Ali Orr’s Double Ton Sets Up Sussex’s Emphatic Win

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Ali Orr’s Double Ton Sets Up Sussex’s Emphatic WinAli Orr became only the second to score a double hundred in the Royal London Cup

GROUP A

Somerset vs Sussex

Ali Orr’s superlative 206 off 161 deliveries set the platform for Sussex’s emphatic 201-run victory against Somerset in Taunton. The victory meant that Sussex moved to the top of the Group A table, displacing Middlesex who had momentarily occupied the position on Friday (August 19). Asked to bat, Sussex were on the attack straightaway with Orr being the aggressor. He struck 18 fours and as many as 11 sixes during his stay, receiving support from the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara who scored a run-a-ball 66. An unbeaten 54 off 23 from Delray Rawlins helped 397/5 as they posted the highest total in this edition of the tournament. Somerset surrendered meekly in the chase, with Andrew Umeed’s 56 being the highest score, as they were bowled out for 196. Bradley Currie and James Coles picked up three wickets each.

Middlesex vs Warwickshire

Middlesex registered a comprehensive 128-run victory against Warwickshire at the Radlett Cricket Club. Sam Robson (111) and Stephen Eskinazi (102) put on a 204-run stand for the second wicket, which was followed by quick-fire fifties from Max Holden and Pieter Malan as Middlesex posted a mammoth 374/3 after being put in. Dom Sibley’s 89 was the only noteworthy performance in the chase as Warwickshire kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually folded for 246. Luke Hollman picked up a four-wicket haul while Max Harris and Toby Greatwood took two wickets each.

Surrey vs Gloucestershire

Middle order batters played a key role in Gloucestershire’s narrow two-wicket win against Surrey at The Oval. Ben Geddes scored 71 while Cameron Steel (61) and Tom Lawes (50) came up with useful contributions as well to help Surrey post 292 for 9. Gloucestershire raced away in the chase as Ben Charlesworth, Oliver Price and James Bracey scored at a brisk rate. But quick wickets meant that they slipped to 178 for 5 in the 24th over. Gloucestershire captain Jack Taylor, who bagged three wickets, came up with an important 51 and was involved in a good partnership with Zafar Gohar. But in a game of twists and turns, Gloucestershire were 252 for 8 as Yousef Majid delivered important strikes. But No. 8 Tom Price’s unbeaten 38 of 34 ensured Gloucestershire got over the line.

GROUP B

Lancashire vs Northamptonshire

Emilio Gay struck a 117-ball 131 and was involved in a 198-run opening stand with Ricardo Vasconcelos (104 off 90) that set a superb platform for Northamptonshire at the Stanley Park in Blackpool. Lewis McManus provided a blitzy finish with 44 not out off 31 as Northamptonshire posted an imposing 370 for 4 after being asked to bat. But their efforts were overshadowed by Luke Wells’ 84 off only 56 and Keaton Jennings’s 125 off 105. The most crucial contribution came from George Lavelle, who struck 61 not out off only 34 as Lancashire reached the target in 48.2 overs.

Kent vs Yorkshire

In a game that was reduced to 45 overs, Kent rode on a collective batting effort to defeat Yorkshire by three wickets (DLS method) at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury. Asked to bat, Yorkshire’s top three – Will Fraine, Harry Duke and Finlay Bean – all struck half-centuries with Duke’s 85 being the highest. Matthew Waite’s 19-ball 31 helped them finish at 282/6. Kent, with a revised target of 297, were served well by Ben Compton’s 81 along with Ollie Robinson (59) and Joe Denly (61). Harry Finch’s 42 and Grant Stewart’s 28* off 16 proved crucial in the chase as Kent won off the last ball.

Worcestershire vs Essex

After five successive losses, Worcestershire managed their second victory in the competition as they overcame Essex by seven wickets at New Road, Worcester. Dillon Pennington bagged three wickets while Josh Tongue and Ben Gibbon picked up two apiece to restrict Essex to 279 for 9 after they were asked to bat, with Robin Das scoring 63 while Luc Benkenstein struck 53. A 158-run second wicket stand between Taylor Cornall (97) and Gareth Roderick (76) powered the chase as Worcestershire reached the target with eight deliveries to spare.

Glamorgan vs Hampshire

Thomas Bevan’s 103-ball 134 followed a disciplined performance with the ball as Glamorgan registered a facile victory against Hampshire at The Gnoll in Neath. Asked to bat, Hampshire could only post 228 for 9 despite Nick Gubbins scoring 93 and Ian Holland hitting an unbeaten 63. Dan Douthwaite and Andy Gorvin bagged two wickets apiece while the rest of the bowlers also chipped in to keep Hampshire to a below-average total. Glamorgan finished off the chase in only 31.4 overs thanks to a 203-run second wicket stand between Bevan and Colin Ingram, with the latter finishing on 78 not out to see his side over the line.

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