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Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – 4th August

AB de Villiers 88* for Middlesex today (35 balls inc 1x4 and 9x6s)

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

AB de Villiers demolished Somerset with a magnificent unbeaten 88 as Middlesex got their Vitality Blast campaign back on track with a 35-run victory at Richmond.

De Villiers bludgeoned nine sixes and a four in his 35-ball to set up Middlesex’s match-winning total of 215 for four.

In-form opener Tom Banton struck 41 off 25 balls to give Somerset hope but the visitors crumbled to 180 all out following his dismissal by leg-spinner Nathan Sowter, who returned four for 29.

Yorkshire Vikings and Birmingham Bears played out a tie at Emerald Headingley after Tom Kohler-Cadmore narrowly failed to usher the hosts to victory.

The Vikings opener could only get one from the final ball, bowled by veteran West Indian quick Fidel Edwards, after he had batted through the pursuit of 177 for four, to finish 76 not out from 54 balls.

Bears opener Dom Sibley earlier hit a polished 64 to continue his impressive summer.

South Group leaders Kent Spitfires got back to winning ways with a thrilling four-wicket victory over Hampshire with a ball to spare.

Adam Milne was the hero with ball and bat, fist taking three for 21 before he hit eight after coming to the crease in the final over, to see his side past Hampshire’s 135 all out.

Sussex Sharks claimed a controversial three-wicket win over Gloucestershire in the final over after they were awarded a six-run penalty for a slow over rate.

Gloucestershire players protested in vain when the penalty was incurred, leaving the Sharks needing seven from the final over, as Delray Rawlins saw the visitors home with an unbeaten 35.

Champions Worcestershire Rapids suffered an upset 33-run defeat to Leicestershire Foxes at Blackfinch New Road.

Wayne Parnell’s four for 25 helped bowl the Foxes out for 152 but that total was ample as Gavin Griffiths and Will David shared six wickets as the Rapids were dismissed for 119.

Kent v Hampshire, South Group Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham 2:30 PM

Match Summary

Kent Spitfires 138 - 6

Hampshire 135

Result - Kent Spitfires won by 4 wickets

Adam Milne was the hero with bat and ball as south group leaders Kent Spitfires made it six wins from seven games in the Vitality Blast with a thrilling four-wicket victory, with just one ball to spare, in a tense, low-scoring contest against Hampshire at Beckenham.

When Heino Kuhn hit a Kyle Abbott full toss straight to extra cover from the first ball of the final over, with Kent needing 10 runs to overhaul Hampshire’s 135 all out, it seemed as if the visitors were favourites to complete a four successive win of their own and a third in four days.

But New Zealand fast bowler Milne, who had earlier taken 3 for 21 to help to restrict Hampshire’s total to manageable proportions on a sluggish surface, strode in to loft his first ball for two into the legside, strike his second ball over extra cover for four and then complete another two for a drive to long on.

Adding to the drama was the sight of non-striker Grant Stewart pulling a hamstring as he raced back for two and dived for the crease at the bowler’s end, and then having to be helped from the field in clear distress.

But, with only two runs now being required off the last two balls, and Milne crucially retaining the strike due to Stewart’s bravery, the Kiwi top-edged a pull at Abbott’s penultimate delivery over short third man for another four to finish on 12 not out from only four balls faced.

As a mark of how hard strokeplay was, Kuhn top-scored for Kent with a well-judged 41 from 33 balls while James Vince’s 44 for Hampshire took him 47 balls, with only two fours.

Milne was one of four Kent bowlers to record outstanding figures, which offset their fifth bowler going for a total of 56 runs from four overs. He helped to reduce Hampshire to 29 for three early on and also claimed two late wickets while Hardus Viljeon took 3 for 15, Stewart 2 for 23 and Mohammad Nabi 1 for 17 in his four skilful overs of off spin.

Kent’s reply began with five quality boundaries from Daniel Bell-Drummond but he skied the last ball of the third over to depart for 21 and Ollie Robinson was smartly stumped for 5 by Lewis McManus when he drove over a near-yorker from off spinner Brad Taylor.

Taylor then brilliantly ran out Zak Crawley for 22, hitting the bowler’s stumps on the turn after sprinting across the pitch to field when Kuhn turned down a short single into the legside off his own bowling and Crawley could not regain his ground.

Nabi made 14 before carving Kyle Abbott to deep cover in the 15th over, and Kuhn and Alex Blake added 32 before the left-handed Blake, on 18 and having pulled Liam Dawson for six, lofted Chris Wood to long on from the first ball of the 19th over. But Kuhn, and particularly Milne, were equal to an equation of 17 runs being needed from the last 11 balls when Blake fell.

After Hampshire had been asked to bat first, Rossouw hit the first two balls of the third over, from left arm seamer Fred Klaassen, for legside sixes but saw Aneurin Donald sky to mid off later in the over to go for 7. Then, in the next over, Rossouw himself mishit to mid off when Viljeon replaced Milne.

Sam Northeast’s latest return to bat on his native Kentish soil was not a happy one, as he edged the pacy Milne to keeper Robinson on 1, and Dawson struggled for fluency in partnership with Vince as Hampshire’s fourth wicket pair could only add 33 in seven overs before Dawson pulled Stewart straight to deep square leg to go for 12.

At the halfway mark Hampshire were 58 for 3, and – despite sixes from Chris Morris off Klaassen and Stewart – they continued to find Kent’s bowlers difficult to attack.

Morris fell to Stewart for 17, caught at long on, but then came an extraordinary 15th over in which Klaassen bowled two high full tosses – the second of which meant he was withdrawn from the attack. A first free hit had only cost Kent a single but now a second free hit, with Bell-Drummond employing his own medium pace to complete the over after himself starting with a no ball full toss, being struck for six over deep mid wicket by James Fuller.

Fuller also clubbed Bell-Drummond for four and, in all, 24 runs came from a nine-ball over and, suddenly, with five overs remaining, Hampshire had 110 on the board.

Milne and Nabi, however, restored order after Viljeon had removed Fuller for 17, caught upper-cutting to third man, with Nabi’s off spin accounting for McManus and Milne bowling both Taylor and Vince, who was ninth out.

In the end, Hampshire could not bat through their 20 overs, with Wood skying to long on off Viljeon with four balls of the innings remaining unused.

THE TURNING POINT: In such a close contest, the result was only known when Milne struck the fifth ball of the last over for four, but perhaps Hampshire’s failure to bat out their 20 overs in the end cost them most dearly.

SHOT OF THE DAY: It would be easy to pick out one of several big sixes in what was a comparatively low-scoring affair, and Milne’s first four in the dramatic last over, but for sheer class the beautifully on-driven four by Daniel Bell-Drummond off South African international paceman Chris Morris in the third over of Kent’s reply was a memorable moment for the purists in a crowd of 4,000.

THE UNSUNG HERO: Fast bowler Hardus Viljeon, with 3 for 15 from 3.2 overs, now has 14 wickets from Kent’s first seven south group matches.

WHAT’S NEXT: Following four games in six days, Kent face a four-day round trip to the West Country this week to play Gloucestershire at Bristol on Wednesday night and then Somerset at Taunton on Saturday evening. Hampshire, who themselves have played three times in the last four days, have some time off before hosting Somerset at the Ageas Bowl on Friday evening.


Middlesex v Somerset, South Group Old Deer Park, Richmond 2:30 PM


Match Summary

Middlesex 215 - 4

Somerset 180

Result - Middlesex won by 35 runs

AB de Villiers demolished Somerset with a magnificent unbeaten 88 as Middlesex got their Vitality Blast campaign back on track with a 35-run victory at Richmond.

De Villiers bludgeoned nine sixes and a four in his 35-ball knock – taking at least one maximum off all but one of the Somerset bowlers – to set up his side’s match-winning total of 215-4.

Although in-form opener Tom Banton struck 41 off 25 balls to give Somerset hope of chasing that down, the visitors crumbled to 180 all out following his dismissal by leg-spinner Nathan Sowter.

Sowter returned 4-29 – his best figures of the season – to secure Middlesex’s fourth win from six games, while Somerset slip back after failing to build on their win over Surrey two days earlier.

Dawid Malan (56) and Paul Stirling (31) laid the foundations with an opening partnership of 78 after the Seaxes had been inserted on a ground where they had won only three of their previous 14 games.

Stirling never quite settled into his rhythm, with the Somerset bowlers tucking him up on his pads, and he was first to depart after top-edging a hook off Craig Overton into the hands of deep mid-wicket.

However, Malan’s timing and placement was spot on as he consistently picked the slower delivery from seamers and spinners alike and on-drove Tom Lammonby for four to bring up his half-century from 33 balls.

Lammonby (2-32) took revenge in his next over when the Middlesex captain skied to Tom Abell at mid-off and the young left-armer also went on to claim the scalp of Eoin Morgan (11), who perished in identical fashion.

But De Villiers continued to flay the bowling, racing to his half-century from just 24 balls as he deposited Jerome Taylor for another colossal six over mid-wicket.

The South African added 73 in tandem with John Simpson, who thrashed a perky 21 off 14 before holing out to the final delivery of the innings.

Mujeeb Ur-Rahman struck an early blow when Somerset began their reply, bowling Babar Azam – who went into the match as the tournament’s leading run-scorer – with just four to his name.

However, Banton (41) and James Hildreth unleashed a ferocious counter-attack against Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones, blazing a second-wicket partnership of 66 from only 25 balls.

Hildreth hit 28 from 11 deliveries before he chopped on to Finn, but it was the wicket of Banton that proved decisive – and Sowter was the man to collect it, trapping the opener leg before as he attempted to sweep.

That parked a Somerset collapse, with Sowter having Ed Byrom (4) caught at backward point just two balls later and going on to claim the scalps of Lammonby (8) and Craig Overton (1).

Abell did his best to retrieve the situation with 41 from 33 balls, but the visitors’ chances were all but extinguished when he fell to Finn’s diving catch at third man.


THE TURNING POINT: Sowter’s knack of taking key wickets at vital moments was in evidence once again when he removed danger man Banton with his second delivery – and captured another wicket two balls later.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Each of De Villiers’ nine maximums was fairly breathtaking, but the one where he stepped back to Waller and hoisted the spinner high over the long cover boundary was the most majestic of the lot.

UNSUNG HERO: Malan’s classy innings of 56 from 37 balls may have gone somewhat under the radar, but it was instrumental in paving the way for De Villiers to wreak carnage later on.

WHAT’S NEXT: Middlesex return to Lord’s on Thursday, aiming to complete a rare T20 double against local rivals Surrey, while Somerset are on the road again, facing Essex at Chelmsford on Wednesday.

Match Details

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

Somerset - Tom Banton(wk), Babar Azam, James Hildreth, Edward Byrom, Tom Abell(c), Roelof van der Merwe, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller

Start Time: 14:30

Toss: Somerset won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Old Deer Park, Richmond

Officials: Alexander Wharf, Richard Illingworth


Gloucestershire v Sussex, South Group County Ground, Bristol 2:30 PM

Gloucestershire 159 - 6 wickets

Sussex Sharks 163 - 7

Result - Sussex Sharks won by 3 wickets

Glo Delray Rawlins hit a superb unbeaten 35 as Sussex secured a controversial three-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at the Bristol County Ground with two balls remaining.

Gloucestershire players protested in vain when they incurred a six-run penalty for a slow over-rate, leaving the visitors to score seven off the final over.

Rawlins then kept his cool to knock off the winning runs, finishing with five fours and a six from a 17-ball innings which ultimately proved decisive.

Ian Cockbain had earlier scored 61 not out, sharing in stands of 67 and 38 with James Bracey and Benny Howell for the third and sixth wickets respectively as the hosts raised 159-6 after being put in.

Having successfully chased to beat South Group leaders Kent by nine wickets in their previous outing, Sussex again elected to field first. That looked a good decision once new-ball bowlers Ollie Robinson and Reece Topley accounted for openers Miles Hammond and Michael Klinger in quick time as Gloucestershire's top-order again fell short of expectations.

Gloucestershire enjoyed a much-needed stroke of luck when James Bracey was dropped at cover point on one by Rashid Khan off the bowling of Chris Jordan. He certainly made good his escape, posting 30 from 26 balls and staging a restorative stand of 67 in 9.1 overs with Cockbain for the third wicket.

Sussex deployed spinners Khan and Danny Briggs in tandem in an attempt to stem the flow of runs, a ploy which accounted for Bracey and the dangerous Ryan Higgins and caused Gloucestershire to lose crucial momentum during the middle overs.

Heavily dependent upon Cockbain, Gloucestershire were indebted to the Liverpudlian, who punished anything short of a length in raising 50 from 41 balls

to keep his side in the game.

When big-hitting Jack Taylor missed a straight delivery and was pinned lbw by Jordan in the 16th over, it was left to Benny Howell to provide late acceleration, the veteran all-rounder scoring at two runs a ball in a valuable sixth wicket stand of 37 before holing out to long-on off Robinson in the final over.

Cockbain finished unbeaten on 61 from 49 balls, with 5 fours and a six, but not even his innings could dispel the feeling that Gloucestershire had fallen short of requirements.

But Sussex found the going equally difficult on a two-paced pitch, Philip Salt and Laurie Evans succumbing to David Payne and Tye respectively as Gloucestershire made good use of the new ball.

Sussex remained favourites until skipper Luke Wright, having compiled a painstaking 24, lost patience and holed out to long-on off the bowling of Tom Smith. 65-3 became 87-4 in the 13th over when Australian international Alex Carey played across the line and lost his off stump to Chris Liddle.

Dropped by Cockbain at backward point on 11, David Wiese threatened to dig the visitors out of a hole until falling lbw to Payne for 37 with the score on 126 in the 17th over.

Tye then returned to dismiss Khan, while Jordan holed out to long-on in the penultimate over as Payne finished with 3-35. But the six-run penalty ensured Sussex were favourites going into the final over and Rawlins needed no secind invitation.


THE TURNING POINT - The decision by umpires Ian Gould and Mike Burns to impose a six-run time penalty on Gloucestershire at the end of the penultimate over, proved pivotal.

DELIVERY OF THE MATCH - Playing on Michael Klinger's perceived weakness against the short ball, Reece Topley produced a sharply rising delivery to have Gloucestershire's best batsman caught behind.

 UNSUNG HERO - Ian Cockbain, whose disciplined innings of 61 not out, was overshadowed by what followed.

 WHAT'S NEXT - Without a win in any of their last four outings, Gloucestershire will be under pressure to make home advantage count when they host high-flying Kent Spitfires at the Bristol County Ground on Wednesday evening.


Yorkshire v Birmingham Bears, North Group Headingley, Leeds 2:30 PM

Match Summary

Yorkshire Vikings 177 - 4

Birmingham Bears 177 - 4

Result - Match Tied

Birmingham Bears snatched a tie from the jaws of defeat against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley, a result which realistically suits neither side in the Vitality Blast.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit 76 not out off 54 balls and was looking like underpinning Yorkshire’s pursuit of 178, especially having shared 88 inside 10 overs for the first wicket with Adam Lyth (40).

But the Bears fought back to leave the Vikings needing 29 off three overs, 23 off two, 11 off the last and two off the last ball, which Kohler-Cadmore hit to mid-off for a single against Fidel Edwards.

Both sides finished on 177 for four, with Bears opener Dom Sibley earlier continuing his excellent summer with a polished 64.

Sibley’s 43-ball innings was the feature for the Bears after the visitors had been invited to bat. It was his first Blast innings of 2019 and included seven fours and two sixes.

While Yorkshire have now only won one from seven games in the North, Birmingham have won two from six. Both remain outside the North Group’s top four places.

Rain delayed the start by 40 minutes, until 3.10pm, and opener Sibley shared 37 and 62 for the first and second wickets with Michael Burgess and Sam Hain (31).

Sibley hit sixes over long-leg off David Willey and over long-on off Dom Bess’ off-spin on the way to his third fifty against Yorkshire in all formats this season.

The 23-year-old England Lion had come into the Birmingham side in place of out of form Ed Pollock and continued the form which has had him discussed as a potential Ashes opener.

Once both Sibley and Hain had departed (99 for two after 13 overs and 137 for four in the 18th), middle order pair Will Rhodes and Liam Banks boosted the total significantly.

Both hit two fours and a leg-side six apiece, with Rhodes not out on 22 off 13 balls and Banks 24 off 10. The last 17 balls of the innings yielded 40 runs.

Only Willey went at less than eight runs an over for the hosts.

Former South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier claimed two wickets but was expensive in three overs.

Lyth then got the Vikings chase up and running by hitting the lion’s share of 20 off the second over from Fidel Edwards, pulling a six over deep square-leg to take the score to 26 without loss.

Kohler-Cadmore, assuming captaincy duties from Steve Patterson after the seamer had left himself out in favour of a second spinner in youngster Jack Shutt, then took on the lead role as the hosts reached 50 in the fifth.

He top-edged Henry Brookes for six over fine-leg before Lyth caught him up on 40 in the ninth over (87 without loss).

Lyth was then stumped off Jeetan Patel’s off-spin in the next over before Kohler-Cadmore reached 50 off 34 balls and maintained the momentum alongside Willey, who hit three leg-side sixes in a quick-fire 30 off 15 balls.

He pulled West Indian quick Edwards over the ropes twice in the 13th over before falling to Alex Thomson’s off-spin - 131 for two in the 14th.

Brookes then had Gary Ballance caught at cover before Patel bowled Harry Brook scooping as the Bears fought back well, leaving the score at 151 for four in the 18th.

But Kohler-Cadmore pulled Brookes for six with last ball of the 19th before Jonny Tattersall scooped the first ball of the last over for four off Edwards, who recovered to seal a point.

TURNING POINT: The final ball when Kohler-Cadmore failed to get two off Edwards.

SHOT OF THE MATCH: Jonny Tattersall scooped the first ball of the last over for four over the wicketkeeper’s heading, taking the target to seven off five balls.

UNSUNG HERO: Liam Banks may have finished on the losing side, but he came in at 137 for four after 17.1 overs and hit 24 off 10 balls for the Bears, taking their total beyond 175. In four previous T20s, his highest score was eight.

WHAT’S NEXT: Yorkshire face unbeaten runaway leaders Lancashire on Friday for a 23,500 sold out Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford, while Birmingham travel to The Fischer County Ground, Grace Road on Wednesday to tackle Leicestershire. Both are 6.30pm starts.


Worcestershire vs Leicestershire, North Group New Road, Worcester 2:30 PM


Match Summary

Worcestershire Rapids 119

Leicestershire Foxes 152

Result - Leicestershire Foxes won by 33 runs

Leicestershire Foxes upset the form book when they toppled holders and in form Worcestershire Rapids by 33 runs in a North Group encounter at Blackfinch New Road.

The much-vaunted Rapids top order were blown away in pursuit of a 153 target as the Foxes secured only their second win of the season.

A mixture of poor batting, disciplined bowling and some sharp catching sealed victory for the Foxes and moved them off the bottom of the table as the home side were eventually dismissed for 119 in 19.2 overs.

Will Davis picked up three crucial wickets in the top six and finished with 3-24 and he was well supported by Gavin Griffiths (3-23) and Callum Parkinson (2-21).

It ended a run of three successive victories for the Rapids which had propelled them into second spot behind Lancashire.

The Foxes were put into bat on the wicket that had been used for the previous two Blast matches with Durham and Derbyshire.

A stunning catch by Rapids captain Callum Ferguson brought the first breakthrough in Dillon Pennington’s second over.

Mark Cosgrove (9) lofted the paceman to mid on and Ferguson held onto a one handed effort in full flight.

Pennington then held onto a smart catch of his own, running back from short fine leg and over his shoulder to dispose of Harry Swindells (1) off Wayne Parnell.

Aaron Lilley looked in good touch and collected four boundaries from his first six deliveries as the Foxes reached 55-2 at the end of the powerplay.

Lilley (31) holed out to deep mid-wicket off Ed Barnard and Harry Dearden (14) was caught and bowled in Daryl Mitchell’s first over.

Colin Ackermann and Lewis Hill took their time in rebuilding the Foxes innings via a partnership of 49 in seven overs. But Barnard returned to the attack to break the stand when Hill (23) was caught at long on.

The second half of the innings was clinically disposed of by Wayne Parnell and Pat Brown with five wickets falling in the space of 16 balls for 15 balls.

Aadil Ali (18) was bowled by Parnell and then Callum Parkinson (1) and Colin Ackermann (37 off 30 balls) were both caught by George Rhodes in Brown’s next over, the second a fine effort over his shoulder running back from cover.

Parnell wrapped up the innings in clinical fashion in removing Dieter Klein (4) and Will Davis (2).

But Worcestershire’s big hitting top four were blown away in the space of 12 runs.

Martin Guptill (15) hit Griffiths for one straight six but in the same over found the hands of deep mid wicket and in the next over Riki Wessels (12) attempted a sweep against Davis and was caught behind.

Wayne Parnell (0) miscued high into the air in the same over and presented another comfortable catch to keeper Hill.

It became 39-4 when Callum Ferguson (7) also perished in the mid wicket region off Parkinson.

Ross Whiteley (4) was pouched at deep backward square to give Davis a third scalp.

Cox and Barnard briefly threatened to haul the Rapids back into contention during a steady partnership of 31.

But Cox (30) was bowled attempted a paddle sweep against Ackermann and Barnard (17) fell at deep mid wicket off Parkinson to all but end the match as a contest.

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