Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – July 19th

Cameron Delport 129 for Essex tonight against Surrey
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All the Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches….

Cameron Delport hit the fifth-fastest century in English domestic Twenty20 cricket, from 38 balls, to fire Essex to a 53-run win over Surrey in the Vitality Blast on Friday night.

Delport hit a remarkable 14 sixes and seven fours before he was eventually dismissed for 129 from 49 balls in Essex’s 226 for four in a rain-shortened 15 overs at Chelmsford.

Dan Lawrence added a 17-ball half-century, joining Delport in a 135-run stand from just 41 balls, to leave Surrey shell shocked.

Matt Quinn then claimed three for 34 as Surrey managed 174 for seven in reply. Rory Burns top-scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 47.

Durham held on for a seven-run win over Northamptonshire in front of their World Cup-winning duo Ben Stokes and Mark Wood at Emirates Riverside.

Stokes and Wood paraded with the World Cup trophy in front of their home fans before play and could have then been forgiven for feeling some sense of déjà vu when Northamptonshire were left needing 15 from the final over.

Blast debutant Matty Potts held his nerve, however, allowing only seven runs to clinch victory.

Opener D’Arcy Short top scored for Durham with 46 from 40 balls and shared a 69-run opening stand with Scott Steel as Durham posted 148 for four on a tough pitch.

After Potts claimed two quick wickets Adam Rossington found some fluency, with 47 from 31 balls, but Northants fell just short as Durham’s first-gamer returned to close out the match.

Gloucestershire right-armer Benny Howell claimed five 18 before the rain that fell across most of the country arrived to prevent a result with Glamorgan 96 for eight at Cheltenham.

The wet weather prevented any play in the four other matches scheduled for Friday night.

Champions Worcestershire Rapids, who won at Nottingham on opening night, therefore shared the points with derby rivals Birmingham Bears at Blackfinch New Road.

Notts Outlaws are without a win in two games after their trip to Yorkshire Vikings was washed out, a fate that befell the matches between Leicestershire and Lancashire as well as the south-coast derby between Hampshire and Sussex Sharks.

Worcestershire v Birmingham Bears, North Group New Road, Worcester 5:30 PM

Match abandoned - Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Holders Worcestershire Rapids suffered more weather frustration as the game earmarked for their return to action at Blackfinch New Road against Birmingham Bears in the Vitality Blast was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The ground was flooded on June 15 and resulted in the following two Specsavers County Championship matches with Sussex and Derbyshire being switched to Kidderminster’s Chester Road ground.

Sterling work from head groundsman Tim Packwood and his team in re-seeding the square plus a clean-up of the ground by volunteers and staff ensured the Rapids earmarked a comeback at their headquarters for the sold out local derby.

But persistent rain started to fall in mid afternoon and there was disappointment for the capacity crowd as umpires Tim Robinson and Billy Taylor had no option but to call off play at 6.30pm.

Worcestershire’s share of the spoils followed on from yesterday evening’s impressive 28 run success over Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge.

The Rapids official Blast captain Moeen Ali and Bears paceman Ollie Stone will now link up with England at a pre-Ashes camp at St George’s Park tomorrow.

Worcestershire will now switch back to red ball mode for Sunday’s Specsavers County Championship clash with Gloucestershire as part of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Bears will be hoping for better fortunes with the elements on Sunday when they entertain Leicestershire in the Blast.

Gloucestershire v Glamorgan, South Group College Ground, Cheltenham 5:30 PM

No Result - Rain – Glamorgan 96-8

 

Durham v Northamptonshire, North Group Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 6:30 PM

Durham 148-4 beat Northants 141-9 by seven runs. D'Arcy Short 46, 2-19. Adam Rossington 47.

A fine all-round performance from D'Arcy Short on debut guided Durham to a narrow seven-run victory over the Northamptonshire Steelbacks in their Vitality Blast opener at Emirates Riverside.

The Aussie set the tone with an aggressive innings of 46 at the top of the order on a sluggish Chester-le-Street pitch. It allowed the hosts to set a challenging total of 149 for the Steelbacks to chase after losing the toss.

Durham were able to take the initiative with the ball, reducing the visitors to 23-3. Adam Rossington led a spirited counter to keep Northants in contention, although once he fell for 47 to Short it appeared to be in vain. Rob Keogh almost provided late drama, but Matty Potts held his nerve with the final over to clinch the win.

Openers Short and Scott Steel made a measured start to the Durham innings amid challenging overhead conditions. The Aussie flashed his power with a couple of cuts to the fence. However, the wicket and the length of the boundaries at Emirates Riverside restricted the openers' ability to get on top of the Northants bowlers.

Short began to find his range and he pummelled Dwaine Pretorius back over his head for a boundary. The 28-year-old then survived a run out chance on 36 after Josh Cobb connected with a direct hit. Short's attempt to up the rate resulted in his dismissal when he sliced an attempted straight drive off Graeme White and was caught by Matt Coles for 46.

Steel and Graham Clark found their rhythm to guide their side over the 100-run mark. Steel was able to launch the first six of the match straight down the ground off the bowling of Cobb. The opener was beginning to free his shoulders before suffering the same fate as Short, allowing White to notch his second wicket.

With overs running out Ben Raine had to hit the ground running. He offered a brisk 13 from eight deliveries before he was bowled by Ashfraf, while Clark was caught on the boundary for 17. Captain Stuart Poynter and Liam Trevaskis guided Durham to a competitive total of 148 from their 20 overs, leaving the visitors requiring almost 7.5 runs an over.

Northants' reply got off to a stuttering start, losing Charlie Thurston in the second over, cutting a Potts' ball straight to Short at point. Potts then removed the dangerous Cobb, clipping his pad then his leg-stump to reduce the visitors to 18-2. Matt Coles was elevated up the order, but was to fall attempting to pull Raine over the rope, only finding the hands of Jack Burnham.

Adam Rossington led the Steelbacks' counterattack, blasting two huge sixes off the bowling of Raine to move them back in line with the required run rate. Rossington and Alex Wakely were building an important stand of 35, but Trevaskis broke the partnership by bowling the latter through the gate.

At the other end, Short handed Durham control of the contest when he removed Rossington for 47, finding the edge with a delivery down the legside. The home side turned the screw as Short notched his second wicket as Pretorius found Burnham in the deep.

Although the Steelbacks kept losing wickets, a lower-order stand between Rob Keogh and White gave them hope. The two players took it to the last over, requiring 15 to snatch the win. Potts took on the responsibility and held his composure, guiding the hosts to the victory.

TURNING POINT: Adam Rossington was singlehandedly keeping the visitors in the contest, striking the ball with power to all parts of the ground. He was on his way to a half-century and potentially a match-winning score before he was caught down the legside by Stuart Poynter off a D'Arcy Short delivery.

SHOT OF THE MATCH: Although Rossington was on the losing side, he produced the finest strike of the match. He smashed a huge six down the ground of Raine, powering the ball over the long-on boundary into the County Durham Stand.

UNSUNG HERO: Matty Potts set the tone for the Durham bowling effort with a fine opening spell of 2-4. He removed the dangerous Josh Cobb for a single, and then held his nerve with the final over to secure the win for the hosts.

WHAT'S NEXT: Durham face Lancashire Lightning on Sunday at Old Trafford in their next outing, while the Steelbacks are on the road again on Wednesday against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws.

 

Essex v Surrey, South Group County Ground, Chelmsford 6:30 PM

Match Summary

Essex Eagles 226 - 4 (Cameron Delport 129, Dan Lawrence 57*)

Surrey 165 - 7 (15 overs) -

Result – Essex won by 52 runs

Cameron Delport hit the fifth-fastest century in English domestic Twenty20 cricket, from 38 balls, to fire Essex to a 53-run win over Surrey in the Vitality Blast on Friday night.

Delport hit a remarkable 14 sixes and seven fours before he was eventually dismissed for 129 from 49 balls in Essex’s 226 for four in a rain-shortened 15 overs at Chelmsford.

Dan Lawrence added a 17-ball half-century, joining Delport in a 135-run stand from just 41 balls, to leave Surrey shell shocked.

Matt Quinn then claimed three for 34 as Surrey managed 174 for seven in reply. Rory Burns top-scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 47.

Hampshire v Sussex, South Group County Ground, Southampton 6:30 PM

Match abandoned - Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Last year’s losing finalists Sussex Sharks were made to wait to get their Vitality Blast challenge underway as their scheduled opener with Hampshire was washed out.

There had been hope of play starting at the Ageas Bowl, despite a day of heavy rain on the south coast, after a toss had been made.

Sussex skipper Luke Wright had won the delayed toss and elected to bowl first in a re-jigged 14 overs-a-side match.

But soon before the scheduled start time of 8.15pm the rain returned and any chance of any action was ended at 8.45pm by umpires Graham Lloyd and David Millns.

Wright had been set to hand former Hampshire fast bowler Reece Topley his Sussex debut – after the England man had recovered from his fourth stress fracture in his back.

Hampshire were set to include South African all-rounder Chris Morris for the first time, while winter recruits Aneurin Donald and James Fuller would have made their T20 bows for the club.

The Sharks are aiming to go one better than 2018 having been defeated by five wickets by Worcestershire at Edgbaston.

They finished third in the South Group last season after winning seven of their 14 fixtures, including an annihilation of Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl last season.

On the other hand, Hampshire endured their worst T20 performance in over a decade as they languished second from bottom of the division.

WHAT’S NEXT: Hampshire host Kent at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday (2.30pm start) before travelling to Hove on Wednesday evening for the second part of ‘El Clasicoast’ – which is Sussex’s next outing.

Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire, North Group Headingley, Leeds 6:30 PM

Match abandoned - Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire were forced to settle for a point apiece as rain ruined this evening’s Vitality Blast clash at Emerald Headingley.

Rain earlier in the day and then starting again within two hours of the scheduled start time of 6.30pm put paid to the chances of any cricket. Umpires Ian Blackwell and Peter Hartley called the game off at 7.45pm.

While this was Yorkshire’s North Group opener, Notts were aiming to bounce back from last night’s (Thursday) defeat against champions Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

Yorkshire’s disappointment was keenly felt given this is always a particularly popular home fixture for them, with a poor forecast all week putting paid to the chances of a crowd upwards of 10,000.

It would also have been a frustration for new overseas signing Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman who has signed on for the first five games before resuming international duties.

He will now hope to debut in tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Derbyshire at Chesterfield. His only home game will be Thursday’s Roses clash with Lancashire.

Notts’ wait to end a winless streak which extends to all competitions will now go into its 12th week, with their next game against Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Their last win in any format was against Northants in the final group game of the Royal London one-day Cup at Wantage Road on May 6.

 

Leicestershire v Lancashire, North Group Grace Road, Leicester 6:30 PM

Match abandoned - Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

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