Warwickshire Off To Winning Start After Stirling Career-best 119

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Warwickshire Off To Winning Start After Stirling Career-best 119Stirling hit 10 sixes in his whirlwind knock.

North Group

Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire

Warwickshire opened their T20 Blast campaign in resounding fashion in a rain-affected game at Edgbaston. Having opted to bat, the hosts pounded 207 runs in just 16 overs with Ireland’s Paul Stirling recording a career-best score of 119 off just 51 balls. His whirlwind innings, studded with 10 sixes, was ably complemented by Sam Hain’s 32-ball 66*. Northamptonshire’s forgettable game spiralled to a rapid finish when they were reduced to 20/3 inside the fourth over. Danny Briggs and Jake Lintott took three wickets each to bowl the visitors out for just 81.

Brief scores: Warwickshire 207/3 in 16 overs (Paul Stirling 119, Sam Hain 66*; Ben Sanderson 2-42) beat Northamptonshire 81 in 14.2 overs (Danny Briggs 3-21, Jake Lintott 3-19) by 125 runs (DLS method)

Leicestershire vs Durham

Paul Coughlin enjoyed a field day with both bat and ball to lead Durham to a dominant win over Leicestershire. Batting at No.6, he hit a 30-ball 42 and with other contributions along the line-up including Ashton Turner’s 18-ball 32 and opener Graham Clark’s 36 helped Durham post 184 in 20 overs. Coughlin then turned out with an even more impressive performance with the ball, taking three wickets in his first two overs and finishing with 4 for 15 from three to bowl the hosts out for 130 with more than two overs to spare.

Brief scores: Durham 184/8 in 20 overs (Paul Coughlin 42, Ashton Turner 32; Rehan Ahmed 2-22) beat Leicestershire 130 in 17.5 overs (Rishi Patel 40; Paul Coughlin 4-15) by 54 runs

South Group

Middlesex vs Gloucestershire

Middlesex captain Stevie Eskinazi’s blistering 37-ball 87 paved the way for a comfortable 30-run victory over Gloucestershsire. Put in to bat first, openers Eskinazi and Max Holden (27 off 12) put on a 61-run stand in just four overs before being separated. The skipper continued the attack the opposition by adding another 61 runs with Joe Cracknell before departing 13 short of a hundred, having already put the team past 150 in the 12th over. He hit 13 boundaries and two sixes in his knock. Eoin Morgan rammed home the advantage with a brisk 41 off 24, hitting four fours and a couple of sixes to propel the team to a commanding 229/9 amidst a Ryan Higgins thee-fer. Luke Hollman’s twin strikes after PowerPlay then reduced Gloucestershire to 60/4 at the start of the ninth over. Their chase got a brief revival through the knocks of Benny Howell (46 off 20, 3 sixes, 3 fours) and Higgins (34 off 21) but it was too little too late in the day.

Brief scores:Middlesex 229/9 in 20 overs (Stevie Eskinazi 87, Eoin Morgan 41; Ryan Higgins 3/32) beat Gloucestershire 199/9 in 20 overs (Benny Howell 46, Ryan Higgins 34; Martin Anderson 3/33) by 30 runs.

Sussex vs Glamorgan

Mohammad Rizwan carried forward his stunning T20 form but his unbeaten 81 was in vain as Michael Hogan’s three-fer kept Sussex to a humble 150/6 which was chased down easily by Glamorgan with seven balls and as many wickets to spare. The Pakistani keeper-bat carried his bat through in a 60-ball knock that comprised half a dozen boundaries and three sixes, but failed to find constant support at the other end as Glamorgan kept chipping at regular intervals to restrict their opponents. Steven Finn provided a breakthrough in his very first over but the second-wicket 82-run partnership between Sam Northeast (63 not out) and Marnus Labuschagne (41 off 30) put the chase back on track. The Australian departed nine short of a fifty, but Northeast continued in the company of Kiran Carlson (25 off 15) to pick up the points for his side.

Brief scores:Sussex 150/6 in 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 81*; Michael Hogan 3/26) lost to Glamorgan 153/3 in 18.5 overs (Sam Northeast 63*, Marnus Labuschagne 41; Delray Rawlins 1/20) by 7 wickets

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