Moeen Ali stars with century in Worcestershire win


South Group

Sussex vs Middlesex

Philip Salt gave Sussex a blazing start with a half-century off just 25 balls. His fifty, along with skipper Luke Wright’s 48-ball 74 took them to 215 eventually, which helped them pick up a 31-run win on Friday (August 18) in Hove. A strong start at the top was what held them in good stead as James Fuller picked up three wickets, accounting for their middle order. What didn’t help Middlesex’s cause either was their bowlers bowling as many as 19 extras. Despite aggressive and quickfire fifties from Paul Stirling (58 off 29 balls) and John Simpson (62 off 29 balls), Middlesex fell short given that the other batsmen barely got going. In the end, Sussex’s bowlers shared the returns to pick up a comfortable win.

Brief scores: Sussex 215/5 in 20 overs (Philip Salt 66, Luke Wright 74; James Fuller 3-51) beat Middlesex 184 in 19.4 overs (Paul Stirling 58, John Simpson 62; Danny Briggs 2-22, Tymal Mills 2-31, Chris Jordan 2-26, Will Beer 2-29) by 31 runs.

Essex vs Kent

Daniel Bell-Drummond’s 51-ball 80 starred in Kent’s five-wicket win over Essex in a big chase. On a day when over 400 runs were scored, a 98-run stand from Kent’s openers kept them in the hunt after Essex set them 202 to win. Drummond fell in the final over, just before Kent could score the winning runs. Consistent batting from the Essex line-up with all of their batsmen – barring No. 8 Matt Coles – reaching double figures gave them a strong total after Kent put them in. Openers Adam Wheater (40) and Varun Chopra (37) added 72 for the first wicket, giving them a strong start for the rest of the order to build on. A late, unbeaten cameo from Ravi Bopara, however, gave them the required impetus in the end as they set Kent a total over 200.

Brief scores: Essex 201/6 in 20 overs (Adam Wheater 40, Varun Chopra 37; Joe Denly 2-33, Calum Haggett 2-26) lost to Kent 203/5 in 19.5 overs (Joe Denly 45, Daniel Bell-Drummond 80) by five wickets.

Glamorgan vs Surrey

The top and middle order chipping in with handy scores over 20 took Glamorgan to 183 for 8 against Sussex before rain stopped play. Surrey got off to a strong start on resumption of play, racing away to 60 for 0 in five overs, with Aaron Finch providing them a blitzing start with a 16-ball 44, before rain stopped play again. But given that Surrey were well above the par score at that point, they picked up a 24-run win by the DLS Method.

Brief scores: Glamorgan 183/8 in 20 overs (Kiran Carlson 35, David Lloyd 39; Tom Curran 3-30) lost to Surrey 60/0 in 5 overs (Aaron Finch 44*) by 24 runs by DLS Method.

Hampshire vs Gloucestershire

In Southampton, Hampshire would have been happy with their effort of containing Gloucestershire to 144 after opting to bowl. Skipper Michael Klinger (43), Benny Howell (26) and Ryan Higgins (31) aside, none of the others batsmen got going as Chris Wood returned with a four-wicket haul. It eventually turned out to be an easy chase for Hampshire who picked up a six-wicket win with their top and middle order completing the job with ease in 16.5 overs, for just their second win this season.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire 144/8 in 20 overs (Michael Klinger 43, Ryan Higgins 31; Chris Wood 4-16) lost to Hampshire 147/4 in 16.5 overs (Rilee Rossouw 42, Sam Northeast 37, James Vince 48*) by six wickets.

North Group

Durham vs Derbyshire

Rain played spoilsport at Chester-Le-Street in the encounter between Durham and Derbyshire as the match was called off without a ball being bowled. The result would’ve hardly mattered for Durham as they have already booked their place in the quarterfinals.

Warwickshire vs Worcestershire

Moeen Ali starred with a splendid century in Worcestershire’s 15-run win over Warwickshire in Birmingham. After being asked to bat, opener Ali kept his side on course to get to a strong total as all the other batsmen played second fiddle. He, however, fell with his side nearing the 200-run mark for 115 that came off just 56, in an innings which comprised of 12 fours and seven sixes, as his side reached 209.

Chasing a tall score of 210, Ed Pollock (36), Adam Hose (45), Colin de Grandhomme (31) and Grant Elliott (29) all got starts but none could kick on as they succumbed to scoreboard pressure as well as some disciplined death bowling by the Worcestershire bowlers with Wayne Parnell leading the pack with 3 for 47.

Brief scores: Worcestershire 209/5 in 20 overs (Joe Clarke 32, Moeen Ali 115; Josh Poysden 3-41) beat Warwickshire 194/7 in 20 overs ( Adam Hose 45; Wayne Parnell 3-47) by 15 runs.

Yorkshire vs Nottinghamshire

Opting to bat, Yorkshire lost Tom Kohler-Cadmore off the very second ball of the innings. But Adam Lyth (44) and David Willey (51) sparkled, putting on a 92-run stand for the second wicket and setting a solid platform for Kane Williamson, who provided the impetus – with a 26-ball 46 – to lift the total to 163 for 6.

In reply, Alex Hales shouldered the responsibility at the top for the Notts. Jake Libby (30) provided the fireworks, while Hales batted with a certain chutzpah, cracking an unbeaten 56-ball 71 which included 5 fours and one six. And in the company of Tom Moores, who too joined the party with a 24-ball 43, Nottinghamshire breezed through to an 8-wicket win with 6 balls to spare.

Brief scores: Yorkshire 163/6 in 20 overs ( David Willey 51, Kane Williamson 44, Adam Lyth 44; Steven Mullaney 1-2) lost to Nottinghamshire 169/2 in 19 overs ( Alex Hales 71, Tom Moores 43; Adam Lyth 1-23) by eight wickets.

Leicestershire vs Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire sealed a comfortable four-wicket victory over Leicestershire, thanks to contributions from the top order. Ben Curran (29), Ben Duckett (37) and Joshua Cobb (30) gave starts but none could convert them into a big score. Leicestershire clawed their way back into the game with constant strikes But Graeme White unleashed his pyrotechnics towards the end with a cameo of a 9-ball 21 to polish off the target with 8 balls to spare.

Earlier, Harry Dearden’s 40-ball 61 was the saving grace for Leicestershire after a top and middle-order failure. His knock ensured his side finished with 148 for 7 in their 20 overs after being asked to bat.

Brief scores: Leicestershire 148/7 in 20 overs ( Harry Dearden 61, Ateeq Javid 20; Luke Procter 2-20) lost to Northamptonshire 154/6 in 18.4 overs ( Ben Duckett 37, Joshua Cobb 30; Dieter Klein 2-23, Zak Chappell 2-38) by four wickets.

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