Wednesday would see the 2021 T20 Blast start off with Liam Livingstone sending the ball to all parts of the ground, a tie in the televised game, a 4-wicket haul for a Dutchman and Jimmy Neesham with a quickfire 50 against Somerset.
Lancashire Lightning vs Derbyshire Falcons
The opening game saw Lancashire host Derbyshire at Old Trafford with the visitors winning the toss and electing to bat.
Billy Godleman would be the first man out as he was bowled by Livingstone without scoring before Wayne Madsen would get to 12 not out before retiring injured. Former Lancs opener Luis Reece and Leus du Plooy would move the score onto 88 before Reece was LBW to Danny Lamb for 59 off 32 balls with Matt Critchley caught by Tom Hartley off the bowling of Matt Parkinson for 2 in the following over.
du Plooy (34, caught Davies) and Alex Hughes (28, caught Finn Allen) would be dismissed off successive Parkinson deliveries before Fynn Hudson-Prentice would be out in the final over for 12, caught Richard Gleeson off Luke Wood’s bowling, while Alex Thomson was run out of the final ball of the innings by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler for 2 – another former Lightning player Brooke Guest would be not out with 7.
Livingstone and Allen would make 53 for the opening partnership off 27 balls before the New Zealander would be caught by Guest off the bowling of Hudson-Prentice for 29 (off 13 balls) with Alex Davies following a couple of balls later for a duck, caught by Thomson off the same bowler. Livingstone was joined by Buttler before the England wicket-keeper would be caught by Hudson-Prentice off Reece for 30 with captain Dane Vilas making a run-a-ball 15 before he was caught by Alex Hughes off Reece with Livingstone (94 off 58) and Steven Croft (1 off 1) seeing the hosts over the line.
Lancashire host Leicestershire tonight with Derbyshire traveling to Leicestershire tomorrow night.
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Worcestershire Rapids vs Nottinghamshire Outlaws
Nottinghamshire would win the toss and elected to field.
Brett D’Oliviera was the first man out for the Rapids as he was stumped off the bowling of Matt Carter for 5 before Moeen Ali was bowled by Carter for 6. Riki Wessels would be the third man out as he was run out by Steven Mullarkey before Ben Cox was caught and bowled by the same bowler, both for 14. Ross Whiteley was dismissed in the final over of the innings, caught Dane Paterson off the bowling of Luke Fletcher, for 42 before Ed Barnard was out off the final ball as he was caught by Carter off Fletcher for 10 – Jake Libby 52 not out.
The Outlaws would get off to a great start with Joe Clarke and Alex Hales making 76 off the first 5 overs before the latter was caught by Ali off the bowling of Charlie Morris for 31 before Clarke would follow the following over as he was caught by Dwarshuis off Ish Sodhi’s bowling for 45 off 21. Ben Duckett would be LBW to Ali for 6 while Tom Moores would be caught by Whiteley off Ali for 12.
Samit Patel was the first of three late run-outs as he was ran out by Morris for 12 before Mullaney (7) was caught out by Josh Tongue off Morris’ bowling before Fletcher (0) and Peter Trego (35) both run out in the final over as the teams tied.
Worcestershire’s next game is at Northamptonshire tomorrow night while Nottinghamshire host Birmingham Bears at the same time.
Kent Spitfires vs Hampshire Hawks
Hampshire would win the toss and elect to field.
The hosts would score 86 in their first 7 overs as Joe Denly and captain Daniel Bell-Drummond would hit the ball to all parts before both would fall in consecutive overs, firstly the captain caught by James Vince off Mason Crane’s bowling for 42 then Denly stumped by Lewis McManus off the bowling of Liam Dawson for 44. Alex Blake would be bowled by Crane for 2 before Jack Leaning would fall later in the same over for 1. Jordan Cox would be caught by James Fuller off the bowling of Wood for 23 before Ollie Robinson would be bowled the following delivery – Darren Stevens (1) and Grant Stewart (6) the not out batsmen.
Vince and D’Arcy Short would score 51 off the 6-over powerplay for the visitors before the Australian would be caught by Robinson off the bowling of Stevens for 29 with Sam Northeast the second man dismissed for 6 as he was caught by Cox off the bowling of Logan. Vince would be caught by Cox off Stevens for 34 before Liam Dawson (9) was caught and bowled by Fred Klaassen.
Fuller would be caught by Blake off the Dutchman’s bowling before Joe Weatherley become his third wicket of the innings as he was LBW for 37. Ian Holland would provide Cox with his third catch of the innings off the bowling of Klaassen for 4 before Chris Wood (1) and McManus (7) would both be caught by Blake off the bowling of Stewart in the final over – Crane (2) and Brad Wheal (5) the not out batsmen.
Kent’s next game is against Middlesex at home on Friday while Hampshire travel to Essex Eagles at the same time.
Somerset vs Essex Eagles
Essex would win the toss and elect to field.
The hosts would put on 62 for the first-wicket partnership between Tom Banton and James Hildreth before the latter was caught by Paul Walter off the bowling of Sam Cook for 39 off 18 balls with Banton following the next legal ball, caught by Aron Nijjar to the same bowler, for 18. Roelof van der Merwe would follow in the next over as he was bowled by Jamie Porter without scoring before Tom Abell was stumped by Adam Wheater off the bowling of Simon Harmer for 4.
Eddie Byrom would be the fifth man out as he was caught by Jimmy Neesham off Cook for 28 with Lewis Gregory (24, caught Harmer) and Marchant de Lange (18) the other wickets to fall, both off the bowling of Jack Plom – Ben Green (43 off 30 balls) and Josh Davey (1) the not out batsmen.
The visitors would lose Tom Westley in the second over as he was caught by Max Waller off the bowling of Brooks for 13 before Wheater was caught by Abell off Davey’s bowling the following over for 2. Michael Pepper would be next man out for 18 as he was caught behind by Banton off Davey before Ryan ten Doeschate would also find the wicket-keeper off the bowling of de Lange for 26.
Walter would be caught by van der Merwe for 45 off the bowling of Davey before Harmer (16) then Neesham (53 off 25) would be dismissed by de Lange off consecutive balls with Nijjar (5) and Plom (6) getting the Eagles over the line.
Somerset’s next game is at home to Surrey on Friday while Essex host Hampshire at the same time.
18:30 – Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire (South)
18:30 – Lancashire Lightning vs Leicestershire Foxes (North)
18:30 – Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears (North)
19:00 – Middlesex vs Surrey (South, live on Sky)