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Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – July 20th

Kent players celebrate
Kent players celebrate

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

Derbyshire v Yorkshire

Match Summary

Derbyshire Falcons 166 - 5 (Billy Godleman 70*)

Yorkshire Vikings 164 - 8 ( Jordan Thompson 50  ;Mark Watt 4-19)

Result - Derbyshire Falcons win by 5 wickets

Derbyshire Falcons - Luis Reece, Billy Godleman(c), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Darren Stevens, Matthew Critchley, Daryn Smit(wk), Fynn Hudson-Pr, Ravi Rampaul

Yorkshire Vikings - Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore(c), David Willey, Gary Ballance, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Harry Brook, Jonathan Tattersall, Jordan Thompson, Josh Poysden, Dom Bess, Matt Fisher

Kent v Somerset

Match Summary

Kent Spitfires 165 - 9 (Ollie Robinson 53; Roelof van der Merwe 3-19)

Somerset 124  (Imran Qayyum 5-21)

Result - Kent Spitfires win by 41 runs

On an evening when Kent supporters flocked to Canterbury to see the debut of Afghanistan’s World Cup star Mohammad Nabi, it was Spitfires other left-armer spinner Imran Qayyum who stole the show with a career-best bowling haul of five for 21.

Qayyum, a 26-year-old from Middlesex in his third season on the staff, ran through the visiting middle order to inflict a 41-run Vitality Blast defeat on South Group rivals Somerset in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

In the battle between last season’s beaten quarter-finalists Kent, and Somerset, who went down to Sussex in the 2018 semis, it was Kent who again ruled the roost to extend their T20 winning streak against Somerset to 12 matches.

In pursuit of Kent’s workmanlike 165 for nine at an asking rate of 8.3 an over Somerset were dismissed for a disappointing 124 with nine balls to spare.

The visitors lost Pakistan shot-maker Babar Azam in the third over, bowled through the gate by South African firebrand Hardus Viljoen.

Tom Banton holed out to long-on in Qayyum’s first over who then had Peter Trego caught on the sweep and James Hildreth, bowled off stump in his next over.

Tom Lammonby risked a second run to deep mid-wicket to be run out by man-of-the-moment Qayyum, who then had Roelof van der Merwe caught at cover off a leading edge.

Qayyum ensured career-best T20 figures by having Tom Abell smartly stumped down the leg side by Ollie Robinson and Somerset’s last remaining victory chances went with him as Spitfires wrapped up their opening win.      

Earlier, Somerset leg-spinner Max Waller struck with the fourth delivery of the night, pinning Zak Crawley leg before working across the line of a googly.

In the second over, Daniel Bell-Drummond pushed with leaden-feet at a Jerome Taylor delivery to edge low to slip.   

Robinson and Nabi, two of Kent’s five T20 club debutants, took Spitfires to 54 for two in the batting powerplay and a 50-stand in 5.4 overs. Nabi hammered a fourth maximum off Waller, but perished for 34 in trying a repeat dose next ball, by chipping to long off.

The hosts mustered 91 for three at the mid-point as Robinson cantered to his maiden Blast 50 from 39 balls and with six fours.

Taylor collected a second scalp when Alex Blake drove on the up straight to extra cover, then Lammonby struck having Sean Dickson caught behind off a miscued ramp shot.  

Robinson’s gritty innings of 53 ended after 49 balls when he advanced to a turning delivery from Van der Merwe to gift Banton a stumping and Somerset a third wicket in as many overs.  

Jordan Cox, another Kent debutant, holed out to long-on and Kiwi Adam Milne was bowled round his legs in the same over from van der Merwe as Kent failed to up the tempo.

Late biffing from Qayyum and Viljoen took the home total above 160 before the latter was run out attempting to run a last-ball bye.       

Turning point: Jordan Cox’s stunning diving catch at deep mid-wicket accounted for Peter Trego and sparked a mid-innings collapse of five for 15 in 12 balls.  

Delivery of the match: Jerome Taylor’s second ball of the game, a slippery leg-cutter, held its line to feather the edge of Bell-Drummond’s bat and reduce Kent to seven for two.   

Unsung hero: Roelof van der Merwe held a vital skier to account for Nabi and bowled four canny overs of left-arm spin to finish with 4-0-19-3.

What’s next: Kent play Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl on Sunday, July 21 and Somerset will look for a second win in three starts when they welcome Hampshire to Taunton on Friday, July 26.

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

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

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