Christian's 37-ball ton gives Nottinghamshire big win

North Group

Northamptonshire vs Nottinghamshire, Northampton

Daniel Christian launched a stunning assault in Northampton, hitting a 37-ball century batting at number six to give Nottinghamshire a 58-run win over Northamptonshire. The visitors were reeling at 81 for 4 by the 10th over when Christian joined forces with Samit Patel. The veteran Australian smacked boundaries at will and ended up scoring an unbeaten 113 off just 40 deliveries to guide his side to 219 for 6.

Chasing 220, the hosts were never in the chase with only Ben Duckett playing a lone hand. The left-hander scored an enterprising 45-ball 88 but failed to get support from the other end with Northamptonshire eventually getting all out for 161. Harry Gurney and Luke Fletcher picked up three wickets each for the visitors.

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 219/6 in 20 overs (Daniel Christian 113*; Ben Sanderson 2-41) beat Northamptonshire 161 in 17.3 overs (Ben Duckett 88, Luke Fletcher 3-21, Harry Gurney 3-30) by 58 runs.

Worcestershire vs Warwickshire, Worcester

Worcestershire managed to thwart Warwickshire’s late surge to hold on to a tight four-run win in Worcester in their North Group clash. Requiring 193 for a win, the visitors lost half their side with only 82 on the board by the 10th over before Sam Hain revived the chase with a quickfire fifty. But with Daryl Mitchell dismissing Hain for 70, the hosts pounced on Warwickshire again with quick wickets, reducing them to 152/9. Tim Ambrose and Oliver Hannon-Dalby resisted towards the end but couldn’t get past the target.

Earlier in the day, the top order of Martin Guptill, Joe Clarke and Callum Ferguson fired in unison to help the hosts post a formidable total. Despite the visitors striking in the middle overs, Ross Whiteley’s 17-ball 34 helped Worcestershire post 192/7 – a total that proved to be just enough.

Brief scores: Worcestershire 192/7 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 51, Callum Ferguson 45; Henry Brookes 2-28, Colin de Grandhomme 2-38) beat Warwickshire 188/9 in 20 overs (Sam Hain 70; Patrick Brown 3-28, Ed Barnard 3-29) by four runs

Derbyshire vs Lancashire, Derby

In a one-sided encounter at Derby, Liam Livingstone’s stunning century helped Lancashire breeze part Derbyshire’s moderate total of 161. Livingstone made a mockery of the target by slamming nine sixes and seven fours in his century before getting finally dismissed for a 51-ball 100. The chase was completed off the very next ball with Alex Davies remaining unbeaten on 50 at the other end.

Derbyshire would have found themselves in a far worse position had it not been for Wayne Madsen’s vital half-century. Having lost both the openers by the fourth over, the hosts were revived by an 86-run stand for the third wicket by Madsen and Calum MacLeod. While MacLeod eventually fell for 44, Madsen batted until the end remaining unbeaten on 76.

Brief scores: Derbyshire 161/4 in 20 overs (Wayne Madsen 76*, Calum MacLeod 44; Toby Lester 1-10) lost to Lancashire 164/1 in 14.3 overs (Liam Livingstone 100, Alex Davies 50*) by nine wickets

Leicestershire vs Durham, Leicester

An impressive performance from the veteran Imran Tahir helped Durham edge past Leicestershire by 33 runs in a low-scoring encounter in Leicester. Despite being placed at 55 for 1 in a run chase of 154, the hosts found themselves in a spot of bother within a short span with the leggie striking vital blows. Once Tahir finished his quota with four wickets, James Weighell and Nathan Rimmington polished off the innings by picking two wickets apiece as Leicestershire were bundled out for 120.

Earlier in the day, Durham were aided by handy contributions from the likes of skipper Tom Latham, Paul Collingwood at the start before Zak Chappell made some vital breakthroughs. It was then left to Ryan Davies and Stuart Poynter at the death to help the side scratch their way to 153/7 – a total that proved to be more than enough.

Brief scores: Durham 153/7 in 20 overs (Paul Collingwood 36, Stuart Poynter 29; Zak Chappell 3-23) beat Leicestershire 120 in 18.3 overs (Neil Dexter 35; Imran Tahir 4-14) by 33 runs

South Group

Somerset v Gloucestershire

Somerset opened their account in the T20 Blast with a thumping win against Gloucestershire thanks to eye-catching fifties from the club’s experienced duo of Steven Davies and Peter Trego. Opting to bowl first, Somerset struck twice during the powerplay before arresting the momentum in the middle overs. All of Gloucestershire’s top four batsmen got starts, but a lack of solid contribution went missing until the arrival of Ryan Higgins who blazed his way to a quick-fire fifty and thereby, helping his side reach a competitive total on board.

Chasing 189, Somerset suffered an early upset with opener Johann Myburgh falling cheaply in the third over of the bowling of David Payne. The joy of nipping out an early wicket, however, didn’t last long as Davies stitched a match-winning 90-run stand with Trego to extinguish Gloucestershire’s hopes of a comeback. Although Davies departed in the 10th over, Trego assumed the anchor role to see his side through with 19 balls to spare.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire 188/6 in 20 overs (Ryan Higgins 55; Josh Davey 2-35) lost to Somerset 194 for 4 in 16.5 overs (Peter Trego 72*, Steve Davies 60; David Payne 1-32) by 6 wickets

Surrey v Kent

Cruising in the chase of 174, Surrey just needed 43 runs off 48 deliveries with 7 wickets in hand before a miraculous hat-trick from Joe Denly in the following over shattered their momentum and denied them their maiden points on board. They lost 7 wickets for 32 runs towards the end which proved to be a critical parameter in determining the result of the game.

Before unveiling his magic with the ball, Denly smashed a spectacular century (102 off 63 balls) at the top to vindicate his skipper’s (Sam Billings) decision to bat first. Though the rest of the batters struggled to cross 30, Denly held one end and only got out to the penultimate delivery of Kent’s innings. Surrey’s wicket-keeper batsman Ben Foakes remained 75 not out, but with wickets falling like nine pins around him, the 25-year old couldn’t help but witness his side fall 7 short of the target.

Brief scores: Kent 173/6 in 20 overs (Joe Denly 102; Mathew Pillans 3-22) beat Surrey 167 all-out in 18.5 overs (Ben Foakes 75*; Denly 3-22) by 6 runs

Hampshire v Glamorgan

Royal London One-Day cup champions Hampshire kicked off their T20 Blast campaign with a disastrous loss against Glamorgan at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The toss was the only factor that favored them in what turned out to be a one-sided contest where visitors Glamorgan won by 63 runs. Hampshire chose to bowl and claimed wickets at regular intervals to restrict the visiting side to a par total of 168.

And then unfolded the script of terrific implosion where six of top seven Hampshire’s batsmen succumbed to single-digit scores failing to gain any sort of fizz into the chase. Andrew Salter accounted for three wickets while Graham Wagg and skipper Colin Ingram seized two wickets apiece to aggravate matters for the home team. Gareth Berg and Kyle Abbott managed a 54-run stand for the 8th wicket, but all of that gitty effort went in vain as Hampshire fell 63 runs short of the required target.

Brief scores: Glamorgan 168/6 in 20 overs (David Lloyd 38; Liam Dawson 2-25) beat Hampshire 105 in 16.5 overs (Kyle Abbott 29; Andrew Salter 3-34) by 63 runs

Essex v Middlesex

An all-round effort from Essex ensured their first win of the season in a topsy-turvy affair against the visiting Middlesex side. Needing 14 from the last 8 deliveries, Simon Harmer struck a maximum off Tom Helm which proved to be a telling blow in the game. Middlesex, after winning the toss and choosing to bat, were rattled early by the pace of Samuel Cook who consumed the big wicket of Paul Stirling in his first over. Decent contributions from stand-in skipper Steve Eskinazi and wicket-keeper batsman John Simpson helped them achieve a solid 179 on the board.

Essex injected some nervy energy during the chase by losing wickets at crucial moments, but a collective composed effort from their lower middle-order batters helped them overhaul the total with a ball to spare.

Brief scores: Middlesex 179/6 in 20 overs (Steve Eskinazi 46; Matt Coles 2-33) lost to Essex 181/7 in 19.5 overs (Adam Wheater 45; Tom Helm 2-33) by 3 wickets

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