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Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – 31st July

Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – 31st July

All the Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches….

Worcestershire v Derbyshire

Worcestershire 159-8

Derbyshire 156-4

Worcestershire Rapids win by 2 wickets

Wayne Parnell scored his maiden Vitality Blast 50 for holders Worcestershire Rapids as they overcame a wobbly start and finish to their innings in edging out Derbyshire Falcons by two wickets at Blackfinch New Road this evening.

The South African all-rounder, who celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday, rescued the Rapids after they had slipped to 35-3 in reply to Derbyshire’s 156-4.

He reached his half century off 34 balls with the aid of four sixes and one four

Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley proved crucial support but then the Rapids lost four wickets for seven runs when the finishing line was in sight before victory was secured with one over to spare.

Parnell finished unbeaten on 81 from 46 balls with seven sixes and two fours to move the Rapids within one point of leaders Lancashire Lightning.

The Falcons were put into bat on the same pitch used for the Rapids run blitz against Durham on Sunday.

Dillon Pennington took the new ball and his third legitimate delivery accounted for captain Billy Godleman (0) who shaped to cut and was caught behind.

Luis Reece found the England Under-19 paceman to his liking in his second over as he collected two fours and a huge six over mid-wicket.

But he perished to the last ball of the power play on 29 when deceived by a slower ball from Pat Brown which he scooped straight to mid-off.

Skipper Brett D’Oliveira came into the attack and Wayne Madsen (28) fell to a fine diving catch by Parnell at cover with the South African celebrating with a series of press-ups!

The leg spinner struck again when Matt Critchley (9) tried to repeat his straight six from earlier in the over and was pouched at long off.

The ball was sticking in the pitch and batsmen were struggling to time the ball.

Veteran opening batsman Daryl Mitchell tied down the Derbyshire batsmen with a mid-innings spell of four overs for just 15 runs.

But Leus du Plooy and on loan Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens gave the innings some late momentum with an unbroken stand of 70 in seven overs.

Du Plooy brought up a 46 balls half century with five fours and Stevens ended unbeaten on 26 from 18 deliveries.

D’Oliveira ended with 2-25 from three overs, Brown 1-28 from four and Pennington 1-20 off two.

Guptill had smashed an unbeaten 86 off 31 balls against Durham and started in the same vein with a straight six off Ravi Rampaul.

But the introduction into the attack off Fynn Hudson-Prentice saw him claim the scalps of Guptill and Riki Wessels in the space of four balls in his first over.

Guptill (15) holed out to long on and Wessels (4) miscued to cover with the total 20-2 in the third over.

It became 35-3 when Callum Ferguson (6) was caught off a leading edge at cover from the first delivery by Reece.

Parnell added some impetus to the Rapids innings and a six over mid-wicket off Reece brought up the 50 in the eighth over.

Cox gave him good support as the half century between the pair came up in six overs.

The wicket-keeper was caught around the corner off Mark Watt (20) but in the same over Parnell completed a 34 ball fifty and then hit the same bowler for his fifth six to bring the 100 up in the 13th over.

Whiteley proved to be a useful ally to Parnell in a stand of 49 in just four overs and made 20 off 12 balls before he was bowled by Watt and then Ed Barnard (0) was run out from the following delivery.

Mitchell (5) fell to Rampaul with 10 still needed and then D’Oliveira (1) was bowled by the West Indian paceman at 149-8.

But Parnell drilled Alex Hughes for six over long off amidst great excitement and relief amongst the 3,000 crowd to settle the contest in the Rapids favour.

  • THE TURNING POINT: Wayne Parnell’s six-hitting blitz rescued the Rapids from an uncertain start and kept the pressure on leaders Lancashire Lightning.
  • DELIVERY (OR) SHOT OF THE MATCH: Any of Parnell’s array of massive sixes which highlighted his importance with bat and ball.
  • THE UNSUNG HERO: Daryl Mitchell’s spell of four overs for 15 runs tied down the Falcons batsman at a crucial point in their innings.
  • WHAT’S NEXT: Up next for the Rapids is a meeting with their former batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore in Friday’s clash at Headingley. The Falcons are back on the road on Friday when they visit Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Worcestershire - Riki Wessels, Martin Guptill, Callum Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D'Oliveira(c), Ben Cox(wk), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Dillon Pennington, Patrick Brown

Derbyshire - Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Billy Godleman(c), Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Alex Hughes, Darren Stevens, Daryn Smit(wk), Ravi Rampaul, Mark Watt

Durham v Leicestershire

Durham 143-2

Leicestershire 142-7

Durham Jets win by 8 wickets

An onslaught from D'Arcy Short guided Durham to a dominant eight-wicket victory over Leicestershire Foxes in their Vitality Blast North Group clash at Emirates Riverside.

Short was relentless in his innings, blasting the Foxes bowlers to all parts of the ground before he fell for a brilliant knock of 70. He and Graham Clark refused to let the visitors settle in their opening stand of 118. It allowed the home side ease over the line and record their third win in five games in the competition.

Colin Ackermann had earlier made a half-century for the Foxes, but his side struggled to time the ball and their total of 142-7 was never going to be enough once Short found his stride. Leicestershire slumped to their fourth defeat in the Blast and will require a special effort in their remaining matches to have any hope of reaching the knockout stages.

The Foxes made a bright start to their innings and were able to put the Durham seamers on the back foot. Harry Swindells displayed aggression in the powerplay, finding the boundary four times as well as dispatching Brydon Carse over the rope. Swindells was looking well set at the crease, but was run out on 29 by Peter Handscomb after setting off slowly for a single.

Leicestershire began to get bogged down by the accuracy of Short and Liam Trevaskis' left-arm spin. Mark Cosgrove attempted to pull Short to the boundary, but was caught short of the fence by Handscomb. Arron Lilly then became Short's second victim, mis-timing a strike to the legside and was snagged by Jack Burnham for only 10. The collapse continued when Trevaskis bowled Lewis Hill on the charge to leave the visitors with work ahead them four down for 74 at the halfway stage.

Ackermann provided much needed impetus to the Leicestershire innings, sweeping Short to the fence for back-to-back boundaries in the Aussie's final over. Durham continued to make inroads when Harry Dearden chipped a Carse delivery to Graham Clark, who took a good catch over his shoulder.

The Foxes skipper kept his side on course for a decent total, reaching his half-century from 39 deliveries. However, Ackermann fell in the final over to Matty Potts off a blinding catch from Handscomb diving to his left in the deep. The wicket prevented Leicestershire reaching the 150-run mark, posting a total of 142 from their 20 overs.

Durham's reply began with a solid start from Short and Clark, with the latter being dropped on six by Lilley at deep backward square leg. Short then took the lead in the partnership, freeing his arms by blasting Will Davis over the top for the first six of the innings.

The Aussie upped the ante, dispatching Gavin Griffiths for four consecutive boundaries to push the run rate beyond 11 runs per over. Short reached his half-century from 26 deliveries, with his tenth boundary of the innings, leaving Durham in a dominant position at the end of the powerplay.

Clark maintained the pressure on the Leicestershire bowlers, supporting his partner at the other end, with a six of his own over the head of Davis into the stand. Short fell going for big strike to many, missing a straight delivery from Callum Parkinson. Clark kept the momentum going and scored his first Blast fifty of the term. Although Ben Raine was dismissed cheaply, Durham cantered over the line with 32 balls remaining.

  • TURNING POINT: Leicestershire had made a bright start to their innings, but once Harry Swindells was needlessly run out for 29, they lost impetus. Their score of 142 was below-par and chased down with ease by the home side.
  • SHOT OF THE MATCH: Short was imperious in his innings and he displayed utter disdain for a Gavin Griffiths' delivery, powering the ball straight past the bowler to the fence for a boundary. It was one of four consecutive boundaries the Aussie scored in the over.
  • UNSUNG HERO: Peter Handscomb did not get the chance to bat for Durham on his home debut, but he made valuable contributions in the field. He ran out Harry Swindells for 29 before taking a brilliant diving catch on the fence to dismiss Colin Ackermann in the final over.
  • WHAT'S NEXT: Durham are next in action against Lancashire Lightning on Friday at Emirates Riverside. The Foxes travel to play Worcestershire Rapids on Sunday at Blackfinch New Road.

Durham - D'Arcy Short, Graham Clark, Ben Raine, Alex Lees, Peter Handscomb, Jack Burnham, Liam Trevaskis, Stuart Poynter(c)(wk), Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, Nathan Rimmington

Leicestershire - Mark Cosgrove, Harry Swindells, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann(c), Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill(wk), Aadil Ali, Dieter Klein, Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths, Will Davis

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