan travel east along the south coast to tackle Sussex Sharks on Tuesday evening.
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 - David Lloyd, Fakhar Zaman, Colin Ingram(c), Chris Cooke(wk), Billy Root, Jeremy Lawlor, Dan Douthwaite, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Andrew Salter, Lukas Carey
Notts v Birmingham
Birmingham 113 all out
Notts Outlaws win by 71 runs
Half centuries from Tom Moores and Joe Clarke, plus a spectacular bowling performance from Matt Carter, set Notts Outlaws on their way to a convincing 71-run win over Birmingham Bears in their Vitality Blast meeting at Trent Bridge.
Moores scored 69 from 38 balls and Clarke hit 50 from 40 balls as Notts totalled 184 for four, after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
One of the wickets was taken by Olly Stone, on his return to county duty after being released from England’s Test squad.
Birmingham lost the dangerous Ed Pollock to Carter early on and didn’t really recover. The 23-year old off-spinner followed up with the wickets of Michael Burgess and Adam Hose to record figures of three for 14.
The Bears were eventually bowled out for just 113 in only 17.3 overs. Luke Wood backed up Carter well, taking three for 16.
Birmingham struck the first blow of the evening, having Alex Hales caught at mid-on for 10 in the third over, by Henry Brookes, two balls after he’d been put down by Liam Banks at midwicket.
Clarke counter-attacked in style, playing the most glorious of drives off Fidel Edwards to move his own score to 16.
Stone was lifted high over the deep midwicket fence by Ben Duckett but then bounced back to bowl his former Northants team-mate for 13.
Liam Banks had spilled Hales and then put down Moores, off Will Rhodes, when the left-hander was on 16. Clarke reached his fifty with a six off Ashton Agar but then perished two balls later, having hit five fours and a six.
Moores also brought up his half century with a six and continued to push hard, hitting Jeetan Patel for two more maximums from successive deliveries.
A well-judged boundary catch by Rhodes eventually saw the back of Moores, who plundered six sixes in total, but Dan Christian and Imad Wasim took the total beyond 180.
Carter fired a delivery through the defences of Pollock in just the second over and the chase floundered from an early stage.
Only 37 runs came from the powerplay overs as the Bears fell alarmingly behind the run-rate. Imad Wasim, playing his 150th match in this format, picked up two for 21.
Sam Hain made 29 and Rhodes hit 27 but after their departure the end came quickly, with the final five wickets falling in 3.4 overs.
- THE TURNING POINT Matt Carter bowled one through Ed Pollock’s defences early in the Bears’ chase and they couldn’t recover.
- SHOT OF THE MATCH Joe Clarke’s straight drive from a pacy delivery from Fidel Edwards will live long in the memory.
- UNSUNG HERO Matt Carter, with career best figures of three for 14, made sure it wasn’t going to be a late finish in Nottingham.
- WHAT’S NEXT Notts Outlaws are back in action within 24 hours as they head to Manchester to face Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Birmingham Bears also have to travel north for their next fixture, a Sunday afternoon appointment against Yorkshire Vikings at Emerald Headingley.
Notts - Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Tom Moores(wk), Daniel Christian(c), Samit Patel, Imad Wasim, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Harry Gurney
Birmingham - Ed Pollock, Michael Burgess(wk), Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Ashton Agar, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel(c), Olly Stone, Fidel Edwards
Northamptonshire v Derbyshire
Derbyshire Falcons win by 6 wickets
Wayne Madsen’s 28-ball fifty brought Derbyshire home in a superb chase of 181 to beat Northamptonshire by six wickets with two overs to spare at Wantage Road. It was Derbyshire’s highest total of the season so far and earned them a second win in this season’s Vitality Blast.
Madsen arrived after Luis Reece had given Derbyshire’s pursuit an excellent start and immediately looked in good touch. He swept Josh Cobb’s off-spin powerfully for four before flicking and pulling two boundaries off Dwaine Pretorius. 56 were needed from six overs and Madsen, via two fielding errors, took Nathan Buck for three consecutive boundaries.
He lifted Ben Sanderson down the ground for six to raise a half-century and slashed Faheem Ashraf for four wide of third man and finished with 51 in 31 balls.
Reece had laid the platform. He pulled and then cut Matt Coles for boundaries at the start of the third over before whipping Pretorius for two sixes over midwicket in the fifth as Derbyshire made 52 without loss in the Powerplay.
The opening stand took Derbyshire to 63 in the eighth over before Billy Godleman’s rather torturous 20-ball stay ended as he swept at Cobb’s off-spin and missed. Reece then lofted Graeme White to deep midwicket to fall for 60 as momentum swung back to Northants, only for Madsen to haul it back Derbyshire’s way. Alex Hughes' slightly fortunate 21 in 7 balls completed the job.
Northants slumped to a third defeat despite Cobb’s fine captain’s innings setting his side up for their highest T20 total so far this season.
Cobb began by slicing a catch to backward-point at the start of the fourth over, only for Boyd Rankin to overstep. He miscued the free-hit over mid-off for two but found his touch in the fifth over that he took for 13 runs including a clean blow over the long-off fence. He struck a second six straight over Matt Critchley’s head in the ninth over and added a third, again over long-off, against Mark Watt to leave Northants 80 for 1 at half-way.
Cobb’s fourth six was a giant pull over deep-square as Rankin returned and he reached an 18th T20 half-century, and first this summer, in 34 balls. He then slog-swept Alex Hughes narrowly over deep-square and lifted Watt twice into the Wilson stand for sixes. But trying to swing away Ravi Rampual in the 17th over, found long-on after equalling his second-highest T20 score.
Cobb shared 103 for the second wicket with Adam Rossington in 10.5 overs. Rossington pulled the opening boundary off Rankin in the second over before driving a second four through cover. In the final over of the Powerplay he lifted Fynn Hudson-Prentice over mid-on and then point for boundaries but his third in the over came via a slice of luck, edging a swing past short-third man.
It pushed Northants to 50 for 1 after six overs - their most productive start to an innings in this season’s Blast. When Rossington fell, for 50 in 34 balls to a splendid return catch by Hughes, his side were well placed at 115 for 2 after 13 overs.
Alex Wakely arrived to drill Watt down the ground for four, slam Hudson-Prentice over his head for six and pull Rankin backward of deep square in making 27 in 18 balls before being well held at mid-off in the final over. Coles then played a reverse-paddle sweep over short-third man for four as Northants reached 180 but it proved light.
Northamptonshire - Ben Curran, Adam Rossington(wk), Josh Cobb(c), Alex Wakely, Dwaine Pretorius, Rob Keogh, Faheem Ashraf, Graeme White, Matt Coles, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson
Derbyshire - Luis Reece, Billy Godleman(c), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Alex Hughes, Daryn Smit(wk), Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Mark Watt, Ravi Rampaul, Boyd Rankin
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