Northamptonshire vs Derbyshire, Northampton
Calum MacLeod hit the headlines once again after smashing a century to help Derbyshire seal a comfortable 31-run win over Northamptonshire in the T20 Blast. MacLeod was on the march right from the start and added 62 for the opening wicket with Billy Godleman before joining forces with Wayne Madsen to blow the home side away with a century stand.
The Scottish batsman reached his half-century off 33 balls and continued to press on the accelerator to finally register his second hundred in the format. While he was dismissed for a 61-ball 104 with two overs still left in the innings, Madsen batted through to remain unbeaten on 50 off 32 balls as Derbyshire posted an imposing 211 on the board.
No batsman apart from Richard Levi among the top six looked comfortable out in the middle for the hosts as two wickets each from Lockie Ferguson, Hardus Viljoen and Alex Hughes reduced Northamptonshire to 76/6, effectively ending the chase. The home side still managed to add 104 runs for the final four wickets though, to eventually get all out for 180.
Brief scores: Derbyshire 211/2 in 20 overs (Calum MacLeod 104, Wayne Madsen 50*; Rory Kleinveldt 1-43) beat Northamptonshire 180 in 19.3 overs ( Rory Kleinveldt 36; Alex Hughes 4-42, Hardus Viljoen 2-29) by 31 runs
Middlesex vs Somerset, Lord’s
Eoin Morgan’s return failed to inspire Middlesex as Somerset registered a four-wicket win at Lord’s on Thursday (July 19). Morgan, fresh from England’s 2-1 victory in the ODI series over India, made only 8 off 10 deliveries but a well-compiled half-century from opener Max Holden and a late blitz from Dwayne Bravo helped Middlesex post 175 on the board.
Holden’s innings (84 off 55) was all the more impressive with the rest of the top five failing to contribute in significant fashion at the other end. If not for Bravo’s 12-ball unbeaten 32, Middlesex would have found themselves struggling to touch 160. In the end, the total still proved to be very short as the visitors completed the win with two overs to spare.
Johann Myburg made a blistering 27-ball 46 before getting castled by Bravo and despite losing three wickets in the powerplay, Somerset were always on course courtesy of their run rate. At one stage, Tom Abell struggled to push the scoring rate following Peter Trego’s departure but with Corey Anderson striking four sixes at the other end, the equation became easier. Skipper Lewis Gregory then found three boundaries off the 18th over bowled by Bravo to complete formalities.
Brief scores: Middlesex 175/5 in 20 overs (Max Holden 84, Dwayne Bravo 32*; Max Waller 2-23) lost to Somerset 178/6 in 18 overs (Johann Myburg 46, Corey Anderson 39; Tom Helm 2-29) by four wickets
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