Middlesex vs Sussex, Lord’s
Jofra Archer picked up a timely hat-trick in the final over of the contest between Sussex and Middlesex at Lord’s as the visitors picked up a tight 12-run win in the T20 Blast encounter on Thursday (August 2). Defending 15 runs in the final over, Archer first caused a huge dent in the home side’s run chase by getting rid of Eoin Morgan, who had smashed 90 and then went onto breach the defence of John Simpson off the very next ball before completing the hat-trick by trapping James Fuller leg-before-wicket to help his side clinch the victory.
Earlier in the day, a rapid 20-ball 50 from opener Philip Salt and a 35-ball 49 from Delray Rawlins had put Sussex in a very good position after they opted to bat. But from 105/3 in the 11th over, the visitors lost their way completely as Tom Barber destroyed the lower order with a four-wicket haul. In the end, Sussex posted only a modest 168 on the board but Archer’s final over heroics meant that it was just enough to seal the deal.
Brief scores: Sussex 168 in 19.4 overs (Philip Salt 50, Delray Rawlins 49; Tom Barber 4-28) beat Middlesex 156/7 in 20 overs (Eoin Morgan 90; Jofra Archer 3-25, Danny Briggs 2-23) by 12 runs
Kent vs Essex, Canterbury
Kent put up a clinical performance with both bat and ball to pick up a comfortable 28-run win over Essex at Canterbury. Opting to bat first, Kent got off a to moderate start in the first half of the innings before skipper Sam Billings and Marcus Stoinis turned the heat in the second half by stitching a partnership of 106 to put Kent on top. While Stoinis made 47, Billings remained unbeaten on 56 to guide his side to a strong 191/4.
Essex got off to the worst possible start in the chase as openers Adam Wheater and Varun Chopra were both dismissed by Joe Denly that left them reeling at 13/2. Paul Walter and Ryan ten Doeschate revived the innings with a 64-run stand but losing wickets in clusters didn’t help matters. Ravi Bopara staged a lone battle with a quickfire 42 but his dismissal with 15 balls left in the chase killed any slim hopes Essex had of overhauling Kent’s total.
Brief scores: Kent 191/4 in 20 overs (Sam Billings 56*, Marcus Stoinis 47; Adam Zampa 2-31) beat Essex 163 in 20 overs (Ravi Bopara 42, Paul Walter 40; Adam Milne 4-15, Joe Denly 2-24) by 28 runs
Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire, Nottingham
Ish Sodhi’s brilliant figures of 4 for 17 helped Nottinghamshire prevail by 8 runs in a closely-fought encounter at Trent Bridge. Chasing 167, Wahab Riaz’s promotion to No. 3 worked wonders for the second straight game as his blistering 53 off just 31 balls had Derbyshire cruising along at 93/2 around the halfway mark. But that soon turned to 93/4 as Ish Sodhi took to initiating the turnaround. His double-strike derailed Derbyshire who managed a mere 14 runs from overs 10-14.
Late efforts from Matthew Critchley and Alex Hughes sought to keep them in the contest but the damage had been done. Notts had only managed to get 166 in the first place after a violent assault in the last three overs which yielded 47 runs, with captain Daniel Christian doing most of the damage.
Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 166 for 5 in 20 overs (Tom Moores 48, Daniel Christian 39; Lockie Ferguson 2/15) beat Derbyshire 157 for 8 (Wahab Riaz 53; Ish Sodhi 4/17) by 9 runs
Durham vs Northamptonshire, Chester-le-Street
Northamptonshire collapsed to a big defeat after an abysmal performance by their batsmen who folded for 95 in 17 overs in response to a target of 171. After being exposed by the Durham seamers upfront, their middle and lower orders were laid bare for Imran Tahir to prey on. The South African leggie helped himself to a four-fer to humble the visitors at Chester-le-Street as Durham held onto their top spot.
Earlier, after a steady start, Paul Collingwood’s fifty was garnished by brisk cameos from Liam Trevaskis and James Weighell as Durham smashed 100 runs in the final 10 overs to get upto 170. It proved more than enough on the day.
Brief scores: Durham 170 for 4 in 20 overs (Paul Collingwood 50; Nathan Buck 1/21) beat Northamptonshire 95 in 17 overs (Seekkuge Prasanna 22; Imran Tahir 4/16) by 75 runs
Leicestershire vs Warwickshire, Leicester
Adam Hose’s unbeaten 66 off 34 saw Warwickshire trampling over Leicestershire’s challenge of 144. The visitors ran home with over five overs to spare and with eight wickets in hand. For Leicestershire, opening batsman Neil Dexter played a lone hand of 56 off 37 balls with no support from the other end.
Their second highest score was Mohammad Nabi’s 19, coming in at No. 7, but by then, they had lost their way. Warwickshire’s pace duo of Chris Woakes and Olly Stone were particularly impressive, followed by skipper Grant Elliott’s medium-pacers.
Brief scores: Leicestershire 143 in 19.3 overs (Neil Dexter 56; Olly Stone 3/22) lost to Warwickshire 146/2 in 14.2 overs (Adam Hose 66; Mohammad Nabi 1/18) by 8 wickets
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