Friday’s T20 blast action saw a blistering opening partnership by Finn Allen and Keaton Jennings for Lancashire, Yorkshire becoming the latest team to be destroyed by the bat of Alex Hales in a rain-affected game and a final-ball thriller between Durham and Derbyshire.
We also look at yesterday’s second One-Day international between England and Pakistan from Lord’s.
England vs Pakistan
Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first in a game that was reduced to 47 overs.
Dawid Malan would be caught by Shadab Khan off the bowling of Hasasn Ali without scoring before Zak Crawley would be bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi for a golden duck. Phil Salt would be bowled by Saud Shakeel for 60 before James Vince would be bowled by Khan for 56.
Ben Stokes would be bowled by Ali for 22 before John Simpson would be dismissed the same way for 17. Craig Overton would be caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan later in the same over without scoring before Lewis Gregory would be caught by Fakhar Zaman off the bowling off Haris Rauf for 40. Brydon Carse wouldbe bowled by the sme bowler for 31 before Saqib Mahmood would be caught by Rauf off Ali for 8 – Matt Parkinson finishing off 7 not out.
Imam-ul-Haq would be caught behind by Simpson off the bowling of Greogry for 1 before Babar Azam would be LBW to Mahmood for 19. Rizwan would be caught by Simpson off the same bowler for 5 before Zaman would be bowled by Overton for 10.
Sohaib Maqsood would be caught by Simpson off the same bowler for 19 before Khan would be caught by Parkinson off Gregory’s bowling for 21. Simpson would also catch Faheem Ashraf off Parkinson’s bowling for 1 before Ali would be caught by Overton off Carse’s bowling for 31 off 17 balls. Shakeel would be caught by the same fielder off Parkinson for 56 with Rauf the last man out for 1, caught by Simpson off Gregory, with Afridi 18 not out.
The two teams meet in the final ODI game at Edgbaston on Tuesday with England leading the series 2-0.
Worcestershire Rapids vs Birmingham Bears
Worcestershire would win the toss and elect to bat field.
Riki Wessels would be bowled by Will Rhodes before Brett D’Oliviera would be caught by Adam Hose off the same bowler for 45 off 25 balls. Jake Libby would be caught by Ryan Sidebottom off the bowling of Craig Miles for 18 before Ross Whiteley would be bowled by Sidebottom for 4.
Ed Barnard would be bowled by Rhodes for 7 before Ben Cox would be caught by Sam Hain off the same bowler for 43 off 28 balls in the final over with Ben Dwarshuis 12 not out.
Hose would be bowled by Charlie Morris for 9 before Rhodes would suffer the same fate for 11. Hain would be bowled by D’Oliviera for 15 before the same bowler would have Matthew Lamb stumped by Cox for 1.
Michael Burgess would be bowled by D’Oliviera for 6 before opener Ed Pollock would be caught by Cox off the bowling of Ish Sodhi for 53 off 35 balls. Jacob Bethell would be caught by Whiteley off the bowling of Sodhi for 7 before Rob Yates (3, stumped Cox) and Jake Lintott (golden duck, caught Mitchell) would fall to successive Sodhi deliveries. Sidebottom would be the final man out as he was caught by Mitchell off Dwarshuis’ bowling for 3 with Miles finishing on 11 not out.
Durham vs Derbyshire Falcons
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to field first.
David Bedingham would be caught by Fynn Hudson-Prentice off the bowling of Logan van Beek for a golden duck before Graham Clark would be dismissed by the same combination in reverse for 26 off 10 balls. Ben Raine would be caught by Luis Reece off the bowling of Matt Critchley for 32 before Cameron Bancroft would be caught by George Scrimshaw off Thomson’s bowling for 20.
Scott Borthwick would be bowled by the same bowler for 33 before Ed Eckersley would be dismissed later in the same over for 2. Matty Potts would be caught by Harry Came off the bowling of Jade Dernbach for 4 before Harry Crawshaw would be bowled by Hudson-Prentice for 5. Sean Dickson would be caught & bowled by Dernbach off the final ball of the innings for 37 with Luke Doneathy 5 not out on debut.
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Reece would be caught by Bancroft off the bowling of Paul van Meekeren for 8 before Came would be caught by Dickson off the bowling of Potts for 20. Tom Wood would be caught by Clark off the bowling of van Meekeren for 32 before Leus du Plooy would be the final wicket to fall as he was bowled by Doneathy for 47 with Critchley and Brooke Guest finishing on 33 and 34 not out respectively.
Northants Steelbacks vs Lancashire Lightning
Northants would win the toss and elect to bat first.
Ben Curran would be caught by Alex Davies off the bowling of Steven Croft for 1 before Ricardo Vasconcelos would be caught by Croft off the bowling of Tom Hartley for 3. Josh Cobb would be caught by Danny Lamb off the bowling of Liam Hurt for 20 before Mohammad Nabi would be LBW to Lamb for 27.
Saif Zaib would be caught by Hartley off the bowling of Luke Wood for 11 before Rob Keogh would be caught by Davies off Burt’s bowling for 56 off 38 balls. Wayne Parnell would be caught by the same fielder off the following ball for 1 before Graeme White would be the last man out, caught by Luke Wells off the bowling of Lamb for 1 – Tom Taylor (3) and Brandon Glover (1) the not out batsmen.
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An opening partnership of 112 between Finn Allen and Keaton Jennings saw the Lightning most of the way to the target before Allen was caught by Cobb off the bowling of Nabi for 66 off 37 balls with Davies the other wicket to fall, caught Nabi off Freddie Heldreich’s bowling, for 7 – Jennings (54 off 41 balls) and Dane Vilas (9) the not out batsmen.
Yorkshire Vikings vs Notts Outlaws
Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat first in a game that was reduced to 7 overs a side due to rain.
Harry Brook would be stumped by Tom Moores off the bowling of Samit Patel without scoring before Adam Lyth would be caught by Steven Mullaney off the bowling of Dane Paterson for 26. Jordan Thompson would be caught by Patel off the same bowler for 28 with Matthew Waite 3 not out.
Notts would make easy work of the target with openers Peter Trego (29 off 13 balls) and Alex Hales (31 off 9 balls) seeing them home with almost half of the overs remaining.
Gloucestershire vs Middlesex
Middlesex would win the toss and elect to field first.
Miles Hammond would be bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 6 before Benny Howellwould be caught by Josh de Caires off the same bowler without scoring. Glenn Phillips would be caught behind by Joe Cracknell off the bowling of Josh Cullen for 2 before James Bracey would be caught by Sam Robson off the bowling of Nathan Sowter for 33 off 22 balls.
Ian Cockbain would be caught by Steven Finn off the bowling of Luke Hollman for 34 before Jack Taylor would be caught by de Caires off the same bowler for 19. Daryl Mitchell would take the final 2 wickets of the innings with Graeme van Buuren (28 off 17 balls, caught Cullen) and Ryan Higgins (43 off 25 balls, caught Max Holden) would both be dismissed in the final over.
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Steve Eskinazi would be caught by Phillips off the bowling of Matt Taylor for 9 before Robson would be caught by J. Taylor off the bowling of Josh Shaw for 13. Mitchell would be caught by Phillips off the bowling of Howell for 23 before Cracknell would be caught by Cockbain off the bowling of Smith for 26.
Hollman would be bowled by Phillips for 2 before de Caires would be bowled by Howell for 14. Sowter would be LBW to the same bowler for a golden duck the next delivery before Mujeeb would be the final wicket to fall as he was bowled by Higgins without scoring – Holden (50 off 34 balls) and Blake Cullen (20 off 12 balls) both not out as the visitors fell short of the target.
Surrey vs Kent Spitfires
Kent won the toss and elected to field first.
Jamie Smith would be the first wicket to fall as he was caught by Joe Denly off the bowling of Adam Milne for 1 before Ben Geddes would be caught by Jack Leaning off the bowling of Fred Klaassen for 8. Laurie Evans would be caught by Klaassen off the bowling of Matt Milnes for 6 before Tim David would be caught by Jordan Cox off the bowling of Darren Stevens for 20.
Rory Burns would be caught by Klaassen off the same bowler the next ball for 19 – the team sat on 59/5 at this point – before Jamie Overton would be caught by Denly off the bowling of Milne for 23. Gus Atkinson would be the final wicket to fall, run out by Leaning off the final ball, for 3 with Jordan Clark not out with 37 off 31 balls.
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Denly would be the only wicket to fall in Kent’s reply as he was caught by Atkinson off the bowling of Dan Moriarty for 31 with Daniel Bell-Drummond (53 off 37 balls) and Ollie Robinson (45 off 30 balls) seeing the visitors home with 27 balls to spare.
Essex Eagles vs Sussex Sharks
Sussex would win the toss and would elect to field first.
Adam Wheater would be caught by Ravi Bopara off the bowling of Ollie Robinson for 6 before Michael Pepper was stumped by Oliver Carter (on his Blast debut) off the bowling of Archie Lenham for 38 off 26 balls. Paul Walter would be caught by Harrison Ward off the bowling of Will Beer for 10 before Tom Westley would be caught Travis Head off the bowling of David Wiese for 53.
Jimmy Neesham would be caught by Bopara off the bowling of Chris Jordan for 10 before Ryan ten Doeschate would be caught by Ward off the same bowler for 3. Feroze Khushi would be LBW to Robinson for 2 before Simon Harmer would be bowled by Jordan for 9. Aron Nijjar would be the final wicket to fall, caught by Luke Wright off the bowling of Wiese, for 4 with Jack Plom and Sam Cook would finish with 4 and 2 not out respectively.
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Wright would be caught by Harmer off the bowling of Nijjar for a golden duck before Ward would be run out by Plom for 22. Head would be stumped by Wheater off the bowling of Harmer for 5 before Wiese would be the final wicket to fall, caught by Plom off the bowling of Nijjar, for 2 – Bopara (62 off 46 balls) and Delray Rawlins (50 off 29 balls) seeing the hosts to an easy win.
Hampshire Hawks vs Somerset
Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat first.
D’Arcy Short would be caught by Will Smeed off the bowling of Jack Brooks for 2 before Toby Albert would be caught by Max Waller off the bowling of Ben Green for 13 in his Blast debut. Tom Prest would be caught behind by Devon Conway off the bowling of Brooks for 5 before Colin de Grandhomme would be caught by James Hildreth off the bowling of Lewis Goldsworthy for 28.
Joe Weatherley would be caught by Brooks off the bowling of Marchant de Lange for 50 off 35 balls before James Fuller would be bowled later in the same over for 4 – Lewis McManus (60 off 36 balls) and Chris Wood (4) the not out batsmen.
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Conway would be caught behind by McManus for a second-ball duck before Smeed would be caught by Mason Crane off the bowling of Brad Wheal for 15. Hildreth would be caught by Fuller off the bowling of Currie for 13 before Goldsworthy would be caught by McManus off the bowing of Currie for 1.
George Bartlett would be caught & bowled by Short for 14 before Tom Lammonby would be caught by Albert off the bowling of Crane for 8. Green would be caught by Wood off the bowling of Short for 1 before de Lange would be caught by Weatherley off the bowling of Wheal for 7. Roelof van der Merwe would be the ninth wicket to fall as he was caught by Fuller off the bowling of Currie for 25 before Waller would be LBW to the same bowler later in the over without scoring – Brooks would be not out for 10.
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All 18 counties are playing in the final round of County Championship games before the teams go into their second phase groups (top 2 in each group go into Division 1, 3rd and 4th go into Division 2 with the bottom two going into Division 3) before playing the final Blast games next weekend.