Warwickshire, Lancashire keep up in race to QFs

Warwickshire, Lancashire keep up in race to QFs

North Group

Warwickshire vs Worcestershire

Warwickshire kept their hopes of qualification alive after a 17-run win over Worcestershire. All Worcestershire needed was one win to seal a quarterfinal berth, but they now will have to beat Leicestershire on Sunday. The win doesn’t guarantee a place for Warwickshire though, who will need to beat Northamptonshire and hope for some other results to favour them.

Opting to bat, Sam Hain led Warwickshire to 169 with a brilliant unbeaten 53-ball 83. Hain joined hands with Carlos Brathwaite to stitch an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 106 off just 67 balls after having been reduced to 63 for 5 at one stage. Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 52 off 38. Worcestershire lost early wickets thanks to Danny Briggs, and then continued to at regular intervals to eventually fall short, finishing with 152 for 6. Briggs set up the spin choke to concede just 18 in his four overs for two wickets. Jake Libby top-scored with 36 off 34 balls and Ross Whiteley displayed some late resistance with an unbeaten 28 but it was 17 runs too many in the end.

Brief scores: Warwickshire 169/5 in 20 overs (Hain 83*, Brathwaite 52*) beat Worcestershire 152/6 (Jake Libby 36, Daryl Mitchell 29, Ross Whiteley 28*; Danny Briggs 2-18) by 17 runs

Lancashire vs Durham

Lancashire picked up a slender six-run win in a high-scoring thriller against Durham, keeping themselves on track for the quarterfinals, and knocking out the opposition of the race in the bargain. Opting to bat, Lancashire would’ve been thrilled to finish with 199 on the board on the back of fifties from Finn Allen and Alex Davies. The top three stood tall 165 between themselves to lead the way. Chasing 200 to stay alive in the competition, Durham were led by half-centuries from David Bedingham (50) and Sean Dickson (53). Brydon Carse chipped in with a late 29-run cameo. But he couldn’t take his side over the line in the end.

Brief scores: Lancashire 199/5 in 20 overs (Finn Allen 66, Jennings 43, Alex Davies 56; Matty Potts 2-38, Scott Borthwick 2-30) beat Durham 193/5 in 20 overs (David Bedingham 50, Graham Clark 37, Sean Dickson 53, Brydon Carse 29; Tom Hartley 2-35, Luke Wood 2-38) by six runs.

Northamptonshire vs Derbyshire

Derbyshire cancelled the final two matches of their campaign due to a lack of available players given the ongoing surge of COVID-19.

Leicestershire vs Nottinghamshire

Already assured of a quarterfinal spot, Nottinghamshire fell to only their second defeat of the tournament after Leicestershire pipped them by 2 wickets. Opting to bowl, Nottinghamshire were led by Joe Clarke’s 57 at the top. Naveen-ul-Haq and skipper Colin Ackermann dented the middle and top orders respectively with three-wicket hauls, but Ben Duckett resisted with a handy 45 that took Nottinghamshire to 173 before they were bowled out. Leicestershire lost wickets regularly in their chase but were in a spot of bother needing 35 off 25. It came down to getting 6 in the last over. Naveen-ul-Haq then hit back-to-back boundaries to get them over line.

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 173 in 19.2 overs (Joe Clarke 57, Ben Duckett 45; Naveen-ul-Haq 3-33, Colin Ackermann 3-35) lost to Leicestershire 177/8 in 19.4 overs (Josh Inglis 42, Arron Lilley 42; Steven Mullaney 3-33) by 2 wickets.

South Group

Hampshire vs Essex

James Vince carried the confidence of his maiden ODI century against Pakistan to the game against Essex to help Hampshire to an 18-run win. Vince’s 63 pushed Hampshire to 171 for 8 before Bradley Wheal, Chris Wood and Mason Crane combined to keep the visitors in check in Southampton.

Vince and D’Arcy Short scored 69 for the opening wicket but Hampshire lost two quick wickets before Colin de Grandhomme brought the innings back on track. Lewis McManus hammered 25 off 13 to give the side a late push and take the score past 170.

Daniel Lawrence made 60 in the chase while Tom Westley got 39 but there was no other significant performance with the bat as Essex’s challenge fizzled out.

Gloucestershire vs Surrey

Half-centuries from Jamie Smith and Laurie Evans eased Surrey to a seven-wicket win over Gloucestershire as the visitors chased down 177 in 18.2 overs. The openers gave Surrey a solid start – scoring 53 – but it was the stand between Smith and Evan, worth 87, that sealed the chase.

Earlier, put in, Glenn Phillips made 48 while there were handy contributions from Miles Hammond (25) and Benny Howell (30). However, they went from 69 for 1 to 87 for 4 and that took out to sting out of the innings. Gus Atkinson bagged four wickets while Daniel Moriarty and Gareth Batty got two each.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire 177/9 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 48; Gus Atkinson 4-37) lost to Surrey 178/3 in 18.2 overs (Jamie Smith 60, Laurie Evans 58) by seven wickets.

Hampshire vs Sussex

James Vince followed his 46-ball 63 in the win against Essex earlier on the same day with a scintillating century – 102 off 59 balls – against Sussex to put in the star turn in his team’s fourth successive victory. Sussex enjoyed a favourable first-half to the fixture with fifties – and a 102-run stand – from captain Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara and fiery cameos from Delray Rawlins and Rashid Khan to propel the team to 183 for 6. But Vince led the way in the chase as he and D’Arcy Short added 120 for the opening wicket off just 12.1 overs, with the latter scoring just 35 of those. Though Will Beer struck twice and Vince himself was dismissed – hit-wicket off Ollie Robinson’s bowling – the writing was on the wall for Sussex. A breezy 24 off 12 from Joe Weatherley took Hampshire over the line with four balls and six wickets to spare.

Brief scores: Sussex 183/6 in 20 overs (Ravi Bopara 62, Luke Wright 54; Liam Dawson 2-15) lost to Hampshire 184/4 in 19.2 overs (James Vince 102*, D’Arcy Short 35; Will Beer 2-20) by 6 wickets

Middlesex vs Kent

Kent’s top-of-the-table credentials were on full display as they beat bottom-placed Middlesex in a rollicking 77-run victory to further strengthen their grip on top of the South Group table. Kent did not enjoy the best of days with the bat courtesy a four-fer from Blake Cullen. The 65-run stand between Heino Kuhn and Harry Finch offset Cullen’s effort to an extent as Kent made their way to 157 for 8. Kent’s bowlers then took it upon themselves to earn the side their ninth win of the season as they bundled out Middlesex for just 80 in the 17th over. As many as eight batsmen returned single-digit scores and the highest (13) came off the bat of the No. 11 batsman Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.

Brief Scores: Kent 157/8 in 20 overs (Harry Finch 47, Heino Kuhn 42; Blake Cullen 4-33) beat Middlesex 80 in 16.3 overs (Elliot Hooper 3-24, Safyaan Sharif 2-10, Harry Podmore 2-12, Matthew Quinn 2-13) by 77 runs

Glamorgan vs Somerset

Second-placed Somerset swatted aside the lowly Glamorgan in a comprehensive 77-run victory that took them to 7 wins in 13 games this season. An unbeaten 70 off 52 from Devon Conway laid the platform for a big total despite a forgettable middle-order show. Right-arm pacer Roman Walker was all over them as he dismissed trio of Will Smeed, James Hildreth and Lewis Goldworthy for a collective of 26 runs. But Tom Lammonby arrived and tilted the proceedings back in his team’s favour with a quick-fire 34* off 20 balls, including four fours and a six.

A 16-ball 25 from the No.7 batsman Daniel Douthwaite was the best individual effort on an otherwise sorry scorecard for Glamorgan as they never got into the chase. They were undone by the troika of left-arm spinners – Lewis Goldsworthy, Roelof van der Merwe and Jack Leach – who accounted for eight wickets.

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