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Vitality T20 Blast match results and reactions from today’s matches – July 25th

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

Lancashire Lightning claimed the bragging rights from their Roses clash against Yorkshire Vikings with a nine-run victory in front of a sell-out Emerald Headingley crowd.

Young seamer Saqib Mahmood proved the difference with three for 33 and underlined his ability at the death to remove key man Nicholas Pooran and then Dom Bess in the 18th over to turn a tight match the visitors’ way.

Dane Vilas struck 43 from 24 balls while Yorkshire off-spinner Jack Shutt took two for 31 on debut as the Lightning posted 170 for six.

The Vikings had kept pace in their pursuit with David Willey (32) and Harry Brook (30) in the top order before Steven Croft appeared to make a costly blunder when he put down Pooran.

The West Indian then crashed three leg-side sixes to get the home crowd jumping but Mahmood returned and bowled Pooran for a 31-ball 43 before trapping Bess leg before without scoring.

England seamer Tom Curran claimed a hat-trick as Surrey dismissed Glamorgan for 44 – the lowest total in English domestic Twenty20 history – en-route to a 97-run win.

Curran removed David Lloyd, captain Colin Ingram and Billy Root from successive deliveries in the second over of Glamorgan’s response to Surrey’s 141 all out at the Kia Oval.

Curran finished with figures of three for three while spinners Imran Tahir (3-8) and Gareth Batty (3-7) also cashed in to ensure a miserable night for Glamorgan, as they claimed the unwanted record from Northamptonshire, who managed just 47 against Durham in 2011.

Andrew Salter had claimed a career-best four for 23 for Glamorgan, while Marchant de Lange also took four wickets.

Gloucestershire won a nail biter by two wickets to inflict a first defeat on Middlesex in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,000 at the College Ground in Cheltenham.

Middlesex were without star recruit AB de Villiers due to the hand injury he sustained in the London derby on Tuesday night and without him they posted 148 for nine. John Simpson top-scored with an unbeaten 42.

Cheltenham-born Miles Hammond struck 63 from 35 balls at the top of the order although Gloucestershire only snuck home with four balls to spare as Steven Finn claimed three wickets.

Gloucestershire v Middlesex, South Group College Ground, Cheltenham 2:30 PM

 Match Summary

Gloucestershire 151 - 8

Middlesex 148 - 9

Result - Gloucestershire won by 2 wickets

Cheltenham-born Miles Hammond delighted his home crowd with a brilliant array of shots as Gloucestershire inflicted a first defeat on Middlesex in this season’s Vitality Blast.

In front of a sell-out 5,000 attendance at a steaming College Ground, the 23-year-old opener smashed 63, including 9 fours and 3 sixes, to help see his side to a two-wicket win after the visitors had won the toss and elected to bat.

Without AB de Villers, who was nursing a hand injury, Middlesex could post only 148 for nine on the fast-scoring College Ground, Stevie Eskinazi making 40 and John Simpson 42 not out. David Payne claimed three for 32, while Ryan Higgins and AJ Tye both returned two for 23.

In reply, Gloucestershire slipped to 84 for five, despite Hammond’s efforts, before Benny Howell (33) and Jack Taylor (24) made sure they reached 151 for eight and won with 4 balls to spare.

Middlesex began like a team who had won their first two group games, Eskinazi hitting 3 fours off the first four balls of the match, sent down by Payne, and Dawid Malan lofting Graeme van Buuren’s second ball from the other end over deep square for six.

But left-arm spinner van Buuren stemmed the early momentum with his next delivery, which saw Malan caught and bowled off a skyer.

Dan Lincoln came in at three in the absence of de Villiers for his Middlesex debut. The 24-year-old Surrey-born batsman and Eskinazi, who faced only 26 balls, took the score to 73 before the latter was brilliantly stumped by James Bracey off a Howell leg-side wide.

Lincoln made sure the momentum was maintained, hitting Higgins for a straight six, before being caught at deep mid-wicket off the following delivery for a promising 30.

The same over saw Nick Gubbins taken at long-on for a single and at the halfway stage Middlesex were 81 for four. The visitors were then squeezed by Howell, AJ Tye, Higgins and Tom Smith, losing George Scott cheaply as they added 26 in four overs.

Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Helm perished to catches at extra cover off Payne, while Nathan Souter also succumbed to an attempted big hit and Mujeeb was bowled by Tye for a duck.

Middlesex had lost their early momentum, a straight six by Simpson off Howell in the 15th over a rare blow of defiance.

Gloucestershire’s innings began as their opponents’ had done, Hammond hitting 2 fours and a six in the opening two overs.

But the third saw Tom Helm strike a double blow, having dangerman Michael Klinger caught behind for ten and Ian Cockbain taken at point two balls later to leave the hosts 25 for two.

Hammond continued to attack with a series of sweetly-timed shots that help take the hosts to 59 for two at the end of the power-play. Soon the local boy was raising his bat to acknowledge warm applause for a 26-ball fifty.

Bracey and Higgins fell cheaply before Hammond’s superb knock was ended by a low catch from wicketkeeper Simpson off Roland-Jones. At 84 for five, Gloucestershire had to regroup.

Howell, dropped at short cover before he had scored, and Taylor added 45 priceless runs. Both fell at the end, along with van Buuren, but had already ensured a hugely successful Festival for Gloucestershire ended in style, Smith hitting the winning runs.


THE TURNING POINT: England Lions batsman James Bracey showed his prowess as Gloucestershire’s second string wicketkeeper in the County Championship win over Worcestershire. Here he certainly looked the part with a no-fuss stumping down the leg side to dismiss Eskinazi, who had looked in ominous form

SHOT OF THE DAY: Miles Hammond is clearly no respecter of reputations. A short ball from former England bowler Steve Finn in the sixth over of Gloucestershire’s innings was dispatched square over the point boundary for six.

UNSUNG HERO: David Payne went for 13 from the opening over of the game. But the left-arm seamer was unruffled and took three wickets from his remaining three overs at a cost of only 19 runs.

WHAT’S NEXT: With their beloved Cheltenham Festival over for another year, Gloucestershire head to Chelmsford to face Essex on Saturday. Middlesex travel to Cardiff to take on Glamorgan tomorrow night.


Gloucestershire - Michael Klinger(c), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey(wk), Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell, Jack Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith, Andrew Tye, David Payne

Middlesex - Stevie Eskinazi, Dawid Malan(c), Dan Lincoln, Nick Gubbins, George Scott, John Simpson(wk), Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn, Mujeeb Ur Rahman


Yorkshire v Lancashire, North Group Headingley, Leeds 7:00 PM 

Match Summary

Yorkshire Vikings 161 - 9

Lancashire Lightning 170 - 6

Result - Lancashire Lightning won by 9 runs

Lancashire claimed their third successive Roses Vitality Blast win, by nine runs, as they defended 170 to silence a sold-out Emerald Headingley.


England Lions fast bowler Saqib Mahmood claimed three wickets, including the key scalp of West Indies overseas star Nicholas Pooran for 43 off 31 balls in the 18th over with the game on the line after the Lightning’s challenging 170 for six.


Yorkshire failed to get 23 off the last two overs with three wickets in hand and then 19 off the last with one remaining, finishing on 161 for nine.


The Lightning completed the North Group double last year and have now won two from three games this, added to a No Result.


Yorkshire, for who debutant off-spinner Jack Shutt returned two wickets, have now lost two of four with one win.


Lancashire’s innings included three scores of 25 from openers Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone and Australian overseas Glenn Maxwell, playing against his former county.


Livingstone was a surprise inclusion by the Red Rose following just over three weeks out with a strained intercostal. He played second-team cricket earlier this week, but hadn’t been named in their match day squad.


Apart from captain Dane Vilas, who hit three fours and as many sixes in 43 off 24, nobody else really got into sixth gear on a good pitch.


Barnsley-born Shutt, 22, bowled nicely and claimed the wickets of Steven Croft and Livingstone caught at long-on and long-off, the former with only his third ball as the Lightning slipped to 62 for two in the eighth over.


His figures were only dented by going for 17 in his last over, the 14th, as Maxwell and Vilas attacked him.


Seamer Jordan Thompson was the pick of the Vikings bowlers with one for 25 from four overs, making the initial breakthrough when he had Davies caught behind. 


Captain Vilas really put Yorkshire under pressure with some powerful and inventive hitting and shared 61 for the fourth wicket with Maxwell. 


And with them together at 138 for three after 15 overs, a total of 200 was not completely impossible. Instead, both departed and only 32 more runs were scored.


Lancashire made an excellent start to their defence, despite conceding 10 off the first four balls, including a Tom Kohler-Cadmore six against Croft’s off-spin over long-off.


Croft then bowled Adam Lyth sweeping before Saqib Mahmood bowled Kohler-Cadmore as the score fell to 16 for two in the second over.


Like team-mate Livingstone, fast bowler Mahmood was also returning from injury - nearly three weeks out with an abdominal problem.


But Willey and Harry Brook shared 62 inside eight overs to get their side back on track.


Shortly after Willey swept Matthew Parkinson’s leg-spin to deep mid-wicket to fall for 32, Yorkshire moved to 81 for three after 10 overs, needing 90 more for victory.


Brook then fell for 30 when he skied a catch to James Faulkner at point off Richard Gleeson - 97 for four in the 13th.


Pooran, dropped on eight later in the over by Croft back peddling from mid-off, then smashed three leg-side sixes off Parkinson to leave Yorkshire needing 41 off four. 


But Gary Ballance was run out at the start of the 17th before Mahmood returned in the 18th to bowl Pooran, heaving to leg, and trap Dom Bess lbw as Yorkshire fell to 140 for seven. 

Faulkner then also struck before a further run out off Olivier, with Thompson failing to get his side over the line. 

THE TURNING POINT: Saqib Mahmood bowling dangerous Nicholas Pooran for 43 (140-6 in the 18th) was the beginning of th end for Yorkshire. 

SHOT OF THE MATCH: Dane Vilas, moving to 41 in the 15th over of Lancashire’s innings, pulled Mat Pillans for six over wide long-leg, and it bounced in between the Western Terrace and the new Emerald Stand towards the Rugby ground. 

UNSUNG HERO: Jack Shutt may have finished on the losing side, but his first three overs on debut in first-team cricket were excellent for the Vikings.

WHAT’S NEXT: Lancashire face defending Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford tomorrow (6.30pm) in a repeat of last season’s semi-final, while Yorkshire travel to Wantage Road to tackle Northamptonshire on Sunday (2.30pm) - Nicholas Pooran’s last game.

Yorkshire Vikings - Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore(c), David Willey, Harry Brook, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Gary Balance, Jordan Thompson, Dom Bess, Mathew Pillans, Duanne Olivier, Jack Shutt

Lancashire Lightning - Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone, Keaton Jennings, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas(c)(wk), Steven Croft, Josh Bohannon, James Faulkner, Richard Gleeson, Matthew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood


Surrey v Glamorgan, South Group Kennington Oval, London 6:30 PM 

Match Summary

Surrey 141

Glamorgan 44

Result - Surrey won by 97 runs

Surrey’s second near-25,000 sell-out crowd in three days at the Kia Oval roared their approval as Tom Curran took a spectacular hat-trick in his opening new-ball over to set up a dramatic 97-run victory against Glamorgan, who subsequently crashed to 44 all out in 12.5 overs – their lowest total in T20 cricket.

South African leg spinner Imran Tahir then took a triple-wicket maiden himself, removing Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter and Marchant De Lange in the space of five balls in an almost as remarkable 12th over, to send Glamorgan hurtling from 40 for 6 to 40 for 9.

Off spinner Gareth Batty quickly completed the rout, bowling last man Michael Hogan in the next over to finish with figures of 3 for 7. Tahir’s figures were 3 for 8 and Curran's 3 for 3 in two overs. It is Surrey’s first Vitality Blast win of the season, in their third south group game, while Glamorgan remain winless after three matches.

Curran’s memorable hat-trick came when he first bowled David Lloyd for 4 with a beauty and then, with the fourth ball of the second over of Glamorgan’s innings, had Colin Ingram held by Rikki Clarke at slip as he tried to force into the offside. Remarkably, new batsman Billy Root also edged to Clarke next ball in an almost carbon copy of Ingram’s dismissal – leaving Curran to sprint away in celebration towards the Peter May Stand, followed by his jubilant teammates.

When Surrey captain Jade Dernbach then had Owen Morgan caught at the wicket for 2, in his second over with the new ball, Glamorgan were a sickly 9 for 4. And it got worse for the Welsh county when, in the eighth over, Pakistan left-hander Fakhar Zaman lofted Batty to long on after making just 17 on his Glamorgan debut.

From 33 for 5, Glamorgan’s chances were slim, but it was still shocking when Chris Cooke then holed out at 39 for 6 and they fell away so rapidly against the spin of Tahir and Batty to what is a humiliating defeat.

Off spinner Salter had earlier taken a career-best 4 for 23 as Surrey were bowled out for 141, with Glamorgan putting in a fine performance in the field with some excellent catching and ground fielding.

Fast bowler De Lange also impressed, taking the last three Surrey wickets in five balls in the final over to finish with 4 for 26. De Lange bowled Dernbach for 2, removed Batty next ball when the veteran former Surrey captain hit his own wicket as he tried to make room to cut and, from the final ball of the innings, had Imran Tahir caught at mid off.

It was Salter’s four-wicket burst in mid-innings, however, which derailed Surrey’s effort after Will Jacks and Aaron Finch had added 61 in 6.4 overs for the second wicket after De Lange had dismissed opener Mark Stoneman in the second over, caught for 5 at third man from a slashed square cut that he could not keep down.

From 73 for 1 they slumped to 99 for 6 after Jacks’ sparkling 26-ball 40, which featured two sixes and four fours, had ended with a tickle to keeper Chris Cooke from a legside ball from Wagg that would have been a wide had the batsman not touched it.

Salter then struck with his first delivery, at the start of the 10th over, to have Finch brilliantly caught on the legside boundary by Billy Root for 28 from 20 balls. From the last ball of that over, he forced Clarke to chip a tame return catch and, in his next over, Curran also fell for 1 when he was superbly held by a diving Lloyd at extra cover.

Ollie Pope went for 12, miscuing a reverse flick at Salter to short third man, and Surrey’s seventh wicket pair of Jordan Clark and Liam Plunkett tried hard to put some sort of total on the board – dealing mainly in ones and well-run twos in a stand of 38 in five overs.

Plunkett did, though, hit Salter’s final ball for six over long off in his 18, which ended in the 19th over when he lofted Wagg’s left-arm medium pace to long on. Wagg took 2 for 28 and Clark ended unbeaten on 26, from 27 balls.

The match had begun 40 minutes late at 7.10pm, initially because of a threat of lightning in steamy temperatures, which remained in the low 30s centigrade despite an early evening build-up of cloud that then, five minutes before play was originally due to start at 6.55pm, produced a short but torrential downpour which sent many people in the capacity crowd – Surrey have attracted full houses for both this week’s T20 home games against Middlesex and Glamorgan – scurrying for cover. 

Play was also held up for a few minutes towards the latter part of Surrey’s innings when a fox ran on to the outfield, and would not move. It also made a deposit on to the Oval turf, which itself had to be removed with a shovel after the animal had been driven away by stewards.

THE TURNING POINT: Curran’s stunning hat-trick completely undermined the Glamorgan reply after they thought they had done well to bowl out Surrey for 141.

SHOT OF THE MATCH: Nothing was better than Will Jacks hooking for a big six the first ball he faced, a bouncer from the pacy Marchant de Lange, to complete the second over of Surrey’s innings.

THE UNSUNG HERO: Gareth Batty may be in his 42nd year, but the off spinner is still very fit and an extremely canny operator. Here, on a used surface, he lured both Fakhar Zaman and Chris Cooke to their doom as they miscued attempted big hits as the asking rate rocketed upwards. From 39 for 6, when Cooke holed out to long off, there was no way back for the Welsh county.

WHAT’S NEXT:  Both play again tomorrow evening. Surrey go down to the coast to face Sussex Sharks in front of a sell-out Hove crowd, while Glamorgan travel back along the M4 to host early south group pace-setters Middlesex at Cardiff.


Surrey - Mark Stoneman, Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Ollie Pope(wk), Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran, Jordan Clark, Liam Plunkett, Jade Dernbach(c), Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir

Glamorgan - David Lloyd, Fakhar Zaman, Colin Ingram(c), Billy Root, Owen Morgan, Chris Cooke(wk), Dan Douthwaite, Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan


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