Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – July 24th

Reece Topley 4-33 for Sussex Sharks
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All the Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches…. 

England limited-overs paceman Reece Topley claimed three wickets in an over to inspire Sussex Sharks to a 14-run south-coast derby win over Hampshire.

Opener Phil Salt hit 73 from 46 balls before David Wiese added an unbeaten 44 as last season’s finalists posted 188 for six.

Topley, who has moved to Sussex this summer after injury had sidelined him for the best part of two years, then crashed through the Hampshire top-order removing Aneurin Donald, James Vince and Sam Northeast in the third over.

Rilee Rossouw kept Hampshire in the game with 60 – despite briefly having to retire hurt after taking a blow to the helmet – but Topley had the final say against his former county removing Kyle Abbott to bowl the visitors out for 174 and finish with figures of four for 33.

Notts Outlaws claimed their first win by seven wickets against Northamptonshire.

Captain Dan Christian led the way with three for 32 before his unbeaten 22 guided the Outlaws home with 11 balls to spare.

Openers Joe Clarke and Alex Hales set up the Outlaws’ pursuit of 152 for eight with a 79-run partnership in front of a crowd of 13,691 – a record at Trent Bridge for a midweek domestic Twenty20.

Birmingham Bears made it back-to-back wins as they defeated Derbyshire Falcons by 49 runs at Edgbaston.

Sam Hain and Adam Hose shared a 113-run partnership for the third wicket from just 65 balls to underpin the Bears’ 205 for five.

Leus du Plooy’s 43-ball 70 was the lone hand in Derbyshire’s response as they managed 156 for nine.

Nottinghamshire v Northamptonshire, North Group Trent Bridge, Nottingham 6:30

Match Summary

Notts Outlaws 155 - 3

Northamptonshire Steelbacks 152 - 8

Result - Notts Outlaws won by 7 wickets

Joe Clarke rediscovered some of his best form, to help Notts Outlaws open their account with a first victory in this season’s Vitality Blast competition.

Notts had already been defeated by Worcestershire Rapids and suffered a wash-out in their other match but had the better of their Trent Bridge encounter with Northants Steelbacks, eventually triumphing by seven wickets with 11 balls to spare.

Clarke, who has had a lean season with the bat, scored 45 from only 34 balls and put on 79 for the first wicket with Alex Hales as Notts chased down a victory target of 153 to maintain a lengthy winning streak against the Steelbacks.

Hales followed up his 52 against the Rapids with a stylish 33.

Notts had the run chase in control right from the start, although Pakistan international Fahim Ashraf did begin with a maiden to Clarke.

Hales helped both Nathan Buck and Dwaine Pretorius over the ropes in the initial overs and Clarke then heaved Ashraf over wide long-on to end the powerplay overs on 60 without loss.

A crowd of 13,691 – a Trent Bridge record for a midweek T20 match – lapped it up as the home side found the boundary repeatedly.

Clarke was eventually dismissed by Nathan Buck and Hales followed, falling to former team-mate Graeme White but the onslaught continued.

Ben Duckett, playing against his former side, scored 26, effectively setting the contest with two sixes off Dwaine Pretorius in the 15th over.

Dan Christian, the Outlaws’ captain, enjoyed a fine match and finished with an unbeaten 22, with Tom Moores bludgeoning the ball over the ropes for the winning runs.

Earlier, the Steelbacks made 152 for eight after winning the toss and opting to bat. They limped their way to 39 for two from the opening six overs, with Matt Carter removing the dangerous Adam Rossington with the sixth ball of the match.

Josh Cobb hit both Carter and Samit Patel for sixes but was then completely bamboozled by Harry Gurney’s slower delivery and could only balloon the ball up to cover.

Christian couldn’t have had a better start with the ball, bowling Rob Keogh with his first delivery and having Matt Coles caught behind with his fifth.

The Steelbacks’ new overseas pairing of Pretorius and Fahim Ashraf mounted a counter-attack, adding 36 in just three overs together but neither could see out the innings. Ashraf was unlucky, having plundered 24 from only 14 balls he was caught by a diving Gurney at short third man, giving Christina his third wicket.

Pretorius fell to Jake Ball for 34, leaving White to muscle some useful runs in the closing couple of overs, hitting two sixes in his unbeaten 24.

On a decent surface, with a fast outfield, the eventual total appeared light and so it proved, extending Northants’ unwanted record of never having beaten Notts in the group stages.

THE TURNING POINT Josh Cobb had raced to 36 from 28 balls before being out-Foxed by a slower ball from his former Leicestershire team-mate Harry Gurney.

SHOT OF THE MATCH It has been a tough summer with the bat for Joe Clarke but he will have enjoyed the mighty pulled six that deposited Nathan Buck into the back row of the stand.

UNSUNG HERO Graeme White has always been a fine T20 bowler and he sent down his four testing overs for only 19 runs, picking up the wicket of Hales as a bonus.

WHAT’S NEXT Local rivalry will be at stake in the forthcoming days, as Notts Outlaws play their two East Midlands rivals next. On Friday evening they travel along the A52 for an encounter with Derbyshire Falcons, followed by a home match against Leicestershire Foxes on Saturday afternoon. Northants Steelbacks have home fixtures against Birmingham Bears and Yorkshire Vikings to look forward to, on Friday and Sunday respectively.

 

Notts Outlaws - Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Tom Moores(wk), Daniel Christian(c), Samit Patel, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney

Northamptonshire Steelbacks - Charlie Thurston, Adam Rossington(wk), Josh Cobb(c), Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Faheem Ashraf, Matt Coles, Dwaine Pretorius, Graeme White, Ben Sanderson, Nathan Buck

 

Birmingham Bears v Derbyshire, North Group Edgbaston, Birmingham 6:30 PM

Match Summary

Birmingham Bears 205 - 5

Derbyshire Falcons 156 - 9

Result - Birmingham Bears won by 49 runs

Birmingham Bears made it back-to-back wins in the Vitality Blast as they beat Derbyshire Falcons by 49 runs in front of 7,500 at Edgbaston.

Chasing a hefty 205 for five, the Falcons faltered early with the loss of two wickets in the first nine balls and never threatened from there. They finished on 156 for nine.

The Bears' daunting total owed most to a classy third-wicket partnership of 113 in 65 balls from Sam Hain (85, 61 balls) and Adam Hose (69, 35 balls). Ashton Agar added a violent 26 (15 balls) as only Ravi Rampaul (three for 21) withstood the onslaught.

The Falcons' pursuit was then undone by the loss of early wickets, including two careless run outs. Leus du Plooy defied with a brilliant 70 (43 balls) but was alone in his resistance as nobody else in the top seven reached 15.

The Falcons' defeat, following their victory over Yorkshire in their opening game, means that no team in the North Group won their first two games, though the Bears are the early pace-setters after a washout and two wins.

The Falcons chose to bowl and started well by removing openers Ed Pollock and Michael Burgess in the first 23 balls. Rampaul opened up with two overs for just four runs and the Bears ended the powerplay on only 36 for two but but Hain and Hose first rebuilt carefully then climbed into counter attack.

They reached their half-centuries, Hain from 42 balls, Hose from 26 in the same over from leg-spinner Matt Critchley and Hose smote 69 with three sixes and nine fours before edging Logan Van Beek behind.

Agar hit two of his first six balls into the crowd and helped Hain to add 63 in 27 balls before both fell in Rampaul's final over. The Falcons' fans might have wondered why the paceman wasn't brought back earlier when the Bears' batsmen began to escape control.

The Falcons soon lost Luis Reece, bowled second-ball by Fidel Edwards, and Wayne Madsen, brilliantly run out by Alex Thompson. du Plooy was immediately on the offensive but, having done for his partner Madsen with a dodgy call, captain Billy Godelman was then run out himself by smart work from Jeetan Patel.

That was 58 for three and, while Du Plooy galloped to 50 from 33 balls, the rest buckled under the pressure of a steepling run-rate required and accurate bowling led by spinners Patel (4-0-17-1) and Agar (4-0-22-1).

THE TURNING POINT Darren Stevens to Adam Hose. Bears 59 for 2 from 8.3 overs, just starting to recover from a sticky start. Hose slog-sweeps into the crowd to trigger the runfest.

DELIVERY OF THE MATCH Second ball of the Falcons' innings; Fidel Edwards rattles Luis Reece's middle-stump with a yorker.

THE UNSUNG HERO Ashton Agar smashed 26 from 14 balls then bowled four overs, without conceding a boundary, for 22.  Nifty.

WHAT’S NEXT: Both teams face local derbies on Friday when Birmingham Bears visit Northants Steelbacks while Derbyshire Falcons host Notts Outlaws in the big derby at the Pattonair County Ground.

 

Birmingham Bears - Ed Pollock, Michael Burgess(wk), Sam Hain, Ashton Agar, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Jeetan Patel(c), Henry Brookes, Fidel Edwards

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

 

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

 Match Summary

Sussex Sharks 188-6 (20.0)

Hampshire 174 all out (19.0)

Result - Sussex Sharks won by 14 runs

 

Reece Topley enjoyed a Sussex debut to remember with three wickets in four balls as the Sharks beat Hampshire by 15 runs to open their account in the Vitality Blast at Hove.

Topley, who left Hampshire at the end of last season, laid waste to their top order by removing Aneurin Donald (13) and James Vince and Sam Northeast for ducks – his first T20 wickets since 2017 – in a sensational second over. He then returned to end Hampshire's brave pursuit of a target of 189 when Kyle Abbott was caught in the deep off the final ball of the 19th over to finish with 4 for 33.

It was a special moment for the 25-year-old left-armer who made 16 white-ball appearances for England between 2015-16 before his career was badly disrupted by injuries, including five stress fractures in his back. He worked his way back to fitness and earned a contract for the rest of the season at Hove last month.

Donald was pinned in front by a full-length ball, Vince caught behind off an inside edge and Northeast bowled through the gate to send a 6,000 Hove crowd into raptures. At 18 for 3 it was a long way back for Hampshire but opener Rilee Rossouw made 60 off 38 balls with eight fours and a six, although his innings was interrupted after he was hit on the side of the helmet attempting a ramp shot off David Wiese and had to go off for treatment. Lewis McManus struck 32 off 15 balls but Topley’s burst had left them with too much to do.

Despite the absence of World Cup winner Jofra Archer, who watched the game from the players’ balcony, and the injured Chris Jordan Sussex still look a formidable outfit. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan took two wickets and slow left-armer Danny Briggs 3 for 35.

The Sharks had been put in on a sticky, slow pitch and their 188 for 6 looked above par.  Opener Phil Salt, who was called into England’s T20 squad earlier this year, led the way with 73 off 46 balls while Wiese (44 not out) and Khan, who smashed 22 off seven balls, provided impetus at the end.

After a watchful start, Salt took 18 off South African all-rounder Chris Morris’s first over as he dominated a stand of 53 for the first wicket with skipper Luke Wright (15) during the power-play which ended when Wright top-edged an attempted pull off Abbott.

It was no surprise that the canny Liam Dawson put the brakes on, conceding just 24 in his four overs, but Hampshire struggled to contain Sussex at the other end. Salt hit leg-spinner Mason Crane’s first ball out of the ground as he raced to a 28-ball 50 and although Laurie Evans (15) and Delray Rawlins (6) went cheaply Salt took the score to 124 in the 14th over when he mis-timed an expansive extra cover drive at Chris Wood, having hit seven fours and three sixes.

Wiese and Khan provided acceleration at the end as 44 runs were plundered from the last three overs. Khan took 21 off Abbott in the 18th including two sixes and two boundaries and Abbott suffered again in the final over which fellow South African Wiese hit for 17.

 

THE TURNING POINT: The successive deliveries by Reece Topley which accounted for Hampshire’s best batsmen James Vince and Sam Northeast and put Sussex on their way to victory.

SHOT OF THE MATCH: Phil Salt set the tone for another eye-catching innings when he pulled Chris Morris over mid-wicket for the first of three sixes.

THE UNSUNG HERO: All-rounder David Wiese rarely lets Sussex down and his 44 was followed by the wicket of Liam Dawson just when Hampshire were recovering from their bad start.

WHAT’S NEXT: Sussex face Surrey in a Hove sell-out on Friday while Hampshire head to Taunton on the same day in search of their first win of the campaign.

 

Sussex Sharks - Philip Salt, Luke Wright(c), Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Ben Brown(wk), Rashid Khan, Ollie Robinson, Danny Briggs, Reece Topley, Tymal Mills

Hampshire - Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince(c), Sam Northeast, James Fuller, Chris Morris, Liam Dawson, Lewis McManus(wk), Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane

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