Thursday’s action saw a 60-ball century from Steve Eskinazi for Middlesex in a game that went to the wire, a last over decider at Edgbaston as well the second of 3 T20 internationals between England and Sri Lanka.
England vs Sri Lanka
The visitors would win the toss and elect to bat first.
Danushka Gunarthilaka would be run out by Sam Curran off his own bowling for 3 before Avishka Fernando would be caught by Livingstone off the same bowler for 6. Captain Kusal Perera would be caught by opposite number Eoin Morgan off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 21 before Kusal Mendis would be caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Mark Wood for a run-a-ball 39.
Niroshan Dickwella would be the fifth wicket to fall, caught Morgan off the bowling of the same bowler, for 3 before Dasun Shanaka would be caught by David Willey off the bowling of Chris Jordan for 8. Wanindu Hasaranga would be the final wicket to fall as he was stumped by Bairstow off the bowling of Rashid for 3 with Isuru Udana and Akila Dananjaya the not out batsmen with 19 and 2 respectively.
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England would lose Bairstow in the second over of the reply as he was bowled by B. Fernando without scoring before Dawid Malan would be LBW to Chameera for 4 in the following over. Morgan would be caught by de Silva off the bowling of Udana for 11 before opener Jason Roy was caught by Shanaka off the bowling of de Silva for 17 – the hosts 36/4 at this stage.
Rain would stop play with the score on 69 with England needing an adjusted target of 103 off 18 overs – requiring another 34 off the final 6 overs. Sam Billings would be the final wicket to fall as he was bowled by de Silva for 24 with Liam Livingstone (29) and Curran (16) seeing England to a series win with a game to play.
The sides meet again for the final game of the 3-match series tomorrow in Southampton.
Birmingham Bears vs Derbyshire Falcons
Birmingham won the toss and elected to bat first.
Adam Hose would be the first man out for the hosts as he was caught by McKiernan off the bowling of McKerr for 5 before Will Rhodes was caught by Matt Critchley later in the same over for 1. Sam Hain would be caught behind by Brooke Guest off the bowling of Fynn Hudson-Prentice without scoring before Ed Pollock would be caught by Critchley off the bowling of Logan van Beek for 46 off 21 balls.
Matthew Lamb would be caught by Luis Reece off the bowling of George Scrimshaw for 22 before Carlos Brathwaite was caught by Leus du Plooy off the bowling of McKiernan for 3. Michael Burgess would be the seventh wicket to fall, caught by Guest off the bowling of Hudson-Prentice, for 41 before Danny Briggs (2, caught Guest) and Liam Norwell (0, caught Wood) would fall to successive Scrimshaw deliveries – Tim Bresnan (34) and Craig Miles (2) would be the not out batsmen.
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Harry Came would be caught by Miles off the bowling of Bresnan in the second over for 6 before Reece would be caught by Pollock later in the over. A 90-run partnership between Tom Wood and Leus du Plooy (57 off 34 balls) would be ended with the latter caught by Lamb off the bowling of Brathwaite before Critchley would be bowled by the West Indian for 8.
Hudson-Prentice would be the final wicket as he was caught by Lamb off Miles’ bowling for 1 with Wood (63 off 48 balls) and Brooke Guest (9) seeing the visitors home in the final over.
Birmingham host Durham tomorrow afternoon while Durham travel to Worcestershire this evening.
Middlesex vs Essex Eagles
Essex would win the toss and elect to field first.
Joe Cracknell and Steve Eskinazi would put on 80 for the opening partnership for the hosts before the former was LBW to Aron Nijjar for 29 before Daryl Mitchell would be dismissed for the same score as he was caught by Michael Pepper off the bowling of Jimmy Neesham – Eskinazi would finish with 102 not out off 61 balls with John Simpson adding 17.
Buttleman would be the first man dismissed as he was run out by Nick Gubbins for 8 before Adam Wheater was bowled by Steven Finn for 26. Pepper would be caught & bowled by Green for 43 before Dan Lawrence was caught by Josh Cullen off the bowling of Helm for 59 off 37 balls.
Neesham would be bowled by the same bowler for 30 before Paul Walter was caught by Green off the bowling of Mitchell for 1 at the start of the final over. Ryan ten Doeschate would be caught by Simpson off the following ball before Nijjar was caught by Sowter – Simon Harmer and Sam Cook would see the visitors home off the final ball with 4 and 1 respectively.
Middlesex travel to Surrey this evening while Essex host Kent Spitfires at the same time.
Gloucestershire vs Glamorgan
Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field first.
Chris Dent would be the first man out as he was caught by Marnus Labuschagne off the bowling of Callum Taylor for 29 before Miles Hammond would be caught by Timm van der Gugten off the bowling of Labuschagne for 35 – Benny Howell (53 off 33) and Glenn Phillips (94 off 41 balls) put on an unbeaten 130 for the third-wicket partnership.
Nick Selman would be the first man out for the visitors as he was caught by Phillips off the bowling of David Payne for 5 before Colin Ingram was caught by Ryan Higgins off the bowling of Josh Shaw for 14. David Lloyd would be caught by Daniel Worrall off the bowling of Howell for 44 off 22 balls before James Weighall would be caught by Hammond off the same bowler for 13.
Labuschagne would be bowled by Payne for 33 would Chris Cooke would be caught & bowled by Tom Smith for 5. Kiran Carlson would be LBW to Higgins for 17 before Dan Douthwaite would be the final man out for 35 off 17 balls as he was caught by Hammond off the bowling of Higgins – Taylor (11) and van der Gugten the not out batsmen.
Gloucestershire travel to Sussex Sharks this evening while Glamorgan travel to Middlesex on Sunday afternoon.
17:30 – Worcestershire Rapids vs Durham (North)
18:30 – Leicestershire Foxes vs Yorkshire Vikings (North)
18:30 – Northants Steelbacks vs Lancashire Lightning (North)
18:30 – Somerset vs Hampshire Hawks (South)
18:30 – Surrey vs Middlesex (South, live on Sky)
19:00 – Derbyshire Falcons vs Notts Outlaws (North)
19:00 – Essex Eagles vs Kent Spitfires (South)
19:00 – Sussex Sharks vs Gloucestershire (South)