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Cricket news - Leicestershire complete heist to sneak through to the knockouts
Shaheen Afridi took four wickets from four balls in Hampshire's win over Middlesex.
Surrey vs Kent
Jason Roy and Laurie Evans starred in Surrey's group-topping six-wicket win over Kent with 70-plus scores respectively in a chase of 160. The pair shared a 135-run stand for the second wicket after opener Will Jacks departed early. While Evans fell for a dynamic 45-ball 73, Roy departed just six runs shy of a victory for 72 that came off 52 balls. In the end, they crossed the line with eight balls to spare.
Everyone in Kent's top order got starts, but only Sam Billings made it count getting to his second fifty in three innings. He struck six boundaries in his 33-ball 50, holding his end, amidst a collapse of sorts that saw them reduced to 159 for 8 from a position of 136 for 3. Kent are still placed third with 12 points, with just a point separating the top three teams in the group.
Brief scores: Kent 159/8 in 20 overs (Daniel Bell-Drummond 37, Sam Billings 50; Liam Plunkett 3-19, Matt Dunn 2-24) lost to Surrey 161/4 in 18.4 overs (Jason Roy 72, Laurie Evans 73; Grant Stewart 2-28) by six wickets.
Hampshire vs Middlesex
Shaheen Afridi set The Rose Bowl on fire with four wickets in four balls to finish with figures of 6-19. It gave Hampshire a 20-run win over Middlesex to end their tournament on a high. The finish at the bottom of the table, with just their second win all season. Chasing a modest 142, John Simpson kept them in the hunt with a 40-ball 48 after the top order failed, but Afridi's four-wicket burst sealed their fate as Middlesex were bowled out for 121 in 18 overs.
Hampshire managed just 141 in their quota of overs, thanks to a late cameo from Ryan Stevenson who struck three fours to get 15 off nine balls. Although the top and middle order got starts, they were sedate ones with Middlesex's bowlers keeping the batsmen in check Thilan Walallawita was the pick of the bowlers conceding just 19 runs for three wickets. Sam Northeast top-scored with 31 runs.
Brief scores:Hampshire 141/9 in 20 overs (Sam Northeast 31, Ian Holland 25; Thilan Walallawita 3-19, Luke Hollman 2-25) beat Middlesex 121 in 18 overs (John Simpson 48; Shaheen Afridi 6-19) by 20 runs.
Essex vs Sussex
A four-wicket win chasing a modest 137 took Sussex to second spot. Despite losing early wickets, opener Philip Salt kept them in the hunt with a blazing 22-ball 44, with nothing coming from the middle order. Reduced to 59/5 at the halfway stage Calum MacLeod (40) and George Garton (34) kept their calm to take their side over the line.
With the exception of Paul Walter, Essex didn't have too much to boast of. Playing the lone hand, with the next-best score being 15, he rode the boat alone, without who Essex wouldn't have even crossed the 100-run mark. George Garton finished with 4-21, including a maiden, while Ollie Robinson and M Claydon had two wickets apiece.
Brief scores:Essex 136/9 in 20 overs (Paul Walter 76; George Garton 4-21) lost to Sussex 137/6 in 18.2 overs (Philip Salt 42, Calum MacLeod 40, George Garton 34; Jack Plom 2-28, Shane Snater 2-22) by four wickets.
Nottinghamshire vs Durham
Nottinghamshire consolidated their position at the top of the table with an 18-run win over Durham in the final league stage game after successfully defending 151. Most of Nottinghamshire's batters got starts, but couldn't convert with wickets falling at regular intervals. Ben Duckett top-scored with 29, while Liam Trevaskis and Paul Coughlin had two apiece.
In reply, Durham never really got going, losing opener Graham Clark off the third ball. Alex Lees kept them in the hunt but a triple blow from Imad Wasim in the fifth over pegged them back once again. Brydon Carse (24) and Liam Trevaskis (31*) offered resistance but too much was left for too late in the end as Durham finished fourth on the table after being knocked over for 132.
Brief scores:Nottinghamshire 150/6 in 20 overs (Ben Duckett 29, Imad Wasim 26*; Liam Trevaskis 2-25, Paul Coughlin 2-24) beat Durham 132 in 19.1 0vers (Alex Lees 28, Liam Trevaskis 31*; Jake Ball 2-7, Imad Wasim 2-24) by 18 runs.
Lancashire vs Leicestershire
Leicestershire roared into the quarterfinals after a heist in Manchester. Lancashire made a mess of their chase in pursuit of 155. Having been comfortably placed at 112/1 on the back of a 74-run stand between Alex Davies and Steven Croft, they crumbled to 114/5 with Colin Ackermann turning the game on its head with a triple-wicket over. The game was sealed right there as Lancashire couldn't recover from that collapse to finish 22 runs short, managing just 132 in their 20 overs with Ackermann returning 3-18 in his four.
Leicestershire, earlier, were led by Nick Welch (43) and Arron Lilley (49) who patiently kept them in the game. Although there was no standout dynamic knock from the top order, both their innings were enough to take their side over the 150-run mark to give them a chance in their defence. Lancashire are still above them in the table, but they'll be pleased with have having made the knockouts.
Brief scores: Leicestershire 154/5 in 20 overs (Nick Welch 43, Arron Lilley 49) beat Lancashire 132/5 in 20 overs (Alex Davies 52, Steven Croft 36; Colin Ackermann 3-18) by 22 runs.
Worcestershire vs Glamorgan, Central Group
A dead rubber at Worcester turned out to be a high-scoring thriller, where Glamorgan pipped the hosts in the final over. While Worcestershire ended with the wooden spoon, Glamorgan finished their campaign with back-to-back wins.
Worcestershire's top-scorer this season - Hamish Rutherford - struck a 61-ball century as his team posted a daunting total of 190 after opting to bat. The New Zealander was involved in a 101-run association with Jake Libby for the second wicket. Timm van der Gugten was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors who accounted for all the three Worcestershire wickets.
Chasing a big total, Glamorgan openers - David Lloyd and Nicholas Selman - got their team off to a brilliant start. After scoring 74 runs in the powerplay the duo stitched a 120-run partnership for the opening wicket. Once that stand was broken, Andrew Balbirnie provided a cameo, but Worcestershire fought back with Patrick Brown scalping two successive deliveries in the 18th over. When Selman perished for 78 in the penultimate over, the visitors were staring down the barrel with 25 runs needed off the last 10 deliveries.
However, Daniel Douthwaite had other ideas. His knock, 23 off 6, progressed as follows - got off the mark with a boundary, kept the strike for the final over and hit three sixes in four deliveries off Brown to cap off the proceedings in style.
Brief Scores: Worcestershire 190/3 in 20 overs (Rutherford 100, Jake Libby 47; van der Gugten 3-28) lost to Glamorgan 196/4 in 19.4 overs (Nicholas Selman 78, David Lloyd 56; Patrick Brown 2-63) by 6 wickets
Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire, Central Group
A late assault from Tom Taylor and Graeme White at Edgbaston not only knocked Warwickshire out of the competition but also sealed Northamptonshire a spot in the T20 Blast 2020 quarterfinal.
Warwickshire got off to an inauspicious start after opting to bat as they were reduced to 20/4 in the fourth over. Opener Adam Hose and Dan Mousley weathered the storm and rescued their team with a 171-run partnership off just 99 balls for the fifth wicket. While the latter notched up an unbeaten half-ton, the former registered his maiden T20 century and was only dismissed off the last ball via a run-out.
After posting a total in excess of 190, the hosts had their opponents on the backfoot as Northamptonshire were reeling at 71 for 6 in the ninth over. That's when Tom Taylor walked out to the middle. He and Rob Keogh launched a counterattack and 69-run stand off 34 deliveries for the seventh wicket. The latter was scalped by Jacob Lintott but the visitors were unperturbed by that wicket as Graeme White came out all guns blazing. The 33-year-old showcases his prowess with his bat by blasting 37 runs off 13 deliveries - his career-best score - which comprised two fours and four sixes. White and Taylor's unbeaten partnership - 53 off 20 deliveries - resulted in Northamptonshire hunting down the total with 7 balls to spare.
Brief Scores: Warwickshire 191/5 in 20 overs (Adam Hose 119, Mousley 58*; B Sanderson 2-26) lost to Northamptonshire 193/7 in 18.5 overs (Tom Taylor 50, Paul Stirling 38, Graeme White 37*; Tim Bresnan 3-25) by 3 wickets
Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Central Group
Table-toppers Gloucestershire won a last-ball humdinger and thereby ended Somerset's hopes of reaching the quarterfinal at the County Ground in Bristol. Opting to bat, the Somerset openers got them off to a good start. Despite losing their way a bit in the middle overs, skipper Gregory's quickfire fifty powered them to a decent total of 161.
With the ball, the visitors were dominating the proceedings as they had the Gloucs wobbling at 80 for 5 in the thirteenth over. Although wickets were falling at one end regularly, Ian Cockbain held his fort and kept his team in the hunt with a fighting half-century. His knock was eventually ended in the penultimate over when he was dismissed by Josh Davey. The hosts needed 13 runs off the final over Benny Howell scored 10 off the first four deliveries before perishing to Ollie Sale off the penultimate ball of the match. With three required to win, Tom Smith slogged the final delivery over midwicket for a one-bounce four.
Brief Scores: Somerset 161/7 in 20 overs (Lewis Gregory 50, Babar Azam 42; Tom Smith 2-25) lost to Gloucestershire 163/8 in 20 overs (Ian Cockbain 89, Benny Howell 21; Josh Davey 3-24, Ollie Sale 3-32) by 2 wickets.
Derbyshire vs Yorkshire, North Group
Unbeaten fifties from Joe Root and Harry Brook helped Yorkshire in breaking their four-match losing streak and also end the season on a high. Derbyshire, on the other hand, suffered their seventh loss to finish last in the North Group points table.
Openers Thomas Wood and Billy Godleman set the perfect platform with a 109-run partnership at the top of the order. However, Derbyshire failed to capitalise on the start as they lost the momentum and ended with a par score on the board. In reply, Yorkshire didn't get off to a great start as they lost three wickets inside the powerplay. They were in further trouble at 80 for 4 in the twelfth over.
England's Test captain, Root, was at the crease and he decided to play the anchor role. With 75 needed off the last six overs, Luis Reece leaked 20 runs and the Root-Brook duo beautifully coupled aggression with sensible cricket. While Root brought up his fifty in 46 deliveries, the 20-year-old notched up his maiden T20 half-ton off 29 balls and hit the winning runs.
Brief Scores: Derbyshire 167/6 in 20 overs (Thomas Wood 67, B Godleman 49; Ben Coad 3-40) lost to Yorkshire 171/4 in 20 overs (Joe Root 60*, Harry Brook 50*; Samuel Conners 2-38) by 6 wickets.
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